The team has been awarded a bronze medal in the Outstanding Learning category at the inaugural Podium Awards.
The awards recognise activity that has used the power of the 2012 Games to inspire learning in any part of the education sector or in the wider community.
Designed with the aim of improving knowledge and understanding of sports medicine, the bronze medal-winning programme was developed for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. It involved collaboration between two organisations with primary interests in sport, health and education; the LOCOG Pharmacy Clinical Services and the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE).
Together they have developed a five-hour online programme entitled ‘Drug use in Sport: A Healthcare Professional’s Perspective’ which contains three modules on doping and anti-doping in sport; pharmacy services and support in sport and fitness; and medical services at international sport events. The programme is available to all LOCOG medical workforce, all pharmacists across the UK and healthcare professionals in other countries.
This is the first time at any Olympic or Paralympic Games that such a comprehensive medical education initiative has been delivered to pharmacy and medical staff on drugs in sport, both working on the Games and across the whole country. By the end of the 2012 Games, the UK will have a new group of highly skilled and knowledgeable pharmacists specialising in drugs in sport and sports and exercise medicine.