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Capacity Building

NICST coordinates and develops a variety of practical, simulation-based training and education programmes for both clinical teams and the public. The focus is on practical skills to improve clinical care, patient safety and foster professionalism.

NICST has developed a sustainable methodology for building capacity in acute and clinical skills in resource-limited settings, delivered to over 5600 participants from South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa. Adapting train the trainer methods and partnering with existing healthcare and medical education institutions, NICST has a range of acute and critical care short practical courses for front-line health staff.

Programmes combine practical skills training with insitu simulation, peer-led workshops and problem based learning methods. The material is developed in partnership with local clinicians and informed by the research projects and quality improvement partnerships.


Length: 2 days
Language: English

This Advanced Resuscitation Training (ART) course provides a standardized approach to cardiopulmonary resuscitation in adults. It targets nursing officers who are expected to provide ART both inside and outside their hospitals. The multidisciplinary nature of the course facilitates efficient team work while also refining the assessment and management of critically ill patients.

  • Hands-on experience with Advanced Life Support
  • Realistic clinical scenarios related to cardiac arrest and other medical emergencies.
  • Facilitated debriefing session after each station to discuss and learn from the experience.

Length: 2 days
Language: English

Acute Care Skills Training is a nurse-led and nurse-focused ICU training programme. It is the first practical skills focused programme to train nurses in a developing world country. The course has been developed and conducted with multi-disciplinary local and international collaboration.
Our NICS Training Acute Care Skills course is endorsed by the Global Intensive Care Working Group of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

  • Realistic scenarios to improve patient care in emergency management.
  • Well designed skills stations
  • Exposure to non-paper based, more practical methods of course assessment

Length: Half-day
Language: English/ Sinhala/ Tamil

This First Aid and Basic Life Support course aims to train school children and employees from organizations and companies to help sick or injured person medically until full medical treatment is available. By the end of the course participants should be able to effectively recognise and provide a first-aid response to those who need basic emergency care.

  • Technical skills and hands-on experience in performing practical skills necessary for CPR and First Aid
  • Debriefing scenario after each scenario to facilitate discussion
  • Specially designed workshops to demonstrate managing patients with special circumstances.

Length: 2 days
Language: English

The Good Intern Programme (Phase 1) is a clinical training course designed to help you develop confidence and competence in managing common emergencies in the ward. Training is delivered in our purpose-built simulation centre.
95% of your colleagues from April and May said “I would recommend this course to you” and “I would participate in a similar course with different content”, while 100% of your colleagues from April and May said “The content was highly relevant to me and it was well delivered.”

  • Practical skills training in Safe defibrillation, Recognition and management of tachyarrhythmias, Advanced Life Support, A-E structured assessment, and Emergency management of the airway
  • Revision on the topics of resuscitation and life support and its practical application in common medical and surgical emergencies.
  • A platform for the enhancement of problem-solving and decision-making skills and leading to an increase in confidence in managing common emergencies 

Length: 2 days
Language: English

As is the case in many developing countries, only a small proportion of nurses working in Sri Lankan ICUs have been trained through a formal ICU training course. In many countries, a focused ICU programme is necessary for nurses working in ICUs, and such courses have been proven to benefit the knowledge, attitude, and skills of critical care staff. The direct benefits of such a course though difficult to quantify are important to assess. The results of this study, it is hoped, will be used as a base for critical care skills training for nursing and allied health professionals in Sri Lanka and in other low and middle income countries

  • Aids nurses in improving patient safety and outcomes.
  • Focused on developing knowledge, perceptions and skills.

Length: 1 day
Language: English

This simulation and skills training course was proposed to improve the skills of doctors and nurses in Sri Lanka. Simulation-based medical education for enables all healthcare professionals to acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes in a safe, educationally-orientated, and efficient manner. Procedure-based skills, communication, leadership and teamwork can be learnt and assessed, with the potential to be used as a mode of certification to become an independent practitioner.

  • Provides a platform for the enhancement of problem-solving and decision-making skills, and team-based competencies like interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Allows trainees to receive hands on experience on patient management, practice, and learn through their mistakes, without posing a risk to patient safety.

Length: 3 days
Language: English

This physiotherapy final year students’ clinical training course has been designed to help students develop confidence and competence in assessing and managing patients with cardiorespiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.

  • Improved confidence and skills using SOAP assessment criteria
  • Increased confidence in using common treatment techniques from peer feedback
  • Opportunity to develop practical skills in using common treatment techniques will be available to all participants

Length: Variable
Language: English

Partnering directly with the University of Kelaniya’s undergraduate medical training MBBS programme, this programme offers a series of practical and essential clinical skills and human factors workshops. It was developed following the implementation of a national programme for newly qualified doctors and aimed at improving confidence and competence in practical skills essential to managing acute medical and surgical emergencies through peer learning. The programme is delivered in partnership with existing medical faculties

  • Peer learning
  • Medium fidelity simulation based scenarios requiring ‘real life complex decision- making skills’
  • Practical skills stations with a high faculty to learner ratios
  • Real-time learner feedback and peer to peer evaluation using electronic learning tools for greater individual growth.
  • Hot topics- integrating current national and international guidelines with real-life patient scenarios

For more information, or to enrol, please contact the NICST training team on (+94) 0713-241523

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