e-Proton: e-learning programme launched to prepare staff for new proton beam therapy centres

Thursday 28 June 2018

A new e-learning programme 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 is now available.

The proton beam therapy programme, eProton, has been designed for all staff groups working in NHS radiotherapy and related services, especially those in referral or support centres. 

Each e-learning session 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, radiation protection, along with the multi-disciplinary patient pathway.

The Royal College of Radiologists has worked in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare, the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and the College of Radiographers to develop the programme.

Since 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 NHS Foundation Trust 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.