The Medical Detachment was founded in 2007 and is committed to producing cadets who are trained in advanced First-Aid and CPR.
This Detachment which functions on a part-time basis draws its members from the island’s public and private secondary schools. It meets on Saturdays from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm at the Headquarters of the Barbados Cadet Corps.
The Medical Detachment
The Detachment boasts of a multi-disciplinary approach towards training which incorporates the basics of cadetting with a strong emphasis on personal as well as interpersonal development throughout the four-year programme. This approach ensures the creation of a solid foundation which has been the base for previous members to pursue careers in the healthcare field. To this effect, cadets gain skills such as preparing patient notes and monitoring vital signs.
Training is conducted using a variety of methods including video lectures, simulations, guest presentations from members of the healthcare profession and tours to healthcare facilities.
Moreover, as part of the clinical exposure, senior members of the Detachment work alongside members of the Florence Gittens Medical Facility of the Barbados Defence Force at national parades and annual cadet camps. Additionally, the Detachment has lent its support to first aid and mass casualty simulations during the Parish Ambassadors’ training exercises for two consecutive years (2012 and 2013).
The Training Programme includes:
Advanced First Aid and CPR – Clinical Exposure – Mass Casualty Simulation – Anatomy and Physiology – Current Health Challenges – Public Speaking – Method of Instructions for First Aid – Physical Training & Map and Compass