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‘The integration of Brayden Online with their LMS could yield a potential savings of around 11,000 clinical hours annually. This translates into an estimated financial benefit of £175,000 per year, underscoring the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of Brayden Online's self-directed capabilities.’ – Richard Price-Whittle, Head of Digital Learning and Core Skills, Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, home to Darent Valley Hospital, is one of North Kent’s largest trusts. As an institution committed to providing exceptional healthcare services, Darent Valley Hospital takes pride in its proactive approach towards continuous improvement and innovation. The Trust’s vision is centred around delivering safe, well-coordinated care designed with the patient’s needs at the forefront.

At Innosonian, we’re proud to have been working with Darent Valley Hospital in recent years to support them in improving their BLS training. Most recently, this has taken the form of integrating Brayden Online into their existing LMS system, allowing medical and healthcare staff to take part in more efficient and effective ‘self-service’ training sessions.

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Recognition and Achievement

In recognition of the excellent work conducted by Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust’s team, they won the Silver Award in the ‘Best Learning Platform Implementation’ category of the Learning Technologies Awards 2023. The Learning Technologies Awards are globally recognised as a benchmark for excellence in digital learning. They celebrate commitment, innovation, and outstanding results in the field of technology-enhanced education.

The ‘Best Learning Platform Implementation’ category recognises explicitly the successful implementation of a learning platform in a way that meets clearly defined organisational needs, achieves demonstrable benefits, and utilises the platform’s capabilities to their fullest extent.

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust’s nomination in this category significantly underscores its dedication to leveraging technology for workforce development. It highlights the Trust’s commitment to implementing innovative solutions that enhance learning experiences and streamline management systems.

A significant part of this nomination pertains to the use of Brayden Online. By utilising this product and integrating it with their LMS, Darent Valley Hospital were able to create a system whereby staff complete eLearning and their practical training on 24/7 ‘self-service’ resuscitation manikins that are linked to their LMS. Results and compliance are updated automatically, robustly evaluating the quality of CPR provided by staff.

In this article, we’ll explore how Darent Valley Hospital optimised its BLS training by integrating Brayden Online, including the challenges they faced and the excellent proven results they achieved.

The Need for Change

Training and development are critical components of providing high-quality care in the healthcare sector. However, Darent Valley Hospital’s team dedicated themselves to finding ways in which their resuscitation training could be further optimised by integrating their existing LMS with Brayden Online.

The primary issue was the scalability and efficiency of face-to-face training with limited instructor time. With a diverse and large workforce, ensuring each staff member received consistent and comprehensive training was a time-consuming and administratively difficult task. The logistical challenges of scheduling and conducting in-person sessions were significant, particularly given the varied shift patterns in the hospital environment.

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How Did Brayden Online Support the Change

Brayden Online emerged as a solution to the training challenges faced by Darent Valley Hospital. Its features are specifically designed to address the issues of scalability, tracking, and engagement in training, while maintaining consistent quality and guidelines compliant standards of BLS practice.

According to the Darent Valley team that implemented Brayden Online with their LMS, one of the critical attributes of Brayden Online is its objective and unbiased nature. It eliminates any discrepancies that could arise from different trainers or training sessions, thus ensuring a uniform learning experience for everyone.

Increased Compliance

This is another significant advantage offered by Brayden Online. The platform keeps track of each staff member’s progress, providing real-time updates on their training status. This feature makes it easier for the management team to ensure that all staff are compliant with the necessary training requirements. It also reduces the administrative burden of manually tracking each person’s progress, freeing up resources for other critical tasks.

This was proven to be highly effective at Darent Valley, which has seen an 11% improvement in overall compliance in the last six months. This number has also achieved a level of stability greater than those reached previously, further demonstrating the consistency offered through the successful integration of Brayden Online.


Efficiency is at the heart of Brayden Online’s approach to training. The platform allows staff to complete their training modules at their own pace and convenience, eliminating the need for synchronising schedules for in-person sessions. This flexibility not only makes the training more accessible but also enhances its effectiveness by allowing learners to process information at their own speed while maintaining consistency in standards.

At Darent Valley Hospital, the team modelled the new structure to assess the potential of integrating Brayden Online. They considered numerous factors, including the time taken for staff to leave shifts to complete training, the time and expense of travel to and from the sessions, and the back-fill to cover for those employees receiving traditional training.

The integration of Brayden Online with their LMS could yield a potential savings of around 11,000 clinical hours annually. This translates into an estimated financial benefit of £175,000 per year, underscoring the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of Brayden Online’s self-directed capabilities.

Implementation and Embracing Progress

Integrating Brayden Online with an existing LMS is designed to be a streamlined process. Created with compatibility in mind, Brayden was able to fit into Darent Valley Hospital’s existing learning structure.

However, the successful implementation of Brayden Online extends beyond technical integration. It requires an ‘internal champion’ mentality within the organisation. This mindset involves embracing change and leading by example to encourage others to utilise the platform fully. Internal champions are not only early adopters but also advocates for the new system. They play a crucial role in promoting its benefits, resolving any resistance, and driving its utilisation.

Discover More with Innosonian

Innosonian is a leading innovator in the field of medical training, dedicated to providing cutting-edge solutions like Brayden Online. We’re committed to revolutionising the way healthcare institutions train their staff, making learning more engaging, efficient, and effective.

We invite you to discover more about Brayden Online and how it can transform your training process. Visit the Brayden Online page for detailed information, or get in touch with our team. We’re here to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the seamless integration process. Let Innosonian empower your healthcare training journey with Brayden Online.

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