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e-Learning programme to prepare staff for proton beam therapy centres

27 June, 2018
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New e-learning sessions to support the education and training of staff in preparation for the opening of the first NHS proton beam therapy (PBT) centres in the UK is now available.

The Proton Beam Therapy programme, eProton, has been designed for all staff groups working in NHS radiotherapy and related services, especially those in referral or support centres.

Each e-learning session contains interactive content which delivers the educational objectives using a variety of techniques, including animations and video.

Topics covered include the history of proton beam therapy, clinical indications and side effects, physical characteristics and generation of proton beams, treatment planning and delivery, radiation protection, along with the multi-disciplinary patient pathway.

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked in partnership with the College of Radiographers, the Royal College of Radiologists, and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine to develop the sessions.

Since 2008, patients with selected indications believed most likely to benefit from PBT have received treatment overseas. The NHS has commissioned two UK PBT centres at The Christie in Manchester (opening mid-2018) and at University College Hospital in London (opening 2020). A number of private sites are also planned. 

More information about the e-learning programme and details of how to access.

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