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Image Interpretation renamed Clinical Imaging

Posted on: January 29th, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England’s elearning for healthcare programme, Image Interpretation, that is developed in partnership with the College and Society of Radiographers has been renamed Clinical Imaging to reflect the scope and nature of the resource more accurately.

Dorothy Keane, Clinical Lead for Clinical Imaging, said: “When I became clinical lead for the programme we could not have envisaged how successful the programme would be and how demand for sessions would grow exponentially to encompass all modalities and topics such as research in radiography, dementia, dignity, personalising care, orthopaedics and interventional procedures. The programme now has almost 500 sessions covering radiography, ultrasound, CT, MRI, fluoroscopy and nuclear medicine.

“With such growth we have outgrown our original scale and intentions and feel renaming the programme as Clinical Imaging is important to accurately reflect our broader scope and aims.”

Since the launch of the programme there have been almost 218,000 session launches; demonstrating just how much of a well-used resource it is.  The Clinical Imaging team will continue to provide free resources for colleagues working in clinical imaging as well as other healthcare professionals and will develop new elearning sessions to reflect changes in imaging and the wider NHS.

For more information about the Clinical Imaging programme, including details on how to access the sessions please visit the elfh website.

HEE e-LfH support desk helps vaccinators get online

Posted on: January 29th, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

HEE TEL’s elearning for healthcare (elfh) team has been supporting the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccinations.  All vaccinators must complete elearning sessions that are hosted on the elfh Hub as part of their training.

Many vaccinators are volunteers or colleagues who have recently retired or are no longer working in the health and care sector.  The diverse range of circumstances and previous levels of experience of using elfh has resulted in a significant increase in activity for elfh’s support desk team.  The team is assisting potential vaccinators with gaining access to the elearning content, resetting passwords, retrieving lost usernames, personalising user profiles with content specific to vaccinators and answering questions about all aspects of the process.  This has required the support desk team to work additional hours to respond to the volume of users needing help.

The team has responded to 20,135 support incidents since the start of 2021, which is almost 745 queries every day.  To support the volume of work, the team has extended its weekend hours and is providing additional Live Chat coverage to further help colleagues needing to access the elfh Hub as part of the national vaccination programme.

HEE TEL works closely with Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) and the YAS team has been providing additional capacity during this incredibly busy time.

Users have been directed to the elfh Hub from many different routes – some of which are less familiar with elfh processes, including NHS Professionals and St John Ambulance.  elfh’s support team has been working closely with these organisations to advise on guidance being shared with users to streamline the process and make it as efficient as possible.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme visit the elfh website.

New programme to support preterm children’s development now available

Posted on: January 28th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new elearning programme designed to support the development and learning of children born preterm is now available on Health Education England’s elearning for healthcare Hub.
Children born preterm (before 37 weeks of gestation) are at increased risk of a range of cognitive, social, emotional and learning difficulties, compared with children born at term. These difficulties may persist throughout childhood and adolescence and can have a negative impact on children’s attainment at school.

The Preterm Birth elearning resource is designed to improve education professionals’ knowledge of the long term consequences of preterm birth on children’s development and to improve their competence in supporting preterm children’s learning.

The resource, funded by Action Medical Research, will also be of interest to health and social care professionals involved in the care of children and young people born preterm.

The programme, which takes approximately 1 hour to complete, comprises the latest evidence-based information to help learners develop their understanding of:

  • what preterm birth is
  • how preterm birth can affect children’s cognitive, motor and social-emotional development
  • how preterm birth can affect children’s attainment at school
  • how professionals can support children born preterm.

For more information and to access the elearning programme, visit the Preterm Birth elearning resource via the elearning for healthcare Hub.

New resources added to MindEd’s Coronavirus Staff Resilience Hub

Posted on: January 27th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare has added 2 new elearning resources to the MindEd Coronavirus Staff Resilience Hub.

The Hub, which was created last April in response to the pandemic, features tips and advice for frontline staff to help them better support each other across all services through these difficult times. Existing resources cover topics such as helping each other, end of life, stress and fear.

Phase 2 of the Hub now includes the following 2 new resources aimed at staff supporting children and young people in these challenging times:

  • Stress and Trauma – this session explores the psychology of stress and trauma and what to do about it in children and young people. It offers advice to all professionals involved with caring for children and young people, including teachers and education staff.
  • Loss and Bereavement – this session provides learners with advice and tips to help a child or young person who has lost a loved one during the pandemic or has faced loss in other forms, such as a loss of relationships through lack of play activities and feeling isolated from friends.

The new and existing resources can be found by visiting the Coronavirus Staff Resilience Hub.

MindEd is a free educational resource for mental health support. The variety of free resources aims to provide adults, across professions and organisations and including parents and carers, with the knowledge to support wellbeing, the understanding to identify young and older people at risk of a mental health condition and the confidence to act on their concern and, if needed, signpost to services that can help.
For more information about MindEd visit: https://www.minded.org.uk/.

New e-learning session added to Freedom to Speak Up in the Health Sector in England

Posted on: January 27th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh), in partnership with the National Guardian Office, has added a second session to the Freedom to Speak Up in the Health Sector in England elearning programme.
The online training programme, which launched its first session in October 2020, is aimed at anyone who works in healthcare regardless of their contract terms.
The programme helps learners understand the vital role they can play and the support available to encourage a healthy speaking up culture which protects patient safety and enhances colleague experience.
The latest session, Listen Up, which is aimed at managers at all levels, focuses on listening and the barriers to speaking up. It comprises the following topics:

  • Fostering a speak up, listen up culture
  • Supporting speaking up and listening well
  • Perceptions of yourself and others and understanding conflicts of interest
    Welcoming feedback as a gift.

It complements the first session, Speak Up, which gives an overview of speaking up and why it matters for all colleagues.

The third session, Follow Up, is aimed at all senior leaders including executive board members (and equivalents), non-executive directors, and governors to help them understand their role in setting the tone for a good speaking up culture and how speaking up can promote organisational learning and improvement which will be available soon.

These modules will replace the current Freedom to Speak Up training.
For more information on the programme, including details on how to access, please visit the Freedom to Speak Up programme page.

COVID-19 e-learning module available for paramedics

Posted on: January 25th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) and the College of Paramedics developed an elearning module which provides educational support for paramedics and emergency responders.

Supporting Paramedic Practice During COVID-19 is available within the paramedics elearning programme and includes interactive learning experiences that are accessible on mobile devices.

Supporting paramedic practice during COVID-19

Written by experienced paramedic elearning authors for the College of Paramedics, the module includes 5 sessions of varied lengths which learners can select individually, or complete as a whole module.

The sessions include:

  • the assessment and management of COVID-19 patients for paramedics
  • paramedic wellbeing during a pandemic
  • mechanical ventilators used in prehospital care
  • paramedic use of PPE
  • COVID-19 additional guidance for paramedics

By completing the module, you will achieve a greater understanding of virus transmission, assessment and management of COVID-19 patients and contribute to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Learners have found the COVID-19 module to be “a very good source of information”, “all very relevant and interesting” and commented that the elearning is “very clear and easy to understand” and they “will recommend it to colleagues”.

Other modules in the paramedics programme include:

  • clinical decision making for paramedics
  • mental health for paramedics
  • pain management for paramedics

Your feedback and accessing the module

As knowledge of the effects and management of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, we welcome your feedback.

You will be invited to rate and leave a comment at the end of each session. Leaving free-text comments helps us to develop learning resources which are relevant to you and your colleagues.

Visit the paramedics programme page for more information about the elearning modules.

New Speech, Language and Communication e-learning resources now available

Posted on: January 25th, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) and the Department for Education, to develop 2 free elearning resources to support the development of children’s speech, language and communication skills for health visiting teams and early years practitioners working with children aged 0-5 years and their families.

Best Start in Speech, Language and Communication programme

The ability to communicate is a skill that starts early in life and continues across the life course. While we each develop at a different pace, there are key milestones in speech, language and communication (SLC) development. When these are not reached, they indicate that additional support may need to be offered to a young child and their parents or carers. Through early identification of development needs and working in partnership with parents to support their child’s speech, language and communication skills, health visiting teams, speech and language therapists and early years practitioners can make a difference for children and help them to achieve their full potential.

Working through the 3 modules in the Best Start in Speech, Language and Communication training programme will give health visiting teams and early years practitioners an introduction into SLC development, the importance of the home learning environment, SLC risk factors, early indicators of speech, language and communication needs (SLCN), a behaviour change model, assessment tools, and resources.

How to access the elearning

The Best Start in Speech, Language and Communication elearning programme is available to the health and care workforce and early years practitioners working with children and families. Access the elearning resources via the elearning for healthcare Best Start in Speech, Language and Communication programme page  and within the SLC Interactive Pathway.

All our Health’s Speech, Language and Communication elearning session

The Speech, Language and Communication session is a bite-sized resource within HEE elfh’s All Our Health elearning programme which provides health and care professionals with an overview of data and key evidence plus signposting to trusted resources to help promote children’s speech, language and communication development. A knowledge check is also available to support learning.

The session is aimed at health and care professionals working with children and families. It is one of 24 resources within All Our Health which aim to improve colleagues’ knowledge, confidence and skills in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing. Other topics covered within the programme include childhood obesity, dementia, mental health and immunisation.

For more information about All Our Health and to access the Speech, Language and Communication session, visit the All Our Health programme page.

Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 28

Posted on: January 25th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Key Messages and links to 20 January 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Messages from our Chief Executive’s Office
  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news

Weekly messages from HEE:

Read recent messages from Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive, HEE.

There is so much happening behind the scenes

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures


We have created a COVID-19 update webpage for October 2020 onwards. It will provide guidance and information from HEE, which applies to all students and trainees. This webpage also includes HEE COVID-19 Surge Guidance.

Nursing Student Support guidance during COVID-19

Following a request from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has introduced a set of emergency standards that enables final year nursing students (not including those in their final year of a two-year postgraduate diploma programme) to undertake up to 100 percent of their time in clinical practice while that standard remains in effect.

Student guidance has been produced with the aim to provide information to all nursing students in England as to what this means for them during this time. The guidance is focused on how students can support the health and care system during this time of emergency and how we will support their health and wellbeing and their education.

Latest update on 2021 specialty recruitment – release of candidates and doctors in postgraduate training for recruitment and assessments.

The four statutory Education Bodies have worked closely together to agree contingency arrangements for postgraduate medical education and training during the COVID-19 outbreak. Joint statements are available here.

Healthcare Learners’ Coronavirus Advice Guide

The Healthcare Learners Coronavirus Advice Guide aims to serve as an aid to healthcare learners to provide them with useful hints, tips and advice to use during the current COVID-19 pandemic and to protect against other infections. The advice given in this document has been collated from questions posed to HEE and experiences shared by healthcare learners working on the front line.

Webinar on the Covid-19 vaccine and options for cancer patients

GatewayC, a free online cancer education platform developed for primary care professionals across England, is funded by Health Education England and helps users to identify, refer and support patients with symptoms on a suspected cancer pathway. GatewayC’s latest webinar – COVID-19 Vaccine for Cancer Patients – is on Wednesday 27 January (13:00 – 13:30).


We are supporting all professions to rapidly grow to meet the needs of patients by:

Latest figures show welcome rise in university acceptances to study for the allied health professions

University acceptances to study for the allied health professions (AHPs) in England rose by an encouraging 17.5 per cent last year compared with 2019, latest figures reveal.

Acceptances rose in all regions, and for all the AHP subjects except one, where the numbers remained static.

It follows a concerted campaign by Health Education England involving a number of initiatives to drive recruitment to the AHP professions. These include raising the profile of the AHPs in the armed forces, in association with Step into Health, and teaming up with the online WoW (World of Work) Show to inspire young people about their future careers.

Applications for the Scientist Training Programme (STP)

The National School of Healthcare Science is delighted to announce that applications for the 2021 Scientist Training Programme (STP) open on Monday 25th January.

The Scientist Training Programme (STP) is a three-year training programme that includes work-based and academic learning. Whilst on the programme trainees will also complete a part-time master’s degree at the university offering the chosen specialism.

Trainees will complete the programme and be employed at a local level by an NHS Trust in England on a fixed term training contract salaried at AfC band 6.

The number of positions available varies each year, this year we are planning to offer jobs to over 300 successful applicants.

Anyone interested in applying to the programme can join our Q&A webinar on Thursday 28 January at 2:00pm. Click here for further details.

We are ensuring core HEE work to support our NHS colleagues continues:

RCP Dental Webinar – Wednesday 27 January at 7pm

Join us for a webinar on Review of Competency Progression for dental. Including updates on foundation, core and specialty as well as answering questions on the night.

Ask questions in advance

Link to join the webinar on the night

New initial education and training standards for pharmacists published by the General Pharmaceutical Council

HEE has welcomed the new initial education and training standards for pharmacists published by the General Pharmaceutical Council. These standards will ensure that skilled pharmacists will play an integral part in the future healthcare workforce.

HEE will work with partners to provide a programme to realise the new standards. Changes will include the current pre-registration year evolving into a Foundation year and will be informed by the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme. This will entail evolving support for trainees and supervisors.

Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme update – New “Getting exam ready” resources

The Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme is helping learners to develop their practice and prepare for the delayed registration assessment. The programme offers access to educational supervision, a bespoke library of resources, learning events and more.

Learners are currently focused on the delayed registration assessment, with the GPhC confirming March dates. The programme team is developing a series of resources to help learners get ‘exam ready’. The first session aims to focus learners’ revision by helping them to create a good study plan and calm down their nerves. This first video session is available via the Learning Hub and can also be listened to as a podcast.

We encourage all provisionally registered pharmacists to sign up for the programme to benefit from all the support available. The closing deadline has been extended until 10th May 2021 and you can find out more on the IFPP website.

Those working in community pharmacy, primary care and Health in Justice can further benefit by joining the Foundation Pharmacist Pathway 2020/21. Cohort 2 opened this month, and you can find out more on the CPPE website.

We are making sure all professions have the training they need to make a difference:

New elearning sessions available for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians

In May 2020, the National Breast Imaging Academy (NBIA), in partnership with Health Education England elearning for healthcare (elfh), launched their elearning programme for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians.  This is the ninth update about the programme.

The full programme of elearning sessions is due to be completed in 2021 to support your training needs.

What’s new?

There are 90 elearning sessions available on the elfh Hub.  The latest sessions to be added include:

  • Correlating Ultrasound and Mammography
  • Clinical Relevance of Breast Density Measurement in the UK
  • Interpreting Digital Breast Tomosynthesis
  • Medicolegal Considerations in Breast Imaging.
  • Standard Mammographic Views

Additional sessions will be added to the elearning catalogue as soon as they are ready. For further information about the NBIA please visit: www.nationalbreastimagingacademy.org.

More information, accessing the sessions and providing feedback

For more information about the programme, including access to the elearning sessions, please visit the NBIA programme page.

Respiratory Physiotherapy programme author wins Dean’s Award

Congratulation to Debbie Thackray, author of Health Education England’s elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh)’s Respiratory Physiotherapy elearning programme, for winning the Faculty of Environmental Life Sciences (FELS) Dean’s Award for outstanding contribution in education for 2019/20.

Additional learning resources, including case studies, will be added to the Respiratory Physiotherapy programme in early 2021. For more information or to access the programme, visit the Respiratory Physiotherapy programme page.

The Learning Hub – suite of resources for midwives available to access

The Learning Hub is a digital platform that provides easy access to a wide range of education and training resources for the health and care workforce. Organisations and users can contribute and share resources for those in health and care to access.

Colleagues across health and care have been uploading resources and there are now 850 resources available to access and share with colleagues. The resources cover a variety of subjects including role specific content, mental health, COVID-19 resources (including self-swabbing) and how technology is being used to support simulation-based education and remote teaching during the pandemic.

Existing contributions of content to the Learning Hub include a suite of resources for hospital and community-based midwives from the West Midlands Neonatal Operational Delivery Network:

Managing respiratory tract secretions in self-ventilating babies

Community midwives poster

Keeping babies warm

Use of donor breast milk

The success of the Learning Hub relies on new resources being added

Hundreds of colleagues working across health and care have contributed resources to the Learning Hub to enable other colleagues to learn from and enhance the learning experience the Learning Hub can provide. The success of the Learning Hub relies on new resources being added and the Learning Hub team is grateful to those who have already contributed content and is keen to encourage more people to share their resources.

It only takes a few minutes to contribute a resource to the Learning Hub. You can sign into the Learning Hub either using an elearning for healthcare username and password or NHS OpenAthens user account details or by creating an account on the Learning Hub and using those details. Select “Contribute a new resource” and populate the form with details including the resource title, type, description and author details.

For more information about the Learning Hub follow us on Twitter: @HEE_TEL and visit the Learning Hub website to read about our journey so far.

We are making sure all professions have the digital skills they need to make a difference:

The AI in Health and Care Survey 2021

Want to have your say on the adoption of AI in health and care? The 2021 AI in Health and Care Survey is now live and asking for input from digital health innovators, developers and those procuring and implementing AI-driven technologies for health and care.

The survey, from the NHS AI Lab (NHSX) with the support of the AHSN Network, will identify key developments within AI space, understand the settings that AI-driven technologies are being developed for, as well as the importance of education, medical classification, ethics and wider system support for the deployment of these technologies. Complete the survey now.


By following @NHS_HealthEdEng you can keep up to date with new information and resources as they are published. Most importantly are the notifications of webinars being broadcast during the week.

Right now, making sure we are communicating properly is obviously incredibly important. If there’s any information you think is missing on HEE’s webpages, please let us know by submitting your question to the HEE Q&A helpdesk.

Updated programme on Radiation Safety now available

Posted on: January 25th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) to update the elearning programme on radiation safety for colleagues.

e-RADS supports the information, instruction and training required under Regulation 15(1) of the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017 (IRR2017), which requires that colleagues who are not closely involved with work involving ionising radiations are to be provided with suitable information to avoid being unnecessarily exposed. It may also provide a useful introductory/refresher resource for trainees and colleagues working in departments using ionising radiations.
The programme identifies the importance of following the safety precautions that are in place to avoid being unnecessarily exposed and covers the basic principles associated with keeping their own exposure as low as reasonably possible.

Each session within the programme lasts approximately 20 to 30 minutes. The programme comprises the following the topics:

  • Radiotherapy, including external beam, brachytherapy and unsealed source therapy
  • Diagnostic imaging using X-rays, including planar imaging and fluoroscopy
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine
  • Interventional radiology and cardiology.

e-RADS was originally developed for national use, with the support of expert authors within the NHS. In 2020, the programme was revised and updated in partnership with the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) to reflect the requirements of IRR2017 and new technologies and techniques involving the use of ionising radiations in healthcare.

For more information and to access the programme, visit the e-RADS programme page.

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