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Doctors returning to training supported in escalating concerns and speaking up

Posted on: March 21st, 2022 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

The SuppoRTT team in Health Education England worked with our simulation and immersive technologies team to launch a virtual reality (VR) resource for doctors returning to training. The resource uses a clinical scenario to explore the topic of Escalating Concerns and Speaking Up, skills that are increasingly recognised as contributing to the quality and safety of care for patients.

Read on for more information about the resource and how to access this resource on the Learning Hub.

What does escalating concerns and speaking up mean?

We each play a vital role in shaping the quality of care within the NHS, we must not let our anxieties about being wrong prevent us from speaking up. Every one of us has a responsibility to escalate any concerns we have: to protect each other and our patients.

What can I expect from the resource?

This interactive resource follows a medical trainee who returns from time out of training and encounters challenging interactions and situations during a clinical shift. Learners will immerse themselves in a VR scenario, experiencing an adult acute environment, in which they will explore techniques and develop skills in escalating concerns and speaking up.

A workbook has been produced to enhance and reinforce the learning from the resource that can be accessed within the resource as well as on Learning hub. Learners will also be invited to engage with a set of questions at the end, to help consolidate and reflect on the experience. A certificate of completion will be available to download after completing the resource and the reflective questions.

Although the resource has been designed for training doctors, trainers may find it beneficial to supporting their trainees in developing their skills in this area. Other healthcare professionals returning to training may find it useful to practice escalating concerns and speaking up.

Whilst these scenarios are based in an adult acute setting, the learning is widely transferable to other situations including non-clinical workplaces. It is relevant not just for trainees returning to work but also for international medical graduates, doctors new to the NHS and those moving to a different work environment or specialty. To learn more, watch a clip of the VR resource.

What is SuppoRTT?

The Supported Return to Training for Trainees programme aims to provide training doctors with the tools and resources to feel more confident, supported and prepared in returning to training, wherever they are in England and whatever their formal training programme is. You can read more about SuppoRTT on the HEE website.

Accessing the resource

NHS colleagues can register on the Learning Hub or login with their elfh Hub details to visit the SuppoRTT catalogue page in the Learning Hub or access the resource.

The resource can be accessed on a PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone. The VR video is compatible with VR headsets, including cardboard headsets in combination with a smartphone, and also VR viewers.

Additional VR resources by SuppoRTT

Doctors returning to training may also be interested in a remote consultation resource and Teamworking resources in the Learning Hub. Visit the SuppoRTT catalogue page for more details.

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