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Welsh online training company scoops national award

Congratulations to Learna Ltd for achieving their recent award


A Cardiff-based online clinical training business is celebrating winning an internationally-recognised award.


Learna, which operates out of Cardiff Medicentre, won gold in ‘Best Online Distance Learning Programme’ at the 2015 E-Learning Awards for the courses it delivers in partnership with the University of South Wales.


The company provides professional development courses to medical students, GPs and other healthcare professionals all over the world. The courses, delivered in partnership with the University of South Wales, are designed by Learna’s team of consultants based at the University Hospital of Wales, Llandough Hospital, and St Joseph’s Hospital in Newport. They are all experts in their respective fields and have developed an international reputation for education, particularly in the areas of diabetes, endocrinology, sports and exercise medicine, obesity and weight management, and preventative cardiovascular medicine.


By combining specialist distance learning with the flexibility to study part-time over a one-year period, Learna has become a market leader in online postgraduate education for healthcare professionals. Earlier this year, it was nominated for the ‘Solution of the Year’ award at the Africa Healthcare Awards, in recognition of its work in partnership with the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology in South Africa. The company’s diabetes qualifications for healthcare professionals have also been recognised for excellence by the International Diabetes Federation.


The company received its award at a ceremony in London last week. The awards are said to have attracted more than 400 entries from all over the world and from every sector.


Consultant Endocrinologist, Dr Stephen Davies, Founding Director of Learna in 2010 said, “We are extremely proud to have won this award. It is further evidence of the positive impact our high-quality courses are making for health care professionals and, ultimately, their patients.”


The Award’s judges said that Learna’s Diploma MSc programmes tackle a serious worldwide need to improve patient care in the treatment of diabetes and other health specialties. They bring experts from different fields together to offer multi-disciplinary learning that not only address the medical knowledge required, but also assist health professionals improve their understanding of the crossover between disciplines. The impact of these programmes is creating a ripple effect improving healthcare around the world, while assisting and supporting graduates to become leaders in their field.


Dr Davies said, “I started the company because I knew that there was a huge opportunity to take learning to busy medical professionals in a way that makes it easy for them to become more experienced and more knowledgeable in what they’re doing. That’s why our courses are user-friendly and are all about the straightforward, practical application of theory. And because we choose to focus on certain key medical disciplines, we’re helping to nurture true specialists in areas of high demand, such as diabetes and obesity.”


The company moved into Cardiff Medicentre, in the grounds of the University Hospital of Wales, in 2012 where it continues to occupy office space. Business is growing quickly and strategically, and take-up of the Diploma-MSc is increasing year on year. Learna’s current portfolio of 10 courses is set to double over the next two years.


Dr Davies said, “Our team has worked incredibly hard to get to this point and we’ve got big plans to take things a lot further. We are currently developing new courses in subjects in which there is growing demand in global healthcare. We’re excited to be extending our range and consolidating our brand at home as well as overseas.”


Published on Thu, 3rd Dec 2015

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