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Evaluation of decontamination e-learning programmes

NES are undertaking an evaluation of the national e-learning programmes for staff in local decontamination units (LDU) directly involved in the local decontamination of reusable invasive medical devices and staff in endoscopy decontamination units (EDU) undertaking decontamination of endoscopy equipment. The evaluation of the e-learning programmes will commence mid November and run through to early March 2014.

NES is keen to engage with stakeholders to ascertain their views on the LDU and EDU e-learning programmes with a view to determining whether the programmes are fit for purpose at a local level in relation to the content, format, delivery and context and to consider whether existing resources should be further developed, customised or adapted.

In order to ensure that the evaluation is comprehensive and captures the views and needs of all stakeholders both quantitative and qualitative research methods will be used. These will include use of online surveys, telephone interviews, face-to-face interviews and focus groups.   NES are conscious of the demands on staff time and will schedule interviews and focus groups at a time and location to suit, endeavouring to ensure these activities as conducted as close to practice as possible to minimise disruption to day-to-day work, particularly during the winter months when we are acutely aware of the increased pressure on NHS staff.

The results of the evaluation will support NES in identifying and addressing gaps in provision and areas for development which will help ensure NHS staff are well informed, knowledgeable, trained and skilled in decontamination of reusable invasive medical devices (RIMDs) and endoscopy equipment.

We hope that you will be able to support NES to undertake this evaluation. Should you have any queries or wish to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact the NES Project Lead, Christine Young at