The CHSS eLearning Portfolio is the result of an innovative collaborative partnership between Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland and the University of Edinburgh’s Interactive Content service*.
Formed in 2007 the collaboration first developed a series of online training modules addressing core competencies in stroke care. This series of open access resources was subsequently highlighted by the Scottish Government as an exemplar training resource.
Following the success of the core competencies modules the resource has since expanded to comprise specialist advanced modules ranging from thrombolysis, cognition and perception to rehabilitation, self management and end of life care.
The community reached by the portfolio has in recent years extended beyond care staff and healthcare professionals to embrace carers and those affected personally by stroke, and has also developed new resources addressing aspects of heart and lung health.
In order to recognise and collate achievements in engaging with the resources, the CHSS eLearning Portfolio is underscored by SCoT Online - a digitised version of the Stroke Competency Toolkit, which allows individuals working in many related areas of healthcare practice to manage their training, gather accomplishments, and support Personal Development Plans.
* Previously known as the Learning Technology Section and originally based within the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.
My Lungs My Life is a comprehensive, free to use website for anyone living with:
My Lungs My Life will enable you to understand more about your COPD or asthma and help you to use self-management effectively as an equal partner with your healthcare professionals.
This website provides support and information for those who have experienced an out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), their families and those who have been bereaved by OHCA.
Life After Cardiac Arrest provides people with the opportunity to share their very personal stories, with the aim of reaching others in similar situations. Speaking about an OHCA can incredibly difficult and the impact of the event on the individual, their family and friends can be far-reaching. Life After Cardiac Arrest aims to increase the awareness of OHCA and to help others who have been through the same traumatic event. It provides support, advice and information in a one-stop directory of real stories told by real people.
The STARs project was commissioned by the Scottish Government to produce an e-learning resource which would enhance the educational opportunities for health and social care staff working with people affected by stroke.
An Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) impacts on many people - not only the person who has had the cardiac arrest and family members, but also those individuals who respond to an OHCA. This resource aims to provide support and guidance for those attending an OHCA in a trained capacity.
HEARTe has been designed primarily for use by registered health professionals across primary and acute services who are involved in general areas which include cardiac care, however wider health and social partnership agencies and staff may also benefit from using it.
There are now 13 interactive, dynamic modules within HEARTe:
SCoT Online is an online format of the Stroke Competency Toolkit (SCoT). The interactive design will support your learning needs in stroke and assist you in providing evidence for developmental activities you have undertaken.
It is based on the stroke core competencies developed by NHS Education for Scotland (2005).
Stroke4Carers is a website for unpaid stroke carers, family and friends of anyone affected by stroke illness. Stroke4carers aims to give you free online advice, information and support whenever or wherever you need it.
After consultations with stroke carers from across Scotland the following seven topics were chosen:
Self-Help 4 Stroke is a self-management website for for anyone in Scotland who has had a stroke. The content of Self-Help 4 Stroke was written by stroke healthcare professionals from across Scotland and by people that have had a stroke.
The website is full of interactive content, animations, video and audio clips that explain things in detail plus links to resources and information that can be downloaded directly.
It has been designed to provide practical tips and advice to help people understand and manage their own condition better and to improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life.
This learning resource is based on the Stroke Core Competencies which were published by NES in 2005. It focuses on a wide range of core knowledge and skills required by all staff when delivering stroke care.
In Scotland all staff working with people affected by stroke should undertake training in the NES Stroke Core Competencies and be able to provide evidence of this training.
There are 19 Advancing Modules which provide a more specialised learning resource aimed primarily at registered staff working in stroke services.
The target audience may include staff who:
This Masterclass is aimed at senior staff who are involved in making the decision to treat with thrombolysis. The module consists of a series of virtual patient scenarios which focus on patient history, examination and imaging.
The learner is asked to decide what treatment options they would choose and have the opportunity to compare their treatment decisions with selected experts and other learners who have completed the cases.
The target audience may include staff who:
Established in 2008 the official Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) YouTube channel has published over 100 videos. Including educational content, charity fundraising activities and campaign advertisements.
Following suit, CHSS launched their own Vimeo channel in late 2015.
Established in 2016 the official Interactive Content service Flickr account has published over a hundred bespoke healthcare related illustrations.
All these files have a BY-NC-SA Creative Commons licence applied to them.
Established in 2015 the official Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) SoundCloud profile has published audio files for several major online resources: HEARTe, MyLungsMyLife and OHCA: A Resource for Responders.