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New e-learning programme to support Mentorship for Prosthetists and Orthotists

May 10, 2018

Michael Harrison-Blount
Michael Harrison-Blount

A new e-learning programme to support prosthetic and orthotic practitioners who educate and/or mentor both students and newly qualified colleagues has been developed. 

The programme content has been informed by practitioners and is designed to help provide flexible work-based support to complement current learning. Three important priorities were identified which were used to develop the 20-minute online sessions: developing an effective mentor mentee relationship; providing effective feedback and supporting the mentee in difficulty. With busy clinical schedules, practioners opted for a blended learning training option which allowed for theory provision via elearning followed up with half day face to face training.

Sessions are designed to be interactive and are suitable for any allied health professional who is new to mentorship, looking to update current skills or as pre-reading material prior to attending a face-to-face session.

University of Salford Project Lead, Michael Harrison-Blount from the School of Health Sciences said: "The University currently has many excellent placement providers and committed practice educators. In the past we have provided mentorship predominantly through a two day face to face programme which has always received excellent feedback. However we are aware that many clinicians struggle to attend the programme due to challenges with clinical schedules, which makes updating skills and recruiting new educators difficult.  In response to this we have developed three eLearning modules that clinicians can do in their own time as an update, as pre reading for a more activity based face to face session or to kick start their role as a clinical educator.  We are already in discussions with Health Education England about expanding this to other healthcare practitioners. We hope that this will provide a benchmark for how we train clinical educators in the future from all disciplines."

The programme has been created in partnership with Health Education England (HEE), the University of Salford and The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO).

The programme team is continuing to welcome feedback about the e-learning programme via the e-LfH Hub.

To access the programme you may need to register for an OpenAthens account.  To register for an OpenAthens account please visit: https://openathens.nice.org.uk/ or for more information about accessing e-LfH resources via OpenAthens visit the e-LfH support page.

For more information about the Mentorship for Prosthetists and Orthotists e-learning programme and for details of how to access the programme visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/mentorship-for-prosthetists-and-orthotists/