Introduction Easily accessible Continuing Professional Development (CPD) education must be available to support our interprofessional palliative care workforce. Current challenges faced in palliative care, such as difficulty in staffing, makes both providing and accessing this education challenging. A series of palliative care webinars were developed and funded as part of Cardiff University’s civic mission to meet the urgent need for community palliative care education during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, a series of oncology and further palliative care webinars were delivered by the Palliative Care for Healthcare Professionals MSc team at Cardiff University in collaboration with local clinicians. These webinars were recorded live between March 2021 and December 2022 then uploaded to YouTube.
Methods All webinars were recorded live and uploaded to Cardiff University’s CPD YouTube Channel. Numbers of live attendees and YouTube views since the session were analysed. Data was collected at the time of the webinars as to where the live attendees worked.
Results YouTube views significantly outnumbered those of live attendees. Views continue to rise over two years after production. Fourteen palliative care sessions were delivered between March 2021 and December 2022 with a total of 665 live attendees. These videos have since been viewed 2058 times as of 11 May 2023. Ten oncology sessions were delivered between February 2021 and July 2022 with a total of 410 attendees. As of 11 May 2023, YouTube views outnumber that of the live oncology webinar attendees by nearly six times (2426). Live attendees were interprofessional comprising of district nurses, general practitioners, nurses, nursing or residential home staff, members of the palliative care team and others.
Conclusions Recorded webinars are an efficient way of providing widespread sustainable CPD education to the interprofessional community. Awareness that these resources can be easily produced and accessed by the palliative care workforce is integral to supporting ongoing professional education.
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