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Health Safety Training: England's Healthcare System Partnered with an E-Learning Provider to Deliver Free Training on the Safe Use of Insulin

Magazine article Talent Development

Health Safety Training: England's Healthcare System Partnered with an E-Learning Provider to Deliver Free Training on the Safe Use of Insulin

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The following story was told by Rod Knox, chief executive of Virtual College.

CLIENT

National Health Service (NHS) England

OPPORTUNITY

In 2010, the National Patient Safety Agency in England issued a patient safety alert regarding the safe use of insulin by diabetes patients and their caretakers. Its Rapid Response Report had found that more than 5,000 diabetes patient-safety incidents occurred in England and Wales between 2003 and 2009. In light of these alarming results, the agency required all health professionals who have diabetes patients to undertake training on the safer use of insulin.

DIAGNOSIS

NHS Diabetes (which has since been subsumed by NHS England) partnered with Virtual College, a provider of e-learning solutions in England, to create the Insulin Safety Suite. This e-learning course would be offered free of charge to health professionals required to learn about the safe use of insulin and diabetes treatment.

METHODS

The Insulin Safety Suite is entirely virtual and self-paced. It consists of several modules, each one focusing on a certain aspect of diabetes treatment, with a special emphasis throughout on common errors in insulin use and how these can be avoided. Participants also learn about common side effects of insulin use and how these should be treated, as well as alternative diabetes treatments and the safe management of hypoglycemia.

The e-learning modules have a voiceover narrative and contain interactive content, including challenges and quizzes, images, video, and animations. …

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