STCW – Proficiency in Medical Care
The Proficiency In Medical Care on Board course is for seafarers designated to take charge of medical care on board ship or who have responsibility for checking medical equipment.
The course aims to develop the competence required to be able to diagnose medical problems aboard ship, provide medical care to the sick and injured while they remain on board and participate in co-ordinated schemes for medical assistance to ships.
This course may also be undertaken to update an existing Proficiency in Medical Care certificate.
This is a highly specialised course involving multiple instructors and specialist equipment and we therefore require a minimum of 3 candidates to run the course. Consequently this course only runs on request for a group booking of 3 or more candidates.
Pre- Course Requirements
Candidates attending this course are required to be at least 16 years old and to hold one of the following certificates as proof of prerequisite training.
- Proficiency in Medical First Aid on Board Ship reference STCW Code Section A-VI/4 -1
- Proficiency in Medical Care on Board reference STCW Code Section A-VI/4 –2
- Updated Proficiency Medical Care on Board reference STCW Code Section A-VI/4 –2
All candidates must be conversant with current first aid practices. It is recommended that delegates who have not had recent first aid training undertake additional personal study to obtain a satisfactory level of understanding. To assist with this, brief first aid revision notes are sent with the course booking confirmation.
Please note that the First Aid at Sea and the Ship Captain’s Medical certificates that predate STCW95 training are NOT accepted as prerequisites. If you are unsure that the certificate you hold is acceptable, please contact your local MCA office to check before attending the course.
Subjects on the course will include
- Identification of symptoms based on the concepts of clinical examination and medical history
- Protection against infection and spread of diseases
- Appropriate treatment of an injury or condition
- The dosage and application of drugs and medication
- Prompt recognition of changes in a patient’s condition
- Clinical examination procedures
- The method and preparation for a medical evacuation
- Procedures for seeking radio medical advice
Classroom teaching is backed by practical sessions to consolidate the information delivered in the course.
Assessment and Certification
Assessment is via a practical and written examination on the final day of the course.
Successful candidates will be awarded the STCW Proficiency in Medical Care on Board certificate, reference STCW Code Section A-VI/4 –2.