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Management of Burns for Paramedics – free elearning for emergency care workers

Posted on: October 29th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

As we head into fireworks season, emergency care workers may attend an increased number of burn injuries. Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) and the College of Paramedics have developed a Management of Burns for Paramedics elearning module which covers key topics in dealing with burns outside of hospitals.  The learning is suitable for all grades of emergency responder.

Written by a paramedic and edited by a burns specialist nurse, 4 interactive and bitesize elearning sessions are accessible on PCs, laptops, iPads and mobile phones. By completing the module, you will achieve a greater understanding of the pathophysiology, assessment and immediate management of burn injuries and contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD).

How can I access the Paramedics elearning programme?

For more information and to register for the elearning  programme, please visit the Paramedics programme page.

Other elearning programmes of interest

Paramedics may also be interested in the Essentials of Wound Care Education for the Health and Care Workforce. For more information, read about the elearning programme.

New patient safety training materials launched

Posted on: October 28th, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

New patient safety training materials have been published by Health Education England, NHS England and NHS Improvement, The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and elearning for healthcare, elements of which are expected to be completed by NHS employees, even those in roles which are not patient facing. Completion of the training will help to ensure health and care services are as safe as possible for patients and service users.

The training materials can be found on the elearning for healthcare hub. The training has five levels, which build on each other, the first two levels Essentials for patient safety and Access to practice being made available today. The first level, Essentials for patient safety, is the starting point and all NHS staff are encouraged to complete it. Level two, Access to practice is intended for those who have an interest in understanding more about patient safety and those who want to go on to access the higher levels of training.

The training has been devised following the publication of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy which contains a patient safety syllabus. The syllabus sets out a new approach to patient safety emphasising a proactive approach to identifying risks to safe care while also including systems thinking and human factors, all of which has been incorporated into the training.

Levels three to five of the training are expected to be available by the end of March 2022

TEL News October 2021

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

This month’s edition includes details of the Advancing Dental Care (ADC) Review Report and an update from the Virtual and Hybrid Learning Faculty (VHLF).
There is also information about two new elearning programmes – Changing Story of Cancer and Introduction to the Pelvic Floor During Pregnancy.

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Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 45

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

Key Messages and links to 15 October 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

Weekly messages from HEE

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

Reflections one year on

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.

Covid-19 Training Recovery Programme
This week Health Education England (HEE) has published an interim report which outlines the approach being taken, across the system, to define, manage and reduce the risks to the wellbeing, numbers, and future supply of the medical workforce.

The purpose of three phases – reset, recover and reform – respectively, has been to:

  • minimise the initial impact of the pandemic on training and progression
  • support trainees and educators with wellbeing and training recovery and
  • lock in the innovations developed during the first two phases, to deliver long-term improvements in PGME and build future resilience into the medical education pipeline.

As well as outlining the approach being taken to manage the current position, the COVID-19 Training Recovery Programme Interim Report also sets out the joint commitments for continuing to build upon and embed the progress that has been made to facilitate training recovery and secure future improvements to PGME.

The pandemic has impacted every trainee differently which is seeing each region needing to approach the recovery in a different way based on their local need.  To demonstrate the different approaches a catalogue of case studies, that include local and regional initiatives to support training recovery and address the learning impact of COVID-19 on doctors in training, has been added to the Learning Hub.

New programme to boost critical care workforce launches

More Nurses and Allied Health Professionals will receive specialist training in critical care as a new blended learning package, aimed at strengthening the workforce in intensive care units, is rolled out across England.

Health Education England (HEE) secured £10m to deliver this specialist training which will support as many as 10,500 nursing staff to further their careers in critical care. It will be delivered as a blended learning course, offering more flexible access to participants so they are able to balance commitments such as having a family, being a carer or not being able to travel. Read more on the HEE website

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


Report published on reasons why doctors leave the NHS

Views of doctors who have stopped practising in the UK, why they left and what might encourage them to return has been published and is available on the GMC website. You can read Sheona MacLeod’s quote here.

Health Education England launches new medical degree pilot as part of Blended Learning programme

Prospective medical students in England will soon be able to choose to study flexibly thanks to a new pilot scheme launched by Health Education England and delivered by Queen Mary University of London. Read more here

CLEAR week

CLEAR is a nationwide programme, supported by HEE, placing clinicians at the heart of healthcare decision making and innovation. #CLEARweek will be hosting sessions on a range of topics, from deep dives about the unique CLEAR methodology, data visualisation and analytics to Wardopoly, special guest speakers and networking events.

From 8 – 12 November 2021, the National CLEAR Programme will be hosting a week of events, guest speakers, workshops and interactive sessions around healthcare activity and workforce redesign. You can find out more and register your interest in attending sessions #CLEARweek will be hosting, visit the CLEAR website clearprogramme.org.uk

Nursing and Midwifery

Nurses and midwives offered an increased incentive to return to practice

Former nurses and midwives wishing to re-join the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register and return to practice will be offered £1,000 to help with studying and living expenses, Health Education England announced today. All information required for all routes of Return to Practice are available on the Return to Practice Health Careers website.

Workforce and education initiatives

Training launched for CYP keyworkers supporting people who have a learning disability, are autistic or both.

Read more and access the training here

New Global Learning Opportunities Website

NHS staff can now find out more about global learning opportunities on a new easy to use website.

The site which was launched on 5 October can be found here https://global-learning-opportunities.hee.nhs.uk/ and is a one stop shop for information about virtual and overseas learning opportunities, providing practical information on what staff can contribute and learn, how they can apply and case studies.

Global Learning Opportunities Survey

Health Education England and Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YHAHSN) have teamed up to find out more about those who have undertaken an international element to their Health and Care work or course and those who would like to.

A survey has been extended and will now close on October 22nd. Please fill in the survey here https://www.sircsurveys.com/f/41576636/e08b/

Global Learning Provision

Health Education England and Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YHAHSN) are working together to gather information from all NHS secondary care provider organisations and higher education institutions to understand current attitudes toward and provision of global health activities for current and future NHS staff.

A survey has been compiled which will be open until October 22nd and we would be grateful if those responsible for global health activities in OD, Business Management or HR department take the time to complete it. The survey can be found here: https://www.sircsurveys.com/f/41570156/1253/

A short course for a big health impact
Aimed at everyone working or studying in health and care, Health Education England has developed a free, 35minute, online health literacy course. Designed for people who work regularly with patients, families and carers. The course can help staff and students quickly learn easy-to-use techniques to improve communication. As a result, patients, families and carers will be able to make better health and wellbeing choices. You can read more about the course or access the course directly.

Find out who Freedom to Speak Up Guardian is during Speak Up Month

October is national Speak Up Month. Speaking up protects patient and is also the first step in organisations learning lessons to improve care and treatment.

Health Education England is encouraging health and care staff and learners to ensure they know who their Freedom to Speak Up Guardian is, they can find out by visiting the National Guardian’s office website https://nationalguardian.org.uk/speaking-up/find-my-ftsu-guardian/

elearning for healthcare

Keep up to date with all the latest additions to the elfh platform here.


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.

Evaluation of online resources to support quality care in dementia

Posted on: October 11th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has partnered with the University of Bradford (UoB) to evaluate the effectiveness of two elfh elearning programmes in preparing the dementia workforce for quality care.

In the proposed implementation of the Dementia Challenge 2025, workforce is critical and HEE is playing a key role in increasing the capability and skills of the workforce.

Learners are invited to evaluate the Dementia programme, which was developed with UoB, and the Lived Experience of Dementia programme, which was developed with Bournemouth University and Alzheimer’s Research UK. There are 2 brief surveys to complete; one before completing the session and one after completion.

All roles across the dementia workforce are encouraged to take part. To find out more about the evaluation, please visit the Dementia or Lived Experience of Dementia programme pages.

New programme about pelvic floor health now available

Posted on: October 7th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new pelvic health elearning module has been developed by Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh), in partnership with Health Education England’s Maternity Team.

Introduction to the Pelvic Floor During Pregnancy provides midwives, health visitors and all other colleagues who work closely with new and expectant mothers, with a basic understanding of the pelvic floor, its function and how pregnancy affects it.

The module takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and covers the following topics:

  • the structure and anatomy of the pelvic floor
  • the mechanism and function of the pelvic floor, with reference to the antenatal, intrapartum, and postnatal period
  • the effects of pregnancy and childbirth on the pelvic floor mechanism during the antenatal, intrapartum, and postnatal period
  • the principles of teaching pelvic floor exercises
  • the importance of maintaining maternal levels of general fitness
  • when to seek help

On completion of the module, learners should feel comfortable to initiate conversations with mothers about the importance of looking after their pelvic floor throughout the pre and postnatal period, the exercises they can do, what to expect in the weeks after birth and when and whom to ask for help if problems persist.

For more information and to access the module, please visit the Introduction to the Pelvic Floor During Pregnancy programme page.

New sessions added to the e-ELCA public access programme

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

New sessions have been added to the end-of-life care for all (e-ELCA) public access elearning programme.

The programme, developed in partnership with the Association for Palliative Medicine, is designed to enhance the training and education of all those involved in delivering end-of-life care.

The resources available are suitable for social care workers, support workers, administrative and clerical staff, and volunteers.

The e-ELCA public access programme now includes the following courses:

For details on how to access the full e-ELCA learning programme please visit the end-of-life-care (e-ELCA) programme page.


SCRIPT – supporting safer prescribing practices in paediatrics

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

The SCRIPT elearning programme for paediatric prescribers including specialist trainee doctors comprises 23 modules in 5 categories, covering a range of topics relating to prescribing and medicines safety in the secondary care setting.

Paediatric SCRIPT module categories include:

  • Principles of Prescribing in Paediatrics
  • Surgical Specialities
  • General Paediatrics
  • General Therapeutics
  • Advanced Therapeutics

Each module takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. All course materials have been authored by a team of expert healthcare professionals, and are regularly reviewed and updated.

What are the benefits in using the SCRIPT elearning programme?

  • Safer prescribing
    Paediatric SCRIPT ensures that prescribers working, training and specialising in paediatrics are better prepared for prescribing, therefore improving patient safety.
  • Professional development
    Certificates are made available on completion of a module, which can be used for online learning portfolios as evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Flexible learning
    SCRIPT is easily accessible and intuitive to use, allowing users to complete modules at their convenience and refer back to modules at any time.
  • SCRIPT elearning is free to those with a NHS.uk or NHS.net address.

How do I access the elearning?

You can learn more about the SCRIPT elearning programmes by visiting the SCRIPT website.

The Changing Story of Cancer elearning programme is available

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

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) worked in partnership with NHS Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System (ICS), Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK to develop a new elearning programme.

Developed for the entire health and care workforce, this elearning programme aims to support health and care professionals in understanding that the outcomes for people living with, and beyond cancer, have changed and the relevance of this to their roles.

Topics covered in the elearning programme include:

  • high-level facts and figures about cancer
  • how outcomes for people diagnosed with cancer have improved
  • why cancer can be considered a long-term condition
  • where to access further training, if required

The elearning module takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and forms part of the continuing professional (CPD) for the NHS workforce.

Accessing the elearning

To read more about the background to this elearning programme, please visit the programme page.

This programme will also be available via ESR (Electronic Staff Record) for the NHS health and care workforce.

Your feedback

Your comments are valuable to us, please complete the evaluation survey to let us know what you think about the elearning programme.

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