Theproject produced a proof of concept prototype tool for the in-ward training of hospital staff in the infection prevention and control (IPC) of healthcare associated infections (HAIs).
Developed over three stages during a 12-month process, involving a commercial partner, two NHS boards and 150 NHS nurses, doctors, cleaning and other staff and students in its co-development and evaluation, this interactive and navigable tablet-based training tool used dynamic visualisation methods to make visible pathogen location, survival and transmission in the ward-based context.
The prototype tool was found to contain information relevant for different staff cohorts, with a mix of experience levels, and to increase participants’ awareness about pathogens, explain ‘why’ IPC procedures should be followed, and reinforce understanding of how HAIs occur.
The tablet-based visualisations were also found to be engaging and supportive of different learning styles and they offered staff a new perspective on pathogens, being able to ‘see’ them contextualised in the virtual ward, making them seem more real.
VisionOn was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s (AHRC) Follow-On Funding for Impact and Engagement. Grant Ref: AH/M00628X/1