Online COVID-19 PPE training for NHS workers

The Cineon team responded to the coronavirus pandemic by rapidly making new personal protective equipment (PPE) training for NHS staff set in a ‘Virtual Hospital’. Assisted by the University of Exeter we were able to rapidly switch focus and create this training in just 3 weeks.

The online training was based on VR tuition created by Cineon which teaches nuclear workers how to use protective clothing. It was created for online use, for easy access by NHS workers. It was based upon the most up-to-date Public Health England guidance and was free to access.

The team used its expertise to review the complex and rapidly changing guidance in a short space of time and develop this into a coherent and gamified learning environment. Critically (and in contrast to other Cineon projects which tend to focus on high-end simulations) this project was designed to be accessed remotely on a low-spec office PC so as to be available to all and avoid the need for trainees to be gathered together in one place.

“PPE is obviously vitally important for protecting NHS staff, and our new training will help people better understand the Public Health England guidelines about using PPE. As NHS staff move around to different parts of hospitals, the PPE requirements change. This training will teach staff which PPE items are necessary in which contexts. It also teaches people the correct order for putting on and taking off PPE, to minimise infection risks.

Our contribution comes from our expertise in the science of behavioural learning, and skills in developing digital and interactive training. We know that if people learn in this way, they are more likely to retain the information and more likely to adopt the correct behaviours in the real world.

The training is also autonomous and can be delivered remotely, which means it requires fewer resources such as time, space and personnel."
Dr Sam Vine, of the University of Exeter/Cineon Training


We were able to grow our team rapidly thanks to funding support from the university which enabled us to produce relevant training in a very short space of time. Working remotely was a challenge, however everyone pulled together motivated by a strong desire to help. We were extremely pleased with both the outcome and positive response this project received.

Cineon Training funded the development of the training, and matched funding was provided by the University of Exeter’s Open Innovation Fund. The development of the training was funded by Cineon Training and the University of Exeter’s Open Innovation Fund. The project also received support from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Accounts scheme.

The project was further supported by Unity Technologies who kindly donated development software along with access to their team collaboration platform which enabled the development work to be undertaken remotely.

The training is available via our Training Portal.