Online induction brings NHS doctors up to speed

County Durham & Darlington Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is
using e-learning to provide induction information. E-learning provider
Futuremedia will produce, deliver and track content for doctors on short-term
contracts or who start work outside the national August/February induction


The courses will help doctors work effectively in their new
positions and ensure the trust adheres to the Clinical Negligence Scheme for
Trusts (CNST) guidelines.


"Until now, new doctors to our four different sites
have been given structured teaching in a lecture theatre setting, but this
needed to be more flexible and immediately accessible for those who commence
outside the normal NHS start dates – particularly for doctors on limited
contracts," says Pat Carter, education, training and development manager,
Information for Health.


"The doctors have a great deal of important information
to learn as soon as they come into the trust and Futuremedia’s e-learning
ensures each receives consistent and good quality induction/education, no
matter when they join the trust."


Futuremedia is building an online development environment to
allow NHS subject matter experts to view the content it is producing at all
stages of production. This welcomes doctors to the trust and includes information
on clinical support services, resuscitation procedures and clinical risk
management. Courses will be delivered via the trust’s learning centres and
internet cafes, on hospitals wards and at doctors’ homes.


– Futuremedia has also announced that the Royal Mail Group
(formerly Consignia), has renewed its existing contract with the e-learning
provider. It will continue to provide a range of e-learning products, including
induction and IT training via its learning management system.

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