Why e-learning?

Understanding the benefits of e-learning and how it can support traditional methods of teaching

"...without e-learning it would have been a real challenge to deliver the Equality and Diversity training - clinicians' prioritise clinical work and extra time away would have been a further imposition."

Professor Namita Kumar, Postgraduate Dean, Health Education North East

As one of the world's largest employers, NHS investment in training must be high quality, efficient and cost-effective.

Trainees work in virtually all hospitals in the UK, and are exposed to a widely varied caseload. However, support from consultants and tutors can vary and there is increasing pressure on time and financial resource for learners or trainers to attend local, regional or national teaching sessions

There is also no defined national core knowledge content for learners to draw on, or on which local trainers can build their teaching.

e-LfH's online, distance learning, or e-learning, is regarded as a solution to these problems for the following reasons:

  • A detailed knowledge syllabus is mapped to the relevant curriculum

  • session_ss_sm.jpgIdentification of national experts to create a comprehensive, nationally quality assured e-learning resource covering the entire curriculum.

  • Content is available anywhere with an Internet connection.

  • Learning paths and the Learning Management System enable learners and trainers to match the e-learning to their current learning needs and clinical case load, ensuring that theory is reinforced by practice.

  • e-assessment tools provide learners and trainers with evidence of progress and can be interrogated at local and national levels to ensure consistent high quality training.


"There is 24/7 access to excellent images and learning tools wherever you are. You do not have to wait for teaching sessions as you can learn whenever you get a chance"


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