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New eating disorders e-learning programme for medical students and foundation doctors

Posted on: April 7th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with Beat and the Royal College of Psychiatrists to develop an e-learning programme to help medical students and foundation doctors feel more confident in identifying and assessing patients with eating disorders.

The e-learning is designed to ensure that all medical students and foundation doctors are trained to understand, identify and respond appropriately when faced with a patient with a possible eating disorder.

This programme is designed to enable them to:

  • Identify the major eating disorders and spot the early warning signs
  • Understand the role of starvation in eating disorders and the effects on the brain
  • Understand common challenges experienced by clinicians identifying people with eating disorders
  • Identify the occurrence of eating disorders in patients who may present with other conditions
  • Understand how to assess for an eating disorder
  • Understand from sufferers of eating disorders about how they confronted their illness
  • Recognise the official guidance and care pathways available

It was developed in response to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) investigation into avoidable deaths from eating disorders, as outlined in recommendations from the Ignoring the Alarms: How NHS Eating Disorder Services are Failing Patients report (PHSO, 2017).

A 2017 survey and review of undergraduate training found that the majority of UK doctors receive less than 2 hours of training and eating disorders during their 10-16 years of medical training and approximately 20% do not receive any training at all (Ayton and Ibrahim, 2018).

While the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS, 2007) in England found that 6.4% of adults screened positive for an eating disorder.

Programme partners are Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Eating Disorders.

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

New Supervision of COVID-19 Displaced or Shielding Trainees e-learning resources for educational supervisors

Posted on: April 6th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) worked in partnership with Health Education England to develop an e-learning resource for the educational supervisors of displaced or shielding doctors in training. Supervisors and educators of trainees in other settings may also find it useful.

The e-learning content was developed in collaboration with displaced trainees who share their experiences of being displaced, and demonstrates how they can be supported to progress in their training.

About the e-learning

This session aims to support educational supervisors in:

  • defining what a COVID-19 displaced trainee is and recognising if your trainee falls into this category
  • explaining the 4 stages in the suppoRTT framework and how to implement it
  • understanding how to support your trainee to maximise their educational and learning opportunities
  • identifying activities that the displaced trainee can complete either at home or at work, dependent on their personal and professional needs and how these fit into the curricular and e-portfolio requirements for progression
  • case studies with interactive videos and reflective questions
  • signposting to key resources for displaced trainees and their supervisors
  • checklists and guidance on risk assessments, pre-return, return and ongoing review meetings
  • enhancing the supervisor’s understanding of the experience of displacement and its impact on a trainee, both professionally and personally, and enabling them to discuss these confidently with the trainee
  • guidance for educational supervisors on communicating to the wider team regarding the experience of displacement and the support available to displaced trainees

The e-learning session takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete and enables educational supervisors to reflect on key learning points. A certificate can be downloaded on completion of the session.

Accessing the e-learning
To learn more about the e-learning programme, please visit the programme page

New programme helps mental health practitioners to improve communication with patients

Posted on: April 1st, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new e-learning programme to help health and care professionals who support people with mental health needs by improving their communication skills to de-escalate difficult situations has been developed by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) and HEE Global Engagement.

Communication Skills for the Mental Health Practitioner was originally developed as a face to face course for nurses in West Bengal, India and the pre-reading materials have now been re-designed into 4 online sessions comprising the following topics:

  • Session 1: Principles and strategies in communication
  • Session 2: Verbal de-escalation techniques
  • Session 3: Reducing restrictive practice – communication during physical restraint
  • Session 4: Reducing restrictive practice – communication during chemical restraint

The programme also features workshop materials for learners to access ahead of future face to face workshops.

It is intended that the e-learning and teaching materials within this programme are used together to support experienced mental health professionals to deliver a 2 day training session – 1 day e-learning and 1 day face to face training.

On completion of the programme, learners will understand the principles of communication and will have made plans about how to use these skills in their workplace.
For more information and to access the e-learning programme, visit the Communication Skills for the Mental Health Practitioner programme page or email ge@hee.nhs.uk.

Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 33

Posted on: April 1st, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Key Messages and links to 1 April 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news


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


Extra support for new generation of UK doctors

HEE has announced that medical graduates can now have an extra five days shadowing in their first year of Foundation School. This additional paid commitment is to help compensate for some disrupted learning and experiences arising from the impact of the pandemic.

This is in addition to the usual period of shadowing that is offered to trainee doctors, which enables new FY1 doctors to fully adapt to their new surroundings and colleagues and develop their confidence. The extra period of shadowing, to be organised through the UK Foundation Schools, will also be helpful to those who have graduated overseas who will be unfamiliar with the NHS. The funding has been supported by the Departments of Health in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland 

Attendance at the extra shadowing period will not be mandatory, but UK Foundation School Directors strongly recommend that new FY1 doctors take the opportunities provided, so that they get to know senior medical colleagues in their team, meet the other healthcare professionals in their new workplace, and become familiar with their new clinical environment.

For further info https://foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/


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

Data Driven Healthcare in 2030: Transformation Requirements of the NHS Digital Technology and Health Informatics Workforce

This report was commissioned by HEE’s Digital Readiness programme to identify the capacity and capability challenges facing the NHS digital technology and informatics workforce (the ‘digital workforce’) in the next 10 years.

Information from the exercise was used to model projected demand, and data from the NHS Electronic Staff Record used to model projected supply, for the digital workforce for the period 2020 to 2030. Particular attention was paid to workforce demand and the job roles and skills needed in a scenario called the Data Driven Future.


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

Big increase in students taking NETS survey

The National Education and Training Survey (NETS) 2020 campaign has seen an increase of 20 per cent in responses on the previous year, with almost 37,000 recorded. Find out more about the NETS survey.


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

Applications for cohort four of the NHS Digital Academy’s Digital Health Leadership Programme open on 1 April

The application window for Cohort 4 of the NHS Digital Academy Digital Health Leadership Programme opens on 1 April 2021, closing on Friday 30 April, with the Cohort starting in September 2021.

You will find the latest updates on the NHS Digital Academy website, including support throughout the application process, top tips, case studies and access to webinars, and by following the Digital Readiness Twitter account.


New guide to building a digital strategy

NHS Providers have launched this brand new Digital Boards guide is the third in its series, focusing on how NHS trusts can build a successful digital strategy. The guide is produced in collaboration with Public Digital and supported by Health Education England and NHSX, as part of their Digital Readiness Programme.


Digital competency framework for Allied Health Professionals

This AHP digital competency framework has been developed to support the enhancement of digital competence (knowledge and skills associated with digital technology in practice) for all allied health professions from band 3 to band 9. It is intended to be a developmental and supportive tool that can enable all staff to meet their digital potential.

The framework was developed by Chris Tack, a Topol Digital Fellow and will be developed into an interactive profession specific self-assessment tool in the future.


New opportunities to gain project support for innovation and education in anticipatory care through the National CLEAR Programme

HEE is offering support to local projects that developing local anticipatory care models. This is a chance for primary care networks and integrated care systems to accelerate local initiatives in anticipatory care, to improve patient care, population health and help to relieve pressures on primary care.

What is the National CLEAR Programme? CLEAR (Clinically-Led workforcE and Activity Redesign) is a work-based learning programme sponsored by HEE. It supports projects with innovation expertise, data analysis and service modelling; but also delivers in-depth education for local clinicians equipping them with data, tools and techniques for service and workforce transformation.

How to access this opportunity:

  • Attend a webinar on Wednesday 7 April from 1.30 – 2.00pm to gain more information about what is involved, how the programme works and the benefits for primary care networks. Register by emailing team@hee.nhs.uk
  • Find out more about the National CLEAR Programme on the CLEAR websiteor CLEAR web pages on the HEE site.
  • Discuss your local needs in more detail by contacting team@hee.nhs.uk


Healthcare Scientist presentations

The National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) facilitates and supports the education, training and development of all Healthcare Scientists from apprentices to consultant grade. Once a month they invite one of our Healthcare Science trainees to give a presentation on their role in the NHS, projects they have delivered, challenges of their training and why they love their role, followed by questions from the audience. Confirmed dates are:

  • Tuesday 6 April – Genomic Counselling
  • Tuesday 11 May – Physics

Please email katie.foster@hee.nhs.uk to find out more about the dates and receive the meeting link.


Updates to End of Life Care (e-ELCA)

A new session on the AMBER care bundle has been added to the End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) e-learning programme. This new session describes what the care bundle is, why it was developed and how to use it in clinical practice. It also explains how the resource will help colleagues to provide high quality care for patients who are facing uncertain recovery and may be approaching the end of life.



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.

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