Critical care wardCritical care involves the care of the sickest patients in the hospital. Critically ill patients have usually been through a significant insult to their body (such as trauma, infection, burn) and have developed organ failure and require life-support. Critical Care is the largest theme bringing together clinicians and scientists from diverse backgrounds and includes collaborative research from hospitals throughout north-west London. Investigations range from evaluating biological mechanisms of organ failure through to the development of innovative technologies which allow the short-term and long-term support and recovery of organs. 

Many people are exposed to the environment of an Intensive care unit (ICU) either personally or through a family member. It is often a life-changing event and our work aims to reduce this impact facilitating post-ICU recovery.

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author = {Corner, E and Handy, JM and Brett, SJ},
doi = {10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010614},
journal = {BMJ Open},
title = {eLearning to facilitate the education and implementation of The Chelsea Critical Care Physical Assessment: a novel measure of function in critical illness.},
url = {},
volume = {6},
year = {2016}

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AB - Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of eLearning in the widespread standardized teaching,distribution and implementation of The Chelsea Critical Care Physical Assessment tool (CPAx): avalidated tool to assess physical function in critically ill patients.Design: Prospective educational study. An eLearning module was developed through aconceptual framework, using the four-stage technique for skills teaching to teach clinicians howto use the CPAx. Example and test video case studies of CPAx assessments were embeddedwithin the module. The CPAx scores for the test case studies and demographic data wererecorded in a secure area of the website. Data were analyzed for inter-rater reliability usingintraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) to see if an eLearning educational package facilitatedconsistent use of the tool. A utility and content validity questionnaire was distributed after oneyear to eLearning module registrants (n= 971). This was to evaluate uptake of the CPAx inclinical practice and content validity of the CPAx from the perspective of clinical users.Setting: The module was distributed for use via professional forums (n=2) and direct contacts(n=95)Participants: Critical care cliniciansPrimary outcome measure: Intraclass correlation co-efficient of the test case studies.Results: Between July and October 2014, 421 candidates from fifteen countries registered forthe eLearning module. The ICC for case one was 0.996 (95% CI 0.990-0.999; n=207). The ICC for case two was .988 (0.996-1.000; n=184). The CPAx has a strong total scale content validityindex (s-CVI) of 0.94 and is well utilized.Conclusions: eLearning is a useful and reliable way of teaching psychomotor skills, such as theCPAx. The CPAx is a well-utilized measure with high content validity rated by clinicians.
AU - Corner,E
AU - Handy,JM
AU - Brett,SJ
DO - 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010614
PY - 2016///
SN - 2044-6055
TI - eLearning to facilitate the education and implementation of The Chelsea Critical Care Physical Assessment: a novel measure of function in critical illness.
T2 - BMJ Open
UR -
UR -
VL - 6
ER -