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Dental foundation trainees get the e-Den treatment

Posted on: March 31st, 2010 by Frankie No Comments

e-Den, the national elearning initiative encompassing dentistry’s foundation years, went live to over 1,200 dental foundation trainees and trainers across the UK on 31 March 2010. The project is the first major collaboration between The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, The Royal College of Surgeons of England, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK), and the Department of Health’s elearning for healthcare.

e-Den is a flexible online tool which can be accessed at a time and place to suit the learner and is available 24 hours a day. The curriculum is primarily based on the UK Dental Foundation Training curriculum, and is made up of four domains – clinical, management and leadership, professionalism, and communication.

The content has been written by respected subject matter experts from across all fields of dentistry. Over 500 sessions have been broken down into 12 modules covering broad subject areas such as anxiety and pain control, hard and soft tissue surgery, and restoration of teeth. There is also a 13th module in development which will contain multiple choice and case study questions only.

Dental foundation trainees and trainers, who have been pre-registered as part of the initial roll out of the project, have been given access to the first module of 45 elearning sessions covering elements of the clinical domain of the curriculum.

This first module focuses on patient assessment and includes topics such as assessment methods and techniques, good practice, and health promotion and disease prevention.

Each elearning session is 20-30 minutes long and contains a mixture of high quality images, animations and video clips to provide an engaging and visual learning experience.

e-Den Clinical Lead, Paul Brunton, said, ‘This versatile learning resource provides educational support for dental trainees within the UK and will also contribute to continuing professional development of the entire dental team. With its flexibility and dynamic content, e-Den is a new tool for a new age.’

Further sessions covering the next elements of the curriculum will be released throughout 2010 and beyond. Access to the elearning will be given free of charge to NHS members of the dentistry team over the coming months.

For more information on e-Den, visit or contact the e-Den team at

e-Endoscopy provides a key to endoscopy training

Posted on: March 24th, 2010 by Frankie No Comments

e-Endoscopy was successfully launched at the Annual British Society of Gastroenterology meeting in Liverpool in March 2010.

Developed by the Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (JAG) and elearning for healthcare, e-Endoscopy is a web-based interactive resource available to all NHS users.

The content is designed to support all aspects of endoscopy skills training and practice from the novice to the independent endoscopist and sub-specialty training. There is also a dedicated course for the nurse endoscopy assistant. Users have unlimited access to the courses and sessions within them, which offer comprehensive, formative and interactive learning.

e-Endoscopy provides users with both base knowledge and revision material. It is integrated into the new e-portfolio for endoscopy and is easily accessible via the JAG and the JAG Endoscopy Training System (JETS) websites.

A variety of sessions within the initial Foundation course, and Basic Upper GI and Basic Lower GI courses are now available. Information about access is available on the website at New sessions will continue to be released throughout the year and all course content is due to be completed in 2012.

Professor Roger Barton, JAG Chairman, said, ‘This excellent project with its award-winning lineage will bring the essential knowledge that all high quality endoscopists need to the desktop. With modules for endoscopy nurses too, the easy-to-use content and integrated assessments are relevant and current, having been written by endoscopists for endoscopists. If only it had been around when I was learning endoscopy.’

A downloadable user guide is available to provide help and advice. It covers areas relating to initial registration and log on, through to ideas about integrating the e-Endoscopy learning material into endoscopy training.

Anyone who is interested in becoming involved in developing the content or is already involved in endoscopy is encouraged to register and use the educational material provided.

For further information and registration, visit

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