Project Description

NHS e-learning – Direct Observation of Professional Skills

This e-learning video is one of four in a module we produced for the NHS.

Sightline has been working with the NHS for the last 8 years developing 32 video-based e-learning modules for training NHS doctors and pharmacists. The modules are installed on the NHS Health Education England Educator Hub

The e-learning is for practitioners and healthcare professionals who are engaged in training and assessing foundation doctors and pharmacists working in hospitals and general practices across the UK.  Each module contains a set of short video chapters with a self-assessment at the end of each one.

The Direct Observation of Professional Skills module provides an overview of the supervised learning events known as DOPS – including:

• Requirements
• The process
• The supervisor
• Choice of procedure
• Reflection and feedback


We spent 2 days filming in the training ward and classrooms at the NHS Hospital Chichester filming the scenes for the four video chapters. Supervisors and trainee doctors featured in the scenes. We also involved actors playing patients.

We then edited the sequences for the four chapters, recorded and added the voice-over, and incorporated tables of text and graphic animations to support the learning messages. Finally, we added subtitles, using XML spread sheets. The subtitles can be turned on or off by the viewer.

We also created a slide show version of the videos (using video stills and the voice-over and dialogue transcript), for any viewers who are unable to play sound on their PC.


The videos and slide shows are installed on the NHS Health Education England’s Educator Hub. The hub is the central resource for e-learning across the UK and is used by thousands of healthcare professionals. Visit the Education Hub website page.

To find out more about our work for the NHS, please click here to read the case study