‘The single most common recurring theme resulting from avoidable morbidity and mortality from sedation is the lack of formal training for the appropriate administration of sedative drugs and prompt recognition and treatment of sedation-related complications.’

Safe Sedation Practice for Healthcare Procedures. Standards and Guidance.
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. October 2013

 
 

‘The single most common recurring theme resulting from avoidable morbidity and mortality from sedation is the lack of formal training for the appropriate administration of sedative drugs and prompt recognition and treatment of sedation-related complications.’

Safe Sedation Practice for Healthcare Procedures. Standards and Guidance.
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. October 2013

 
 

‘The single most common recurring theme resulting from avoidable morbidity and mortality from sedation is the lack of formal training for the appropriate administration of sedative drugs and prompt recognition and treatment of sedation-related complications.’

Safe Sedation Practice for Healthcare Procedures. Standards and Guidance.
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. October 2013

The National Safe Sedation (NSS) course was established in response to the publication of
‘Safe Sedation Practice for Healthcare Procedures. Standards and Guidance.’
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. October 2013.

These standards and guidance relate to the provision of safe conscious sedation.
All the recommendations from this publication are incorporated in the National Safe Sedation course.

The Executive Summary of this publication highlighted that:

  • research and audit have identified continued avoidable morbidity and mortality from sedation

  • the single most common recurring theme resulting from avoidable morbidity and mortality from sedation is the lack of formal training for the appropriate administration of sedative drugs and prompt recognition and treatment of sedation-related complications

  • the safety of sedation practice can only be improved through the insistence of formal accredited competency-based training for all healthcare workers using sedation

  • it is the responsibility of all disciplines using sedation techniques to ensure that their trainees receive accredited training in sedation to a clearly defined national standard

  • those continuing to be actively involved in administering sedation must be able to demonstrate continued competency through maintenance of an appropriate level of experience, and ongoing participation in relevant life-long learning/CPD programmes, now necessary for revalidation

The NSS course was set up with the support of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA).
The development of this website and the e-learning have been made possible by the generous support of Sir Simon Robey.
The NSS course is non-profit-making and is now managed independently of the RCoA. The RCoA continue to approve Stage 2 of the course for CPD (Stages 1 and 3 of the course are eligible for self‑directed learning).
The NSS course is open to all healthcare professionals whose work involves the provision of conscious sedation.

The NSS course has three stages and is described in more detail in the e-learning:

1

Mandatory pre-course e-learning (about 6 hours work). This has to completed before attendance at Stage II of the course
2

Attendance at a small group face-to-face teaching day (to include some talks, demonstration of equipment and faculty-demonstrated simulation of common sedation-related complications)
3

Acquisition and assessment of airway management competencies at registrant’s base hospital and workplace-based assessment in the provision of safe conscious sedation

Successful completion of all three stages of the NSS course leads to certification of completion of the NSS course (‘NSS certification’).

FUTURE COURSES

Comments from previous courses

Really excellent course - learned more than I thought I would

Will help me to improve standards of safe sedation practice in my own Trust where previously my voice may not have been heard

Very good. It was pitched at the right level and covered the most important areas

Comprehensive and well-targeted

Thorough and meticulous; excellent for consolidating existing competencies

Very informative. Made me more mindful about every step when sedating

Very informative. Every detail discussed. All are relevant. I feel confident now with conscious sedation

Previous Courses

1

Royal Free Medical School, London, 20th January 2020

2

Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, 6th December 2019

3

North Bristol Trust, Southmead,14th February 2019

4

Teaching the teachers - NSS course, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, 22nd June 2018

5

Pilot course Part II, RCoA, London, 5th May 2017

6

Pilot course Part I, RCoA, London,18th November 2016