Project ECHO is a distance learning methodology that breaks down hierarchies of specialist knowledge by creating virtual knowledge sharing networks.
It uses a 'learning loop' approach; specialist and non-specialists can learn from each other by collaboratively problem solving real-time experiences and sharing best practice via video-conferencing, creating a community of practice.
Project ECHO was set up as a virtual training hub in partnership with Humber, Coast & Vale Health and Care Partnership in 2020 and is based at Dove House Hospice. The aim of the Project is to share expert knowledge from around Hull and the East Riding on a variety of topics. Expert speakers might be from the Hospice, the CCG, GP Surgeries, Hospitals or out in the Community.
An ECHO network on average runs between 3 – 9 weeks depending on the subject being taught, running for 60 – 90 minutes per week, each week will have a different “expert” to share their knowledge.
The topic expert delivers a teaching session presentation with discussion. The participants then discuss current issues or experiences they face and determine the best course of action together through 1-2 ‘case presentations’.
To be involved in a session, you will need access to an internet connection or a device with inbuilt connection. Speakers & a microphone, webcam or inbuilt camera, tablets or mobiles are great devices for this along with your laptop or PC. Discussions will take place using real-life cases, which in turn facilitates learning as no case is the same and many can have complexities.
After each Network attendees will receive a certificate with CPD participatory hours. Project ECHO also works with the IPC Team who deliver donning and doffing of PPE equipment and Champions Training periodically throughout the year.