India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre, AIIMS New Delhi, AIIMS Jodhpur launch e-learning initiative for nurses in better management of NCDs, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: The India-Sweden Healthcare Innovation Centre, a collaboration between the Swedish Trade Commissioner’s Office, AIIMS New Delhi and AIIMS Jodhpur, has launched “Skill For Scale”, an e-learning initiative designed to equip nurses with knowledge and practical practical skills practice the latest patient care for the management of non-communicable diseases. This program is certified by AIIMS Jodhpur and endorsed by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) will allow nurses across the country to enroll for free and learn at their own pace.

In its first phase, the program focuses on diabetes prevention and management awareness based on a comprehensive world-class curriculum created from various available NCD resources in accordance with NPCDCS guidelines. The content and modules for this program are created by AIIMS Jodhpur’s team of experts and an advisory board comprised of representatives from AIIMS Delhi, ICMR, DGHS, Indian Nursing Council (INC) and AstraZeneca. These modules will equip nurses to provide standardized, quality counselling, care and support to people to prevent and manage diabetes. Subsequently, these trainings will be extended to other areas of NCDs in later phases such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and oncology.

With a phased approach, the Skill for Scale program aims to improve the skills of 5,000 nurses across the country this year by converting current theory and practice modules into easy interactive e-learning techniques. Explaining the need for such a refresher programme, Dr Sanjeev Misra, Director of AIIMS Jodhpur, said, “Through this initiative, we are trying to bridge the knowledge gap that exists at the point of care for patients . The curriculum of this program is carefully designed to enable nurses to provide specialist care, essential support services and standardized counseling to patients living with an increasing incidence of non-communicable diseases in India”.

This mobile-friendly e-learning program is indexed to two levels – basic and advanced and includes 20-24 hour self-paced training. The course can be completed in two months, after which each student will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for CME credits through the Indian Nursing Council.

“The Skill for Scale program is part of our ongoing efforts and commitments to address the growing burden of NCDs on our healthcare systems. Recognition of this program by the government will go a long way in providing accurate health information and ensuring safe essential health services,” said Dr. Anil Kukreja, Vice President of Medical and Regulatory Affairs, AstraZeneca India.

At the end of the training, nurses will be able to recognize the risk factors, causes, pathophysiology, screening methods, diagnostic tests and management of diabetes. They will gain an understanding to initiate rapid action for confirmatory diagnosis and appropriate treatment, refer complicated cases in a timely manner, follow standard treatment protocols, counsel and interact on the importance of early detection of diabetes, educate the community on adopting a healthy lifestyle and helping them. to overcome barriers, myths and misconceptions.

Explaining the importance of industry support for critical healthcare programmes, Cecilia Oskarsson, Swedish Trade Commissioner in India, said: “ISHIC was established to address healthcare challenges in the country through key pillars – technology, protocol and process and capacity building. We are deeply encouraged to see the support these programs have gotten from government, leading industry organizations, which is absolutely crucial to being able to implement such a program nationally and to encourage wider use to be able to offer benefits to the end patient and create an impact on the healthcare burden. We will continue to evolve these programs to be able to provide holistic benefits to patients in their non-communicable disease management journey.”

The initiative will be implemented under the guidance of an advisory committee led by Prof. Suresh K Sharma, Professor and Principal, College of Nursing, AIIMS Jodhpur. The advisory board includes key dignitaries from AIIMS Delhi, AIIMS Jodhpur, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Indian Council of Nursing (INC ), AstraZeneca India and Business Sweden. This committee will be responsible for defining and reviewing the entire schedule of interventions, governing the general framework, the planning and on-the-ground conduct of the initiative, the continuous evaluation of the project and the development of a model. that can be replicated across the country.

Norma A. Roth