Radiation Protection for Cardiology - elearning for healthcare
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  • British Institute of Radiology

About the Radiation Protection for Cardiology programme


The Radiation Protection for Cardiology elearning programme has been developed by the British Institute of Radiology (BIR) in collaboration with representatives from the Royal College of Physicians’ Specialist Advisory Committee in Cardiology, scientists involved in the delivery of radiation protection courses for cardiologists (Manchester, Birmingham and Leicester), clinicians, radiographers and Health Education England elearning for healthcare.

Initially developed in 2016, the programme was updated in 2020 to include the new Ionising Radiation Regulations (IRR) and Ionising Radiation [Medical Exposure] Regulations (IR[ME]R).

The programme addresses the requirements of the Training Curriculum in Cardiology, in particular the need for trainee cardiologists to have completed a course on IR[ME]R. Experienced cardiologists will find the material useful as a refresher or a means of demonstrating continuing education.

The course consists of six 30-minute sessions, namely:

  • Principles of Ionising Radiation
  • Practical Methods for Optimisation
  • Patient Safety Regulations
  • Staff Safety Regulations
  • Alternative Imaging Modalities
  • Use of Contrast Agents

About the sessions

The material is tailored to the needs of cardiologists with practical examples drawn from the cardiac catheter laboratory. Later sessions also explore other imaging techniques that may be relevant to cardiologists (e.g. CT, MR and ultrasound) and provide an introduction to topics such as the use of nuclear medicine in specialised cardiology training.

The course is highly interactive and includes examples and photographs taken from the working environment. An assessment is included at the end of each session and a certificate is issued on completion of the course.

How to access

In order to access the Radiation Protection for Cardiology 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 Radiation Protection for Cardiology 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 Radiation Protection for Cardiology 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 Radiation Protection for Cardiology  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.

More information

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