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e-ELCA update

Posted on: January 31st, 2018 by Rich Kitchen No Comments

As the new clinical lead for the elearning programme End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) I am excited about being involved in the programme, helping to shape its future and to tell even more people about this fantastic resource.

e-ELCA is a palliative care elearning resource developed in partnership with and hosted on the Health Education England elearning for healthcare (elfh) platform. e-ELCA is relevant to all professionals involved in delivering end of life care. It covers a range of pertinent themes, from clinical topics including symptom control, to communication skills and spiritual care.

The programme was initially developed as a response to the End of Life Care Strategy between 2009 and 2011, as a collaboration between elfh and the Association for Palliative Medicine (APM). Since this time the number of sessions has grown and the programme currently has 160 sessions across nine modules. All sessions are subject to a rolling review to ensure they are contemporary. A significant update to many sessions was carried out following the publication of the One Chance to Get it Right Report in 2014.

Of note, e-ELCA is easily accessible and free of charge to all relevant users in health and social care. The programme can be accessed at http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/end-of-life-care. It can also be accessed via OpenAthens and the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Updates about the elearning programme are also broadcast via Twitter using this handle: @cmf_elca

The programme was initially designed to support education of generalists in palliative care. Whilst some sessions therefore may not build on the knowledge of specialty trainees in palliative medicine, they can be used effectively in teaching. e-ELCA sessions have shown to be particularly effective as part of ‘blended learning’. For example, following some recent teaching on body image and sexuality in palliative care with a group of medical students, I directed them to session 3.28 (“I’m not loveable anymore” – discussing intimacy in end of life care) to drive home the learning on a topic they were previously unfamiliar with. Sessions could also be used to build on learning from case studies, and to help students identify future learning objectives.

More recently, a module on specialist content has been developed. Sessions within this include intrathecal drug delivery and tracheostomy care; very useful learning materials that can be used alongside directly-observed procedural skills (DOPS) on the specialist palliative medicine curriculum. Further sessions in this module include heart failure in end of life care and non-invasive ventilation in motor neurone disease. Additionally, we are currently mapping the specialist palliative medicine curriculum to e-ELCA to identify which sessions could be used towards which competencies. When this work is complete I will ensure it is quickly distributed.

Many thanks for reading this. If you have queries please contact me at richard.kitchen@nhs.net or via Twitter – @cmf_elca

Rich Kitchen, APM e-ELCA lead

HEE Learning Solution – Alpha phase complete and service assessment passed

Posted on: January 12th, 2018 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England’s (HEE) Learning Solution project has reached a new milestone by completing the alpha phase of the development. This phase culminated in passing all aspects of the service assessment giving permission for it to move onto the next part of the process, which is the beta development phase.

Many people have been asking us what the differences will be between the elearning for healthcare (elfh) Hub and the Learning Solution and how this will affect their learning.

HEE’s Learning Solution will provide access to a full range of resources, guidance and educational innovations across the NHS, social care and higher education which can also be shared, signposted, evaluated and developed. Examples could include sharing simulation equipment and scripts, podcasts, elearning resources or informal materials such as a YouTube video. As well as helping to drive up quality, the Learning Solution will help promote and harness innovation and draw on the best practice, talent and projects within and beyond the NHS.

Research has confirmed that there are opportunities to use technology to enhance the provision of education through the implementation of a learning solution, which allows users to:

  • Upload and share learning resources they have developed
  • Easily access learning resources available via the learning solution
  • Rate, review and discuss learning resources
  • Collaborate within communities of practice


An overview of what the differences are between the elfh Hub and the Learning Solution is below:

elfh Hub HEE Learning Solution
Mainly delivers elearning Will provide access (directly or via signposting) to all types of learning resources
Has a Learning Management System (LMS) which records learner activity Will not be a LMS, however we are exploring the option of a Learner Record Store (LRS)
Delivers nationally quality-assured elearning Will offer national/regional content but will also enable users to upload content they have developed
Includes functionality to rate content (and feedback to elfh team) Will include functionality to rate, review, discuss and collaborate


The intention is to provide integration between the elfh Hub and the HEE Learning Solution. We will be involving a sample of elfh users in user needs research to inform the requirements for the level of integration between the two systems.


The report from the 18 point Digital Service Standard assessment, which provides feedback and recommendations for the beta phase, can be found on the Digital Health blog.

For more information about the Learning Solution project visit www.hee.nhs.uk/tel.

New module for e-FACE e-learning programme released

Posted on: January 5th, 2018 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

The e-FACE elearning programme is releasing a new module, Medical Skills in Oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS), to coincide with the Junior Trainees Group Conference on 6 and 7 January 2018 in Cambridge.

Developed by British Association for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) in partnership with Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh), the module includes 21 sessions aimed at dental core trainees and junior trainees.

The module focuses on key topics, including: the unwell patient, practical prescribing and pharmacology, critical care and tracheostomy management.

The full list of sessions follows:

  • Approaching an Unwell Patient
  • Understanding ECGs
  • ECG Interpretation
  • ABG Interpretation
  • Interpreting Chest X-rays
  • The Day Case Patient
  • The Major Surgery Patient
  • The Emergency Patient
  • Interpreting Blood Test Results
  • Fluids
  • Analgesia
  • Bisphosphonates
  • Anticoagulants
  • The Healthcare Team
  • ITU and HDU
  • Electrolytes
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Basic Knowledge about Tracheostomies and Laryngectomies
  • Emergency Management of a Tracheostomy or Laryngectomy
  • General and Nursing Care of a Tracheostomy or Laryngectomy
  • Emergency Front of Neck Airway.

The sessions are available on the elfh Hub and will be made available via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) soon.

For more information about the elearning programme please visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/oral-and-maxillofacial-surgery/ 

Foundation e-learning - Delivering patient centred care and maintaining trust

Posted on: January 5th, 2018 by Ed Neville No Comments

elearning for healthcare sessions in Foundation elearning Project: Professional Capability: 1 Acts professionally and Professional Capability: 2 Delivers patient centred care and maintains trust

The elearning sessions in these Professional Capabilities explore the relationship between doctors and their patients and how to deliver effective patient centered care.

‘Handling Complaints’ provides essential information about common factors leading to complaints, how to minimise these, the procedures involved and what your responsibilities are as a foundation doctor.

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) protects the right of vulnerable people and this group of sessions cover topics such as assessing capacity, consent, patient autonomy and safeguarding. You will also consider the multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach to healthcare in the hospital and patient support after discharge.


  • Handling Complaints
  • Mental Capacity
  • Mental Capacity Assessment
  • Use of Restraint
  • Capacity and Difficult Consent
  • Patient Autonomy and Related Ethics
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • Confidentiality and Privacy
  • Keeping the Patient at the Centre of Care
  • Seeing the Whole Picture
  • Family Dynamics Affecting Discharge.


For more information about the elearning programme please visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/foundation-programme/

New Year Honour for clinical lead

Posted on: January 2nd, 2018 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Congratulations to Dorothy Keane on her appointment as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year 2018 Honours List, for her services to radiography. Dorothy is the clinical lead for Health Education England’s elearning for healthcare Image Interpretation programme.

For more information about the Image Interpretation programme please visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/image-interpretation/

elfh is a NHS England programme in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies