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TEL News August 2019

Posted on: August 30th, 2019 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

This month’s edition includes an update on the continuing design and development of the Learning Hub and a feature on the recent Health Education and Training (HEAT) awards. There is also details of the new Mental Capacity Act elearning programme launched plus news of updated sessions in the All Our Health programme.

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New sessions added to All Our Health e-learning programme

Posted on: August 22nd, 2019 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (elfh) has worked with Public Health England to launch five new sessions as part of the All Our Health elearning programme.

All Our Health aims to improve the knowledge, confidence and skills of health and care professionals in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.

The interactive elearning sessions offer bite-sized information on a range of key public health issues that health and care professionals may face.

The elearning sessions are now available for the following topics:

  • Childhood obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease prevention
  • Adult obesity
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Physical activity
  • Social prescribing
  • Giving children the best start in life
  • Workplace health
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Child oral health
  • Alcohol
  • Supporting those at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness

A further 10 sessions will be developed throughout 2019 – 2020.

To access the elearning sessions visit: .

Mental Capacity Act e-learning programme launched

Posted on: August 15th, 2019 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked with organisation including the Office of the Public Guardian, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Department of Health and Social Care, Care Quality Commission and Ministry of Justice to develop an elearning programme for health and care professionals about the Mental Capacity Act.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) provides a statutory framework for people who lack capacity to make decisions for themselves, or who have capacity and want to prepare for a time when they may lack capacity in the future. When a person lacks capacity, for example to consent to or refuse treatment, the MCA lays out who can make decisions in the person’s best interests, and how such decisions must be made.

Mental capacity is the ability to make a specific decision at the time it needs to be made, with help if necessary. It has been estimated that over two million adults and young people may lack mental capacity at any time (due to dementia, acquired brain injuries, learning disabilities, acute delirium and other conditions).

The MCA lays out how an individual can retain power over decisions that have to be made in the future, if they should lose capacity. Whether or not a person has taken such steps, it is by following the MCA that professionals ensure they are acting lawfully and respecting the human rights of people who may lack capacity to consent to interventions that are proposed.

The HEE elfh Mental Capacity Act elearning programme comprises 11 elearning sessions, which cover the following titles:

  • Mental Capacity Act as Part of Human Rights
  • Assessing Mental Capacity
  • Planning Ahead using the Mental Capacity Act
  • Best Interests
  • Restraint
  • Deprivation of Liberty
  • Relationship between the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act
  • Mental Capacity Act and Young People aged 16 or 17
  • Research involving People who Lack Capacity
  • Mental Capacity Act and Adult Safeguarding
  • Settling Disputes and Disagreements.

Each elearning session will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete and is made up of factual knowledge, case scenarios, short interviews and self-assessment questions to test your knowledge.

The MCA programme is available to access on the HEE elfh Hub, the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and via AICC.

For more information about the MCA programme, including details on how to access, visit

August 2019 Foundation update

Posted on: August 9th, 2019 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Welcome to your August 2019 update about the Foundation elearning programme that has been developed specifically for Foundation doctors by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in partnership with Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) and is approved by UKFPO.

Do you need to complete parts of the curriculum on your e-portfolio which you do not cover in day-to-day practice? If so, why not try some of our free elearning mapped directly to the Foundation Professional Capabilities (Training Outcomes) in the 2016 Foundation Curriculum.

HORUS are pleased to confirm that the deep links to elfh elearning sessions from the Foundation Programme Curriculum in Horus are now live and therefore accessible to all trainees. This function should make it quicker and easy to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.

Supervised Learning Events (SLEs) are an essential part of your learning in your two foundation years. Do you know how to get the best out of them? Even if you think you do, you could still get more by doing the SLE sessions now at the start of the year.

The elfh sessions in Foundation elearning programme –

Professional Capability: 13

Prescribes safely sessions; failure to prescribe safely is one of the most common causes of untoward patient incidents in medical practice. Two case studies underpin and cover in detail how to safely and effectively prescribe a wide range of medicines. Adverse drug effects (ADE) and risk management are among the topics covered.


  • Prescription Writing
  • BNF Usage and Other Prescribing Information Sources
  • Safe Use of Injectable Medicines (Part 1)
  • Safe Use of Injectable Medicines (Part 2)
  • Safe Anticoagulation
  • Safe Prescribing in Renal Impairment
  • Prudent Use of Antibiotics (Part 1)
  • Prudent Use of Antibiotics (Part 2)
  • Prudent Use of Antibiotics (Part 3)
  • Safe Prescribing of Insulin
  • Adverse Drug Effects
  • Safer Medicine Use Through Concordance
  • Safe Prescription and Risk Management
  • Safe Practice the Doctors Perspective
  • Communicating Treatment Risks to Patients
  • Pain Management
  • VTE Prevention in Secondary Care
  • 01_01 Safe Prescribing and VTE Scenario
  • 01_02 Blood Transfusion and Consent Scenario
  • 09_01_01 How to Take a History Red Eye

To access the Foundation elearning programme please use the login details supplied by elfh at the beginning of your foundation training. For more information about the Foundation elearning programme visit:

New Eye-Site e-learning session

Posted on: August 1st, 2019 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare has worked with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists to develop two new sessions that have been added to the Eye-Site elearning programme.

Eye-Site 13 – Advanced Phacoemulsification

This elearning course is aimed at those surgeons who have completed the intermediate course and are at the stage of taking on more complex cataract challenges. This includes looking at the phacodynamics of modern phaco machines and how that has improved over recent years and how this can be applied to more complex cases. The rest of the module relates to complications management for various stages of the operation and how intra-operative decisions can make a big difference to outcomes. Intraocular lenses (IOL) exchange is also discussed regarding its relationship with the indications for exchange and problems arising from modern IOL design.

Eye-Site 17 – Retinopathy of Prematurity

This course is a competency and revision package for all regular and occasional Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) screeners. It covers four main topics in ROP:

1) Pathogenesis and risk factors for ROP

2) Screening criteria and how to screen for ROP

3) How to grade ROP and when to refer

4) Treatment strategies for ROP.

Within the course there is a link to the interactive American Academy of Ophthalmology ROP case-based training website.

For more information about the elearning programme, including details on how to access the learning, visit:

TEL News July 2019

Posted on: August 1st, 2019 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

July’s issue of TEL News includes an update on Health Education England’s Learning Hub. There is also an announcement about a new musculoskeletal primary care elearning programme and the launch of the Introduction to Population Screening elearning resource.

Select the following link to access our full publication of TEL News.

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