Spotting the Sick Child scoops national award

on March 16th, 2011

Importance of e-learning in healthcare acknowledged by national award win

The importance of e-learning in the medical profession was recognised last week when online training programme Spotting the Sick Child scooped a national award. The resource won the Patient Safety in Diagnosis category at the national Patient Safety Awards held at the Hilton Hotel on London’s Park Lane on 9th March, where over 550 guests saw 15 categories contested from almost 400 entries.

Spotting the Sick Child ( was originally commissioned by The Department of Health to support the medical profession in examining and diagnosing the seven most common acute problems that children present with. The interactive material includes video guides, assessments of real life patient cases and relevant medical information. Participants can assess and track their own progress in a variety of simulated situations. The e-learning tool was produced by OCB Media, who specialise in the production of healthcare e-learning materials, in conjunction with the University of Leicester and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

“We were delighted to win the award which acknowledges the incredible value that e-learning can have within the health service,” comments Dr Nicholas Blackwell, Director of OCB Media. “So many people played a significant part in the production of this resource that it is impossible to mention them all, but it is gratifying that the valuable contribution that the materials have made to child safety has been formally recognised. Children are amongst the most vulnerable patients so anything that we can do to improve awareness of their symptoms is important.”