DiSk Pass pilot evaluation

As part of the HEAL research a new innovative digital skills training package will be given a small initial pilot evaluation. The training aims to improve the digital skills of clinicians working in the NHS, providing technical skills and also educating learners on the future of digital within healthcare. DiSk Pass has been built to meet Health Education England’s Digital Capabilities Framework and contribute to clinicians overall skills passport. 30 registered nurses and 10 clinical educators from the Northern Care Alliance will test the DiSk Pass and provide feedback using a short online survey.

If you are an NCA registered nurse who has been invited to test the app at a training day you can find a participant information sheet below to help you decide if you would like to take part in the research.

Health Education & Augmented Learning (HEAL): Scoping and evaluating innovative digital learning solutions to enhance NHS training provision [IRAS 317744]

DiSK PASS pilot evaluation Participant Information sheet  

V4 – 30/09/2022

Before you decide on whether to take part, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully before you decide whether or not you wish to take part. You are welcome to discuss this project with others if you wish before you make your decision. Please feel free to ask us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information, we can be contacted using the details provided at the end of this information sheet.  

What is the purpose of the study? 

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the DiSK PASS online application you have piloted to understand your opinions on its use for training and how it can be developed and improved. This will contribute to understandings of digital learning solutions and their suitability in NHS training.

Why have I been chosen? 

You have been selected to take part in this study because you have taken part in piloting the DiSK PASS training.  

Do I have to take part? 

Participation is not compulsory.  We will describe the study in this information sheet, we will then ask you to complete a consent form on the second page of the survey to show that you have agreed to take part before you answer the questions. You are free to withdraw at any time, without giving a reason – simply close the survey if you change your mind and your answers will not be submitted. Once you have clicked ‘finish’ at the end of the survey your answers cannot be removed as they are anonymous.

What do I have to do?/ What will happen to me if I take part? 

If you do decide to take part, the study consists of a short online questionnaire which will ask you some questions about your existing confidence with digital technologies, your opinions on the training you have piloted and how you feel it could be improved.

How will my information be used?

We will need to use information from you for this research project. This information will include some of your demographic details. People will use this information to do the research or to check your research data to make sure that the research is being done properly. We will keep all information about you safe and secure.

Your answers will not be identifiable in any report or publication or be seen by anyone you work with.

Once we have finished the study, we will keep some of the data so we can check the results. We will write our reports in a way that no-one can work out that you took part in the study. This anonymous information will be kept for a minimum of 5 years after the study has ended.

Where can I find out more about how my information is used?
You can find out more about how we use your information by asking one of the research team via the details provided at the end of this participant information sheet or by sending an email to the University of Salford’s Data Protection Manager at foi@salford.ac.uk and informing them that you are part of the HEAL project by PI Cristina Vasilica.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part? 

There should not be any disadvantages or risks from you taking part. However, if you do experience any unexpected distress, we recommend you check https://people.nhs.uk/ or https://www.mind.org.uk/ for further support. These services will also be linked on the last page of the survey. 

What are the possible benefits of taking part? 

We cannot promise the study will help you directly, but the information we get from the study will help further develop digital training solutions to NHS staff like you. The hope is that these can improve satisfaction and aid in solving any challenges you experience in this area. We are a university and so it is part of our reason for being that we advance knowledge through research as well as through teaching. Your participation in this research helps us to do that. 

Who is organising or sponsoring the research? 

This research is funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund and conducted by the University of Salford.

Further information in case there is a problem 

If you have a concern, comment or complaint about any aspect of this study, you should ask to speak to the following people: 

Project researcher: Lisa Garwood-Cross by email L.j.Garwood-Cross@salford.ac.uk 

Co-researcher: Matthew Wynn by email: M.O.Wynn@salford.ac.uk

Principal investigator: Dr Cristina Vasilica by email c.m.vasilica1@salford.ac.uk

Principal investigator (neurology arm): Professor Alison Brettle by email A.Brettle@salford.ac.uk

Project researcher (neurology arm): Paul Hepburn by email P.A.Hepburn@salford.ac.uk

Associate Dean Research and Innovation: Professor Penny Cook, by email (p.a.cook@salford.ac.uk) or by telephone on (0161 295 2804). 

If you have a complaint or concern that cannot be resolved by the researchers, you can complain to Professor Andrew Clark the independent ethics chair who is not linked to the research at ethics@salford.ac.uk

Thank you for taking the time to consider this information sheet carefully