RGU takes Remote Healthcare Practitioner learning to next level

Robert Gordon University (RGU) has launched an educational framework for healthcare workers based in remote environments.   The Skills Development for Remote Healthcare Practitioners is a suite of seven modules which are open to individuals working in various remote healthcare settings including industrial ships, deserts and oil rigs.

They allow individuals to enhance and develop their skills in areas including clinical assessment of mental and physical health, immediate care of deteriorating and critically ill injured patients, and assessing and treating minor injuries and ailments. The modules focus on practice-based learning, by exploring scenarios which practitioners regularly encounter and less common conditions they may be called to treat including acute medical and surgical emergencies, acute psychological conditions, traumatic injuries,  hypothermia and shock. 

The modules are delivered via blended learning, including a combination of face-to-face attendance and online learning - both of which are fully supported by experienced academic staff.  Modules can be studied on a stand-alone basis or combined for students to build towards an academic award in Professional Studies.

The modules have been designed in collaboration between academics and clinical experts from RGU’s Faculty of Health and Social Care and partners in the Institute of Remote Healthcare (IRHC), over a 12-month period.  During the development phase, it was found that the nature of the workplaces in which remote healthcare practitioners are based are changing, such as the widening demographic of employees and their associated health needs. This, the team discovered, called for a professional development framework which equipped practitioners for these changes. The IRHC has recently endorsed the modules through their Training Assurance Certificate (TrAC) process.

Lecturer, Pamela Kirkpatrick, has played a significant role in the creation of the module suite. She says: “The responsibilities of being a remote healthcare worker are considerable. Practitioners represent the front line of medical care in settings where the potential of danger is ever-present and where access to full hospital services are limited or unreachable due to the transportation challenges of working remotely.  Employers need to be assured that healthcare practitioners providing services to their employees remain safe, competent and effective to ensure all employees have a high level of healthcare service provided. The module suite provides an accredited educational framework which helps the health practitioner evolve in direct relation to changes in the workforce and the conditions they work in and provides opportunities for lifelong learning.”

The Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Care, Professor Valerie Maehle, will be presenting on educational accreditation in Remote Healthcare at a Remote Healthcare Workshop in Bergen, Norway today (14th January). This conference includes healthcare professionals, HSE, energy, maritime industries, academic institutions, technology and emergency medical providers and their aim is to define health support requirements for operations in remote locations.

Spaces on the Skills Development for Remote Healthcare Practitioners module suite - are now available to individual practitioners and companies. For further information on the suite of modules, visit

Notes to editors


The Skills Development for Remote Healthcare Practitioners suite of seven modules comprises:

  • Clinical assessment Judgement and Decision Making in a Remote Healthcare Setting
  • The immediate care of the deteriorating/critically ill patient in remote healthcare settings
  • Management of minor injuries and minor ailments in a  remote healthcare setting
  • Occupational health and health risk assessment
  • Supporting people to manage their long term conditions
  • Public health for the remote healthcare setting
  • Work-based learning in a remote healthcare setting


Issued by:
Sarah Grieve
Communications Officer

Robert Gordon University
AB10 1FR
Tel: 01224 262206