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Hieda – Clinical skills course

7th March 2023 @ 9:00 am - 8th March 2023 @ 5:00 pm

  • Dates: 7th and 8th March, 2023
  • Times: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Venue: Harrow School 


Registered nurses (32 places maximum)

Course outline:

This two-day clinical skills course for nurses provides updates on medical assessments and refresh practical skills. The aim is to support nurses with their training and development needs; help them to raise the standards of care provided in schools and meet the needs of CPD as part of their revalidation. This will also be accomplished by networking with other nurses to share and recognise good practice that is already happening.

Training topics will include: 

  • The respiratory/cardio assessment
  • History taking
  • Abdominal assessment
  • Limb assessment and strapping
  • Head injury assessment
  • ENT assessment including use of otoscope, eye testing and inhaler techniques
  • Scoliosis assessment

The clinical day will involve five trainers teaching 32 delegates in groups of eight, in rotation on topics that are systems based

We will practice clinical skills such as scoliosis checks, ENT assessment, chest sounds, heart sounds, ABDO assessment, basic strapping, SALTAPS, inhaler techniques and vision testing.

There will be a booklet to complete, every person will be observed and signed off for each skill.

The aim is to refresh or learn new skills and enhance basic physical assessments.

Learning outcomes: 

  • To be updated on the common medical issued found in schools
  • To expand knowledge on assessment and history taking
  • To explore opportunities to support unwell pupils
  • To network with other school nurses
  • To share knowledge and information and recognise areas of good practice

Course co-ordinator: 

Jane Graham, Director, Hieda 
Trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, Jane has over 30 years of nursing background, Many of them in trauma and intensive care. Whilst in PICU, she had a number of different roles. Nine years of that included a role as a specialist retrieval nurse (CATS) that entailed travelling around the country to stabilise and bring back critically unstable children. To do this she learned advanced nursing and basic medical skills in resuscitation, all medical conditions, and trauma.

She went on to teach these skills to student nurses, qualified nurses and junior doctors as the Practice educator on intensive care. This role also involved lecturing regularly at South Bank University. She has been a DSL for Safeguarding at an independent boarding school where she was Lead Nurse. She is also an instructor for Qualsafe, an awarding body approved by the HSE. She is currently the director of Hieda and director of health and wellbeing for the BSA Group. Amend for all courses.

Clinical skills day trainers:


Sinead O’Grady, Lead Nurse, Harrow School Harrow



Rosie McManus RSCN, Dip HR (Child), BSc (Hons), MSc (Law)
Senior Nurse and Health Centre Manager, King’s School, Canterbury 

Trained at GOSH Rosie came to school nursing in the independent sector 16 years ago. With a passion for boarding pastoral and health care Rosie has developed an interest in the understanding and development of the health needs of boarding school students. Passionate about the nurse’s role in the delivery of the PSHE curriculum, Rosie is currently the Senior Nurse and Health Centre Manager for a large independent school in the South East, she has a Masters in Medical Ethics and Law, is a NUCO trainer and has a keen interest in the development of the school nurse role. 

Dr Alex Maxwell 

Dr Alex Maxwell is a GP, School doctor, Sports doctor and Lifestyle Medic. He is the School doctor for Harrow School and Whitgift School and finds immense satisfaction in the varied challenges in these roles. His particular interests are sleep, nutrition, physical activity, mental wellbeing and the psychology of health behaviour change.

His aim as a school doctor is to provide the framework for the child to leave school with the tools to manage their mental and physical health for the rest of their lives.

Liz Robson, MSc Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) Sports Science and Managing Director, R&J Healthcare Ltd 

Qualified with a Masters in Physiotherapy in 2010 Liz has since been working with athletes, sports people and the general population of all ages across a wide range of disciplines, to help them become pain free and improve their sporting performance and activities of daily living.

In 2017 Liz Robson Set up R&J Healthcare after having worked as a physiotherapist and clinical manager for Total Rehab Solutions. She set this up with the view to using her sports background and exercise history to help people become painfree, realise their own potential and improve their performance and activities of daily living.

In addition Liz is a strength and conditioning coach working at Westminster school and Harrow school. She has a particular interest in contact sports, skiing and climbing and has worked with amateur and youth teams on both the national and international stage.

Her aim as the school physiotherapist is to help pupils recognise and manage both chronic and acute injuries and allow them to return to sport in a safe, effective and efficient way.


  • Member rate: £390
  • Non-member rate: £780

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7th March 2023 @ 9:00 am
8th March 2023 @ 5:00 pm


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