Implementation of Microsoft HoloLens for Placement Expansion
The Clinical Placement Expansion Project started at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT) in March 2021. The Trusts put forward a bid to Health Education England (HEE) for involvement in developing and expanding placement capacity across Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), Nursing and Midwifery by using digital solutions. The Trust have been successful in receiving the funding from HEE and the main aim of the project was to purchase four mixed reality headsets (HoloLens2). These are wearable, digital glasses that live stream videos from a professionals’ perspective to a learner watching remotely on Microsoft Teams via Trust Secure networks.
Over the past 6 months, the project leads, and support team have been developing standard operating procedures alongside information governance and infection prevention and control. Training has been provided to a large variety of staff and learners alongside the development of user guides, feedback questionnaires, patient information leaflets/videos and risk assessments/disclaimers. The project has been supported by an Informatics Project Manager and collaboration with teams across the Integrated Care System (ICS) in Lancashire and South Cumbria.