Report from Michelle Lancaster FAAPT
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS FT at the end of last year waved goodbye to the first 21 student to undergo the in-house modules of the RSPH Level 3 Diploma in APT – these students are now preparing for, or undergoing their practical assessments in their home mortuaries and finalising their portfolios of competence. Cohort 1 have been an amazing group and we wish them well for their practical assessments, we have every faith they will do brilliantly!
As we oversee the departure of the first group, we were extremely pleased to welcome the second cohort of eager students to start the in house training – all 23 of them at the end of February this year. The students were soon in the classroom for the microbiology and health and safety modules, of which they will be assessed with 3 separate assignments and 2 exams. The new Diploma certainly tests the students knowledge in all relevant areas of mortuary work, and whilst intense, it is essential in this day and age to ensure that APTs are given the right training from the start, both by the course providers and the training they receive by their mentors in their home mortuaries of who we work closely with also. Cohort 2 will be back again in May to start on the communication and governance and administration modules before the anatomy and physiology modules later in the year.
As a course provider we have been extremely impressed with the trainee APTs we have had the pleasure of meeting though the course - they are keen, committed and have the right attitude of care and compassion for the deceased and the bereaved… all credit to their employing departments for instilling these fundamental principles.
The future of the profession looks like it will be in extremely capable hands!
Local media article here