Case Study: Army Medical Training
The survival rate for personnel admitted to the Camp Bastion Field Hospital in Afghanistan, which included patients with battle injuries, was 99.6%. During the withdrawal of British troops out of Afghanistan, the hospital was handed over to the local doctors.
The UK Military were keen to maintain the impressive survival rates during and after the withdrawal, and this meant working closely with the local doctors and medics to transfer all the procedures and ways that the UK military medics worked.
A key aspect of transferring this knowledge was educating the UK medics on the local culture, so relationships between them and the locals was stronger.
Working with a native cultural expert, ISL created a cultural awareness course that covered all aspects of Afghan culture plus introductory language lessons in Dari and Pashto so that the Army medics could bond with the locals.
Delivered on site at the Army Medical Training Centre in York, the course was delivered in week long classroom courses alongside the regular training that the medics received.
Survival rates were maintained at similar levels and the handover of the military hospital was competed months ahead of schedule.