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New COVID-19 community contact tracing programme now available

Posted on: May 20th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the University of Salford to develop a new elearning programme on contact tracing.

This important public health tool is used to control the spread of a variety of infectious diseases. During the Coronavirus pandemic, it has helped to break the chain of transmission within communities across the country and around the world.

To support this work, COVID-19: Contact Tracing at the Community Level has been designed to help colleagues and organisations, that are likely to be involved with contact tracing but may have little experience of how it works, understand the role of community-enabled contact tracing.

On a community level, COVID-19 has presented a range of unique challenges to the Greater Manchester population, due to the housing, employment and social geographic landscape of the city region, including how daily lives involve more mixing than other areas. In response to these challenges, Greater Manchester has been at the forefront of establishing a local contact tracing function as part of the delivery of Level 1 of the national NHS Test and Trace arrangements. Part of this response focused on health education and promotion.

The elearning programme aims to improve the effectiveness of this response within Greater Manchester but can be applied to any community across the UK. The resource comprises the following 2 modules:

  • Introduction to Contact Tracing
  • Introduction to Infection Control

On completion of the modules, colleagues should have a good understanding of contact tracing, infection prevention and control. They should also be able to consider the role of contact tracing in a variety of settings.

For more information and to access the programme, visit the COVID-19: Contact Tracing at the Community Level programme page.

New session added to Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module

Posted on: May 19th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has added a new elearning session to its adult Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module within the MindEd programme.

The session is aimed at health and care professionals who, within their daily work, may encounter people feeling suicidal, such as GPs, paramedics, emergency department colleagues and social workers. On completion of the resource, learners will:

  • consider how being in a suicidal crisis can make someone feel
  • understand what structured care for suicidality looks like and where it can be accessed
  • know what safety planning is and how to involve someone in their own safety plan
  • learn how to help someone who is feeling suicidal to complete a safety plan

The latest session complements 4 existing sessions within the Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module, which is also free to access. The final session on assessment and formulation will be available soon.

For more information and to access the session, visit the Structured Care and Safety Planning session.

MindEd is a free educational and training 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:

New e-learning module to support detection of early deterioration of patients with COVID-19

Posted on: May 19th, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with other NHS organisations, the West of England Academic Health Science Network, the Wessex Local Medical Committee and the TEL programme simulation and immersive technology team, to develop 2 free elearning resources to support detection of early deterioration of patients with COVID-19.

The NHS @home elearning programme consists of the COVID-19 Oximetry @home and COVID-19 Virtual Wards pathways, offering elearning resources to enable people to be confidently monitored in community settings such as care homes.


New COVID Oximetry module

The NHS @home elearning programme provides an overview of pulse oximetry and explains how to monitor oxygen levels at home or in a care home setting.

It is designed to be used alongside the NHS pulse oximetry documents.

People at high risk of becoming seriously unwell from Coronavirus are being provided with a pulse oximeter to monitor the oxygen levels in their blood at home for up to 14 days. This includes people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus and includes people living in care homes.

A pulse oximeter is a small medical device that is put on the tip of the finger. By regularly monitoring oxygen levels it can be easier to spot if Coronavirus symptoms are getting worse and whether people need treatment or support.

People with COVID-19 may become very unwell if their oxygen levels fall too far. This elearning provides an overview of pulse oximetry for carers, including how to take the measurements and how to tell others if they are worried.

More information, including access details, is available on the programme page.


New NHS COVID Virtual Wards elearning module

The new COVID Virtual Wards (CVWs) elearning module has been developed to support the non-registered workforce with monitoring of patients on CVWs in community settings.

The COVID Virtual Ward – introduction to monitoring elearning resource explains who the patients are, how they are admitted, why monitoring is important, their role in monitoring, further considerations are also explored.  It is designed to be used alongside call scripts.


It is likely that systems will adopt their own approach in terms of delivery of care and as such this learning should be used in conjunction with local training and policies.

More information, including access details, is available on the NHS @home programme page.


Foundation programme – May 2021 update

Posted on: May 18th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Welcome to your May 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: 7
Works effectively as a team member:

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.

Updates made to the COVID-19 vaccination e-learning programme

Posted on: May 18th, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Since the COVID-19 vaccination programme went live, the content of the different sessions which make up this programme has been updated and amended as more information about the vaccines and the vaccine programme has become available. For those who have already completed this elearning programme, these updates are detailed below, starting with the most recent.

11 May 2021

AstraZeneca session updated to include

  • updated advice from the JCVI that an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine should be offered to healthy adults aged under 40 years, not only to healthy adults under 30 years as previously recommended in April 2021.


21 April 2021

All sessions updated to include

  • new JCVI advice on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women


AstraZeneca session more substantially updated to include

  • new advice about very rare blood clotting and unusual bleeding condition following vaccination with AstraZeneca vaccine and the subsequent new contraindications and precautions to this vaccine, including changes to age group recommendations


Some minor wording changes to all sessions following recent updates to the Green Book COVID-19 chapter and new web­­links and images added.


8 April 2021

New knowledge and assessment sessions for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine added


16 February 2021

Core Knowledge, Pfizer BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccine sessions all updated to include

  • advice on managing allergic history and allergies after first dose
  • updated information and clarification of advice on vaccination in pregnancy

as stated in revised Green Book COVID-19 chapter


29 January 2021

Pfizer BioNTech vaccine session:


AstraZeneca vaccine session:

  • Change to state multidose vial should be clearly labelled with the date and time of expiry rather than from when it was first punctured


Some minor wording changes in Core Knowledge, Pfizer BioNTech and AstraZeneca sessions in response to user feedback or nationally published guidance.


20 January 2021


Core Knowledge session:

  • Section on Long COVID added,
  • Section on laboratory and pathology staff and social care staff eligibility for vaccination updated to be in line with Green Book COVID-19 chapter
  • Change to wording around immunosuppression to reflect change to Green Book COVID-19 chapter about this


Pfizer BioNTech vaccine session:

  • Waste disposal section updated in response to expert feedback
  • Addition of ordering via Foundry system by PCN designated sites in response to request to add this from Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS)
  • Change to wording of description of appearance of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine prior to dilution following change about this in the Pfizer Reg174 HCP Information document
  • Addition of link and reference to the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine healthcare professional’s training and information materials (


AstraZeneca vaccine session:

  • Waste disposal section updated in response to expert feedback
  • Minor wording changes to “how does the vaccine work” in response to user feedback for clarity
  • Addition of ordering via Foundry system by PCN designated sites in response to request to add this from Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS)
  • Addition of link and reference to the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine healthcare professional’s training and information materials (


8 January 2021

  • Advice about obtaining an additional dose from COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca vials added to AstraZeneca session
  • More information about recommended interval between first and second dose added to both AstraZeneca and Pfizer BioNTech sessions
  • More information added to section about information to provide to recipients following vaccination in both AstraZeneca and Pfizer BioNTech sessions.


31 December 2020

  • New knowledge and assessment sessions on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine added
  • Core Knowledge and Pfizer BioNTech vaccine sessions updated to include: revised advice from JCVI on pregnancy and breastfeeding, updated statement from JCVI about scheduling of vaccine doses (between 4 and 12 weeks),
  • Pfizer BioNTech session updated to include: advice on obtaining a 6th dose from a vial, and allergy precautions as stated in updated Green Book COVID-19 chapter and updated Information for Healthcare Professionals on Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine document


December 2020

  • Core Knowledge session updated with advice about not giving COVID-19 vaccine to pregnant or breastfeeding women after the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 (Pfizer BioNTech) was authorised for use
  • New MHRA guidance added on not giving COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 to those with a history of anaphylaxis to a vaccine, medicine or food or a previous dose of the vaccine and addition of 15 minute minimum observation period following vaccination
  • Some amendments to the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 session storage and reconstitution sections following republication of updated Information for Healthcare Professionals on Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine document


New Introduction to Persistent Physical Symptoms elearning programme

Posted on: May 18th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Health Education England elearning for Healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with the Northern England Clinical Networks, Keele University, North of England Mental Health Development Unit and ARCH Recovery College to develop a new programme on persistent physical symptoms (previously referred to as medically unexplained symptoms or psychosomatic symptoms).

The Introduction to Persistent Physical Symptoms programme aims to help health and care professionals learn how to work in a helpful and hopeful way with patients who live with persistent physical symptoms.

The elearning provides and overview of persistent physical symptoms; what they are, how they emerge and how they are maintained. It also teaches learners how to provide a helpful and hopeful diagnosis and explanation of symptoms as well as how to work with patients who present with these symptoms in a therapeutic way that moves them towards recovery.

The programme also features a virtual patient consultation session where learners have an opportunity to practice their skills.

More information, including access details, is available on the Introduction to Persistent Physical Symptoms programme page.

Heart Failure and Heart Valve Disease elearning available

Posted on: May 18th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) and NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched the first phase of their new Heart Failure and Heart Valve Disease elearning programme; including 3 elearning sessions designed for clinicians across primary care and community settings, such as GPs.

Jo Churchill MP, Minister for Public Health, Primary Care and Prevention spoke at a Westminster Hall Debate on 11 March 2021 about improving awareness of heart failure. Jo said that this elearning programme was developed “to support healthcare professionals, in learning more about heart failure and heart valve disease, supporting them to better recognise the symptoms of heart failure and to diagnose, manage, and support heart failure patients”.

Professor Nick Linker, National Clinical Director for Heart Disease, stated “I am delighted to support this elearning resource, which will equip clinicians, both medical and non-medical, with the skills and knowledge they need to better support patients with heart failure and heart valve disease”.

The elearning sessions aim to develop health and care professionals’ knowledge about heart failure and heart valve disease. This includes information relating to diagnosis and the optimisation of management. Sessions take approximately 20 minutes to complete and there are assessments on key learning points. Learners may download a certificate on completion of each session, to demonstrate continuing professional development.

Accessing the elearning

You can access the elearning via the Heart Failure and Heart Valve Disease programme page.

The Heart Failure and Heart Valve Disease elearning programme is also available to the health and care workforce via AICC and the Electronic Staff Record (ESR).



Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 34

Posted on: May 17th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Key Messages and links to 14 May 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s regular 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.


Post-graduate medical education training recovery
Following the major disruption to postgraduate medical education during the last year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Education England (HEE) is working with the Department of Health and Social Care, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the General Medical Council and NHS England and Improvement to support training recovery as an urgent priority. Many trainees were redeployed to COVID-facing settings or had elective learning opportunities cancelled, resulting in substantial impact on experiential learning and curriculum attainment.

Our focus is now on implementing a carefully developed collaborative training recovery plan. This will minimise the number of trainees with learning gaps significant enough to require training extensions, and will maintain the quality of training opportunities to ensure as many trainees as possible are able to safely progress and get their training back on track.

We accept that some trainees will still require an increase in training time; however, with successful recovery processes to support training outcomes, this will not be a universal requirement. Furthermore, without a robust recovery plan, extensions to training time alone are unlikely to lead to comprehensive acquisition of the required skills and knowledge.

This is a complex programme, and together we are working closely with partner organisations, employers, and educators to ensure training reset, recovery and reform remains at the heart of service recovery across the NHS in England.

Solutions for training recovery will vary between regions, providers and specialities and there will be a range of training recovery solutions, tailored to individual trainees’ needs, to support their wellbeing and ensure that quality remains at the heart of training and service delivery.

To help devise these individualised recovery plans, we are asking trainees to speak with their educational supervisor or training programme director in a one-to-one conversation. These conversations are an initial opportunity for trainees and educators to reflect on the past year, think about learning and wellbeing needs, and plan for their training recovery.

We recognise that these plans require significant investment both in time and resource at local level. To support this HEE has secured specific funding through the Department of Health and Social Care for the successful implementation of the recovery plan. This dedicated fund will support employers to deliver these training recovery conversations, collate trainees’ learning needs, support trainees with their individual training recovery plans and develop trust-level recovery solutions.

It is our shared aim that the combination of a robust plan and the resource to deliver it will effectively support trainees and allow postgraduate medical education to get back on track.

You can find more information to support one-to-one conversations and training recovery here.


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

Delivering greater flexibility through less than full time training

HEE is working with partners to build greater flexibility in training and is committed to increasing flexibility in postgraduate medical training. As a part of HEE’s work to Enhance Junior Doctors Working Lives several initiatives have been developed with partners to increase flexibility within Post Graduate Medical Education. Feedback from trainees indicate that many trainees would appreciate the opportunity to pursue a more flexible approach to their training. Less Than Full Time (LTFT) Training Category 3 allows trainees to request the opportunity to undertake a period of less than full time training for personal choice and was initially made available in Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Find out more here.


Pharmacy update

We continue to work with system partners to implement the review of pharmacy education and training recommendations, in line with the NHS Long Term Plan and NHS People Plan.

A major reform programme is under way to start aligning pharmacists’ Initial Education and Training (IET) with newly revised learning outcomes. These will provide newly qualified pharmacists with the necessary consultation skills and confidence to provide the clinical services expected by patients and the NHS, working across health systems. You can find out more about the reforms and our role here.

The Community Pharmacy Workforce Survey 2021 launched on 7 May. This aims to provide an up-to-date picture of the size and shape of the community pharmacy workforce (including locums). The survey will be conducted this spring, with the findings published in the autumn. Find out more on our website.

Registration for the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme (IFPP) is now closed. The programme will continue to support learners to develop their foundation practice. It will also continue to support learners working towards a summer registration assessment. Find out more about the programme on the IFPP website.


Virtual learning is here to stay – shape the support that will help you drive excellence

If you are involved in virtual learning then we need your help. HEE’s Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team is working on supporting educators to deliver best practice virtual learning, building on what we have already done.

The Virtual Instructor Led Learning (VILL) project aims to:

  • Increase the confidence and capability of health and care educators when teaching virtually
  • Support educators to apply best practice VILL principles when designing and delivering their teaching virtually
  • Drive excellence as we move to a ‘Digital first’ future

We would like to understand your key issues, opportunities and priorities regarding delivering virtual learning so we can focus on providing a portfolio of solutions that will support the needs of the educators community.

Take the short (10-15 minute) survey which will close at midnight on Sunday 23 May 2021 to have your say, or get in touch directly with


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

The Oliver McGowan mandatory training in learning disability and autism

HEE has recently produced a 20-minute video telling Oliver’s story which is told by Paula McGowan, Oliver’s mum.  This video will form part of the partner trial training and explains why the training is so important and how Oliver died.

You can also find out more about Oliver’s campaign and story by visiting our HEE webpages.  There is also an up-to-date frequently asked questions document which will tell you more.

We are planning to hold another stakeholder event on 6 July 2021 between 10am -12noon and the registration link will be live on our website this month for people to join.  We will once again hear how our partners are progressing and an opportunity to ask questions. If you’d like to find out more, you can email or on Twitter at #Oliverscampaign


Digital Futures Programme – “Using Education to Prepare the Clinical Workforce to Deliver the Digital Future”

Working in partnership with Yale University, USA, this international digital leadership programme will offer a unique and comprehensive learning experience that includes experiential learning, access to vast curricular resources, interaction with top-tier academic and practitioner faculty from both the UK and US, and culmination in a certificate from a world-class university.

Teams are made up of representatives from Health, Care and Local Government in each ICS/STP to expand thinking from local to global, explore and look for solutions to health and social care problems outside of the ‘local system,’ and broaden perspectives on the importance of digital. For more information and to apply for the programme see the HEE website.


New NHS Patient Safety Syllabus

HEE has published the first NHS-wide Patient Safety Syllabus which applies to all NHS employees and will result in all NHS employees receiving enhanced patient safety training.

The new National Patient Safety Syllabus, which was produced in partnership with NHS England and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, outlines a new approach to patient safety emphasising a proactive approach to identifying risks to safe care while also including systems thinking and human factors.

Level one and two learning materials will be available on the elearning for Health platform for staff to access and complete from August and September 2021.

To view the syllabus and find out more visit


National Inclusivity and Diversity in Volunteering conference

On Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 June, during National Volunteers Week (1 – 7 June 2021), HEE will host a national conference to showcase and highlight the significance of volunteering within health and social care.

The conference will highlight, among other things, the importance of inclusive and diverse volunteering and discuss how barriers to taking part in volunteering opportunities and social action can be broken down. Additionally, the conference will focus on employer supported volunteering, the benefits, how we learn from other sectors and address the ‘big questions’ for the future of volunteering.

During the conference we will hear from volunteers about their experiences of inclusivity and diversity within volunteering, and how to create inclusive opportunities, offer a toolkit to genuine involvement and foster a culture of worthwhile, valuable experience.

To attend the conference, please register at:



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.

Identifying and Responding to Sexual Assault and Abuse e-learning programme launched

Posted on: May 17th, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop an elearning programme that provides information and advice for identifying and responding to sexual assault and abuse.
A sexual assault is any sexual act that a person did not consent to or is forced into against their will. It is a form of sexual violence and includes rape, child sexual abuse and exploitation, or other sexual offences. While sexual assault is not uncommon, many who experience abuse do not tell anyone. Sexual assault can have long lasting physical and emotional effects and early intervention and support is recommended.
The learning resources are aimed at health and care professionals who may be involved in the care of people who have experienced rape, sexual assault and/or abuse.
This programme brings together numerous resources relating to the identification and response to rape, sexual assault and abuse. The programme aims to:

* Increase awareness of all forms of sexual assault (rape, sexual abuse and exploitation) and who is affected by it
* Support health and care professionals to:
* spot the signs of abuse
* understand key aspects of safeguarding relevant to sexual assault in children, adolescents and vulnerable groups
* provide non-judgemental and supportive responses to disclosures of abuse
* Raise awareness of Sexual Assault Referral Centres, which offer forensic, medical, emotional and practical care and advice, as a key service following assault, regardless of whether or not an individual chooses to report the matter to the police.

Learners can access information, view videos and case studies and undertake self-assessments to support learning.
For more information about the free elearning programme, including details on how to access, please visit the Identifying and Responding to Sexual Assault and Abuse programme page.

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