Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations - elearning for healthcare
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About the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations programme

Delivered in partnership by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) and Health Education England (HEE) elearning for healthcare (elfh), e-IRMER is a free training resource covering the following topics:

  • Interpretation of the regulations
  • The basic physics associated with ionising radiations
  • The risks associated with ionising radiations
  • The radio-biological effects of exposure to ionising radiations
  • The production of x-rays
  • The application of ionising radiations for diagnostic x-ray imaging
  • The application of ionising radiations in nuclear medicine
  • The application of ionising radiations for radiotherapy
  • Practical examples of the roles of duty holders
  • Practical examples of how to reduce patients’ exposures to ionising radiations

e-IRMER is an interactive online training resource supporting the training of NHS and other healthcare professionals who work with patients undergoing ionising radiation medical exposures.

e-IRMER provides easy access to learning materials, and through formative and summative assessments, allows the learner to both develop competence and demonstrate compliance with the regulatory requirements of the IR(ME)R.

Approved by IPEM course accreditation panel on 5th December 2012 and updated in March 2019. A new module for Radiotherapy was added in February 2021.

More information

e-IRMER is made up of the following modules that cover topics in IR(ME)R Schedule 3:

  • Fundamental Physics of Radiation
  • Radiation Protection
  • Legal Requirements
  • Diagnostic x-ray and interventional radiology
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Radiotherapy

Each module contains a number of elearning sessions each approximately 20-30 minutes in duration that are designed to:

  • Be engaging
  • Validate prior knowledge
  • Deliver only relevant content that the learner is expected to remember

Each elearning session contains interactive content which delivers the educational objectives using a variety of techniques, including animations and video.

Project executive

  • Kathryn Surtees

    Kathryn Surtees

    Project Champion, IPEM
  • Mark Knight

    Mark Knight

    Clinical Lead, IPEM
  • Jonathan Guy

    Jon Guy

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Dave Beardmore

    Dave Beardmore

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare

Project team

  • Jonathan Guy

    Jon Guy

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Dave Beardmore

    Dave Beardmore

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Claire Beattie

    Claire Beattie

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Louise Garrahan

    Louise Garrahan

    Stakeholder Officer, HEE elearning for healthcare

Editorial team

  • Mark Knight

    Mark Knight

    Lead Editor and Head of Radiation Physics at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
  • John Dickson

    Module Editor and Principal Medical Physicist, Institute of Nuclear Medicine, University College London Hospital
  • Paul Charnock

    Module Editor and Radiation Protection Adviser, IRS Limited
  • John Byrne

    John Byrne

    Module Editor and Consultant Clinical Scientist and Deputy Head of Radiotherapy Physics, Northern Centre for Cancer Care
  • Phil Orr

    Module Editor and Clinical Scientist. Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
  • David Eaton

    David Eaton

    Module Editor, Head of Radiation Physics, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Acknowledgements

e-IRMER acknowledges the following individuals for their enormous contribution to the HEE elearning for healthcare e-IRMER elearning programme.

  • Stephen Evans
  • Julia Moore OBE
  • Alan Ryan
  • Chris Gibson

 

 

  • Tony Denman
  • Karen Goldstone
  • Peter Childs
  • Dudley Ibbett
  • Habib Zadir

How to access

In order to access the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (e-IRMER) programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (e-IRMER) programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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NHS healthcare staff in England

The Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (e-IRMER) programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this elearning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (e-IRMER) programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

How to license

In the event that you do not qualify for free access to the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (e-IRMER) programme, you are able to license access through eIntegrity, a community-interest company established for this purpose.
You can check whether or not you qualify for free access by clicking on the ‘Register’ button above.

For more information on the licensing options available for the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (e-IRMER) programme, please visit the eIntegrity website.

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