Marie Curie nurses have been provided with 250 hours of digital training as part of the Digital Eagles scheme.
The scheme developed by Barclays will train 2100 Marie Curie nurses to use technology, and increase their confidence in using mobile devices. The aim is to give nurses more time to spend with patients.
‘Before the Digital Eagles workshop I didn’t have much confidence at all in using my tablet but the Digital Eagles were excellent and have taught me to experiment and not to be afraid of it,’ said Mary Carroll, a Marie Curie nurse. ‘I use my tablet to check potential side effects of drugs and to look up specific medical conditions, having access to information at my fingertips has made a huge difference to my job and patient care.’
Following the pilot programme, the scheme will be rolled out for Marie Curie nurses across the UK to develop their digital skills and confidence online. Additionally, the Digital Eagles have made a tutorial video to enable new nurses and those who couldn’t attend the original sessions to benefit from the training.
Jo Stradling, divisional general manager for Marie Curie, said that the training will ensure the nurses have the confidence to use their tablets to connect with other nurses and access information and resources. 'We’re already seeing the positive impact of the early training sessions, both for the nurses and the people they are looking after, which is excellent.'
‘Marie Curie nurses carry out such a fantastic service to our communities it was an absolute pleasure to work with their nurses and help them to develop digital skills,’ said Mayte Hough, part of the Digital Eagles team. ‘We hope through this training the nurses will be able to use their new found digital confidence to save them time on administration so they can dedicate more time to their vital hands on work in the community.’