What makes our Education Academy innovative and world-class
Looking back on 2020, we explore how King’s Health Partners Education Academy used innovative solutions to support staff and students during the pandemic across the globe.
The King’s Health Partners Education Academy brings together expertise across our partnership to develop and deliver innovative education and training opportunities for our students, staff and healthcare professionals across the world.
Last year, like many organisations across the globe, we experienced major challenges in delivering education and training due to COVID-19. Yet, despite these difficult circumstances, we used innovative solutions to deliver education and training and responded rapidly to support colleagues working on the frontline.
Following the publication of King’s Health Partners Education Academy Annual Report 2020, we look back at some of our Education Academy’s key highlights from last year:
1. Our “Meet the expert” – global, clinical seminar series
In 2020 we saw more than 2,300 attendees joining our new series. The series brought experts across the globe together to share their experiences of managing patients with COVID-19 and this, in time, developed to include other medical conditions. Since November 2020, the series has been officially hosted in collaboration with the European University Hospital Alliance. We have had speakers from prestigious academic institutions across the globe, including University of Pennsylvania, USA and Tata Memorial Centre Advanced Centre for Treatment Research and Education in Cancer. To find out more about the series and listen to previous sessions, login to the Learning Hub, with your partner organisation’s credentials, and search “meet the experts.”
2. We developed new online courses
New online courses have developed and added to the Learning Hub to support staff and students. Our online platform now has more than 14,000 registered users, who are benefiting from more than 100 e-learning courses and resources, such as:
- Quality materials on simulation training in one central location, called Simulation Development and Training Resources.
- Essential Resources for COVID-19: we brought together COVID-19 resources from our partner Trusts - Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts - Public Health England and Royal Colleges on our Learning Hub.
- Quick look guides for staff now working in a critical care settings: a unique set of resources developed for nurses redeployed to work in critical care.
3. We supported redeployed staff
King’s Health Partners Education Academy worked with nursing colleagues to develop unique resources for non-critical care staff asked to move from their normal working environments into critical care areas. A new area on our Learning Hub was created, dedicated to COVID-19 resources.
4. We created the joint Royal Brompton and Harefield and King’s Health Partners Virtual Training Calendar
We codeveloped a new Training Calendar for medical and surgical trainees to view development opportunities across King’s Health Partners, including choices from Royal Brompton and Harefield.
5. We rapidly moved all our research capacity and training opportunities online
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Centre of Adherence Research and Education (CARE) adapted their existing training (face to face workshop with role-play). They created one session which included pre-recorded presentations and bespoke films which focused on adherence support strategies and real-life scenarios.
The Academic Foundation Programme, Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology for Integrated Academic Trainees and Designing Clinical Research course also successfully moved online.