Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) Suite
Patient specific treatment sheet
MU calculation worksheet
Assessor Instruction manual
Virtual patient data sets for VERT sample plan database
Linear Accelerator control area mock up (MS PowerPoint)
VERT facilitator(s) as assessment team, individual students,
Environment – staff, calls etc.
Students will have had an introduction to VERT and up to six facilitated sessions to practice positioning skills prior to placement 1.
At the start of Semester 2 (mid-January), post placement 1 and following consolidation workshops, the module lead will randomly allocate a patient scenario and treatment related parameters (treatment site, field sizes, patient position, dose prescription etc.) to each student to facilitate their preparation of a bespoke radiotherapy treatment sheet.
In a scheduled workshop, at least one week prior to assessment and working in pairs, students will independently develop their own treatment sheet and cross check their partners dose calculations and treatment data. Upon satisfactory completion, each student will then pre book an assessment time (30 minute duration).
Initial VERT Set-Up:
On the scheduled assessment day, the lead assessor will switch on VERT v. 5.0 and preload “Sample Plan 1, Pelvis, Prostate IMRT”. They will ensure that skin marks are visible and lower the treatment couch to an appropriate height for patient “on load” prior to admitting each student to the VERT suite.
Lead Assessor - prepares the room / software prior to each assessment according to the instructions in the assessor guidelines and completes the assessment checklist
Second Assessor - acts as moderator / second marker and as patient actor if required
Ongoing (Assessment format was introduced in January 2021), Qualitative “first impressions” and verbal reflections are collected on the day and used as feedforward actions for students and quantitative performance data collection will continue