Do you want to learn more about Child Sexual Exploitation or Perinatal Mental Health?
e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) works in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies to support patient care by providing free, high quality e-learning for the training and education of the healthcare workforce across the UK.
Over a dozen e-LfH topics are also available to the wider public in open-access format, including sessions on modern slavery, dementia, and the two featured here: Child Sexual Exploitation and Perinatal Mental Health. Sessions are designed and built to be engaging and interactive, and use high quality images, video, audio and animation to help users understand and retain knowledge. Content is presented using a variety of templates such as ‘real-life’ scenarios, case studies and ‘knowledge bites’.
Child Sexual Exploitation
This single e-learning session provides an introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation for all clinical and non-clinical healthcare staff. It should take between 30-45 minutes to complete. Link: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/child-sexual-exploitation/open-access-session/
Perinatal Mental Health
These three e-learning modules developed by the Institute for Health Visiting, look at:
- Module One – Perinatal depression and other maternal mental health disorders
- Module Two – How to recognise perinatal anxiety and depression
- Module Three – Interventions for perinatal anxiety, depression and related disorders
Each module takes about 45 minutes to complete, and to complete the package there is a short video ‘Marias Story’, which tells of Maria Bavetta’s experience with perinatal OCD.
These are all high-quality modules, which has led to the e-LfH programme receiving many industry awards for best practice in e-learning, and the general public do not have to log in to study the open-access or sample modules. New topics are added regularly – to see the full range visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/
The WebGuide is a directory of quality websites covering all ages from early child development through to adolescence.
Tufts University have assembled approved links to websites and videos on topics of interest to parents. It is also used by students and professionals in the fields of child development, education, and psychology. All the sites and videos listed on the WebGuide have been systematically evaluated by graduate students. In order to ensure reliability, the evaluation system includes criteria such as the inclusion of citations in peer-reviewed journals.
This really is a very reliable resource for students and workers’ continuing professional development (CPD). It is easy to navigate, with drop-down menus across the top of the site. For example, ‘Health’ includes ADHD, Autism and Aspergers.
The WebGuide has been systematically evaluating links since 2001, so it has now amassed a substantial collection. Tufts’ evaluation criteria are rigorous, but I think that if it were to have begun today it might have indicated whether each resource was open-access or not.
Viewing the WebGuide from Europe, I can’t help wishing we had a comparable directory for resources outside the USA.
Access the WebGuide at: http://www.cfw.tufts.edu
There is a shortage of physicians and nurses across the world skilled in the care of ill children, and training on how to expertly treat children with life-threatening illnesses is only available at relatively few teaching hospitals across the world. In response to these needs, Boston Children’s Hospital and IBM launched OPENPediatrics – a peer-reviewed, open-source, and not-for-profit education platform providing information on best practices for the care of critically ill children to healthcare providers around the world.
The OPENPediatrics platform focuses on three things:
- giving doctors access to the data-driven tools they need to make critical decisions
- providing a structured learning program for doctors to gain advanced training, and
- providing access to a global community focused on the care of critically ill children.
Access the OPENPediatrics website at: http://openpediatrics.org/
Some of the resources created for the OPENPediatrics site — including those in the new multimedia library — are now being made available to the general public as well. Alongside the monthly expert videos, there are an initial 48 animations and illustrations (with many more to follow) which have been released under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA licence so that clinicians and academics may use them in their own instructional materials. As the platform grows, content will extend beyond critical care.
Overall, OPENPediatrics is a very impressive innovation and it is easy to imagine the model being applied to other health disciplines around the world.