NI tech firm develops online learning platform for NHS staff in COVID-19 battle

  • Learning tech specialists from Northern Ireland have developed an online learning platform to boost frontline NHS staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Holywood-based Synergy Learning created the programme in six days, in partnership with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB).

    The university requested Synergy Learning’s support to build a learning platform that could support the induction and course delivery for up to 60,000 healthcare workers and volunteers.

    The programme contains over 50 courses with five different learning pathways, tailored for each user.

    Courses include:

    -        Mandatory Training

    -        Clinical Skills and COVID-19

    -        Basic Care of the Medical Inpatient for the Non-Specialist

    -        General Information for all including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

    -        Health and Wellbeing

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    The platform is ready for access to all health professionals, including NHS administration staff and members of the general public who have volunteered in a caring role.

    The initial launch of the learning platform will be available to all NHS organisations across the West Midlands, following the opening of The NHS Nightingale Birmingham on 10 April 2020. 

    The new hospital provides an additional facility for patients with COVID-19, helping to ensure there is enough critical care for seriously ill patients. 

    Synergy Learning has worked with UHB since 2010, which said it is one of the largest teaching hospital trusts in England.

    Roy Kerley from Synergy Learning said the team was “so pleased” to offer their services to help frontline workers, adding: “We are fortunate to be in a position to lend our support to the NHS when we are relying on them more than ever.” 

    Tracey Starkey-Moore, Deputy Director of Education from UHB commented: “With a wide range of skills required at this time, it is important that all staff and volunteers are confident in their knowledge.

    “The focus of the learning platform is to ensure that all staff and volunteers are equipped with the most recent information available to them and have the most up to date skills to enable them to be competent and confident in caring for their patients.”

    Users must register, but registration is open to anyone

    To find out more information please visit: if you are NHS staff and here: if you are a member of the public who would like to help.

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    Source: Written from press release


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