A national eLearning course enabling health professionals to get up to speed with technology enabled care, which has been supported by local health organisations, has been launched.
“Telehealth, telemedicine and telecare: an introduction to TECS (Technology Enabled Care Services)” is hosted online by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP). The course has been developed in collaboration with NHS Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN), the regional organisation which drives the adoption and spread of innovation in healthcare. The eLearning course introduces the concepts, history and future of telehealth, telecare and telemedicine in the UK.
The course is a legacy from the AIM (Advice and Interactive Messaging) project, which was funded by the Department of Health and focused on the successful Flo Simple Telehealth text messaging service for people with long term conditions. Dr Ruth Chambers, Chair of Stoke-on-Trent CCG and Clinical Lead for Long Term Conditions at the WMAHSN, commissioned the course from the RCGP, which has led on the development.
Ruth said: “The eLearning course demonstrates the case for change and importance of increasing the use of telehealth and technology in the NHS, describes the current and future landscape within primary care and provides examples of its use in general practice. It includes barriers and challenges for technology enabled care and how these can be overcome to support self-care and patient empowerment.
“While the content is written and aimed primarily at GPs, it can be accessed and utilised by all healthcare professionals.”
Registration and access to the eLearning course is free to all clinicians until December 2018, including international members and non-RCGP members in the UK. Users can register for free via the RCGP Learning site .