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Critical courses made free to support NHS

The MSc Critical Care has helped to develop a free online education hub for clinical staff treating patients with coronavirus.

The MSc Critical Care - in conjunction with the Royal College of Physicians 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.

The information is designed to equip clinical staff and healthcare providers with the tools to combat the virus and save lives.

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

Online education hub

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.

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

“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.”

Dr Graham NimmoProgramme Director of MSc Critical Care, University of Edinburgh


We are extremely proud of the MSc Critical Care team for all of their hard work in putting this resource together so quickly. Within 2 days, over 10,500 healthcare professionals had already signed up from 157 countries around the world. 

Well done team!

You can find the full press release here.


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