Proton Beam Therapy - e-Learning for Healthcare
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  • Royal College of Radiologists
  • Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
  • College of Radiographers

About the eProton programme

The Proton Beam Therapy (eProton) programme is a web-based e-learning resource produced in partnership with The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), College of Radiographers (CoR) and Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH).

eProton offers useful background and general awareness of proton beam therapy (PBT) for all staff groups working in NHS radiotherapy and related services, especially for those in referral or support centres. This includes clinical oncologists, medical physicists, therapy radiographers and dosimetrists. Other audiences may include professionals working in related services e.g. medical and surgical oncologists, radiologists, clinical engineers, play specialists, specialist nurses and other allied health professionals.

Topics covered include the history of PBT, clinical indications and side effects, physical characteristics and generation of proton beams, treatment planning and delivery, radiation protection, along with the multi-disciplinary patient pathway.

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

More information

Proton beam therapy is a type of radiotherapy delivered with protons as opposed to the photons used in conventional radiotherapy.

The use of protons can enable dose escalation for certain tumours to increase the chance of cure without exceeding acceptable doses to nearby normal tissues. For other tumours which do not need higher doses than with photons, protons can allow a reduction in dose to normal tissues and therefore in late (permanent) effects of treatment.

Since 2008, the NHS patients with selected indications believed most likely to benefit from PBT have received treatment overseas funded by the NHS/UK taxpayer. However, the NHS has commissioned two UK PBT centres, at The Christie in Manchester (opening mid-2018) and at University College Hospital in London (opening 2020). A number of private centres are also planned. As the UK centres open, more patients who are likely to benefit will have access to PBT closer to home.

Meet the team

  • Gillian Whitfield

    Gillian Whitfield

    eProton Clinical Lead
  • David Eaton

    David Eaton

    Chair of the Radiotherapy Special Interest Group (SIG) at IPEM
  • Anna Campbell

    Training Policy and Projects Manager, The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR)
  • Profile picture of programme director Martin Sinclair

    Martin Sinclair

    Programme Lead, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • e-LfH staff - Neha Baj

    Neha Baj

    Content Development Lead, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • e-LfH staff - Jasmin Deol

    Jasmine Deol

    Lead Instructional Designer and Project Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare

Authors

  • Gillian Whitfield

    Gillian Whitfield

    eProton Clinical Lead
  • Roger Taylor

    Roger Taylor

    Professor of Clinical Oncology, Swansea University
  • David Eaton

    David Eaton

    Chair of the Radiotherapy Special Interest Group (SIG) at IPEM
  • Adam Aitkenhead

    Adam Aitkenhead

    Principal Clinical Scientist
  • David Lines

    David Lines

    Principal Clinical Scientist
  • Mark Hardy

    Mark Hardy

    Radiation Protection Advisor for Radiotherapy
  • Hazel Pennington

    Hazel Pennington

    Lead Radiographer on the Proton Beam Therapy Project at The Christie, Manchester
  • Kevin Sullivan

    Kevin Sullivan

    Head of Cancer Operations, UCLH
  • Laura Allington

    Laura Allington

    Operational Lead for Proton Beam Therapy, UCLH
  • Rovel Colaco

    Rovel Colaco

    Consultant Clinical Oncologist

Other contributors

We would also like to thank the following individuals for providing images, video clips and support for the project:

  • Anna Campbell and Dr S Ramkumar – Royal College of Radiologists (RCR)
  • Spencer Goodman – Society of Radiographers (CoR)
  • Kathryn Surtees – Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)
  • Laura Allington – University College London Hospitals (UCLH)
  • Jenny Son – Varian Medical Systems, for providing images and video clips for the programme including the image on this page
  • Danny Indelicato – The University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute
  • Louise Boyle – National Proton Beam Therapy Service Development Programme, NHS England
  • Richard Amos – Associate Professor of Proton Therapy Research Lead for Clinical Proton Therapy Physics, University College London Hospitals (UCLH)
  • William Hanson – Varian Medical Systems
  • Damon Kirk – QFix

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Proton Beam Therapy (eProton) programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

If you have already enrolled onto the Advanced Radiotherapy (ART) programme, you will also be able to access the eProton sessions via this programme.

NHS healthcare staff in England

The Proton Beam Therapy (eProton) programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies