Pinnacle is providing more Fit Test training for Waikato and Taranaki practices. It is important each practice has a staff member who can Fit Test as it is an annual requirement and also necessary to fit test new clinical staff members joining your team. Training with us is free of charge. Please fill in the expression of interest – spaces are limited so one per practice please.
As you know, Fit Testing is an important part of providing COVID-19 community care, with N95 masks being required to be worn for swabbing and providing face to face consults of COVID-19 symptomatic patients.
Practices need to make a plan for providing Fit Testing of their staff. This is an annual requirement and all new clinical staff also need to be Fit Tested.
3M is offering this training free of charge and the training will be provided in two parts (as opposed to four parts previously).
At this stage we are asking for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from practices to nominate one staff member to complete the Fit Tester training (they do not have to be a registered health professional, but it would help if they have health provider experience).
There are limited spaces available however more training will be offered in 2022. Priority will be given to practices who do not currently have a Fit Tester on staff. Large practices should potentially have two Fit Testers as this allows for staff turnover, COVID-19 team bubbles etc.
The EOI must be completed by 4pm, Wednesday 1 December to allow time to organise participants. Successful participants will be notified by email. Please fill out this form to complete the EOI.
The training process is as follows. Steps must be completed in order.
Tuesday 7 December, 1-2pm. Zoom details will be sent to participants.
A 1-hour online Zoom basic introduction to respiratory protection and Fit Testing.
Thursday 9 December, 9.30am-12.30pm OR Friday 10 December, 9.30am-12.30pm.
A 3 hour (max) hands on, in person training detailing about the 3M Fit Test Kit and how to use it.
Nikki Belfield, Practice Development Facilitator
027 417 5617