FutureLearn, the leading social learning company, in partnership with University College London (UCL), has launched a new online course, Perioperative Medicine in Action, which is endorsed by the Royal College of Anaesthetists.
Perioperative medicine is an emerging multidisciplinary specialty aiming to improve outcomes for high-risk surgical patients, some of whom die or experience prolonged complications after surgery. A group of anaesthetists working at UCL and University College London Hospitals (UCLH) believe that many of these complications and deaths are avoidable. They've therefore developed a free online course to educate the broader perioperative team about the emerging multidisciplinary approach known as perioperative medicine.
Abigail Whiteman, consultant in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine at UCL, told ICU Management & Practice in an email that the course’s aim is to introduce the key concepts behind perioperative medicine to a global audience. “Ultimately we, the UCL faculty, hope to take a step towards improving surgical outcomes and reducing healthcare costs around the world. The course showcases many UCL/UCLH research achievements within this field and the course makes this work more widely available and accessible, as well as promoting other examples of good practice from around the country and globally.”
Whiteman added: “There is a huge unmet treatable burden of surgical disease within Low and Middle Income Countries. The Lancet Commission for Global Surgery (2015) outlines the three delays or barriers to accessing surgical care in these countries: delay in seeking care, delay in reaching care and delay in receiving care. In the first week of the course, members of our expert faculty outline and discuss how the same principles that underpin perioperative medicine could be used to address these three delays. This will be very relevant to all health professionals from less well resourced countries."
Sharon Drake, Director of Clinical Quality and Research at the Royal College of Anaesthetists, commented: “This course represents an innovative approach to clinical education. As a College, we are committed to finding new ways to improve the care we provide patients. We have appointed perioperative medicine leads in more than 170 hospitals to improve the integration of care and develop improved patient pathways. This new course will ensure the multidisciplinary team are aware of the benefits of perioperative medicine to their patients.”
Who Should Take This Course
This course is for all interested healthcare professionals, including anaesthetists, surgeons, physicians, pre-assessment nurses, surgical ward nurses, operating department staff, medical managers and medical students, and anyone with a general interest in perioperative medicine. The course is designed to inspire learners to make changes in their workplace and practice and share those changes to help form this emerging field with others in the profession.
Course AimsBy the end of the course, learners will be able to:
- Justify better, more holistic care for high risk surgical patients, to improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.
- Demonstrate the need for protocolised care pathways and evaluate the success of the enhanced recovery programmes in reducing variance in practice.
- Engage with risk assessment tools to characterise and quantify the risk of an individual undergoing a particular procedure.
- Describe the major challenges in delivering perioperative medicine for the elderly.
- Discuss the current economic pressure on healthcare systems and how perioperative medicine can be used to reduce these pressures.
As with all FutureLearn courses, the course can be taken for free or there is the option to upgrade to receive additional benefits.
Contributors from University College London
Dr David Walker
Professor Mark Emberton
Professor Monty Mythen
Professor Hugh Montgomery
Dr Ramani Moonesinghe
Dr Rob Stephens
Dr Sanjiv Patel
Dr Gautam Kumar
Dr Douglas Blackwood
Contributors from other organisations
Professor Rupert Pearce, Queen Mary University of London
Dr David Yates, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Jamie Biddulph, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Katie Ayash,York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Duncan Wagstaff, National Institute for Health Research
Dr Oliver Ross, University of Southampton
Professor Gerald Dubowitz, University of California, San Francisco
Dr Angel Coulter, The King’s Fund
Dr John Carlisle, Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust
Dr Michael Swart, Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust
Dr Theresa Hinde, Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust
Professor Henrik Kelhet, Copenhagen University, Denmark
Snr Sister Emma McCone, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Joshua Bloomstone, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix
Dr Nial Quiney, Royal Surrey County Hospital
Dr Geeta Aggarwal, Royal Surrey County Hospital
Dr Richard Griffiths, Peterborough and Stamford Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Mevan Gooneratne, Royal London Hospital
Dr Catriona Morrison, Kingston Hospital
Dr Jugdeep Dhesi, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital
Dr Shamir Karmali, National Institute for Health Research
Professor Finbar Martin, King’s College London
Dr Dalia Dawoud, Royal College of Physicians
Professor Mike Grocott, University of Southampton
Source: FutureLearn; email
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