A new NHS report investigating the role of digital technology in healthcare education has found that, while for the most part it is beneficial, some refinements can be made.
The review specifically examined how digital technologies are being used in health and care training and the requisite skills needed by staff to teach both now and in the future.
They key findings from the report centre around how:
- Digital technology boosts flexibility, accessibility and collaboration but can have adverse effects on engagement;
- Simulating clinical activities with digital technology is helping learners but there are concerns about the possibility of dehumanising practice;
- The right infrastructure needs to be in place to properly harness the power of digital technology.
During its development, the authors of the report drew upon the expertise of staff at higher education institutes and students via an online survey, case studies and focus groups.
Some of the recommendations