The NHS was placed on high alert by NHS head, Sir David Nicholson in September to ensure that there are no failings as it gears up for the Government's reforms to go live in April. The NHS has been told that it is at the start of a savings drive, being required to save £20 billion by 2015 through becoming more productive. However, as the NHS comprises many organisations with some freedom to operate as independent businesses, there is the risk that opportunities to achieve savings through working collaboratively are missed.
The NHS South Central decided to take a collaborative approach to eLearning content development, using a 'club' model similar to one that existed in NHS Yorkshire and the Humber. Member organisations make a modest financial contribution to the club and bring their expertise together to reduce costs, reduce duplication and increase the delivery and uptake of high quality eLearning that supports improvements in patient care and safety. More than 150 individuals from the club member trusts were trained to use the eLearning authoring tool. Each of the member organisations has access to their own development folder and content can be viewed, shared and locally adapted.
Four years since its inception, the club has developed more than 100 learning modules and 150 versions, on a wide range of topics, from management of absence to management of anticoagulation. Recent developments include development of a set of online competence assessments for statutory and mandatory training topics, and investment in a collaborative tool for the development of mobile apps.
The club has now saved its members a total of approximately £4 million through collaboration as opposed to individual trusts commissioning and development of eLearning modules.
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