Masters in Emergency Response and Risk Management: Major in Community Vaccination Programmes

Led by MD Dr Quentin Mascarenhas, Clinical Pharmacist at Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Guernsey, this timely and targeted programme will prepare community, medical and humanitarian leaders for the establishment of community vaccination programmes in both the developed & developing world

Dr Quentin Mascarenhas

“In my role as a Healthcare Manager, I have successfully organised teams to combat the Covid-19 Virus Emergency Response for a community of 60,000+ people. From a clinical point of view, I have introduced novel ideas and therapies to help improve the quality of healthcare and lifestyle of the patients. On a broader scale, I have introduced policy changes that facilitated the improvement of emergency care, pain relief for surgical patients and emergency contraception amongst other changes.”

A Clinical Pharmacist with experience in the National Health Service of England in the role of a Senior Manager in Medicine and Surgery including Disaster Response, Team Management and Education.

Logistics, Establishment & Delivery

For more information on the core programme, see here

Major in Community Vaccination: Specialized Content

Delivery & Workload Management

Dr Quentin highlights these key areas of management to be included in this topic:

  • Prior planning and simulated response drills (disaster preparedness plans) highlight areas that are deficient and need covering. They can test communication channels and systems and alert the coordinators and managers on areas that need resolving. In our Covid response the emergency drills were fundamental to the success when the virus attacked the island.
  • Factor in the lifestyle/current situation of the community to ensure vaccination is a success: Consult with the community leaders about where to set up a vaccination clinic at the disaster zone.
  • The community will be your partner in delivery of the vaccines. They need to have a voice in helping to ensure service needs.
  • Arrange as clean a site as possible to conduct the vaccine program..
  • Register patients, crowd control, waiting areas with social distancing.
  • Home or residential visits where necessary.
  • Vehicles and transport, managing staff accommodation and meals.
  • Arrange set times for meetings with community leaders.
  • Planning on obtaining feedback and micro planning data to ensure adequate coverage.
  • Use of tracking tools to monitor immunization
  • Work with NGO’s, community leaders, groups at grassroots level to share tools and guidelines.
  • Inform key leaders such as religious and community leaders about the availability of services, obtain cooperation and support.
  • Train health workers and community educators to strengthen interpersonal communication skills, give correct information and motivate them to improve delivery of services.

Establishment & Communication

Pre-Clinic, During the Clinic, and Post-Clinic procedures will enable a successful deployment of vaccination in both developed and developing nations & communities. From checking for medical contraindications and allergies before vaccinating
anyone to safe handling of needles and syringes, to multilingual & culturally appropriate communication documentation, you will gather resources from around the world, analyze their appropriateness and create a suite of go-to documents for customization across the world. You will be the vaccination clinic’s designated leader as the clinic coordinator/ supervisor, able to identify and coordinate the compound facilities within the constraints of your local environment.

Additionally, Dr Quentin emphasizes the following:

  • Establish links with local community leaders
  • Establish local centres for vaccines and hold talks to educate the communities, some communities are refusing to have the vaccine because of a myriad of rumours surrounding conspiracy theories.
  • Emphasize and learn how to use communication tools to enhance adequate vaccine cover, particularly with Social media and the need for each message to be vetted for:
  • Health workers
  • Local leaders
  • Community Groups
  • Radio
  • Social media
  • Printed material

Logistics

While air freight has been the initial focus for vaccine distribution due to its cold-chain advantages and quicker time-to-market, limited capacity – not to mention the growing list of vaccine candidates that can be transported in standard refrigerated units – this means that container transport has an important long-term role to play in the supply of vaccines and associated equipment to key markets. From developer, to transportation, to secure holding, to vaccination cycling… logistics are a critical component in saving lives. The way this happens in a developed nation is different to a developing nation. Develop your knowledge and expertise in this challenging area through this comprehensive programme.

Create your own guidelines and best practices for vaccine shipment, transport, storage, handling, preparation, administration, and documentation using International and Local Guidelines.
(Local and International Guidelines are to be emphasized so that the candidates realize that they always have to maintain compliance to relevant authorities and bodies).

Accreditation

This international qualification is established in the USA in partnership with the Texas A&M University System through the TEEX extension service (UARD is a Cooperative Learning Center), the globally recognised leader in Emergency Management. Graduates may pursue higher qualifications through our Texas A&M University System articulation agreement. This programme is also accredited at Level 6 (bachelor degree) in the United Kingdom by NOCN & One Awards, the leading end-point assessment organisation for OfQual and QAA.

Graduates of the Accelerated Bachelor in Emergency Response & Risk Management will receive certification from both Texas A&M in the USA and NOCN in the UK, making this a highly valuable internationally recognised qualification.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate prior academic success and industry professionalism in the following ways:

  1. Minimum four-year Degree from a recognised institution, or equivalent
  2. Minimum two-years emergency response or risk management involvement in a voluntary, community or employment role

Academic Credit & Fees Schedule

The full Masters of Emergency Response & Risk Management is a 2 to 3 year, 180-credit point programme with tuition fees of $15,000. The MERRM is an 80-credit programme, for students with extensive industry experience, prior academic success and a record of prior learning in ERRM. UARD has received substantial sponsorship and support from our accrediting bodies and industry experts. This has enabled MD Dr Quentin and AP Todd De Voe to create a highly attractive programme and tuition commitment.

The full Masters in Emergency Response & Risk Management: Major in Community Vaccination Programme is $6,000USD.

Joining the Qualification

The Masters in Emergency Response & Risk Management: Major in Community Vaccination can be started in the first week of each month. Classes are taught over nine months. Each student then has 15 months to complete the Masters project. Most students complete their entire Masters in 12 months.

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