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Promoting technology-enhanced learning for all: assessing staff competency and efficiency using mobile phones in clinical practice through simulation-based in-situ evaluation
  1. Carol Junk1,2,
  2. Jennifer Wallace2,
  3. Peter Mallett1,
  4. Andrew Thompson1,2
  1. 1 Department of Paediatric Simulation & Education, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children (RBHSC), Belfast, UK
  2. 2 Department of Paediatrics, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr. Peter Mallett, Department of Paediatric Simulation & Education, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children (RBHSC), Belfast BT12 6BE, UK; peter.mallett{at}

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Technology-enhanced learning, specifically the use of mobile devices by healthcare professionals, has transformed many aspects of clinical practice.1

Some healthcare organisations are reluctant to advocate the staff use of mobile phones due to the risks associated with interference of medical equipment, infection control concerns and reported parental complaints.

In many healthcare trusts in the UK and Ireland, there is an overt discrepancy, as often medical staff are permitted access to their mobile phones in clinical practice, yet nursing staff and other healthcare professionals, are frequently restricted due to direction from senior management. Other projects to introduce specific medical smartphone applications, although shown to be an effective resource, have highlighted staff discomfort at using a ‘personal device’ in the workplace, uncertainty of the etiquette of mobile phone use and informal mobile phone policies in use on wards.2

Mobile devices provide a multitude of benefits for clinical staff including increased access to useful apps such as drug-dose calculators, and other validated point-of-care tools, which are of …

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  • Contributors CJ and JW carried out the simulation evaluation and staff survey. PM, CJ and JW collated the data and created the manuscript. AT reviewed the manuscript.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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