Royal Derby Hospital

Improving clinical outcomes through staff development

The NHS trust that runs Royal Derby Hospital approached us to develop a tutorial that improved clinical outcomes for patients through staff development in a specific area of radiography. The tutorial needed to examine staff engagement while facilitating continuing professional development opportunities.

It was to be created as a bespoke and re-usable learning object for the Imaging Department, promoting quality of imaging and operating within a clinical governance framework with the view to use it as a template for future e-learning packages.

Our solution

We formed a partnership with the Imaging Department at Royal Derby Hospital and the radiography subject area at the University of Derby. This developed an e-learning ‘gold-standard’ chest x-ray tutorial, delivered from within the Trust to radiography staff working in the clinical area. 

The tutorial provides radiographers with an opportunity to compare and contrast the characteristics of chest x-rays which lead them to be categorised as ‘gold’, ‘green’ or ‘red’ standard. The aim is to improve existing competencies and increase the number of gold-standard images produced within the department. This impacts directly on patient outcomes through improved quality of examination supporting a more accurate report. 

What they say...

"We put in a joint bid for LBR funding as an outcome of our close liaison with the radiography team at Derby. The team is supportive and knowledgeable, and we work well together. Our main contact at Derby has been gently driving the timetable recognising that as a busy clinical department time is scarce for this sort of development, despite it being incredibly useful and important." Sue Johnson, Site Superintendent Radiographer & Breast Unit Manager, Royal Derby Hospital