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Current Projects

Project Description Investigator(s) Due to complete



Electronic Virtual Patients (eViP) is a 3-year programme co-funded by the European Union to create a bank of repurposed and enriched multicultural virtual patient cases from across Europe by September 2010. Virtual patients usually have 2 components, the patient case including patient data, and the educational activities leading to a specific educational goal. Example virtual patients can be viewed here and full details of all deliverables can be found on the eViP web site.

The objectives of the eViP Programme are to:

  • Collate VPs from partners’ existing collections and select cases for repurposing to local educational needs
  • Promote the inter-professional sharing of VPs between different healthcare disciplines such as medicine, nursing, physiotherapy and dentistry
  • Implement common technical standards for all VPs in collaboration with MedBiquitous
  • Restructure content to standards-compliant structure, metadata including the culture and language metadata of the partners (English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Polish, Romanian) and content packaging; all to enable “multi-lingual access”
  • Further enrich the content of the repurposed VPs with the addition of supporting resources e.g. supporting basic and clinical science resources, clinical skills videos, owned by the partner or in the public domain, or available under an appropriate Creative Commons License
  • Share enriched VPs with the wider EU community through an online referatory
  • Evaluate how the repurposed and content-enriched VPs meet the individual needs of the project partners and the wider community
  • Share templates and tools within the EU community for the easy creation of new VPs
  • Disseminate best practice guidelines for creating and sharing VPs and evaluation instruments for VPs and for learning & teaching activities using VPs
  • Embed a sustainable model for the storage and retrieval of VPs beyond the lifetime of the 3-year Programme
Standard Computerised Revalidation Instrument for Prescribing and Therapeutics (SCRIPT)

A project to create an e-learning toolkit for Foundation Year 1 doctors across the West Midlands to support raising the standards of prescribing competency funded by NHS West Midlands. Project partners include Aston Pharmacy School and Birmingham Medical School.

Starting in October 2009, this project aims to:

  • Scope current good practice in safe prescribing nationally
    Produce an e-learning toolkit that will act as a training aid for Foundation Year 1 (F1) doctors in the West Midlands to; ensure fundamental competence, reduce the most common prescribing errors, improve the level of prescribing skill among F1 doctors, and increase the level of knowledge required for rational and effective prescribing of common and important drugs
  • Evaluate the impact of the e-learning toolkit
    Set out a plan to sustain the improvement in prescribing in the West Midlands
  • Share lessons learnt with the NHS community, medical schools in the West Midlands on ways to improve their curricula in this area, and those responsible for training non-medical prescribers
  • Improve patient safety by ensuring that F1 doctors learn about and therefore reduce significant errors in prescribing



Recent Projects

Project Description Investigator(s) Completed
Scoping of Clinical Skills and Simulation facilities across the West Midlands Led by Birmingham City University with WMS as a partner and funded by NHS West Midlands, this project scoped the availability of facilities for clinical skills development and simulation across the West Midlands and, through a combination of curriculum mapping, review of existing literature and analysis of expert opinion, proposed a strategy for the continuing development of such facilities and associated activities. Autumn 2008
CAMEL Tangible Benefits of E-Learning Project Funded by the JISC, this project aimed to collate and share the tangible and real benefits to staff, learners and institutions of e-learning, through a discipline and academic department focus by using the CAMEL model devised by JISC infoNet and ALT. The project web site contains the final report published in 2007. 2007