Delivering online competency-based training for the CamAPS FX hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery system
By Cambridge Diabetes Education Programme (CDEP)
Delivering standardised, easily accessible training at scale to healthcare professionals,
people living with Type 1 diabetes and their families/carers is challenging, especially during
COVID-19. High quality, structured training, with auditable outcomes, can empower people
to make the best use of diabetes technology. The answer was to deliver competency-based
training, improving competency, confidence and troubleshooting ability, using a digital,
blended learning approach for a wide range of CamAPS FX hybrid closed-loop users.
CamDiab commercially launched the CamAPS FX system in the UK in March 2020, after years
of research at the University of Cambridge to develop the advanced closed-loop algorithm.
"This entry from CDEP was designed to be developed quickly and was very accessible. The results demonstrate improved competency, confidence and troubleshooting ability. Modules were created for all education levels, which was appropriate for the wider user audiences. It was a really high-quality educational product with excellent safety procedures, plus the different learning zones were fantastic. "
By Eden Leicester Diabetes Centre
After being awarded ‘highly commended’ at QiC in 2019, the diabetes training programme
for clinical pharmacists, COMPLEMENT (COMPLEte MENToring for clinical pharmacists)
was rolled out across Leicester and Leicestershire. The COVID-19 pandemic meant the
programme had to be adapted quickly into COMPLEMENT PLUS – an easily accessible, fully
virtual, diabetes training programme for clinical pharmacists, relevant to all during a
pandemic. Updating of the programme began in March 2020 and the first cohort took the
course in June 2020. It consists of four pre-recorded lessons, four e-learning modules and
four virtual mentoring sessions, and has replaced the original COMPLEMENT programme.
"COMPLEMENT PLUS is very much aligned with the national agenda of getting pharmacists into primary care and it responded really well to the changes with mentoring. This project was about connecting with other people and putting them in touch with a mentor and the innovation was clear. There was great awareness of the role of pharmacists in the process. The entry was really solid and well written."
By Diabetes Technology Network
Academy is an interactive, free-to-access, online education platform, developed by clinical
leaders in the Diabetes Technology Network with Glooko, to improve access to technology
across the country and training for healthcare professionals. It provides high quality,
CPD-approved and NHS England-endorsed training on diabetes technologies. It aims to
reduce inequality in access to technology by providing education in bite-sized chunks
that individuals can undertake at their own pace. Primarily aimed at specialist teams,
it is also also available to community and primary care teams. The platform contains
58 topics with 368 micro-learning videos spanning a total of 27 hours of content.
"The ACADEMY project was an innovative, national level project that addressed a clearly identified gap in training. Its innovation shone through with good uptake and an impressive range of technologies covered at different levels. It was free for HCPs and in bite size chunks so time had been factored in. The judges liked that there was collaborative co-production and that the video content was available to all. Particularly impressive was the fact it involved NHS England and it has potential to disseminate knowledge."
Remote DAFNE HCP training
By National DAFNE Programme - Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
The COVID-19 pandemic meant Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating (DAFNE) patient
courses and healthcare professional training had to move away from face-to-face
courses. A Remote DAFNE patient course was created (April-July 2020). It comprised a
five-week blend of self-directed online learning and structured virtual group sessions,
facilitated by a DAFNE educator. Existing educators were trained via a virtual conversion
course (RCC), developed in parallel to the Remote DAFNE course. It has been delivered
to 303 educators. The Remote DAFNE Educator Programme (RDEP) and Remote DAFNE
Doctor Programme (RDDP) were produced to replace in-person workshops.
"This project took what was already in place and moved it online. The judges liked that training was offered internationally and that feedback was used to make improvements. The changes really opened it up to a wider audience and it felt much more accessible. It was executed amazingly well with strong results. "