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Learning Platform Receives Funding To Transform Medical Learning

Innovate UK has funded just over £130,000 to CAPSULE, an innovative learning resource developed by Ocasta and Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS).  The aim of the funding is to deliver worldwide access to high-quality, case-based learning for millions of medical students and schools, powered by UK medical school expertise.

CAPSULE is a unique learning resource which contains almost 700 cases and 3,500 questions, all written by senior clinicians and aligned to the core medical curriculum. We aim to make CAPSULE the world's leading remote learning platform for clinical case analysis and a key tool in promoting UK medical capabilities.

Innovate UK are the UK’s innovation agency. They fund forward-thinking technology companies to accelerate innovation and drive business investment into research and development.

The funding will be used to support the global deployment of the platform and enhance its existing functionality. We will do this by making the platform more scalable, improving the signup process, and promoting the strengths and capabilities of the UK medical education sector. We aim to showcase the skills of UK medical schools and their leading educational capabilities and approach to medical learning across the world. 

Increased health service demands make it more challenging for medical professionals to meet all the training needs of students. CAPSULE has an opportunity to help alleviate this by providing a comprehensive knowledge tool with reliable content all delivered through an engaging platform.

Innovate UK Executive Chair Dr Ian Campbell said:

In these difficult times we have seen the best of British business innovation. The pandemic is not just a health emergency but one that impacts society and the economy. CAPSULE, along with every initiative Innovate UK has supported through this fund, is an important step forward in driving sustainable economic development. Each one is also helping to realise the ambitions of hard-working people.

Tim Vincent, Learning Technologist and CAPSULE project manager at BSMS, said:

We are delighted that the UK government has recognised the educational value and technical expertise of CAPSULE in the UK. We are equally pleased that this funding will enable medical students and clinical educators across the globe to benefit. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Ocasta in this next exciting phase.

If you want to transform digital learning in your medical school, please get in touch and we’d be happy to set your students up with CAPSULE. It’s engaging, easy and effective. ;

More about CAPSULE

Developed as a resource for BSMS, the learning platform has been made available nationally and is currently used by more than 30,000 students. It’s a unique resource that contains almost 700 cases and 3,500 questions, all aligned to the core medical curriculum, including medicine, surgery, paediatrics, psychiatry, therapeutics, obstetrics and gynaecology, general practice and professional studies, delivered via the web and mobile app. All the content is written and edited by a large number of senior clinicians from a range of specialities.

CAPSULE facilitates remote learning through the COVID19 pandemic 

In response to the unprecedented disruption to medical teaching caused by COVID-19 the CAPSULE platform was licensed through the Medical Schools Council to all UK schools. CAPSULE is now being enhanced with additional teaching and reporting capabilities, to support schools needing to teach students remotely while ensuring academic and healthcare standards.

While CAPSULE has been in use since 2016 but the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly accelerated take up and appreciation of the platform. With person-to-person teaching stopped and access to hospitals by nonessential students blocked, the ability of CAPSULE to provide reliable and comprehensive case-based learning is proving invaluable. The pandemic has driven the quick rollout of CAPSULE from five UK schools to thirty-seven schools in just two months and continues to spur the interest in CAPSULE from schools and students abroad.

The UK medical education sector now has an excellent remote teaching platform for clinical studies. There is no other comparable teaching resource available which combines professionally created and updated cases with a cutting-edge learning platform and resources for both the student and schools themselves. If you are interested in the impact of apps in medical education please read our study of CAPSULE published in BMJ Journals

World leading remote learning platform for the medical education sector

We see a large opportunity to make CAPSULE the world's leading remote learning platform for clinical case analysis and a key tool in promoting UK medical capabilities. By providing easy access to a key learning tool we have the opportunity to deliver both a commercial success and a success in promoting the UK as a global leader in medical education. 


About BSMS

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) is a partnership between the Universities of Brighton and Sussex and the local NHS health community. At BSMS, we identify research areas in medicine where we believe we can make a rapid and real difference. Our focus is on the continuous improvement of medical treatment to deliver more personalised health care for patients by applying basic science to answer fundamental clinical questions.