Media Release: Medical e-Learning tool welcomed by healthcare professions

THE e-Portfolio was launched by NES in July 2005 to support the implementation of
Modernising Medical Careers (MMC), enabling substantial savings in time and effort
by allowing all assessment materials to be completed electronically.

Currently, the e-Portfolio is also used to keep a secure personal record of a trainee doctor’s
educational and personal development and can be managed from any computer linked to
the web.

Following on from the success of the initial pilot, other healthcare professions
have expressed an interest in using the e-Portfolio, with dentistry and pharmacy now
developing portfolios of their own. This event brought these professions together to
listen to speakers from members of the NES e-Portfolio team and international
experts in the field, including Dr Erik Driessen from the University of Maastricht
and Dr Rachel Ellaway from the University of Edinburgh. The delegates were then
invited to take part in workshops covering topics in users’ perspectives, research
and technology.

Alex Haig, Information Scientist for NHS Education for Scotland said: “The NES
e-Portfolio developments represent an exciting opportunity to improve assessment
processes, provide professional tools and enable reflective learning. The strong
turnout for the Symposium was extremely encouraging, as was the representation of
delegates from across the health professions and the UK. NES is in strong position
to continue to lead the NHS in e-portfolio work, delivering further educational
improvements and savings in staff time and resource.”


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Further information and photographs of the event are available from: Maxine Finlay,
PR & Marketing Officer, Tel: 0131 247 6654 or

Notes to Editors

1. NES is a Special Health Board formed on 1 April 2002, amalgamating the National
Board for Nursing, Midwifery & Health Visiting for Scotland; the Post Qualification
Education Board for Pharmacists; and the Scottish Council for Postgraduate Medical
and Dental Education.

Our role is to ensure improved patient care by empowering Scotland’s healthcare
workforce through education, training and lifelong learning.

Our remit currently includes Allied Health Professionals, Audiologists, Clinical
Psychologists, Dentists, Doctors, Healthcare Scientists, Midwives, Nurses, and
Pharmacists. Eventually this will encompass all healthcare staff, with early work
for Administrative and Clerical Staff, ancillary as well as Estates and Environment

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Contact: Further information and photographs of the event are available from: Maxine Finlay, PR & Marketing Officer, Tel: 013