e-Proton

Logo for the e-Proton e-learning programmeSince 2008, NHS patients with selected indications believed most likely to benefit from PBT have received treatment overseas. However, the NHS has commissioned two UK PBT centres, at The Christie in Manchester (opening mid-2018) and at University College Hospital in London (opening 2020). A number of private centres are also planned. As the UK centres open, more patients who are likely to benefit will have access to PBT.

Developed in partnership by the RCR, the College of Radiographers, the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH), the Proton Beam Therapy programme, e-Proton, is designed to support the education and training of staff in preparation for the opening of the first NHS proton beam therapy (PBT) centres in the UK. The programme has been designed for all staff groups working in NHS radiotherapy and related services, especially those in referral or support centres.

e-Proton consists of seven sessions, each of which contains interactive content which delivers the educational objectives using a variety of techniques, including animations and video. Topics covered include the history of proton beam therapy, clinical indications and side effects, physical characteristics and generation of proton beams, treatment planning and delivery, and radiation protection, along with the multi-disciplinary patient pathway. To access an individual session click on the module topic below (eLfH login required).

Got to e-Proton for more information about the e-learning programme and for details of how to access the programme.

 Session 

Session

1Introduction to proton beam therapy5Radiation protection for proton beams
2Indications and evidence for proton beam therapy6Patient pathway in PBT pencil beam scanning
3Characteristics of clinical proton beams7Acute and late effects of proton treatments
4Treatment planning and delivery for active pencil beam scanning  

The sessions include a variety of media including text, images, animations, videos and assessments, as well as a number of customised tools which simulate everyday tasks in the radiotherapy process.

How to access e-Proton

Queries

  • Any technical queries about e-Proton should be directed to the e-LfH support team via the support page on the learning portal. 
  • Queries about e-learning within the RCR should be directed to RCRLearning@rcr.ac.uk

Acknowledgement

We would like to thank Jenny Son at Varian Medical Systems for providing images and video clips for the programme including the image used in the e-Proton logo on this page.