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Home First, Act Now elearning programme

Posted on: July 29th, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Health Education England’s elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked with NHS England and NHS Improvement, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Allied Health Professionals and the Department of Health and Social Care, to develop the new Home First, Act Now elearning programme.

The programme supports health and care professionals involved in the discharge process, to act in a way that values patient time and helps facilitate safe and timely discharge from hospital. The elearning programme also aims to increase awareness around Home First Principles in the Discharge Policy.

By completing the sessions, learners will understand the principles of Home First, benefit from first hand case study examples and be able to share best practice.

Home First, Act Now is suitable for a range of health and care professionals including nurses, AHPs, care staff and students across NHS providers, commissioners and social care.

Sessions available as part of the programme include:

  • Section 1: The principles of Home First
  • Section 2: Working together
  • Section 3: Valuing people’s time
  • Self assessment questionnaire.

For more information about the elearning, including how to access it, please visit the HEE elfh Home First, Act Now programme page.

Paramedics are supported by a clinical decision making elearning resource

Posted on: July 28th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England worked in partnership with the College of Paramedics to develop a Clinical Decision Making for Paramedics module. The module helps paramedics to consider how they make decisions in different circumstances and discusses different theories associated with clinical decision making.

Sessions include:

  • Introduction to Clinical Decision Making
  • Metacognition
  • Novice to Expert
  • Dual Process Theory
  • Heuristics and Bias
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Hypothetico-Deductive Decision Making
  • Importance of Red Flags
  • Human Factors

This CPD module will be useful for experienced paramedics, students or assistant practitioners. The interactive, online sessions can be accessed on a variety of mobile devices and take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

To register for this elearning module, or for more information, please visit the Paramedics programme page.

Patient and Family Critical Care 360 Tour now available

Posted on: July 28th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

The London Transformation and Learning Collaborative (LTLC) has developed a resource to explain what it is like inside an intensive care unit (ICU) to help patients and their families.

ICU survivors and their families have created the Patient and Family Critical Care 360 Tour, together with LTLC and charity ICU Steps, by contributing to content and guiding the look and feel of the virtual environment.

The tour aims to help patients and families understand what happens within ICU and how unwell patients are cared for. It features different components including a guide to the types of staff who may be working within the ICU and views and sounds patients may experience from their hospital bed.

Tubes, wires and equipment that may feature are explained along with resources to assist survivors in making sense of their memories.

A similar resource for staff, Staff 360, is already available. The London Transformation and Learning Collaborative (LTLC) Critical Care programme page includes resources for healthcare professionals whose roles may have changed as part of the Coronavirus response.

LTLC has worked in partnership with Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) to develop these resources to support staff. To contact the team, email ltlc@hee.nhs.uk.

The charity ICU Steps can also be contacted for further advice and support.

Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 39

Posted on: July 23rd, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Key messages and links to 23 July 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s regular stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Latest messages from our Chief Executive
  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news
  • An update from your regional office

Weekly messages from HEE

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

HEE looking to the future for the health and social care workforce
HEE has been commissioned by the Minister of State for Care, Helen Whately, to work with our partners and review long term strategic trends for the health and social care workforce.

This will review, renew and update the existing long term strategic framework for the health workforce, HEE’s Framework 15, to help ensure we have the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours to deliver world leading clinical services and continued high standards of patient care. For the first time ever, the framework will also include registered professionals working in social care, like nurses and occupational therapists.

Make sure your voice is heard

HEE has launched its formal ‘Call for Evidence’ aimed at developing a shared understanding of the future of the health and care workforce. We want to hear from as many stakeholders and partners as possible, including people who need care and support, patients, carers, members of the workforce, as well as students and trainees. Please complete the survey today.

This Call for Evidence will support the development of a long term strategic framework for health and social care workforce planning. This will review, renew and update the existing 15-year strategic framework for workforce planning, Framework 15. While Framework 15 focused on health only, this update will extend into social care, encompassing regulated professionals in social care for the first time.


HEE COVID-19 latest updates

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

To keep up to date with plans for medical training recovery, visit HEE COVID-19 webpages.

Minimising disruption and avoidable extensions caused by COVID-19’

In the second of a series of regular updates on the recovery of training, HEE’s Deputy Medical Director Sheona MacLeod, discusses how HEE is supporting educators to meet with doctors in training and understand their individual competence gaps and to mitigate the number and length of extensions to training.

We are collating a wide range of training intervention case studies from across the country. These will be added to over the next few weeks, and we are keen to encourage all employers, educators, and trainees to consider whether any of these solutions will help training progression for them individually or within their local area or region. Also, please share your training recovery suggestions with us at policyandregulation@hee.nhs.uk.

Read the full update on how HEE is working with the system to fund and support doctors to progress through training.   


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


Enhancing Junior Doctors’ Working Lives
Trainee doctors have shared their views on their training, working lives and wellbeing in a report, published today by Health Education England (HEE).

Enhancing Junior Doctors Working Lives (EJDWL) is a detailed look at how HEE has supported its trainee doctors over the last year. During 2020, many of them have had their education impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. HEE would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone involved: trainees and trainers, HEE and system colleagues, and the front-line NHS who form the pillar of the NHS community.

Flexible working options, more dynamic recruitment rounds, and a review of the assessment and progression process are some of the positive actions recognised by trainees in this year’s report. HEE has committed to embed the lessons learned from the COVID pandemic into everyday working, and to integrate new processes and approaches to support education and training in the future.



The Trainee Pharmacist Foundation Year Programme

Over 500 pharmacy employers, education leads and training providers joined our webinars with NHSE/I and the General Pharmaceutical Council earlier this month, to focus on the implementation of the 2021/22 foundation training year.

This system-wide approach was a great opportunity to explain the key changes to education and training initiated by the regulator earlier this year, and to showcase brand new resources available to help support the changes.

You can find out more on our trainee pharmacist foundation year website.

Download the webinar resources from our dedicated designated supervisor page.  If you have any questions about the initial education and training of pharmacists and foundation training, please contact traineepharmacist@hee.nhs.uk.


Mental health

New Individual Placement Support mental health career resources to share – employment specialist role

We are pleased to launch a new Individual Placement Support (IPS) career resource, hosted on the elearning for healthcare website, to raise awareness of the IPS employment specialist role.

These animated videos support IPS evidence-based services in promoting roles that provide employment support services integrated within community mental health teams for people who experience severe mental health conditions.

The NHS Long Term Plan is committed to supporting an additional 35,000 people with severe mental illnesses where this is a personal goal to find and retain employment by 2023/24. To help us achieve this commitment, please share these resources with your networks to attract people to work in this rewarding role.

This animation is part of a series of workforce initiatives and will complement the emerging IPS recruitment hub launching August 2021. If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please email mentalhealth@hee.nhs.uk or visit the Individual Placement Support programme elearning for healthcare webpage. 


Workforce and education initiatives

HEE wins award at the ‘Oscars’ of the apprenticeship world

The Talent for Care National Apprenticeship Team are celebrating winning a national award for their work supporting employers to deliver apprenticeship programmes.

The team have been awarded ‘the outstanding contribution to the development’ in the employer’s category at the FE Week and Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) Apprenticeship Awards 2021. This is the second year running the HEE’s work with apprenticeships has been recognised.

The awards are a celebration of excellence in apprenticeship delivery in the UK and provide an opportunity to recognise the contribution of employers and providers.


The Future of Clinical Bioinformaticians in the NHS: An Assessment Report and Recommendations to Build and Boost the Future Workforce

HEE’s Digital Readiness Programme has commissioned a report to evaluate the current situation and shape the future of the clinical bioinformatics workforce in the NHS.

Clinical bioinformatics is the application of bioinformatics in clinical settings to improve the delivery of patient care. Clinical bioinformaticians are already an important workforce in the NHS and with the proliferation of digital technologies, their importance is set to increase. This two-phase project aims to assess the retention and utilization of clinical bioinformaticians in the NHS trusts, as well as to develop and implement necessary strategies for improvement. Read the report and provide feedback on the 10 recommendations that have been developed to improve the future of clinical bioinformatics as a profession in the NHS


Professional communities and networking for Health & Social Care informatics specialists: Consultation report

In 2020, HEE commissioned a discovery project to understand the needs of health and social care informatics professionals and their participation and involvement in networks, to improve professional and service development in the future. Through this work five recommendations were developed.

However, there were some gaps in this engagement from people early on in their careers and within certain sectors of the NHS and Social Care. In view of this, HEE decided to further test the recommendations with those that had not had an opportunity to input in the discovery project and this report gives an overview of these additional findings.

Resources developed to help reduce the impact of antibiotic resistance

We have launched two new videos to help support health and care staff in a variety of settings to understand and prevent the threats posed by antimicrobial resistance.

These video resources have been developed by HEE in collaboration with Public Health England (PHE), NHS England and NHS Improvement, Care Quality Commission and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. They can be found on HEE’s YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/wgqgqZIv8n4 and https://youtu.be/ONAivOFFV4A.


HEE provides two invaluable resources for clinicians in training

Newly qualified and junior doctors along with trainee pharmacists can tap into two invaluable resources as begin their transition during August rotation.

Our NHS Knowledge and Library Services team funds online access to over 130 medical handbooks published by Oxford University Press (OUP) and the clinical decision-making tool, BMJ Best Practice.

Both resources give clinicians an additional boost to their professional expertise and reassuring them they are making the right decisions backed by trusted evidence 24/7. All titles in the Oxford Medical Handbooks series as well as Oxford Handbooks in Nursing and the ‘Emergencies In…’ series are included while BMJ Best Practice provides step by step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention as well as medical calculators, how-to videos and patient information leaflets.

Get the handbooks at HEE/OUP site and BMJ Best Practice at bmj.com/hee . Both available via NHS OpenAthens (instructions here) or if you need help getting access please ask your Trust library team – they’ll be happy to guide you!


Opportunity to join Health Education England as the Head of Digital Transformation

Are you an established leader with expertise in agile principles and large whole-organisational change? Our Head of Digital Transformation will deliver the people, process and cultural changes to enable HEE to be a Digital First organisation.

Find out more about the role and apply.



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.

Review and updates to the Dentistry (e-Den) elearning programme

Posted on: July 22nd, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) have been working with The Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England to complete a full review of the Dentistry (e-Den) elearning programme.

The original e-Den programme was created in late 2009 with the objective to deliver a high quality, interactive, online learning solution for new dental graduates, which they can utilise throughout their 2 year Foundation programme and also use as a point of reference throughout their dental careers.

The elearning programme has 13 modules with 320 sessions that are currently undergoing a full review to ensure that the sessions remain valid and in line with current best practice guidance. To date, 68 sessions have now been successfully reviewed and updated with 252 sessions remaining to assess

The sessions reviewed to date include:

    • e-Den Module 3 – Anxiety and Pain Control in Dentistry
      • All 33 sessions
    • e-Den Module 9 – Removal of Teeth
      • All 29 sessions
    • e-Den Module 10 – Communication
      • 10_01 Communication and Treatment Planning
      • 10_07 Communicating with Professional Colleagues
    • e-Den Module 11 – Professionalism
      • 11_01 The GDC and Professional Conduct
      • 11_02 The GDC and Personal Conduct
      • 11_03 Complaints
      • 11_12 Teamworking in a Multidisciplinary Team

The review will continue to take place throughout 2021 and aims to be completed by the end of September 2022.

For more information about the elearning and to access the full list of available content, please visit the HEE elfh eDen programme page.

New session added to Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module

Posted on: July 22nd, 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 new session – Formulation and Working Across Agencies in Self-harm – helps learners understand the ways in which different mental health services can work together to support people with suicidal ideas.

The resource discusses the case of a young adult who presents to services with suicidal ideation and self-harm. The resource reviews the ways services may work together to manage risk and provide support.

Learners can work through this video-rich case study session on their own or in a face to face group setting. Additional materials are provided as downloadable PDFs to complement the resource. This includes learning points at key moments in the videos.

By the end of this session, which takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, learners will gain an understanding of features which may promote or hinder continuity of care between services, such as effective collaboration and sharing key information, and how this will impact positively or negatively on delivery of care.

The session is aimed at health and care professionals who, within their daily work, may encounter people feeling suicidal and/or self-harming, such as GPs, paramedics, emergency department colleagues, university mental health support staff, community mental health teams and social workers.

The latest session is the 6th and final session within the Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module, which is free to access.

For more information and to access the resource, visit the Formulation and Working Across Agencies in Self-harm 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: https://www.minded.org.uk/.

New Introduction to Integrated Care Systems for Early Career Pharmacy Professionals elearning programme now available

Posted on: July 22nd, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme (IFPP) team to develop a new programme that introduces Integrated Care Systems (ICS) to trainee pharmacists, early career pharmacists and other pharmacy team members.

All areas in England were mandated to be part of an ICS by April 2021. 42 ICSs have now been established, bringing together various NHS organisations, local authority, and strategic partner organisations in collaboration to plan and deliver better and more integrated care for their local population.

Pharmacy teams provide services across health and care settings, working with other healthcare professionals and teams. Pharmacy leaders are also members of strategic and operational teams that are responsible and accountable for the planning and delivery of services within ICSs. It is essential for members of the pharmacy team to understand how they contribute to achieve the priorities of their local ICS.

The elearning programme aims to introduce early career pharmacy professionals to the principles underpinning ICS based on the NHS Long Term Plan and how the pharmacy team fits into ICS structures. The following topics are covered within the programme:

  • Principles of Integrated Care Systems (ICS)
  • Structures, organisations and partners within an ICS
  • Patient interactions within an ICS
  • Pharmacy teams’ contributions to planning and implementation of services within an ICS

Interactive case studies illustrating how various teams and systems integrate to provide joined up care for individuals are provided.

For more information and to access the session, please visit the Introduction to Integrated Care Systems (ICS) for Early Career Pharmacy Professionals programme page.

New elearning programme for drug treatment and recovery professionals

Posted on: July 22nd, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) in partnership with Public Health England (PHE), Collective Voice and NHS Addictions Provider Alliance has developed the Best practice in Optimising Opioid Substitution Treatment (BOOST) elearning programme.

The BOOST elearning programme aims to provide workers with the information they need to deliver good quality opioid substitution treatment (OST) to service users. The programme is recommended by Public Health England (PHE) as mandatory training for all drug treatment and recovery workers, whether working in the NHS, voluntary or private sectors.

It is also recommended that team leaders, managers and other professionals working in drug treatment and recovery services complete the programme, so they can support learning and service improvements.

About the elearning

This elearning programme will help you have more effective conversations about OST with service users and your multidisciplinary team, including prescribers. To help you use what you have learned in practice, there are short films featuring conversations between service users who are on OST and their drug treatment and recovery workers. These videos have been developed to demonstrate typical clinical scenarios.

The BOOST elearning programme includes 6 sessions.

1 An introduction to opioid substitution treatment (OST).

2 How do I support service users to start OST?

3 Optimising OST including continued use on top.

4 How do I support someone to get the most out of OST?

5 How do I support service users to reduce and stop OST?

Each session will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and includes further learning activities, links to further reading and resources and a self-assessment.

A certificate can be downloaded after completion of all 6 sessions. To download the certificate, learners must pass the final self-assessment.

Accessing the elearning

For more information, visit the Best practice in Optimising Opioid Substitution Treatment (BOOST) programme page.

The elearning is also available via AICC and ESR.

Your feedback

Your feedback is important to us. To leave your thoughts about the programme, please visit the evaluation survey.

Advanced therapies elearning programme now available

Posted on: July 19th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with a range of health organisations including the Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre Network and London Advanced Therapies to develop a new elearning programme for healthcare professionals on advanced therapies.

Advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMPs) are medicines for human use which use genes, tissues or cells to offer ground-breaking new opportunities for the treatment of disease and injury. They can offer the promise of treating and altering the course of diseases which cannot be addressed adequately by existing pharmaceuticals, offering a lifeline to some patients who may have exhausted all other treatment options.

This programme of elearning sessions is designed give the learner a core understanding of cell and gene therapies, the biology involved in these treatments and how they work. The modules take the learner from the basics of cell and gene therapy and different modalities of treatment, to an in-depth look at treatments currently being delivered through commissioned treatment and clinical trials.

Learners will also be introduced to the unique challenges of bringing these pioneering advanced therapy treatments to patients, including logistical and handling requirements.

The sessions, which each last approximately 30 minutes, cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to advanced therapy medicinal products
  • In vivo gene therapies
  • Immune effector cell therapy
  • Focus on CAR-T cell therapy
  • The logistics of ATMPs in hospitals
  • Safe use of low temperature transport vessels

For more information and to access the sessions, visit the Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products programme page.

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