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e-Learning sessions for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians now live

Alex Drinkall, 21 May 2020
National Breast Imaging

The National Breast Imaging Academy (NBIA) project is a collaborative, national, multidisciplinary initiative which encompasses a range of solutions to address the workforce shortage in breast imaging services.  These solutions include the establishment of a national centre of excellence for training, an innovative, online technology-enhanced learning platform, the NBIA Online and the development of high-quality training programmes for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians.

Due to the current pressures on the health and care workforce responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19) the NBIA team recognises the impact this is having on trainees and face to face learning.  Therefore, in response to this challenge the NBIA team has worked with Health Education England elearning for healthcare and accelerated the launch of some of the elearning sessions to support the learning for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians.

The interactive elearning sessions have been written by UK experts and cover a wide range of topics on breast imaging and relevant aspects of surgery, oncology, pathology, nursing, and risk and prevention.

The programme is designed to provide online learning to support face-to-face clinical training and is aimed at both trainees and qualified staff.  The full programme is due to launch in Autumn 2020, but approximately fifty completed sessions are being made available now to support training during the COVID-19 pandemic.  These sessions will also provide valuable continuing professional development (CPD) resources for qualified staff.  Additional sessions will be added to the elearning catalogue as soon as they are completed.

The sessions currently available include:

Assessment for Mammographers

Indications for Breast MRI

Clinical Presentations – Implant Symptoms

Challenging Scenarios in Breast Screening

‘Day in the Life’ series showcasing breast multidisciplinary team members

Tips for Reading Screening Mammograms

Image Evaluation.

The NBIA and HEE elfh teams will be sharing updates on the new sessions added on a monthly basis.  Please visit the HEE elfh news page and follow @HEE_TEL on Twitter for further updates.

For more information about the sessions, including details on how to access the NBIA elearning programme, please visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/national-breast-imaging-academy/.

If you would like to share your thoughts on the resources and input into the evaluation of the NBIA elearning programme please visit our survey.

Hosted by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, the NBIA is a collaborative national programme involving multiple other training centres and NHS Trusts around the country as well as Health Education England, Public Health England, the Royal College of Radiologists, the Society and College of Radiographers and elearning for healthcare.  For further information about the NBIA please visit www.nationalbreastimagingacademy.org.

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