New MDTea Learning Podcast proves successful

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I-r (back) occupational therapists Kirsty Billin and Caitlin McLouglin (front) Healthcare Academy student Grace Kelbie, allied health practitioner support worker Nicola McGuigan, occupational therapy team lead Liz Will and occupational therapists Laura Marshall and Jazmin Hay

The occupational therapy (OT) team at Royal Victoria Hospital has been using a multidisciplinary learning podcast as a weekly continuous personal development tool.

The MDTea Learning Podcast is a free open access series of podcasts for all healthcare professionals working with older adults and covers evidence base, recent advances and established best practice/ wisdom in healthcare for older adults.

The podcast is proving to be very successful with the team which has just completed the first series.

It was developed by Medicine for the Elderly consultants Dr Jo Preston and Dr Iain Wilkinson, who work in NHS England, and suggested to the OT team by RVH Medicine for the Elderly consultant Dr Caroline Leslie.

The weekly lunchtime MDTea Learning Podcast is advertised across the Royal Victoria Hospital site and has resulted in nursing staff, doctors and a consultant attending some of the sessions with the OT team.

Occupational therapy team lead Liz Will said, “This MDTea Learning Podcast is reaching out to members of staff who might otherwise find it more challenging to attend seminars. The online learning has included a recent Healthcare Academy student and her feedback was very positive explaining that she felt this was a really easy way to learn and could be done at any time, even in the car driving to work.

“The whole series/toolkit has so far changed some elements of our daily practice and proved to be a positive learning tool, generating discussion topics, ideas for change of practice and meeting some of the standards within knowledge and skills framework.

“This MDTea Learning Podcast provides an excellent opportunity for flexible learning and would be useful for anyone with an interest in the care of older people.”

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