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e-learning for health and work is launched

Posted on: May 18th, 2010 by Frankie No Comments

A new and free elearning 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 elfh.

It offers six easy to use, interactive elearning 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, elearning for General Practice. e-GP has been developed by the Royal College of General Practitioners and offers a comprehensive programme of elearning 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

For more information on Health e-Working visit

e-GP is a critical success

Posted on: May 12th, 2010 by Frankie No Comments

e-GP, elearning 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 Care.

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 elfh. 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 elearning 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 elearning 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

Posted on: May 5th, 2010 by Frankie No Comments

A new edition of Level 1 Safeguarding Children and Young People elearning has been produced especially for non-clinical staff. The new edition achieves the same learning outcome, but uses less graphic imagery more appropriate for non-clinical staff.

Safeguarding Children and Young People is an elearning 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 elearning 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 elearning for healthcare.

It is available in 20-30 minute bite-sized sessions that can be accessed either from work or at home. The elearning covers two levels:

Level 1 – Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People

  • 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 neglected.
    Level 1 (version 2) for non-clinical staff is now available.

Level 2 – Recognition, Response and Reporting

  • 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.

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