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CPHVA e-learning Web Site
There is a recognised need for health care professionals to enhance their information management skills. The document "Learning To Manage Health Information (LTM) – A Theme For Clinical Education" (1) identified the core learning requirements to address clinicians Information Management and Technology (IM&T) skills The CPHVA in collaboration with the South and West Devon Health Authority made a successful in bid to the NHSIA to develop an e-learning web site that has individual modules that contain introductions to subject areas connected with the Information for health agenda which support some of the learning outcomes of LTM.
Aims of the Project
To raise the awareness of CPHVA members regarding the Learning TO Manage Outcomes, Health Competency Profiles and demonstrate the importance that health informatics will have in future clinical practice.
To provide CPHVA members with an online self-assessment to assess current knowledge of IT skills and Health Information Issues and provide support materials to address any identified learning needs
Site Content
The e-learning web site has individual modules that consist of the following
  • An initial quiz to see if the student needs to do the module
  • Information, PowerPoint presentations, audio clips re the subject area.
  • A post quiz to provide the project with an outcome indicator to see how useful the material has been.
  • Static web pages were linked to the University of Plymouth Perception software to provide a tracking and analysis.
  • On line materials reflected the core themes of Learning To Manage Health Information as applied to community practitioners.
  • Site was marketed through journal article, and CPHVA conference
  • Accounts were issued to CPHVA members only.
Summary of findings
  • Total hits in 4 months was 13,801
  • 73.45 % was accessed outside of normal working hours, most popular times in the evening from 8pm until midnight.
  • Most accessed sections were the non password protected sites indicating that in the future on line/ immediate account access would be more beneficial.
  • The level of previous knowledge re health informatic topics was limited, averaging a pre score of 45% of users. Post module scores improved significantly demonstrating material had been informative. This conclusion, is also supported by the number of individuals who returned to the site.
  • Feedback re the content and ‘pitch’ of the site has been favourable.
  • Users are still accessing the learning materials and express interest in continuing their education
  • Owing to funding constraints and issues regarding educational software licences a less than ideal technical solution was implemented, this led to the users having to open a number of windows. This requires a good basic IT knowledge which some users found hard to navigate.
  • Not everyone who applied for an account accessed the site, an e facilitator would have been beneficial in prompting these individuals to start or guide them through sections they found difficult.
  • E learning needs to be supported by an E Learning facilitator.
The site has been well evaluated and seen to be appropriate for users needs and target audience.
This project has developed an e-learning resource which covers the core themes in Information for Health which could ultimately be used as part of the e-learning wider NHS community and or educational providers and NHS organisations.
The project is due to end at the end of February. Discussions need to happen re the future of the site and how to maintain a on line assessment facility.
An ideal future
The site would have a permanent home
The assessment process should be easily maintained and should reflect the aims of the National Competency Profile
The process, look and feel could be transferred to other disciplines
Gail Wilson
Strategic ETD South & West Devon Health Community