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Delivering training during pandemic times and beyond
  1. Kah Long Aw1,
  2. Danica Fernandes2,
  3. Ramona Malek2,
  4. Nick Theobald3,
  5. Luciana Rubinstein4
  1. 1 Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Aylesbury, UK
  2. 2 Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK
  3. 3 Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  4. 4 Hillingdon Integrated Sexual and Reproductive Health Centre, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kah Long Aw, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Aylesbury HP20 1EG, UK; awkahlong{at}

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many face-to-face training courses are being redesigned to be delivered virtually. In the UK, the Sexually Transmitted Infection Foundation (STIF) Course is traditionally a 2-day training programme split into two modules: STIF Core and STIF Plus. Both days consist of a mixture of facilitator-led sessions and small group workshops, and this is accompanied by 8–10 hours of e-learning that the participants undertake in advance.

Here we report how, in Barnsley and Buckinghamshire, we piloted the delivery of the Online STIF Foundation courses using Microsoft Teams (MS Teams). In both cases, the usual full-day training was replaced by shorter sessions as it was felt that uninterrupted full-day virtual learning was not conducive for learning.

Adapting training to the pandemic

The Buckinghamshire STIF Plus Course was delivered online over 4 weeks in June 2020, in a series of 2-hour lunchtime sessions. All 27 attendees were staff members from the Buckinghamshire Sexual Health service. A STIF ‘Team’ was created on MS Teams, and registered attendees were added in advance, facilitating early logistical planning and correspondence. All PowerPoint slides …

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  • KLA and DF contributed equally.

  • Contributors KLA and DF have contributed equally to this paper. RM, NT and LR have contributed in the conceptualising and supervision of this paper.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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