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Enhancing regional neonatal cardiology learning and peer review through virtual platforms
  1. Mona Noureldein1,
  2. Anju Singh2,
  3. Harsha Gowda1
  1. 1 Neonatal Unit, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2 Neonatal Unit, Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mona Noureldein, Neonatal Unit, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham B9 5SS, UK; mona.noureldein{at}

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Neonatologist-performed echocardiography (NPE) is a useful tool for managing sick neonates and those with congenital heart disease and rhythm abnormalities.1 2 NPE is being adopted in UK clinical practice; however, not all units have neonatologists performing echocardiography or robust governance systems for peer review.3 Singh et al’s survey informed that while almost all neonatal sub-specialty trainees would like to develop echocardiography skills, a significant proportion reported the lack of opportunities to do so.4

With the recognition of the need for training, peer review of echocardiograms and shared learning, a virtual learning platform was launched in the West Midlands Region. All neonatal units in the region were invited to lead the sessions on a rotational …

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  • Contributors HG and AS led the organisation of the learning sessions. MN, HG and AS designed the survey. MN collected and analysed the data, and wrote the first draft of the manuscript. All authors contributed to editing the manuscript and approved it in its final form.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.