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VTE networking portal and online CPD programme launched

by News team

Educating and empowering clinical pharmacists to take a proactive role in the prevention of venous thromboembolism is the focus of an innovative networking portal and online continuing professional development programme launched today (1 February 2011).

The networking portal, Linkup VTE, has been developed by Sanofi-aventis and provides links and directions to sources of VTE information and risk assessment. It aims to facilitate good communication, networking and sharing among clinical pharmacists of best practice related to prevention of VTE.

The CPD programme, which is embedded within Linkup VTE, incorporates avatar technology and has been developed jointly by Sanofi-aventis, the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association haemostasis, anticoagulation and thrombosis committee, and Keele University School of Pharmacy.

Parts of the CPD programme allows the user to interact via free-text questions with three computer-generated avatars (a ward nurse, a junior doctor and a senior consultant). At the end of the virtual conversation, feedback highlighting the consequences of the user’s interaction with the virtual colleague is provided, which assesses the user’s overall performance.

Head of corporate communications at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Neal Patel told PJ Online: “We fully support this resource and would encourage our members who wish to improve their VTE knowledge to engage with this CPD programme. This resource demonstrates how pharmacy is showing real leadership in the VTE prevention agenda, and we will be flagging it up to our colleagues in the medical and nursing royal colleges as part of the ‘three professions’ initiative around VTE prevention.”

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11067408

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