Innovative E-learning programme launch for complex care for young people

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Thursday 14 April 2011

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Last year, Coventry University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, under the leadership of Professor Jane Coad, were successful in gaining over £1.3m from the Department of Health for a range of projects around the complex palliative care for children and young people.

One of the projects to benefit from the money is the development of an exciting and innovative E-learning programme for nurses, doctors and other health professionals.

The programme, which will be officially launched on 5 May at Coventry University, will be a flexible, accredited E-learning programme which will focus on the needs of children and young people who are in need of palliative and complex care services from a number of healthcare providers.

The modules, which have been especially developed for the programme, can be taken as stand-alone units or learning as part of a continuing education course or professional development opportunities.

The E-learning programme has been designed following consultation with senior academics, clinical experts, user groups and charities to ensure that the content reflects current contemporary issues in relation to palliative and complex care for children, young people and their families.

Professor Jane Coad, who is the lead academic on this said:

This E-learning programme and suite of modules will assist in the transformation of the workforce and up-skilling of health and social care practitioners who wish to expand and enhance their practice around palliative and complex care for children, young people and their families.

A specific feature of this E-learning programme is the unique way it is delivered and assessed which is entirely online via the Internet.

Each interactive web-based learning module uses case scenarios and electronic learning styles such as online classroom, e-activities and discussion forums to encourage students to work together online. It will not only develop their specialist knowledge but also help them to appreciate how each other’s roles combine to offer family centred care.

Professor Coad added:

This E-learning approach enables the course to be flexible and learner-focused and as there is no requirement to attend the University, students are able to study from home or their workplace.

The launch of the E-learning programme takes place at the University’s Alan Berry Building at 1pm on Thursday 5 May and is open to any health care professional with an interest in this field.

It will provide an opportunity to meet with the course leaders and to discuss how the modules can be taken as part of continued professional development within the work place.

Anyone interested in attending should contact Adam Moore on +44 (0)24 7679 5966 or email


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