An interactive and engaging approach to delivering a live streamed training session via Zoom. The trainer uses an interactive tool which can be used for voting, taking part in case studies, sharing ideas/opinions, Q&A’s and makes the course more interesting by being interactive. Delegates can ask questions and interact with the trainer.

Aimed at:

This two day Introduction to Travel Health course is intended for nurses/health professionals who may be new to the field of Travel Health, those returning to travel health after a long gap, or for those already practicing who may not have undertaken formal training in the subject and who wish to update and expand on their current knowledge. (page 16) was states that 2 days travel health training is essential followed by a period of supervised practice before providing travel consultations. The 2 day Introduction to travel health course covers the syllabus recommended in appendix C, including covid-19 and travel, risk assessment, travel vaccines, non-vaccine preventable illnesses, malaria, professional issues, and the latest developments in travel health.

When delegates have completed the course, it is recommended that they have a period of supervision in clinical practice whilst they develop their clinical skills and are assessed by their supervising practitioner as competent to undertake a travel consultation.

The trainer:

Cathy O’Malley RGN FFTM RCPS(Glasg) is a Travel Health Nurse Specialist with 14 years clinical experience in a travel clinic. She has a Travel medicine diploma and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Glasgow. She is an experienced trainer and is passionate about travel medicine and passing her knowledge on to others.


Having completed the course for delegates to

  • Understand the importance and process of risk assessment of the traveller and trip and how to apply this in practice.
  • Have a good general knowledge of travel vaccines, the diseases they prevent and how to be able to deliver appropriate preventative advice to the traveller.
  • Be aware of non-vaccine preventable diseases and topical issues in travel health and to be able to provide evidence-based advice to travellers.
  • Understand how to access the most up to date resources for use in the travel consultation and to identify when it is appropriate to use them.
  • To be able to plan vaccination schedules for itineraries.
  • Have increased knowledge of Global malaria and malaria in travellers returning to the UK.
  • Be able to identify which travellers are at higher risk of getting malaria and which are more likely to die from malaria, tailoring their advice to travellers accordingly.
  • Understand the principles of bite avoidance, malaria chemoprophylaxis and the importance of prompt malaria diagnosis.
  • To be able to deliver evidence-based advice to travellers about malaria prevention.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional issues in the Travel consultation.

Course content:

  • The travel consultation
  • Tools and resources
  • Risk assessment
  • Vaccine preventable diseases
  • Non-vaccine preventable diseases
  • Other health risks
  • Case studies and scheduling of vaccines
  • Legal aspects and responsibilities of the travel health practitioner
  • Malaria
  • Mosquito borne diseases
  • The complex traveller
  • FGM & the travel consultation
  • Covid-19 & advising travellers

Points to consider:

Delegates will require:

  • To access course on a computer, laptop, tablet, or iPad with a large screen (i.e. bigger than a phone) with working speakers & microphone
  • A separate mobile phone (We use for the interactive element of the course). The trainer will provide a code for this when the meeting starts.
  • A good internet connection
  • To be in an environment where you will not be disturbed, as you will need to be present for the whole course (as it is interactive & live).
  • After the course: you will require a colleague to be your supervising practitioner to help develop your skills in clinical practice and assess your competency prior to you undertaking travel consultations alone.