An effective training plan is vital in ROSE. The individual needs to obtain the skills to feel confident in their decision making and remain calm in a pressured environment. Selection of staff with the right aptitude is crucial.
A comprehensive training programme should include the following:
Multi header microscope sessions to include:
Overview of the anatomy and pathogenesis in target tissues
Sessions covering conduct at clinic: (Refer to conduct at clinic section)
Multi-disciplinary team attendance
Understanding the impact of ROSE
Practical sessions in the laboratory - making direct spread preparations
Time in clinic is the best form of training and there really isn’t any substitute. But this can cause anxiety to trainees. It’s advisable to start with making preparations only, alongside an experienced individual and move onto the full ROSE SSA supervised by an experienced individual.
Once the individual becomes more confident it is important to review their progress using an assessment template (see below). Ensure that the individual receives feedback about their strengths and weaknesses.
Stress the importance of clear communication.
Engage the clinician with the trainee.