The NHS technology training hub, THOTH, has been re-launched as NHS Training for Innovation and announced it is working on a programme of e-learning to help train health professionals to safely use different medical devices.
Announcing the new name, Paul Vousden, managing director, said: “NHS Training for Innovation will fulfil a very important need – improving patient safety, clinical teamwork and the effective use of medical devices.
Vousden added: “The new name is clearer and conveys more succinctly what we’re about.”
The top priority project for the renamed agency is e4E, a new initiative to create a library of e-learning modules for medical equipment training. Other projects include patient information DVDs, theatre team training, e-prescribing for cancer and creating an interactive virtual hospital using Second Life.
Heather Lawrence, chief executive of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and interim chair of Training for Innovation, said the new e4E project would be extremely useful to frontline staff.
“This has been a gap in training and I know that doctors and nurses who use devices on the ward will find the new service invaluable,” she said.
“People working in healthcare delivery have very busy lifestyles and find it increasingly difficult to fit training into the work day – it’s beginning to be more of a challenge. So having the opportunity for e-learning for frontline staff, that they can do in any location, is a real benefit.” Being able to link e-learning into the electronic staff record was another advantage.
She said the e4E modules, together with other TFI projects, were offering “practical solutions that will make a real difference in the frontline of the NHS”.
She added: “It’s a very exciting time for training and education and Training for Innovation is in the right place at the right time to be able to take it forward.”