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Care Certificate for assessors resources launched

Posted on: April 26th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Following requests from the health and care sectors, Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has developed 2 new sessions to assist assessors in supporting individuals being assessed for the Care Certificate programme.

The Care Certificate is a set of standards developed for the health and social care support workforce, to provide a framework to ensure that all support workers have the same introductory skills, knowledge and behaviours to prepare them to deliver care in their workplace setting. The Care Certificate needs to be assessed through both theory and practice and the role of the assessor is fundamental to its achievement.

The 2 new sessions, and their associated support guide, are designed to support assessment in the workplace and will be useful for all staff that have responsibility for making decisions on whether a support worker in health or care has been able to apply the standards set out within the Care Certificate.

The resources are appropriate for those who are new to the role as a workplace assessor for the Care Certificate, and for those who would like to refresh and update their skills in Care Certificate assessment.

The 3 new resources are:

  1. New assessor support guide
  2. Session 1 – Assessment principles
  3. Session 2 – Assessing the Care Certificate

For more information and access details please visit the Care Certificate progamme page.

Foundation programme – April update

Posted on: April 23rd, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Welcome to your April 2021 update about the Foundation elearning programme.

The Foundation elearning programme 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.

The sessions in the elfh Foundation elearning programme include:

Professional capability: 6
Communicates clearly in a variety of settings:

You can sign in to the elearning with your login supplied by elfh at any time during your foundation training.

HORUS and TURAS link to elfh elearning sessions from the FP Curriculum and are therefore accessible to all trainees, making it quicker and easy to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.

Informatics Skills Development Network (ISDN) toolkit now available

Posted on: April 22nd, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Health Education England (HEE) has developed a toolkit to help regions create their own Informatics Skills Development Network (ISDN). HEE is working with regions around the country to establish ISDNs and this toolkit provides the advice, guidance, templates and examples to use when setting up a regional ISDN.

The programme team are grateful for the content, which has been provided by the North West Informatics Skills Development Network – an established network with over ten years’ experience in this area.

The key topics within the toolkit are:

  • Getting started
  • Year 1 training programme
  • Data collection
  • Inaugural annual conference
  • Accreditation programme
  • Setting up special interest groups

There is also a wide range of templates and example documents in the resources section.

More information and access details are available on the ISDN toolkit programme page

End of life care e-learning pathway for care workers

Posted on: April 21st, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

A learning path has been added to the elearning programme End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) designed for care workers supporting people near the end of life.

The aim of the learning path is to provide care assistants with a greater understanding and confidence when caring for individuals near the end of life and to offer support for their families. It’s relevant for those working in care homes and domiciliary care/care at home services.

The learning path has been updated with support from Skills for Care and includes

core and additional recommended elearning sessions.

The e-ELCA elearning programme was developed by Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) and the Association for Palliative Medicine (APM) to enhance the training and education of the health and social care workforce.

The Skills for Care learning path for care workers supporting a person near the end of life learning path is available on the elfh Hub.

e-Learning programme providing an overview of a career in orthoptics

Posted on: April 20th, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with the British and Irish Orthoptic Society to develop an elearning programme that offers an accessible insight into the career in orthoptics.

The learning resource is an alternative to face to face career experiences to enable the learner to gain an understanding of what a career in orthoptics includes and the skills and knowledge required.
The aim of the programme is to bridge the knowledge gap between the rational and emotional benefits of orthoptics and what students can expect to study at university. The interactive content demonstrates the complexity of the course to appeal to those with a strong science background, who may be considering a medical career.
The elearning modules explore 4 specific areas that underpin an orthoptist’s knowledge base to practice as an autonomous clinician:

* Vision function and how this is closely associated to brain development
* Binocular vision
* Eye muscle control and strabismus
* The cranial nerves – and how disease can present as eye symptoms

The programme is aimed at students to demonstrate how science subjects relate to ‘real life’ jobs. Students may wish to access the learning with other career influencers such as career advisors, family and friends. The programme also lends itself as a recruitment tool for mature students, career changers and ex-armed forces and complements other work streams created by the Strategic Interventions in Health Education Disciplines (SIHED) project and Health Education England.

For more information about the elearning programme, including details on how to access, visit the Orthoptics Careers Overview programme page.

New sessions added to the e-LPRAS programme

Posted on: April 20th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked with the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) to add new content to the elearning Programme for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (e-LPRAS).

e-LPRAS offers a wide range of sessions covering the knowledge-base of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery and is aimed at plastic surgery trainees from speciality training year 3 (ST3) onwards. The elearning will also appeal to consultants, non-consultant career grades and allied health professionals who want to increase and update their knowledge base.

5 new sessions have been added to the programme and 6 existing sessions have been updated.

New sessions are:

  • Applied Anatomy of the Foot and Ankle (Module 8 – Lower Limb)
  • Abdominal Lipectomy (Module 7 – Lower Trunk)
  • Flaps for Skin and Soft Tissue Cover in the Thigh (Module 8 – Lower Limb)
  • Principles of Surgery for Pressure Ulcers (Module 7 – Lower Trunk)
  • Tissue Expansion for Breast Reconstruction (Module 6 – Breast and Chest Wall)

The updated sessions are all within Module 1 – Essentials of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery:

  • Acute Wound Infections
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Histology of Muscle and Tendon
  • Human and Animal Bites
  • Reflective Practice in Plastic Surgery
  • Skin Ulcers – Assessment

For more information about the elearning programme and to access the sessions, visit the e-LPRAS programme page.


New Supervision for Multi-Professional Teams e-learning programme now available

Posted on: April 8th, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) have worked in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement and Health Education England to develop a new, free elearning programme to support multi-professional teams across the NHS to understand the basis of supervision in the workplace.

The Supervision for multi-professional teams elearning programme aims to provide an overview of the Core Supervision model through several resources including a core model and operational resources.

This elearning programme has been developed to support with the ‘Core model of supervision for multi-professional teams’, initiated by The GPN 10 Point Plan. The plan was led by the Chief Nursing Officer for England and its overarching focus is to build and develop the capacity and capability needed to be seen across the whole primary care workforce in order to enable the health and care workforce to manage more people’s health closer to home, as well as building GPN capability to support improved and innovative approaches in delivering health and wellbeing.


More information on the ‘Core model of supervision for multi-professional teams’ can be found on the Future NHS Collaboration Platform – Registration required.


How to access the elearning

The Supervision for multi-professional teams programme is available to the health and care workforce via HEE elfh.

You can learn more about the elearning on the Supervision for Multi-Professional Teams programme page.

New updates for the Respiratory Physiotherapy programme

Posted on: April 8th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has updated the free Respiratory Physiotherapy elearning programme to further support physiotherapists treating patients with respiratory conditions, including COVID-19.

The programme, developed in partnership with the University of Southampton, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, launched in September 2020 to support existing and newly qualified physiotherapists who want to update their respiratory knowledge and skills to help prepare them for working in daily and emergency out of hours respiratory care.

The updated content features 4 real life scenarios which have been designed to take learners through the journey of being on-call – from taking initial patient information to giving advice to the medical team. Each scenario gives learners the opportunity to apply their knowledge from the elearning programme to a real life scenario and enables learners to think about their clinical reasoning as the case unfolds.

For example, 1 scenario involves a physiotherapist assessing a patient with existing Bronchiectasis who is presenting with sputum retention and Type 2 Respiratory Failure. The learner is then given the assessment findings and asked to clinically reason and identify the patient’s problems and develop a management plan.

All 4 scenarios end with an opportunity for learners to reflect on their learning and decide what other course of action they might take if they are called to support a similar scenario in practice.

For more information and to access the new resources, please visit the Respiratory Physiotherapy programme page.

COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna e-learning now available

Posted on: April 8th, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare has worked in partnership with Public Health England and NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop the COVID-19 Vaccination elearning programme.  The elearning programme is designed to provide the health and care workforce involved in the national COVID-19 vaccination programme with the knowledge they need to confidently promote high uptake of the vaccine and deliver the vaccine programme effectively.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna is now available. Currently the national vaccination programme is only deploying this this vaccine to a limited group of vaccination centres. Staff who are rostered to work at these sites are asked to complete the core knowledge session as this is designed to provide essential knowledge about COVID-19 and the key principles of immunisation needed to deliver the vaccine.  Learners should then complete the vaccine-specific elearning session and assessment in advance. Staff working in PCN sites and Hospital Hub settings are not required to complete the training at this time but may want to access it at a future date. In addition, further information about the vaccine characteristics can be viewed via Chapter14a in the Green Book and the Summary of Product Characteristics for COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna (SmPC).

The vaccination elearning programme also consists of the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 Pfizer-BioNTech session, the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca session and accompanying assessment sessions for each.

The elearning sessions describe the national COVID-19 vaccination programme for England. Most of the information in the sessions will be relevant for those involved in the programme throughout the UK and Crown Dependencies. However, those undertaking the programme in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Crown Dependencies should be aware that some details as to how the programme will be delivered may be different. Vaccinators should therefore ensure that they refer to any country-specific information available, so they are familiar with the details of the programme for the country they are practising in.

This elearning programme provides theoretical training.  Practical training in vaccine administration, and assessment and sign-off competency is also required before administering the COVID-19 vaccine.


For more information about the COVID-19 Vaccination programme, including details on how to access, visit the elfh website.

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