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Critical courses made free to support NHS and global fightback against Covid-19

The University of Edinburgh has made a number of its courses available online for free in a bid to support frontline NHS staff in the fight against Covid-19.

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New free resources are being made available for frontline healthcare workers.

The information – curated by experts in critical care and respiratory medicine – is designed to equip clinical staff and healthcare providers with the tools to combat the virus and save lives.

The resources will support those who are treating critically ill patients for the first time and clinicians who are returning to the frontline after some time away. 

Covid-19 Critical Care Education Resource

The University’s MSc Critical Care team – in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh – has developed an online training and education hub called the Covid-19 Critical Care Education Resource.

The resource hub – hosted on social learning platform FutureLearn – provides access to professional knowledge and expertise covering routine critical care activities, as well as Covid-19 specific education. It also provides practical tools for self-care and staff wellbeing.

Resource hub on FutureLearn

Academics hope the learning resource will have an impact beyond the UK, particularly in supporting clinicians working in under-resourced environments.

Dr Graham Nimmo, Programme Director of MSc Critical Care, said:

Critical care focuses on the patient, their family, and the staff who look after them. As learners and teachers, it is our privilege to create a community of learning with the common goal of improving patient care and outcome whilst supporting staff. These are the principles upon which our MSc Critical Care programme is based. This resource is entirely open access and we hope that it will benefit staff in our NHS and beyond.

Educational vidoes for frontline NHS staff

The Undergraduate Medical Education team from Respiratory Medicine, Resuscitation and Clinical Skills have also made resources available online. 

Working with staff from Information Services, and in collaboration with the NHS Lothian Medical Education Directorate, they have provided access to eductationa;l videos for frontline NHS staff.

Educational videos

The videos address recognition of acutely unwell patients, with a particular focus on respiratory failure and its management.

Alongside a team of clinical educators from the NHS Lothian Medical Education, Dr James Tiernan, Consultant Respiratory Physician and Dr Emma Scahill, Clinical Teaching Fellow, are also facilitating regular online learning sessions for clinicians. ​

Dr Tiernan said:

We are delighted to share these University resources with the rest of our clinical colleagues. These videos will be particularly valuable for our junior clinicians. They will also serve as helpful refreshers for those that have not worked in acute care environments in recent times, as we work together to deliver excellent care for people with Covid-19.​​

More information

For further information, please contact: Guy Atkinson, Press and PR Office, 0131 650 6357, guy.atkinson@ed.ac.uk

Related links

How the University is supporting global efforts to curb Covid-19