Background An elearning tool: eHIV-STI was developed by the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH), the Royal Colleges of Physicians (RCP) and e-Learning for Healthcare. The first sessions went live in February 2010 and the project was completed in December 2011 with 141 sessions. eHIV-STI covers the knowledge component of the UK Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) training curriculum, from introductory to advanced STI and HIV knowledge required for practise as a specialist. It also acts a refresher for established consultants and has been approved by the RCP for external CPD, supporting revalidation. It is available free to all clinical staff in the NHS.
Introductory sessions have been embedded in STI training for non specialists, and for GUM trainees, since 2012, sessions are used to complement national specialist courses, delivering some knowledge in advance by allowing the face to face sessions to deal with more complex issues.
Methods Using reports generated within the learning management system we undertook detailed analysis of usage of the tool since its introduction, by clinician type, sessions accessed, and evaluation of sessions, as well as collating more specific feedback from trainees using it as an adjunct to training courses.
Results The number of registered users has risen steadily since 2010 to 10217 individual users accessing sessions 104857 times by the end of 2012. The majority of GUM trainees and consultants are registered users, but additionally it is used extensively across the health service including 2341 nurses, 1122 newly qualified doctors and 1259 general practitioners.
Evaluation of the material ranges from 4.3 to 4.6 out of 5 for content, presentation, interactivity, and self assessment.
Conclusion eHIV-STI has rapidly become a very well used and evaluated learning tool for clinicians working in the fields of sexual health and HIV and in allied areas.
- STIs and HIV