19 September 16
A new e-learning resource has been developed to provide learners with an introduction to Business Continuity.
Business Continuity is often described as 'just common sense'. It is about taking responsibility for the organisational business and enabling it to remain on course whatever the situation.
Business Continuity is about building and improving organisational resilience, it's about identifying our key services and the most urgent activities that underpin them.
This short e-learning course covers what Business Continuity is, what action you should take in the event of an incident, case studies and more.
To access the e-learning programme visit: www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/business-continuity/.
Widening the access of HEE e-LfH resources
08 September 16
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has added the e-LfH Hub and its thousands of e-learning sessions to the list of OpenAthens resources to make it easier for certain groups of the health and social care workforce to access e-LfH's e-learning.
HEE e-LfH works in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies to support patient care by providing e-learning to educate and train the health and social care workforce.
HEE e-LfH's programmes cover subjects from audiology to anaesthesia, dentistry to dermatology, electronic fetal monitoring to end of life care, primary care to prescribing, safeguarding children to statutory and mandatory training. All content is nationally quality-assured and available 24/7. The online training sessions enhance traditional learning, support existing teaching methods and provide a valuable reference point.
OpenAthens is a service that allows people to access a series of online resources free of charge with just a single OpenAthens account.
The OpenAthens eligibility criteria, which are managed by NICE, cover anyone working directly with NHS patients and anyone working directly on the development and/or delivery of training materials for either NHS staff or NHS patients within an organisation that provides NHS-commissioned care or commissions care for NHS patients in England. This includes charities, voluntary organisations, local authorities, arm's length bodies and healthcare students.
For more detailed information on the eligibility criteria please visit: www.nice.org.uk/about/what-we-do/evidence-services/journals-and-databases/openathens/openathens-eligibility
To register for an OpenAthens account please visit: https://openathens.nice.org.uk/ or for more information about accessing e-LfH resources via OpenAthens visit: http://support.e-lfh.org.uk/get-started/openathens/
Image Interpretation launches multiple choice quizzes
01 September 16
The e-Learning for Health Image Interpretation programme is currently developing Multiple Choice quizzes (MCQs) for specific modules.
Click the following link to access our full publication: Image Interpretation.
To access the e-learning programme visit: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/image-interpretation.
TEL News - August
31 August 16
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TEL News - July
01 August 16
TEL News is your monthly update keeping you up to speed with all that is Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in Healthcare. TEL NEWs includes information from Health Education England’s (HEE) TEL Programme team, the e-Learning for Healthcare Programme, e-Learning and Simulation Leads across the local offices and other updates we think you’ll find useful.
We’re keen to spread the news about TEL so would be grateful if you would share it throughout your own networks.
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New Content and Learning Paths for Overseas Visitors NHS Cost Recovery Course!
26 July 16
This e-learning package is intended for all staff involved in the cost recovery from overseas visitors and migrants. There are modules that are targeted for specific audiences, including Overseas Visitor Managers, frontline staff and clinicians, and the content now includes sessions for those involved in handing financial aspects.
A new learning path designed for use by Overseas Visitor Managers (OVMs) based in Trusts has also been added. Further learning paths for clinicians and administrative staff will be available soon.
Improved acute NIV delivery
25 July 16
A new e-learning programme has been developed to help improve the delivery of acute non-invasive ventilation (NIV).
In addition to improving the delivery of acute NIV care the programme, which e-LfH has developed in partnership with Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network, also aims to reduce mortality and promote patient safety by encouraging better adherence to guidelines. The e-learning standardises and improves the competencies of healthcare professionals involved in the provision of acute NIV care by creating new NIV training material and establishing and monitoring its delivery.
The e-learning programme also includes a guidance document on practical acute NIV which details the competency assessment for the practical session, a guide to completion of the practical session and case studies and supplementing documentation.
To access the e-learning programme visit: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/acute-niv/
Making Every Contact Count is now live!
25 July 16
This four module e-learning package is intended for anyone who has contact with people to make every contact count and develop public health knowledge. The package is part of a two phase learning approach and has been developed to ensure learners gain understanding and practical skill.
The e-learning can be accessed through the e-LfH portal for those in the NHS and also on the project website for those from other organisations who are unable to register for e-LfH.
Seen and Heard: e-learning for Child Sexual Abuse Awareness.
20 July 16
Sadly, too often the signs that children and young people are being sexually abused or exploited are being missed because healthcare professionals don’t know what to look for. That’s why the Department of Health and leading national charity The Children’s Society have worked together to develop a new, interactive eLearning course designed to help healthcare staff spot the signs of child sexual abuse and exploitation. One hour of your time could make a vital difference to a child’s whole life. The online course was developed with children and young people and based on their experiences and features powerful drama about a young boy called Tyler.
The course will give you the skills to know what to look for when you come into contact with a child or young person.
For more information or to take the course, enrol on the e-LfH Hub or visit www.seenandheard.org.uk.
e-Learning launched for NHS staff about raising concerns
19 July 16
Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) team has developed an e-learning session to equip healthcare staff with the knowledge and confidence to raise concerns.
In response to concerns about culture in the NHS, the Secretary of State for Health commissioned Sir Robert Francis to carry out an independent review. The review recommended that every NHS organisation should provide training on the value of speaking up which complies with national standards.
This e-learning session will act as a helpful resource to current and future healthcare staff by promoting all relevant policies, procedures, best practice and available support in relation to raising concerns. It teaches NHS staff the value of speaking up and highlights what support is available. Speaking up about wrongdoing at the earliest opportunity can save lives, prevent harm and protect organisational reputation.
In addition two education and training films have been developed – “Raising Concerns” and “Responding to Concerns.” The films, which complement the e-learning, support healthcare professionals to feel empowered to raise and respond to concerns.
To access the e-learning session visit: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/freedom-to-speak-up/
To view the films visit: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/freedom-to-speak-up/additional-resources/
e-Learning launched to encourage healthcare professionals to “Think Sepsis”
15 July 16
We are pleased to confirm that Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH), in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners, has launched an e-learning programme for healthcare professionals about sepsis.
“Think Sepsis” aims to improve the diagnosis and early management of sepsis in primary care. The e-learning includes five sessions:
Session 1 - Overview of Sepsis
Session 2 - Adult Sepsis
Session 3 - Childhood Sepsis
Session 4 - Complex Sepsis Issues and Future Development
Session 5 - Sepsis, Care Homes and the Frail Elderly.
Every year 123,000 cases of sepsis occur in England and there are approximately 37,000 deaths. Prompt recognition of sepsis and rapid intervention will help reduce the number of deaths occurring annually.
The e-learning programme has been developed for GPs and healthcare professionals working in primary care including nurses, health visitors, midwives, pharmacists and paramedics. “Think Sepsis” follows the recommendations of the new NICE guideline on sepsis recognition, diagnosis and early management which were launched this week.
To complement the e-learning programme a film has also been developed. The short film features the story of Jason Watkins and Clara Francis who tragically lost their daughter Maude aged just three to undiagnosed sepsis in 2011. The film highlights the key signs that healthcare workers should be looking out for and asks them to think: ‘could this be sepsis?’ when assessing and diagnosing patients.
To view the film and access the e-learning visit the e-LfH website: www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/sepsis
National Registration Authority (RA) and Smartcard Policy
14 July 16
A new e-learning resource on the National Registration Authority (RA) and Smartcard Policy is now available.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) designed this interactive e-learning resource to help newly appointed RA Managers and their RA staff gain the appropriate level of understanding around the key areas of National RA Policy.
It also provides important information about verifying a healthcare professionals identity to the required standards, reaffirms the importance of compliance with local and national RA policy, the use and issuance of Smartcards and highlights any major changes as a result of the new guidelines and implementation of the new Care Identity Service (CIS), which was launched in February 2015 also by HSCIC.
CIS brings new Authentication, Directory and Smartcard Identity Registration services for secure access to health and social care data and is the system used by RA staff across England to register health professionals with a digital identity and an appropriate level of access on a ‘passcode protected’ Smartcard, which they will use to access patient data held on clinical and non-clinical Smartcard enabled systems.
Currently there are 1.1 million Smartcard holders/healthcare professionals across England and RAs are responsible for delivering a high quality RA service to these individuals.
To help RA staff deliver a good quality RA service it is recommended they complete this interactive e-learning to gain the appropriate level of knowledge around the following areas:
Understand their responsibility as an RA Manager, RA Agent Advanced, RA Agent or RA Agent (ID Checker), RA Sponsor and Local Smartcard Administrator (LSA)
The importance of a Digital Identity and the ID checking/verification
What are the Acceptable Forms and Combinations of ID documentation to accept from anyone requesting a Smartcard
The importance of ensuring local RA Policy is in line with National RA Policy
Key information about the use, issuance and maintenance of Smartcards
It will take approximately 25 minutes to complete, including the 5 minute assessment at the end, which requires a score of 100% to gain the certificate that can be used as evidence for the National IG Toolkit.
Please note: The appointed RA Manager is responsible for delivering RA training to newly appointed RA staff and this e-learning resource is designed to help them with that task and should be used as an enhancement to any locally delivered training rather than as a replacement.
For more information, visit: National Registration Authority (RA) and Smartcard Policy
NHS Healthcare for Armed Forces
24 June 16
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare, with support from NHS England, has launched an e-learning programme to help increase understanding of the armed forces population and facilitate improved care and treatment. The programme is split across three areas of care for current serving personnel, the families of serving personnel and veterans, and for veterans.
For more information, please visit /programmes/nhs-healthcare-for-the-armed-forces/.
Accessible Information Standard
10 May 16
A new e-learning resource on the Accessible Information Standard is now available to access.
The Accessible Information Standard aims to establish a framework so that
patients and service users who have information or communication needs
relating to a disability or sensory loss, receive accessible information and
communication support. The e-learning resource provides training for all
health and social care staff to help them effectively apply and follow the Standard.
There are two e-learning sessions available:
Accessible Information Standard: Introduction provides an overview of the Standard and explains how to ensure that the information and communication support needs of people with a disability or sensory loss are identified, recorded, flagged, shared and met.
Accessible Information Standard: Towards Excellence builds upon the Introduction session and aims to enhance learners’ knowledge, skills and confidence around supporting individuals with information and communication needs and effectively applying the Standard in health and care settings
For more information and to access the sessions visit:
04 May 16
The Epilepsy programme is live and consists of two e-learning sessions. The sessions are aimed at healthcare professionals working in primary care, to enable them to better support people living with epilepsy.
The main outcomes are to ensure that GPs have access to a high quality learning module to enable better support for people living with epilepsy
The project aims to demonstrate to GPs the important role that primary care plays in providing support for people living with epilepsy. The sessions are 1) Diagnosing and Managing Patients with Epilepsy 2) Special Management Issues in Epilepsy and can be accessed now via the e-LfH Hub
For more information visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/epilepsy/
Recognising and Assessing Medical Problems in Psychiatric Settings
26 April 16
The Recognising and Assessing Medical Problems in Psychiatric Settings (RAMPPS) e-learning module developed by Health Education England working across Yorkshire and the Humber is now available.
The module is suitable for all healthcare staff in both acute and community-based mental health settings, for example doctors, nurses, support workers, pharmacists and Allied Health Professionals. Completing this short interactive 15 minute module can help to broaden or refresh the knowledge of applying structured approaches and best practice tools when recognising, assessing and managing the deteriorating physical health of patients in mental health settings.
For more information visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/recognising-and-assessing-medical-problems-in-psychiatric-settings/
20 April 16
Image Interpretation, also known as Interpretation of Radiological Images (e-IRI), is an e-learning project to support radiographers and other healthcare professionals with interpreting and offering clinical evaluations on radiographs and other imaging modalities. The project is a collaboration between the Society and College of Radiographers and Health Education England’s award-winning e-Learning for Healthcare programme.
The project originally focused on sessions to support image interpretation of standard radiographs of the musculoskeletal system, but has since grown in size and scope. In 2016 21 new interactive sessions have been published on topics ranging from Dignity and Continuing Professional Development to Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Gastro-intestinal and Genito-urinary imaging. New modules have also been added to the programme; Cardiac Imaging, Neurointervention, Dental and Maxillo-facial Radiography and Accessory Projections.
The learning sessions have been written and reviewed by radiographers, academics and radiologists. They include sample images, assessments and case studies, as well as links to the latest research and resources. For more information or to access the free material see http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/image-interpretation/
01 April 16
HEE e-LfH Blog is now live!
The blog is available at http://blog.e-lfh.org.uk/
Please have a look and start sharing your opinions on HEE e-LfH and the work we do.
24 March 16
A new e-learning session on sustainable dentistry has been released today, on NHS Sustainability Day 2016, as part of the e-Den (Dentistry) programme. The resource provides an introduction to climate change and explores the main principles of sustainable practice and their application in dentistry. It encourages clinicians and managers to make sustainable choices and identifies practical tools and resources to support this.
The NHS has a carbon footprint of 22.8 million tonnes CO2e per year. This includes emissions from building use, travel, purchasing of goods and services and commissioning1. Dentistry contributes 3% to this footprint2 which equates to 0.9 million tonnes CO2 per year. With climate change reported to be the biggest threat to global health in the 21st century, sustainable healthcare is more relevant now than ever. Training in this area is becoming increasingly valuable as the need to improve value from finite resources and move towards low carbon, high-quality models of care becomes more apparent.
The e-learning resource has been developed by dentists, Devika Vadher and Divya Verma, working with the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) as Sustainable Dentistry Scholars – part-time roles funded by Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
The launch of the e-learning resource coincides with NHS Sustainability Day 2016 on 24th March which is a nationally recognised day for action on climate change, engaging everyone across the NHS and social care systems.
For more information on the e-learning session, visit http://portal.e-lfh.org.uk/Component/Details/424027
Cancer in the Community
17 March 16
A new e-learning programme called Cancer in the Community, is now available to access. The project, produced by the Royal Marsden School, will enable healthcare professionals of all grades, working in a range of community settings, to broaden their knowledge of key aspects of cancer care. This e-learning course will be relevant to all qualified and non-qualified community-based health and social care workers, including community matrons, nursing staff, allied health professionals (including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and dieticians) and support workers who meet patients with cancer.
This work was commissioned by Health Education South London (HESL) and is available nationally. The project is composed of 4 sessions covering topics such as Cancer Prevention and Screening and Living With and Beyond Cancer. For information on how to access the Cancer in the Community e-learning programme, visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/cancer-in-the-community/.
What's new in e-ELCA
25 February 16
In December 2015 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) launched the first guidelines on improving care for people who are in their last days of life (Care of Dying Adults in the Last Days of Life). The guidelines aim to put the dying person at the heart of decisions about their care, so that they can be supported in their final days in accordance with their wishes. e-ELCA sessions have been highlighted as a resource to help with implementation of the guidelines.
The 'Five ways to motivate and engage learners' leaflet has recently been developed and will be available on the e-ELCA website from March. This is intended as a practical guide for managers, as well as trainers, wanting to improve end of life care as it will help motivate and engage learners by highlighting best practice when using e-learning.
Finally, as part of the continuing review of our programmes all 156 e-ELCA sessions will have been fully reviewed and updated by the end of March.
For more information, visit: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/end-of-life-care/
Summary Care Records (SCR) – e-learning refresh
11 January 16
Summary Care Records (SCR) is a national service that allows healthcare staff free access (at the point of care) to key patient information that lives in their GP record, to help them make decisions and choices about the care they provide. The information is made available via the National Spine, which is managed and maintained by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), and is accessed by the use of an NHS Smartcard. Each SCR is created, and updated in real-time, by the GP system when a patient visits their local GP and information about them gets added, like new, or changes to, medication, for example.
Almost all (97%) of registered patients in England have an SCR with this information contained and having it readily available as part of consultations or when patients make unscheduled visits to other parts of the NHS, and indeed in other parts of the country, can play a key part in providing safe and secure clinical decisions. Patient's SCRs are already being viewed by a number of different healthcare settings including acute Pharmacy, A&E and acute Assessment, Urgent Care Centres, Ambulance trusts and paramedics as well as telephony based services such as 111 and Out of Hours - and 60,000 patient episodes of care a week are affected by this information exchange.
The HSCIC programme that manages the development and delivery of the SCR service designed a prototype training module that has been successfully used to educate and train users across a wide variety of NHS users of the service. The team were able to build a feedback mechanism into this and have listened to users and professionals alike on their thoughts on where it would benefit from a slight re-design/refresh. Version 1.0 of the SCR e-learning resource is now here and ready to be tried and tested both to inform and educate users as to what SCR is, how SCRs work, how to get access and use the service as well as how the capability has changed to give access to a much greater breadth of patient information. There are videos, sliders and enhanced viewing tools to keep the training as interactive as possible and even a short quiz to test your SCR knowledge, as well as links to further information and who to contact for help to get you up and running.
Having electronic access to patient information held in other places has been identified as a key requirement for the NHS and the Summary Care Record service can very simply and easily support you to achieve this. The service is supported and endorsed by healthcare policy and regulatory bodies as well as key national charities. This e-learning resource is one way that we can deliver the message and education at scale as we believe it’s simple and straightforward, but is only part of a wider ‘blended’ learning and integration solution we can provide.
For information on how to access the SCR e-learning resource visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/summary-care-records/.
SBAR Communication in Care Homes
15 December 15
The SETs (SBAR Education through Technology and Simulation) is a three part course for care home staff. The initial part of the course is an e-learning module on the potential uses of SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation) communication in care homes. This e-learning module sets out the principles of SBAR communication with worked examples to enable staff to then undertake an in situ simulation course where they develop these skills further. Finally a series of free podcasts is being produced to cement the learning with further worked examples and reaction to the simulation sessions.
For more information visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/sbar-communication-in-care-homes/
Making the Most of e-ELCA
26 November 15
The ‘One Chance to Get it Right’ report, produced by the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People in June 2014, set out the approach to caring for dying people in the last few days and hours of life identifying five Priorities for Care. The report also made recommendations on the desired characteristics of education and training programmes. One of the Health Education England (HEE) commitments in the One Chance to Get it Right document was to conduct research into the development and evaluation of education and training methods and programmes which addressed uncertainty and communication when caring for the dying.
The End of Life Care for All e-learning programme (e-ELCA) has been recommended as part of a blended learning approach by the 'Training and Education in End of Life Care' report, commissioned by HEE to review the efficacy of existing education and training resources on end of life care.
Why not take a look at the new 'Making the most of e-ELCA' guide? It is simple and concise, designed to provide a brief overview of factors that can help organisations maximise the effectiveness and value of using e-ELCA.
For more information, please visit the updated e-ELCA website: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/end-of-life-care/
Antibiotic Awareness Week
20 November 15
To coincide with World Antibiotic Awareness Week and European Antibiotics Awareness Day, HEE is pleased to announce the launch of its latest e-learning programme on Antimicrobial Resistance. The introductory level programme has been designed to support all health and social care staff - both clinical and non-clinical - in a variety of settings to understand the threats posed by antimicrobial resistance, and ways they can help to tackle this major health issue. The session was written by specialist antimicrobial pharmacist Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope and is free to access from this link.
Communicating with Empathy
13 November 15
A new e-learning resource, called Communicating with Empathy, is now available to access. This programme, developed by the PallE8 Palliative Care Group, consists of six sessions that have been developed to promote sensitive and effective communication in end of life care. The sessions use rich video and staff-patient scenarios to illustrate issues in communication in care.
The sessions are aimed at informal carers, agency and care home staff, healthcare assistants and other staff providing end of life care. The sessions are also available to access within Module 3 of the End of Life Care programme.
For more information visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/communicating-with-empathy/.
Children’s Emotional and Additional Health Needs
05 November 15
A new e-learning programme aimed at Health Visitors and School Nurses has become available today, on the topic of Children’s Emotional and Additional Health Needs. This new learning resources is formed through a partnership between Public Health England, the Department of Health, SAPHNA, CPHVA and Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare programme.
The programme, consisting of six e-learning sessions, focuses on early and co-ordinated support for children with emotional health and well-being issues, and complex or additional health needs. This comprehensive continuing professional development resource will equip both health visiting and school nursing teams with essential skills and knowledge to enable them to deliver high-quality early help in specialist areas.
For more information visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/childrens-emotional-and-additional-health-needs/
29 October 15
Experts in dementia studies from the University of Bradford have modernised Health Education England's online dementia courses – ensuring the perspective and experience of people living with dementia and their family members is central to the learning.
The programme offers a range of research and best practice from the UK and internationally to ensure excellence in person-centred dementia care. It addresses the Prime Minister’s Challenge on dementia by ensuring a compassionate, coordinated and person-centred approach to dementia care from diagnosis to end of life.
The sessions offer a rich learning experience through use of high-quality videos of personal experiences, interactive quizzes and opportunities for self-reflection.
Professor Murna Downs, Chair in Dementia Studies at the University of Bradford, said: “We are proud to play our part in directly addressing the prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 by supporting all those who care for people living with dementia and their family members, from diagnosis through to end of life”.
For more information visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/dementia/
23 October 15
Disability Matters is an innovative e-learning programme for anyone working or engaging with disabled children and young people (aged 0-25 years).
Co-developed with disabled young people and parent carers the sessions will improve your recognition and management of disability issues, teach you to communicate effectively and give you the confidence to support children and young people achieve the outcomes that matter to them.
The e-learning can also be used by individuals and diversity teams to develop a welcoming and inclusive culture across NHS services.
Disability Matters comprises 58 topics.
For more information visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/disability-matters/
Priorities for Care of the Dying Person: End of Life Care (e-ELCA)
14 October 15
The care of people that are dying and support for their families is something that almost all health and social care staff contribute to, consider of great importance in their role and can get great satisfaction from. e-ELCA is a key resource for the development of staff to provide competent, compassionate and dignified care for patients at the end of life and support for their families.
The sessions in e-ELCA have been mapped to the learning objectives of the 'One Chance to Get it Right' report of the Leadership Alliance for Care of the Dying Person in 2014. A new training needs analysis session will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and direct you to e-ELCA sessions to support your development.
Also, core and additional e-ELCA sessions for specific staff groups have been defined for:
For further information on the programme and how to access the e-learning please visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/end-of-life-care/
Visitor and Migrant NHS Cost Recovery Programme
13 October 15
A series of e-learning modules and introductory video have been developed by E-learning for Healthcare (e-LfH), working with the Visitor and Migrant NHS Cost Recovery Programme at the Department of Health. The e-learning package is designed to support NHS organisations in their implementation of the Visitor and Migrant NHS Cost Recovery Programme following changes to the Overseas Visitor Charging Regulations in April 2015. The e-learning is not intended as a substitute for the guidance to these regulations but to support understanding of the rules.
The Cost Recovery Programme was set up in July 2014 to improve the systems for charging overseas visitors and migrant for their NHS healthcare in England. The programme aims to support and reinforce the principle of fairness by ensuring that everyone who can should contribute to the cost of the NHS without undermining the principle that the NHS is free at the point of delivery for residents.
The E-learning modules have been tailored to specific roles including Overseas Visitor Managers (OVMs), frontline administrative staff and clinicians.
A video “A guide for clinicians: cost recovery and working with Overseas Visitor Managers (OVMs)” has also been developed with the help of clinicians and OVMs.
The online training sessions enhance traditional learning, support existing teaching methods and provide a valuable reference point. They are designed and built to be engaging and interactive, using quality images, video, audio and animation to help trainees learn and retain knowledge. Content is presented using various templates such as 'real-life' scenarios, case studies and 'knowledge bites'.
For further information on the programme and how to access the e-learning please visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/overseas-visitors-cost-recovery/
Induction for International and Returning GPs
08 October 15
A short e-learning programme has been developed which supports the GP Induction and Refresher (I&R) Scheme and is aimed at GPs returning to work in the NHS who need an induction placement. The session provides a basic grounding of the principles and structure of the NHS, along with guidance on many aspects of the role of the modern GP, such as safeguarding, patient safety and ethics.
For further information on the programme and how to access the e-learning please visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/gp-induction-and-refresher.
Improving Mouth Care
01 October 15
An e-learning package has been developed to support the training of all healthcare professionals involved in mouth care. It has been designed to give health and care staff advice and guidance in order for them to provide evidenced based mouth care for their patients and clients; with the intention of ensuring that they can enjoy the benefits of good oral hygiene and oral health as part of general health care.
For further information on the programme and how to access the e-learning please visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/improving-mouth-care/.
Patient Group Directions
01 October 15
This e-learning programme supports people and organisations who are considering, developing, authorising and using patient group directions (PGDs) to deliver NHS services in line with legislation and NICE medicines practice guideline (MPG2). Whether you are a commissioner or a provider, this programme can support you to learn about how PGDs can be used in your practice as an appropriate means of patient care.
For further information on the programme and how to access the e-learning please visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/patient-group-directions/.
Management and Leadership Skills
24 September 15
The modules in this programme are designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of management and leadership topics. Each module covers real life examples that reinforce your understanding of the key principles and skills in that area. They are suitable for multi-professional health and social care team leaders and managers or aspiring managers at all levels.
For further information on the programme and how to access the e-learning please visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/management-and-leadership-skills/
Induction for International Doctors
18 September 15
The Induction for International Doctors programme is designed to introduce internationally qualified doctors, who are new to UK clinical practice, to ethical, social, legal and professional aspects of UK clinical practice. The interactive e-learning sessions include case-based scenarios and are intentionally generic in content, thereby making them useful for doctors of any specialty and grade. It is expected that this e-learning programme will act as a driver for new international doctors to commence a focussed discussion with their educational supervisors, to develop professional development plans and to undertake additional training as per their specialty/local needs.
For further information on the programme and how to access the e-learning please visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/induction-for-international-doctors/
Statutory and Mandatory Content
18 September 15
The UK Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF) defines nationally agreed learning outcomes and training delivery standards for ten statutory/mandatory training topics for staff working in healthcare settings. The CSTF indicates which staff groups should have competence in which topics and at which level, and advises on minimum refresher periods. The e-learning sessions in this programme have been designed to meet the relevant learning outcomes in the CSTF. There are also ten Level 1 and seven Level 2 eAssessments for Statutory and Mandatory training topics, one for each topic and level in the CSTF, which have an 80% pass rate.
For further information on the programme and how to access the e-learning please visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/statutory-and-mandatory-content/
Blood Transfusion learning pathways
10 September 15
Two new learning pathways for phlebotomists and porters have been added to the learnbloodtransfusion programme.
These two learning pathways have been specifically designed for staff solely undertaking either the phlebotomist or porter role in the transfusion process.
Developed in response to user feedback, these pathways are significantly shorter than the Safe Transfusion Practice course, and are intended to help reduce learning requirements for certain roles.
As with most other learnbloodtransfusion courses, there is an assessment element to evidence learning.
For further information on the programme and how to access the e-learning please visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/blood-transfusion/
12 August 15
The Flu Immunisation e-learning package is designed to provide all healthcare practitioners involved in delivering the national flu immunisation programme with the knowledge they need to confidently promote high uptake of flu vaccination and effectively deliver the vaccine programme. The programme consists of six sessions - three of which are assessments - covering the core knowledge required for flu immunisers, as well as that on inactive vaccines and the live flu vaccine. It is aimed at flu immunisers in a wide variety of healthcare settings.
For further information on the programme and how to access the e-learning programme, please visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/flu-immunisation/
Transient Ischaemic Attacks
28 July 15
A new programme has been added to the e-LfH Hub: Transient Ischaemic Attacks.
This e-learning resource has been developed to support the knowledge, understanding and skills in the diagnosis and management of transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs) and TIA mimics and is supported by the Royal College of Physicians. It is aimed at junior doctors or specialist nurses with a background in Stroke, Neurology, Emergency Medicine, Acute Medicine and/or Primary Care. The programme is composed of a number of patient scenario sessions, core knowledge sessions and self-assessments.
For further information on the programme and how to access the e-learning please visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/transient-ischaemic-attacks.
Essentials in Care
28 July 15
A new programme has been added to the e-LfH Hub: Essentials in Care.
This e-learning resource has been developed to give frontline staff from domiciliary, community, residential and nursing homes essential knowledge in care. This programme will give staff a greater ability to intervene more effectively and to recognise early riskfactors and signs of deterioration, as well as improve confidence and promote empowerment. The programme, consisting of three sessions, was produced with support from Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust.
For further information on the programme and how to access the e-learning please visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/essentials-in-care/.
Clinical Pathways for Sick Children
14 July 15
A new programme has been added to the e-LfH Hub: Clinical Pathways for Sick Children (Bronchiolitis, Fever and Diarrhoea and/or Vomiting).
This e-learning resource has been developed to support the use of the South East Coast Strategic Clinical Networks (SEC SCN) NHS acute care clinical pathways for pre-school children. It is intended for clinicians working within primary and community care who look after children in the pre-school age group and have to assess them when they are acutely sick. The programme is designed to equip learners with the clinical skills necessary to identify children with serious illness and to ensure parents can be confident in their assessment.
For further information on the programme and how to access the e-learning please visit /programmes/clinical-pathways-for-sick-children/
Preventing Falls in Hospitals
18 December 14
We are proud to announce that there is a new course available in the Preventing Falls in Hospitals programme: CareFall: Reducing inpatient falls risk factors and post fall management.
The aim of this course is to give you the knowledge to identify risk factors for inpatient falls and how to reduce them, to give guidance on safely moving patients if they have fallen and how to assess them for a serious injury. It has primarily been developed for foundation level doctors working in acute or community hospitals, but other staff members with an interest in falls risk reduction are welcome to use it.
Please note that this course has been developed in Flash and will therefore not run on mobile devices.
The Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3™) and the 2-year review e-learning modules are now available!
08 December 14
All Health Visitors in England will need to be using the ASQ-3™ as part of 2-year health reviews by April 2015. The Department of Health is developing a population measure to show child development at 2-2½ years. The data for this will be collected using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3™) which is a parent completed tool. To support Health Visiting teams in preparing for this now, e-learning sessions have been developed for Health Visitors and Nursery Nurses by HEE, the Department of Health, e-Learning for Healthcare and the University of Hertfordshire. They are in two parts, each taking 30 minutes and incorporate video clips from real-life 2 to 21/2 year reviews and cover the practicalities of using the ASQ-3™.
National VTE Prevention Programme
01 December 14
The NHS England National VTE Prevention Programme has worked in partnership with Health Education England to develop a comprehensive suite of e-learning modules aimed at Primary Care, undergraduates and commissioners.
Launched at the recent Patient First Conference on 26 November 2014, the VTE e-learning programme sets out to raise awareness of the need for all healthcare professionals to recognize the signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) and the levers that can be used to drive best practice when it comes to VTE prevention and improved outcomes for patients.
The National VTE Prevention Programme has also signed up former England International Goalkeeper Paul Robinson to help raise awareness of VTE after he followed a near fatal blood clot on his lung last year. The video in which Paul speaks about his experience has been produced in partnership with NHS Choices and illustrates why ongoing VTE education is so important. Speaking about its release, Paul Robinson said:
“I hope that me telling my story really makes people think and that it helps even a few.”
The e-learning modules are freely accessible to anyone with an NHS email address via the e-learning for healthcare website:
ACUMEN – prospective authors for 2015
28 November 14
ACUMEN is now looking for prospective authors for 2015. We hope to produce content focusing on the following topics;
Rash, hepatosplenomegaly, bruising, haematuria, head injury, polydipsia, polyuria, pruritus, abnormal Sensations, visual disturbance, weight loss, swallowing difficulties, medical problems in pregnancy, alcohol and substance dependence, aggressive / disturbed behaviour, delirium including substance abuse, dementia, the unconscious patient, abdominal pain, suicide/para-suicide, dysuria including sexual health, involuntary movement
If you are interested in producing content for ACUMEN under any of the above listed topics, then please send an email to email@example.com stating your name, current role and the topics to which you wish to contribute. Expressions of interest should be received by us no later than Friday 19th December 2014.
More New Content for ACUMEN!
27 November 14
ACUMEN continues to expand its coverage of the acute medicine curriculum, and now has more that 275 scenarios and knowledge sessions available toy support your learning.
We have recently added a significant amount of new content covering topics such as medical problems in pregnancy, rash, acute confusion, poisoning, fever, oncology, interventional radiology, anaphylaxis, haematemisis & melaena, pericarditis, joint swelling, spontaneous bleeding and dyspepsia.
If you haven’t visited ACUMEN in a while, now is the time to take a look at what’s new and expand your knowledge of the many topics that are covered.
Gold for e-LfH
06 November 14
e-LfH scoops the Gold Award for the ‘Best e-learning project – public sector’ at the 2014 e-Learning Age awards. The judges “were particularly impressed by the consistent approach to stakeholder engagement, the options for scaling, the variety of learning interventions, and the focus on evaluating the impact on behaviour and marketing. The programme meets different learning styles and abilities for a workforce that requires just-in-time learning and has limited flexibility to train without affecting 24/7 care. Working with thousands of clinical subject matter experts and myriad stakeholders, e-LfH is now recognised throughout the world for its vision, scope and skills, and its achievements in transforming UK healthcare training and patient care.”
ICE-BLU project launched
14 March 14
The ICE-BLU project teaches the theoretical knowledge behind basic echo and lung ultrasound in the intensive care patient. The sessions are interactive and contain echocardiography videos to demonstrate teaching points. Teaching includes the physics of ultrasound, anatomy and basic views, left and right ventricular function, life-threatening pathologies, basic lung ultrasound and some of the limitations and pitfalls that may be encountered. The intended audience is intensive care and acute medicine doctors, anaesthetists and clinicians interested in assessment of the critically ill patient.
The sessions are mapped to the FICE curriculum but the whole module is suitable for anyone intending to undertake a hands-on training course or as a refresher of the knowledge previously acquired in this area. There is a final MCQ session, which will allow the production of a CPD certificate for those who have completed the eight sessions.
e-Pain - Pain management project launched
11 November 13
Thousands of people are affected by acute or chronic pain every year in the UK. For some this is short term due to illness or injury, for others chronic pain is a way of life. The National Pain Audit highlighted the inconsistencies with which pain is managed across primary and secondary care and, despite recent advances in both areas, patients are often referred too late for these services to make any significant difference.
e-PAIN is a multi-disciplinary programme designed to improve the early diagnosis and management of pain. The programme is aimed at all NHS healthcare professionals who do not specialise in pain medicine, but regularly encounter patients suffering from acute or chronic pain.
The e-PAIN programme has been developed by the Faculty of Pain Medicine in partnership with the British Pain Society and e-Learning for Healthcare. Dr Douglas Justins, Clinical Lead for e-PAIN says: ‘This exciting and important project will help improve the recognition, assessment and safe treatment of unrelieved pain resulting in the significant improvement of patient care.’
For further information on the programme and how to access the e-learning please visit /projects/pain-management/
One in a million
30 September 13
e-Learning Anaesthesia (e-LA) recently topped a million session launches, with users working through an astonishing 340,000 hours of learning since e-LA was launched. More information. The millionth session was launched by Dr Alvin Soosay, an anaesthetic trainee in Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Alvin was very surprised to hear the news, but less surprised to find that the session in question was a Part 1 MCQ revision session! Alvin said “e-LA has been a godsend both during my first year in anaesthesia and during that final nervous push towards the exam. My key message to other trainees is to use e-LA early and to use it often.”
HRH launches e-SAFE DVD
02 May 13
HRH the Princess Royal recently launched the e-SAFE DVD at the Royal College of Anaesthetists. A collaboration between e-LfH, RCoA and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, e-SAFE is a free educational DVD for anaesthesia providers in resource-limited countries. Focusing on the key topics of paediatrics, obstetrics, trauma, newborn care and critical care, the e-SAFE DVD includes sessions from e-Learning Anaesthesia, together with a bespoke e-library and instructional videos filmed in Nepal. The DVD can be widely reproduced and requires no internet access. Copies are available from www.rcoa.ac.uk/e-SAFE or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org For further information, see http://www.rcoa.ac.uk/news-and-bulletin/rcoa-news-and-statements/rcoa-hosts-hrh-the-princess-royal-e-safe-safer-education
HEEre we go …
30 April 13
In April 2013, e-LfH moved to Health Education England (HEE). An exciting opportunity for e-LfH, HEE’s remit includes the delivery of ‘Better Training, Better Care’, with Technology Enhanced Learning being seen as a key enabler of transformational change across the healthcare sector.
I can see clearly now
01 August 12
A study of medical students has shown that using e-LfH's Image Interpretation improves their ability to interpret chest x-rays by 50%.
In addition, 90% of the students reported an improvement in their confidence interpreting chest x-rays compared to 38% who used an e-textbook. 100% of those using the e-LfH material found it engaging, compared to 15% allocated to an e-textbook. The study was undertaken by Dr Elikem Tamaklo, Foundation doctor on Merseyside, and excited a lot of interest when he presented it at ASME in July 2012.
The study is available to download here.
Puffed with pride - Tracheostomy Safety
04 April 12
"Outstanding.... a great resource for the
non-tracheostomy specialist". So said David Roberson, Associate
Professor of Otology and Laryngology at the Children's Hospital
Boston and Harvard Medical School when he reviewed the new
'Tracheostomy Safety' project.
Developed in partnership with the National Tracheostomy Safety
Project and the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the three sessions
support those caring for 'neck breathing' patients, either
routinely or in an emergency. They are applicable to general and
specialist nursing staff, medical staff and allied health
professionals from all backgrounds, in both hospital and community
settings. Tracheostomy Safety is available at www.e-lfh.org.uk/projects/tracheostomysafety ,
via the NLMS or at www.tracheostomy.org.uk
Gold for eFM
03 February 12
eFetal Monitoring won the top 'Gold'
award for 'Innovation in Learning Services' at The Learning Awards
2012, hosted by The Learning and Performance Institute. The judges
commended the innovative knowledge base, summative assessments and
bespoke case study tool, which provides experiential training in
interpreting CTGs. They said "In an outstanding presentation, the
e-LfH team demonstrated that the programme will save training costs
throughout the NHS and save the lives of, or prevent severe
handicap to, hundreds of babies a year".
For more information, please visit www.thelearningawards.com/.
10 November 11
e-LfH's eFetal Monitoring
case study tool has won the e-Learning Age 2011 Silver award for
the 'Most Innovative New Learning Hardware or Software Product'.
eFM's ground-breaking simulator demonstrates the crucial role of
both e-learning and simulation in future training and standard
setting in obstetrics and midwifery. It will save many babies'
lives and millions in litigation costs. eFM has also been
short-listed for a further award next year, so watch this space
For more information, please view this summary of the
eFM celebrates new arrival!
13 September 11
On Tuesday the 13th of
September, the President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and
Gynaecologists ,Dr Anthony Dale Falconer, launched the eFM tool to
an audience of obstetricians and midwives.
This web-based resource was developed through a partnership
between the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the
Royal College of Midwives and e-Learning for Healthcare.
Obstetricians and midwives are required to independently
interpret cardiotocographs (CTGs) in the crucial lead up to birth.
EFM educates learners using assessment-driven case-based learning.
The interactive learning sessions test knowledge of CTG
interpretation and clinical management and provide feedback to the
learner regarding their performance.
e-LfH shortlisted for e-Learning Age Awards 2011
05 September 11
Two e-LfH projects have
been rewarded for their innovative thinking by being shortlisted
for the e-Learning Age Awards 2011 in the Most
Innovative New Learning Hardware or Software Product category.
e-Fetal Monitoring's Case Study tool allows users to practise their
skills at interpretation of cardiotocographs in a virtual labour
ward. e-Learning Anaesthesia's MCQ tool is an Excel-based tool that
lowers the bar for content creation, opening it up to any subject
matter expert, while creating assessments of the highest quality.
e-LfH has tasted success at previous e-Learning Age Awards and is
hoping to continue that winning run at the Gala Evening on November
Getting onto the Leader Board
04 July 11
"Without leadership, all structural changes in the world will
So said Secretary of State Andrew Lansley at the recent launch
of the NHS Leadership Framework. Underpinned by e-LfH's LeAD
programme, the NHS Leadership Framework recognises that frontline
clinicians and the wider workforce must have leadership knowledge,
skills and behaviours to drive radical service redesign and
For more information, or to register for LeAD, go to www.e-lfh.org.uk/projects/lead/register.html.
Paul Burstow launches Supporting Carers
23 June 11
On June 16th, Minister of State for Care Services
Paul Burstow launched 'Supporting Carers in General Practice'.
Developed through a partnership between RCGP, Department of
Health, The Princess Royal Trust and e-LfH, with support from The
Children's Society, the free-to-access e-learning resource is
primarily aimed at GPs, GP trainees and other health workers in
primary care teams. It will also be available to all healthcare
staff through the NLMS and the e-LfH LMS.
Please go to
Supporting Carers in General Practice for more information.
Pathology "Potcasts" go live
22 June 11
Pathpots, the joint project with the Histopathology
Training Schools initiative of the Royal College of Pathologists
has begun to release its first batches of podcasts of pathology
Designed for trainees and medical students and anyone interested
in pathology they cover a wide range of disease - common, rare and
exotic. Over 300 cases by some of the best teachers of pathology
have already been produced and will be released over the next six
months. They can be downloaded onto any podcatcher such as the
ipad, ipod or smartphone.
To register for the podcasts go to www.e-pathpots.org.uk.
'Precious' international accolade for e-LfH
26 May 11
e-LfH and eXact learning solutions carried off the Platinum
Award for established e-learning at the 2011 IMS Global Learning Consortium Learning
Impact Awards. Competing against a global field of 50
finalists, the judges commended e-LfH and eXact for "the world's
largest and most successful on-line medical content production
Click here for further information.
Oh, baby: e-SRH wins e-Gov award
31 January 11
e-LfH's e-Sexual and
Reproductive Healthcare project carried off first prize in the
e-Government 2010 awards, for Excellence in Learning and Skills.
The judges said "e-SRH has revolutionised training in sexual and
reproductive health. This nationally-validated course for
healthcare practitioners has raised standards, widened access and
enabled abolition of the face-to-face course. This improved
training is saving the NHS £7.9m a year". Addressing the awards
ceremony, the Prime Minister said "You have put Britain at the
forefront of e-government delivery in the world. We have the
technology and skills, we have the innovation and crucially we have
the people." Congratulations also go to the e-Safeguarding Children
and Young People team - SGC was a finalist in three separate award
The e-Government National Awards are the primary technology
awards for the public sector, and encompass national, local
government, the NHS and the third sector. The awards ceremony was
attended by 83 separate public sector organisations.
Click here to view the information in the awards
Celebrating success - e-LfH wins at e-Learning Age Awards 2010
11 November 10
e-LfH scooped two awards
at the recent 2010 e-Learning Age event. Despite over 200 entries
from the UK, US, Europe and the Far East, e-GP carried off the
Silver award in the 'Excellence in the production of e-learning
content - public sector' category, going head to head with e-LfH's
Adolescent Healthcare project, which had also been short-listed in
this category. e-LA was awarded Bronze in the 'Best e-learning
securing widespread adoption' category.
e-Den registration open to all members of the dentistry team
25 October 10
e-Den, the national e-learning
initiative encompassing dentistry's foundation years, is now open
for access to all members of the dentistry team, including
associate dentists and dental care professionals such as dental
nurses, dental hygienists, dental technicians and dental
The project is the first major collaboration between the four
dental faculties of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of England,
Edinburgh and Glasgow and the Department of Health's e-learning for
Healthcare (e-LfH) programme. The project was first made available
on 31st March 2010 initially to dental foundation trainees and
Postgraduate Dental Deanery staff.
e-Den is available nationwide and is free of charge to all
members of the dentistry team who are operating within an NHS
contract. It is a valuable tool for supporting postgraduate
training for dentistry and promotes a consistent standard of
knowledge, skills and expertise across the country.
With almost 100 e-learning sessions across six modules now live
on the system, the project continues to go from strength to
For more information about e-Den and to register for access,
New GMC e-learning session on end of life care now available
29 July 10
A new e-learning session focusing on the General Medical
Council's (GMC) new guidance on treatment and care towards the end
of life is now available to all doctors via e-ELCA,
End of Life Care for All. The session, Treatment and care
towards the end of life: good practice in decision making,
explains the key principles in the guidance and helps doctors to
apply the principles in the guidance to some of the common
challenges that arise when caring for patients towards the end of
e-ELCA is a free and innovative e-learning resource that aims to
enhance the training and education of those involved in delivering
end of life care. Commissioned by the Department of Health (DH) to
support the National End of Life Care Strategy (2008), e-ELCA has
been developed by the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great
Britain and Ireland in partnership with e-LfH.
The GMC session explores the fictional case studies
of two patients with different conditions and allows the users to
work through the decision making process alongside the doctor, the
patient and those close to them. The case studies cover both
managing a patient's request for treatment and a patient's advance
refusal of treatment, and give doctors guidance about areas of
practice including clinically assisted nutrition and hydration and
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Interactive exercises and multiple choice questions are included
to test the learners' knowledge and animation and imagery help
create a visually engaging experience. Opportunities for personal
reflection are provided throughout.
e-ELCA is broken down into four core areas (advance care
planning, assessment, communication skills and symptom management).
Each area consists of a number of e-learning sessions which are
intuitive and easy to use. Each session takes around 20 minutes to
complete to fit in with busy working lives. The session on the GMC
guidance is included in the fifth area, Integrated Learning, which
aims to integrate learning from the other areas through the use of
Bee Wee, National Clinical Lead for e-ELCA said: "e-ELCA is
a groundbreaking e-learning resource designed to ensure that well
informed high quality end of life care can be delivered by
confident and competent health and social care professionals
wherever the person happens to be. We would like to thank the GMC
for their support in the development of this new session and in
helping us to ensure that e-ELCA comprehensively covers all aspects
and issues surrounding end of life care."
Jane O'Brien, Assistant Director, Standards at the GMC, said:
"The GMC has for the first time provided guidance for doctors
on some of the most challenging issues when treating patients
towards the end of life, including advance care planning, how to
respond to a patient's advance request for treatment and a doctors'
responsibilities after a patient has died. These were all issues
around which doctors and patients asked the GMC for further
guidance. We are delighted to have been able to work with e-ELCA to
create an easy to use e-learning session that explains the guidance
in a straightforward and interactive way. The new e-ELCA session
will help doctors to support patients and their families to make
emotional and difficult decisions about the care they would like
towards the end of life."
Doctors wishing to access this session and benefit from e-ELCA
as a whole can register for free at
Latest news on the e-Learning for Healthcare programme
16 July 10
The e-learning for
Healthcare programme is being re-evaluated in the new financial
climate and we are working to ensure its sustainability as part of
a wider educational strategy through a review of Technology
Enhanced Learning. The review will develop an educational framework
for the usage of e-learning, simulation and other technology
enhanced learning systems.
We have identified funding available to maintain the central
platform and current content will remain accessible. We are putting
further development work on hold until we have completed this
review. If you have any queries regarding this please direct your
query to: email@example.com.
User activity reports now available
16 July 10
Users of the e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) Learning
Management System (LMS) can now generate reports of their
individual e-learning activity to use as evidence of training and
Developed in response to user feedback, these reports detail
which e-learning sessions have been completed or partially
Six reports are now available which cover the following
- Full history of learning activities
- Learning activities by date or period
- Learning activities for the current month
- Learning activities for the previous month
- Learning activities for this academic year
- Learning activities for the last academic year
The reports are easily generated via the Report Centre which is
located on the left hand menu in the LMS. They can then be
downloaded into an Excel format for printing and passed to trainers
and tutors or added to portfolios.
The e-LfH e-learning projects benefiting from this new tool
A simple online tutorial demonstrating this process is available
via the e-LfH LMS support area on the website.
Online support tutorials now available for users
12 July 10
New interactive support tutorials for the e-Learning for
Healthcare (e-LfH) Learning Management System (LMS) are now
available for users.
The tutorials guide the users through a range of common tasks
and questions that may arise when using the
e-LfH LMS, including:
- How to enable pop-ups in your browser
- An overview of the learning management system
- How to access your learning and search for content
- How to use learning paths and the personal library
- How to access certificates and reports
The tutorials are designed in a step-by-step format allowing
users to move through them at their own pace and can be accessed on
the e-LfH website at
Get online, get learning with Image Interpretation
08 June 10
A new and free e-learning resource for radiographers and other
relevant staff in the NHS was launched this week (Tuesday 8 June
2010) at the UK Radiological Congress in Birmingham.
Image Interpretation has been developed by the College of
Radiographers in partnership with e-LfH. It has been designed to
help all those involved in radiography with interpreting plain
x-ray images of the adult appendicular and axial skeleton and
This innovative resource offers 50 interactive e-learning
sessions which have been written and reviewed by senior clinicians
and university lecturers. Aspects such as anatomy, clinical
presentations, fractures, dislocations and pathology are
comprehensively covered for each skeletal part.
The interactive sessions feature animation to show how
mechanisms of injuries occur and photographs to demonstrate
radiographic techniques. X-ray images are included in all sections
and self-evaluation exercises are provided to encourage reflection
and assess the knowledge gained.
Dorothy Keane, Clinical Project Lead for Image Interpretation,
said, 'We are proud and delighted to launch Image
Interpretation. Intuitive and engaging, it is a comprehensive
online knowledge base that supports the education and professional
development of those working in radiography. The e-learning is easy
to use and designed to work in harmony with busy working lives. We
are confident that Image Interpretation will help to improve
radiographic skills and, consequently, help to deliver an enhanced
For further details on Image Interpretation and how to access
the e-learning, please visit
A new online resource for developing leadership skills is launched
04 June 10
A new and free e-learning resource to support doctors and other
healthcare professionals to develop clinical leadership skills was
launched on Thursday 3 June 2010.
LeAD, e-learning for medical leadership,
has been developed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the
NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and e-LfH. This new
online resource addresses the knowledge components of the Medical
Leadership Curriculum (MLC) based on the Medical Leadership
Competency Framework (Enhancing Engagement in Medical Lead¬ership
Around 50 people attended the LeAD launch at the Royal College
of Anaesthetists on Thursday 3 June including Professor Sir Bruce
Keogh, NHS Medical Director who commended the project and its
LeAD is structured in six modules each consisting of a number of
e-learning sessions. Topics, scenarios and practical applications
covering a range of specialties are offered together with examples
of service improvement techniques and approaches.
The e-learning content in the LeAD sessions focuses on the
concepts of shared leadership, this emphasises teamwork and
col¬laboration, and the learner acting as an agent for change. The
e-learning resource includes ideas for tutors, trainers and
experienced staff on how to further develop the knowledge and
skills of trainees.
The sessions are easy to use and feature interactive exercises,
case studies and video for an intuitive and engaging learning
experience. Around 50 e-learning sessions will be available with
each session taking around 20 minutes to complete. Learners can
work through any module or session relevant to their specific
training needs in any order they choose.
Penny Lewis, Clinical Project Lead, said,
'Effective leadership is crucial to realising change and
improving the delivery of patient care services in the NHS. To help
support clinicians, trainers and other healthcare managers with
this, we are delighted to be launching LeAD.
'Underpinned by the core principles of the MLC, LeAD is a
comprehensive knowledge base to help all healthcare professionals
contribute to the effective running of their organisation and its
'Written by clinicians for clinicians, learners can be
confident they are using quality material wherever they are, and
its flexible structure means it can be used in harmony with busy
'Furthermore LeAD can be integrated into local teaching
programmes providing a valuable resource for trainers and course
organisers, and ultimately supporting lifelong learning.'
For further information and details on how to access the
e-learning visit www.e-lfh.org.uk/lead.
Alcohol IBA e-learning gets a refresh
01 June 10
The Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) e-learning project for primary care has been relaunched.
Developed by the DH Alcohol Policy Team in partnership with e-LfH Alcohol IBA is appropriate for a wide range of healthcare and other professionals. The e-learning helps them to identify people whose drinking might be impacting their health, and to deliver simple, structured advice.
Formerly one complete course, the material has now been broken down into six individual sessions, each taking around 20 minutes to complete to fit in with busy working lives.
- Facts About Alcohol
- About Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice
- Tools for Identifying Alcohol Misuse
- Clinical Approach to Brief Advice
- Practising Brief Advice
- Course Assessment
The revised content is fully compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 and accredited by the Royal College of Nursing. It is also endorsed by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners.
The new look Alcohol IBA course is available to access via the Alcohol Learning Centre's website (www.alcohollearningcentre.org/eLearning). It will also be available on the National Learning Management System, the e-learning platform fully integrated with the Electronic Staff Record, in the coming few months.
Additionally, the e-learning will be included in the Foundation e-Learning Programme (www.foundation.org.uk) and e-GP, e-Learning for General Practice (www.e-gp.org). Two new pathways for hospital and pharmacy settings are currently under development and will be released later in 2010.
Iain Armstrong, Clinical Project Lead said: 'Alcohol IBA e-learning was initially launched in February 2009 and has proved to be a popular and valuable education resource. One of the main benefits of e-learning is that it can be updated easily so that it is continually fresh and current. After asking learners for their feedback about the course, we have taken the opportunity to revisit the content and structure.
With smaller e-learning sessions and enhanced material, Alcohol IBA now offers a more flexible and quality-assured learning resource to help healthcare professionals with tackling alcohol misuse by their patients.'
More information is available at www.e-lfh.org.uk/alcohol or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
e-learning for health and work is launched
18 May 10
A new and free e-learning resource supporting
primary care professionals with dealing with patient issues
relating to work and health is now available.
Health e-Working has been developed by the Faculty of
Occupational Medicine in partnership with the Royal College of
General Practitioners, The Society of Occupational Medicine and
It offers six easy to use, interactive e-learning sessions, each
taking around 20 minutes to complete to fit in with busy schedules.
The sessions cover subjects such as making the occupational link,
advising on fitness for work, the implications of the Disability
Discrimination Act and worklessness and unemployment.
Debbie Cohen, Clinical Project Lead for Health e-Working said,
'Enabling people to return to work is good for their long term
health, however, many patients need active support from their GP or
other healthcare professionals. Health e-Working helps develop the
knowledge, skills and confidence of GPs, trainees, primary care
nurses and practice managers in dealing with the clinical issues
relating to work and health. Designed in a flexible and engaging
way, Health e-Working will help GPs and their teams provide the
best possible patient care.'
Health e-Working is available in e-GP, e-Learning for
General Practice. e-GP has been developed by the Royal
College of General Practitioners and offers a comprehensive
programme of e-learning sessions covering a broad range of primary
care topics. Access to Health e-Working will be automatically
granted to those primary care professionals already registered with
e-GP. Those wishing to register can do so at www.e-GP.org.
For more information on Health e-Working visit www.e-lfh.org.uk/healtheworking.
e-GP is a critical success
12 May 10
e-GP, e-Learning for General Practice,
has been recommended as a key resource for teaching and learning
critical appraisal skills in an independent review of critical
appraisal resources to be published in Education for Primary
The review, which found e-GP to be 'a modern,
attractive resource that covers the core areas of critical
appraisal', was commissioned by the MRCGP blueprinting group. The
authors of the review state that critical appraisal, as an
essential part of the GP curriculum, should receive adequate
coverage in training and assessment and be taught in a way that
demonstrates its relevance to everyday general practice
e-GP has been developed by the Royal College of
General Practitioners (RCGP) in partnership with e-LfH. It is
suitable for doctors in specialty training for general practice,
general practitioners and other primary care professionals.
Explicitly linked to the RCGP curriculum, e-GP offers a
comprehensive programme of e-learning sessions covering a broad
range of primary care topics.
The Evidence-Based Practice module helps
learners develop the knowledge and skills to find the best evidence
available to support clinical and managerial decisions. Seven
engaging e-learning sessions examine evidence-based practice in
detail, from working with the patient as a partner, to critically
appraising a randomised control trial in a therapeutic
intervention, diagnostic studies and a systematic review. Each
session takes around 30 minutes to complete to fit in with busy
work-study schedules, provides links to sources of information and
features case studies and interactive exercises.
Dr Ben Riley, Project Clinical Lead for e-GP said,
'Today's general practitioner is expected to apply the results
of a large volume of research evidence within the doctor-patient
partnership and meet the high expectations of the both public and
the profession. Within our Evidence-Based Practice module we break
each aspect down into manageable chunks of learning and provide
simple tools to support GPs with incorporating critical appraisal
into their daily practice.'
For further information and to try out a sample session from the
Evidence-Based Practice module visit
New Safeguarding e-learning now available for non-clinical staff
05 May 10
A new edition of Level 1 Safeguarding
Children and Young People e-learning has been produced especially
for non-clinical staff. The new edition achieves the same learning
outcome, but uses less graphic imagery more appropriate for
Safeguarding Children and Young People is an e-learning resource
designed to help protect children and young people from harm. It
helps healthcare providers ensure their teams are up to date with
the issues surrounding child protection.
The e-learning meets the statutory training requirements of
Section 11 of the Children Act and is delivered by the Royal
College of Paediatrics and Child Health in partnership with
e-Learning for Healthcare.
It is available in 20-30 minute bite-sized sessions that can be
accessed either from work or at home. The e-learning covers two
Level 1 - Introduction to Safeguarding Children and
- A single session that covers the knowledge and competencies
required for Level 1 Safeguarding. This includes recognition of the
four types of child abuse and the appropriate actions healthcare
staff need to take if they are concerned a child is being abused or
Level 1 (version 2) for non-clinical staff is now
Level 2 - Recognition, Response and
- Three sessions that cover the knowledge and competencies
required for Level 2 Safeguarding. This includes recognising child
abuse, being able to document cause for concern, knowing who to
inform and understanding the next steps in the child and young
person protection process.
To find out more visit Safeguarding
Children and Young People.
Training for sexual health and HIV gets the online treatment
22 April 10
A free and comprehensive online
resource supporting specialist training in sexual health and HIV
was officially launched in April 2010.
eHIV-STI, e-Learning for Sexual Health and HIV, has been
developed by the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV
(BASHH) in partnership with the Royal Colleges of Physicians and DH
e-Learning for Healthcare.
It has been designed to reflect the UK sexual health and HIV
specialist medical training curriculum and is suitable for all
those involved in treating and supporting people with sexually
eHIV-STI offers engaging and interactive e-learning sessions
which provide an extensive knowledge base for all STIs and HIV. It
also covers related specialties such as dermatology, infectious
diseases and gynaecology and is relevant for primary care
professionals. Written and reviewed by subject matter experts the
material is delivered at three levels: introductory, advanced and
Dr Jackie Sherrard, Clinical Project Lead said, 'With increasing
numbers of healthcare professionals involved in the management of
STIs, it is important that we continue to provide quality
innovative education and training resources. eHIV-STI is one such
resource that we are proud to offer. It is an essential knowledge
framework written by senior clinicians and provides flexible
learning to fit in with busy working schedules. Furthermore, the
e-learning can be supplemented in day-to-day practice to reinforce
the skills and attitudes necessary for delivering a first class
eHIV-STI was launched at the Second Joint Conference of BASHH
with the British HIV Association on 22 April 2010.
For more information on the e-learning visit www.eHIV-STI.com
Dental foundation trainees get the e-Den treatment
31 March 10
e-Den, the national
e-learning initiative encompassing dentistry's foundation years,
went live to over 1,200 dental foundation trainees and trainers
across the UK on 31 March 2010. The project is the first major
collaboration between The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh,
The Royal College of Surgeons of England, The Royal College of
Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the Faculty of General Dental
Practice (UK), and the Department of Health's e-Learning for
e-Den is a flexible online tool which can be accessed at a time
and place to suit the learner and is available 24 hours a day. The
curriculum is primarily based on the UK Dental Foundation Training
curriculum, and is made up of four domains - clinical, management
and leadership, professionalism, and communication.
The content has been written by respected subject matter experts
from across all fields of dentistry. Over 500 sessions have been
broken down into 12 modules covering broad subject areas such as
anxiety and pain control, hard and soft tissue surgery, and
restoration of teeth. There is also a 13th module in development
which will contain multiple choice and case study questions
Dental foundation trainees and trainers, who have been
pre-registered as part of the initial roll out of the project, have
been given access to the first module of 45 e-learning sessions
covering elements of the clinical domain of the curriculum.
This first module focuses on patient assessment and includes
topics such as assessment methods and techniques, good practice,
and health promotion and disease prevention.
Each e-learning session is 20-30 minutes long and contains a
mixture of high quality images, animations and video clips to
provide an engaging and visual learning experience.
e-Den Clinical Lead, Paul Brunton, said, 'This versatile
learning resource provides educational support for dental trainees
within the UK and will also contribute to continuing professional
development of the entire dental team. With its flexibility and
dynamic content, e-Den is a new tool for a new age.'
Further sessions covering the next elements of the curriculum
will be released throughout 2010 and beyond. Access to the
e-learning will be given free of charge to NHS members of the
dentistry team over the coming months.
For more information on e-Den, visit www.e-lfh.org.uk/dentistry
or contact the e-Den team at email@example.com.
e-Endoscopy provides a key to endoscopy training
24 March 10
e-Endoscopy was successfully launched at the Annual
British Society of Gastroenterology meeting in Liverpool in March
Developed by the Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal
Endoscopy (JAG) and e-Learning for Healthcare, e-Endoscopy is a
web-based interactive resource available to all NHS users.
The content is designed to support all aspects of endoscopy
skills training and practice from the novice to the independent
endoscopist and sub-specialty training. There is also a dedicated
course for the nurse endoscopy assistant. Users have unlimited
access to the courses and sessions within them, which offer
comprehensive, formative and interactive learning.
e-Endoscopy provides users with both base knowledge and revision
material. It is integrated into the new
e-portfolio for endoscopy and is easily accessible via the JAG and
the JAG Endoscopy Training System (JETS) websites.
A variety of sessions within the initial Foundation course, and
Basic Upper GI and Basic Lower GI courses are now available.
Information about access is available on the website at www.e-lfh.org.uk/projects/endoscopy/register.
New sessions will continue to be released throughout the year and
all course content is due to be completed in 2012.
Professor Roger Barton, JAG Chairman, said, 'This excellent
project with its award-winning lineage will bring the essential
knowledge that all high quality endoscopists need to the desktop.
With modules for endoscopy nurses too, the easy-to-use content and
integrated assessments are relevant and current, having been
written by endoscopists for endoscopists. If only it had been
around when I was learning endoscopy.'
A downloadable user guide is available to provide help and
advice. It covers areas relating to initial registration and log
on, through to ideas about integrating the e-Endoscopy learning
material into endoscopy training.
Anyone who is interested in becoming involved in developing the
content or is already involved in endoscopy is encouraged to
register and use the educational material provided.
For further information and registration, visit www.e-lfh.org.uk/endoscopy.
Learn about dementia at the touch of a button with e-GP
16 February 10
e-learning sessions covering memory loss in older people and
dementia are now available to all primary care professionals via
e-GP, e-Learning for General Practice.
The two sessions, Memory Problems in Older People and Care of
People with Dementia are the latest additions to e-GP, a
comprehensive programme of e-learning modules relevant to UK
general practice. Written by experienced clinicians, the e-learning
uses case studies, animation and interactive exercises. Each
session takes around 20 minutes to complete.
- Memory Problems in Older People looks at how
to assess memory problems and the differential diagnoses. The
session also advises learners on how to investigate memory problems
and understand the role of memory enhancing medication.
- Care of People with Dementia recognises the
impact of dementia on the health of the nation. The session
describes the issues particular to the management of people from
driving to end of life care. The session also provides guidance on
the use of major tranquilisers for patients with advanced
The release of these two new sessions coincides with the first
anniversary of the National Dementia Strategy. Launched in February
2009 the first ever National Dementia Strategy set out initiatives
designed to increase awareness of dementia, ensure early diagnosis
and intervention, and radically improve the quality of care that
people with the condition receive.
Dr Ben Riley, Project Clinical Lead for e-GP said, 'The
UK has an ageing population and, going forward, the care of older
people will make up a higher proportion of the general
practitioner's workload. Caring for older people presents certain
challenges and, in general practice, we have an important role to
play in helping to improve the care of older people.
'These new e-GP sessions tackle some of the key issues
that primary care professionals face when dealing with dementia and
memory loss. The content has been written by subject specialists so
learners can be confident they are benefiting from quality assured
e-learning and the easy to use sessions can be easily fitted around
busy working schedules.'
e-GP has been developed by the Royal College of General
Practitioners in partnership with e-Learning for Healthcare and is
suitable for doctors in specialty training for general practice,
general practitioners, and general practice nurses and practice
managers. It now offers over 200 sessions covering a broad range of
topics from child and adolescent health, safeguarding children and
young people, evidence-based practice, women's health, sexual
health, musculoskeletal problems and learning disabilities.
For further information and details on how to access the
e-learning visit www.e-GP.org.
E-learning Promises Breakthrough in End of Life Care Training
28 January 10
Access to high quality end of life care training is
set to be transformed with the rollout of e-learning resources for
huge numbers of health and social care staff.
e-ELCA (End of Life Care for All) is one of the key elements in
a programme to improve the skills of up to 2.5 million people
working with dying people and their families - a key recommendation
of the End of Life Care Strategy published in 2008.
The programme was launched in London on 21 January with around
60 highly-interactive learning sessions complete and soon to be
available across large parts of the health and social care
workforce. Each session lasts around 20 minutes and includes
features such as self-assessment tools, audio/video clips and case
All are written by experts in their field and peer reviewed.
The Department of Health (DH), the National End of Life Care
Programme (NEoLCP), e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) and the
Association for Palliative Medicine are all working in partnership
to develop the resources. Each session will provide a certificate
as evidence of learning.
Information on e-ELCA and some sessions open to the public can
be accessed at www.EndofLifeCareforAll.com. Health and social
care workers seeking to register for access to the much higher
number of sessions which require registration should visit www.e-elca.org.uk.
Health and social care staff who do not yet have access to the
e-Learning Management System can get started by working on nine
sessions on the public-facing section of the website. That figure
will soon rise to 12.
Eventually, staff working at all levels in any relevant job and
across care settings from acute hospitals to care homes and
domiciliary care will be able to access around 130 learning
sessions based around four core courses.
- Advance care planning
- Communication skills
- Symptom management
A fifth course integrates learning through case studies.
NEoLCP director Claire Henry said:
"This is about widening access to training for many
health and social care staff and volunteers. We are at last within
reach of high quality, accessible training for everybody involved
in this challenging area."
Dr Bee Wee, national clinical lead for e-ELCA, said:
"One day we will all want top notch end of life
care from the best trained staff - nurses, social workers, doctors,
therapists - and volunteers. These interactive sessions are created
by experts at the sharp end for all those at the coal face. Most
are easy, many are fun - all are free."
Julia Moore, national director for e-Learning for Healthcare,
"As a mode of delivery for educational material,
e-learning capitalises on the latest technology to support flexible
and self-directed learning for the health and social care
workforce, including the 2.5 million involved in providing end of
For more information or to register for e-ELCA visit www.e-lfh.org.uk/e-elca
or contact t
he e-ELCA team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
e-learning for Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare is launched
25 January 10
e-SRH, an exciting and flexible e-learning resource for sexual and reproductive healthcare training, was officially launched on 20 January 2010.
Developed by the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) in partnership with e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH), e-SRH forms the initial part of the training for the new FSRH diploma. It will support healthcare professionals in acquiring the relevant knowledge and competences needed for delivering sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH) and some areas of enhanced care.
The e-learning consists of 18 modules made up of over 50 sessions written by clinical experts working in both general practice and specialist services. The sessions contain interactive multimedia, such as video clips and animation, along with real-life case studies to help learners understand the views of both patients and professionals.
Registration for e-SRH is now available free of charge via the e-LfH website (www.e-lfh.org.uk/e-srh) for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in the UK.
The launch of e-SRH took place at a special event to celebrate the FSRH's new specialty of Community Sexual and Reproductive Health, and the redesign of the Diploma of the FSRH.
The event was opened by Professor Arulkumaran, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and speeches were also given by Baroness Joyce Gould and Dr Christine Robinson, President of the FSRH.
Dr Robinson said:
"The new diploma is considered to be the gold standard of training for contraception and sexual and reproductive health. With the development of this new innovative resource, e-SRH, doctors will now have more convenient access to the theoretical component of the diploma before embarking upon the practical training competences."
Attendees, including representatives from the RCOG, FSRH and the British Medical Association, were also invited to view some of the sample e-SRH sessions.
For more information or to register for e-SRH visit www.e-lfh.org.uk/e-srh or contact the e-SRH team at email@example.com.
Audiology workforce hears that the future of learning is e-Audiology
25 January 10
Audiology workforce hears that the future of learning is e-Audiology
e-Audiology, a new e-learning resource for the audiology workforce, was officially launched on 11 November during a special event in conjunction with the quarterly meeting of the Audiology Advisory Board.
e-Audiology is delivered in partnership by the Department of Health and e-Learning for Healthcare. It will play a key role in supporting the Department of Health's National Audiology Programme by helping those working within audiology services to provide essential care for their patients.
e-Audiology covers pathway support, primary care referral and service transformation. It will provide support and continuing professional development for: assistant and associate audiologists; audiologists; GPs; GP practice staff; and other healthcare professionals and volunteers.
The e-Audiology learning content was written and quality assured by leading audiology professionals and the curriculum is intended to enhance current methods of delivering training.
The launch was attended by a number of audiology clinical champions and clinical consultants along with key members of the Department of Health. Attendees were given the opportunity to view sample e-learning sessions and speak to the team involved with creating e-Audiology.
Clinical champion for e-Audiology, Adrian Davis OBE, attended the launch and said:
"e-Audiology is an ideal resource for supporting and improving NHS audiology pathways, particularly those delivered by audiology assistants and support practitioners. The project provides an interactive learning environment which promotes maximum educational gain for users."
Professor Sue Hill with Nick Johnson (left),Adam Crowley and Paul Jabore at the launch of e-Audiology
For more information on e-Audiology visit www.e-lfh.org.uk/projects/audiology.