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A training app to improve confidence and competency in trainees carrying out newborn infant eye examinations.

Eye Screen is a valuable tool for student midwives to develop competency in screening for neonatal eye conditions and to supplement the teaching received by institutions. Confidence and competency in midwives reduce the incidence of unnecessary clinic referrals, and ensures that those who need treatment, get it.

Student midwives must develop their eye examination skills and increase their confidence through practice once qualified. However, as some conditions are relatively rare (according to Public Health England, just 2 or 3 babies in every 10,000 require treatment), it can take months before a midwife encounters a condition in practice. Eye Screen places several examples of multiple conditions at the student’s fingertips. Eye Screen was created by Lindsey Rose, Senior Midwifery Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in collaboration with Cambridge Digital Health (CDH). Images for the app have been provided by Louise Allen MD FRCOphth, Consultant paediatric ophthalmologist at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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The app makes use of this library of clinical opthalmoscopic images to familiarise the student with a variety of conditions. When the student midwife feels confident in recognising conditions, they can choose to test their screening skills. Eye Screen presents 20 images of conditions at random and the student must decide whether what they are seeing is normal or abnormal. The explanations that accompany the results can be downloaded as a PDF for the student’s records and shared with their tutor as evidence of competency

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Licence Costs

We are currently offering the app on an Early Adopter Plan, which features a reduced rate in exchange for the opportunity to collect feedback on the app, to help us continue to make improvements. The costs for the Early Adopter Plan are as follows:

UK – Early Adopter Plan*
• Reduced rate of £5 per user in the first year
• Minimum licence fee of £200 which includes up to 40 users.
• Additional users can be added in bundles (minimum 20 at a time).
• Licence fee calculated pro rata with remainder of Licensing Year.
• 50% of full rate for two further years
• Add your institution logo to the app for an additional, one off payment of £250.

*Note that under the Early Adopter Plan, we will ask for feedback on the app, highlighting any areas for improvement or ideas for development that you feel would better support students’ learning in your context (this may involve a little direct contact with some students, e.g., a feedback questionnaire or survey and testimonials, which would be conducted to comply with data protection regulations).

Contact us to find out more information about the app, including what would be in involved in licensing it for your institution.