17th April 2015

How can the healthcare sector and staff best use e-learning: A Guardian Healthcare Network live discussion

Image: Guardian Healthcare Network.Head of Technical Development for Skills for Health, Bryan Kessie and Development and Support Manager for the National Skills Academy for Health, Emily Newlands, were two of eight panellist experts, who took part in the live Guardian Healthcare Network discussion on e-learning on the 16th of April, 2015. Amongst the panel was also,  Dr Julie Gripton, Deputy Director Head of Multiprofessional Education, Medway NHS Foundation Trust, Lia Ali, Consultant psychiatrist and Clinical lead for Digital Health, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Dr Dirk Pilat, Medical Director for E-learning, Royal College of GPs.

Discussions took place via Twitter, under the hashtag #Gdnelearning and via participant’s comments on the Guardian. Over 215 comments were received via the Guardian with 90 questions and discussions taking place on Twitter.

Discussion Digest

Major themes emerged which fuelled the debate: 

  • E-learning vs. MOOC courses – what is the difference and what are the benefits of using e-learning over MOOC courses
  • How can e-learning cuts the cost of healthcare and divert resources to more staff and better working practices
  • Digital Health – incorporating apps and mobile technology to support and enhance individual e-learning, using real-time data input and interaction to deliver a tailored experience

Key Quotes:

“My hopes are that good quality elearning becomes the norm for developing staff skills and knowledge and takes its place in a well structured blended approach to training.We need to continue to innovate and ensure that the training staff receive equips them to provide high quality patient / client care.”
Byran Kessie, Head of Technical Development, Skills for Health

“E-learning can support the development of suitably trained staff working effectively in a flexible way that allows people to plan learning around their work in a cost and time efficient way. You don't need to be confined to learning at certain time periods that may not fit around your work.”
Emily Newlands, Support and Development Manager, National Skills Academy for Health

“It really IS the quality of the e-learning - not just the materials, but the whole experience (even working through barriers or personal difficulties with the style of learning) that truly enables learners to enjoy and recommend the learning to others.”
Dr. David T. Evans, National Teaching Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Sexual Health, University of Greenwich

“I hope to see a focus on e-learning as more than a tick box exercise, I hope to see innovative methods employed to engage learners but most of all I hope to see that quality is prioritised. We owe our patients the best trained workforce we can provide”
Lia Ali, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for Digital Health, South London and Maudsley NHS foundation trust

Catch-up on the live debate today!

Guardian Healthcare Network

View all of the questions, answers and discussions from the live discussion via the Guardian Healthcare Network here: http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2015/apr/14/how-can-the-healthcare-sector-and-staff-best-use-e-learning-live-discussion?CMP=share_btn_tw#comment-50540742


Tune into the questions, answers and discussions via Storify here: https://storify.com/skillsforhealth/e-learning-live-discussion


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