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There are substantial changes taking place within healthcare delivery in the United Kingdom. These have a significant impact upon student education, both in academic delivery and within the practice environment. The recent White Paper (Department of Health, 2010) suggests that care is changing and the primary focus is on patient choice and improving the cost efficiency of services. Thus, healthcare practitioners are challenged with maintaining a high quality of patient care whilst making productivity savings. Innovative practice is essential to ensure that patients’ needs are met whilst meeting the requirements of the life long learning agenda. Using digital technologies to support educational processes is one method of promoting timely, effective, patient centred care. Underpinning workforce development and ultimately improving patient care, is the process of continuing professional development (CPD). Healthcare professionals therefore have a personal and professional responsibility to ensure that the patient is at the forefront of care and demonstrate their own skills in managing that care. To...

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