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TEL News November 2021

Posted on: November 30th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

This month’s edition includes details of an Digital Transformation award win for the elfh team and an update on the ASPiH 2021 conference. There is also information about new elearning programmes including the role of the Caldicott Guardian and MRI safety.

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HEE’s TEL team scoop award for COVID-19 vaccination work

Posted on: November 30th, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England’s elearning for healthcare (elfh) team won the Digital Transformation award at last week’s GovNews Direct Smarter Working Live Awards for their work on the COVID-19 vaccination elearning programme.

The team, in partnership with the UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England) and NHS England and NHS Improvement developed the core digital theory training for all COVID-19 vaccinators in England.

Every vaccinator in England has completed the elfh COVID-19 vaccination elearning programme meaning the resource has played a fundamental role in the success of the roll out of the vaccination programme.  To date there have been more than 2.7million session launches of the elearning programme.

Dr Neil Ralph, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning, Health Education England said: “I am absolutely delighted that the team’s work has been recognised for its contribution to the COVID-19 response.  They worked tirelessly to ensure the COVID-19 vaccination programme was the best it could be, in a very short time frame and is testament to the expertise, passion and commitment we have in the elearning for healthcare team.”

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SCRIPT – supporting safer prescribing practices by ambulance services

Posted on: November 30th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

The SCRIPT elearning programme for ambulance service staff comprises of 59 modules in 11 categories, covering a range of topics relating to prescribing and medicines safety in primary and secondary care.

SCRIPT Ambulance Services categories include:

  • Advanced prescribing
  • Clinical governance
  • Managing the risks of prescribing
  • Prescribing in medical emergencies
  • Prescribing in special circumstances
  • Principles of prescribing
  • Therapeutic groups

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 programmes?

  • Safer prescribing
    SCRIPT enhances prescribing and therapeutics knowledge among ambulance service staff, 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 or address.

How do I access the elearning?

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

Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 48

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

Key Messages and links to 25 November 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s regular stakeholder bulletin. In this bulletin we will provide:

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

Chief Executive updates

Creating a single, better organisation with workforce right at its heart
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has announced his decision that HEE will merge with NHS England and NHS Improvement to create a single, better organisation with workforce right at its heart.

HEE has long argued that the NHS needs to better align service, financial and workforce planning. This move means those systems will be integrated at national, regional and ICS levels, simplifying the national leadership of the NHS and creating greater synergy around the People Plan, education and training, our reform programme, and workforce transformation.

This will help us to better support colleagues to recruit the health professionals they need to deliver exceptional patient care, both now and in the future. The power to make this merger happen is currently working its way through Parliament as part of the Health and Care Bill so is subject to Parliament’s approval of that measure, expected in Summer 2022. Read more on the HEE website.

Doing the right thing isn’t always easy
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the extent of health inequalities even more starkly and has emphasised the need for us to improve fairness for everyone. This means ensuring we address ongoing health inequalities by investing the money we have in ways that best meet patient needs.

Our duty to patients, taxpayers and our NHS people is to ensure education and training funds are used effectively and distributed fairly in relation to patient need. Across the NHS, this means we must have open and honest conversations, based on evidence about effectiveness, outcomes, and value for money, about how this money is currently spent and whether it can be spent better. Read more on the HEE website.

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.

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

Multi-Disciplinary Updates

Support available for disabled Health Professionals: ‘Find Your Way’ this Disability History Month
If you’re disabled, or have a disability, learning difference, or long-term health illness, including long-term effects of COVID-19 and mental health conditions, you have access to additional support. The process of applying for, and accessing, the support disabled people deserve can feel a little confusing and overwhelming. In partnership with HEE, the Find Your Way guide has broken down the process, so users know exactly to access the support.


Record number of 4,000 GPs accepted on training placements
A record number of new trainees have accepted placements to become GPs. More than 4,000 new recruits have accepted places to begin specialist general practice training in 2021/ 22. Read more on the HEE website.


HEE trainee foundation pharmacist assessment strategy
A new edition of the HEE Trainee foundation pharmacist assessment strategy is available to download from the Trainee pharmacist foundation year website. Please continue to send your feedback to

e-portfolio orientation workshops
Join our November and December online orientation workshops for trainee foundation pharmacists, designated supervisors, and educational leads. There is no sign-up process. Check our website for Teams meeting details and click the link to join on the day. Please note that the trainee e-portfolio registration closes 12 December. Encourage your trainees to complete the HEE survey now to register.

Trainee wellbeing
As part of our support for trainee foundation pharmacists, we have curated a range of resources on our website to support foundation learning and development throughout the year. This month we are highlighting the Personal Wellbeing section of our Personal development and progression resources webpage. Please share any feedback on these resources with the team at

Mental health

Updated statement on funding for psychological professions training programmes
Since our published statements in September, HEE has released an updated statement with FAQs regarding the psychological professions training policy change.
This update confirms HEE will still implement a policy change for future eligibility on NHS funding specific psychological professions’ training programmes for individuals who wish to undertake more than one NHS-funded training. It updates the list of training programmes that will be affected and answers common questions asked throughout the stakeholder engagement activity. If you have any questions you can email

Workforce and education initiatives

New workforce redesign tools to support ICSs
HEE has launched two new resources to support systems with their workforce redesign efforts: the Roles Explorer, a collection of resources for use when introducing new roles to inspire design of optimum skill mix, and the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) toolkit to support building and developing teams across professional groups and system structures.

Healthcare Support Worker Development Roadmap Launched
We have launched a learning and development roadmap for healthcare support workers (HCSW), educators and managers – which can help them identify learning and development goals and help improve their skills in order to deliver the best possible patient care. Access the road map here.

The roadmap brings together sources of information and resources to help HCSWs explore their own skills and support them with your ongoing learning and development. The roadmap is designed also to support educators and managers to have learning, development, and career conversations with their HCSW workforce. It contains tools to support these conversations and information about the training and professional development opportunities available for HCSWs.

Work Experience Leeds Deep Dive Research
We have worked with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) on research relating to the breadth and variety of work experience by speaking to those working in the trust. The research findings have now been published alongside HEE’s own recently published Future of Healthcare Work Experience Discover Report.

To view the research findings and the Future of Healthcare Work Experience Discover Report, visit the HEE website.

Initial findings from the economic evaluation of CLEAR published
Initial findings from the first independent economic evaluation of CLEAR show that HEE’s clinically-led national transformation programme is cost-effective, encourages retention and is more likely to deliver results than other complex change projects. CLEAR is a work-based learning programme that is sponsored by Health Education England, hosted by East Lancashire NHS Trust and delivered by 33n, a team of NHS clinicians, data engineers and scientists. Find out more about the economic evaluation of CLEAR on the CLEAR website.

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.

MindEd Blue Light modules available in the Paramedics elearning programme

Posted on: November 25th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

MindEd is a free educational resource for mental health support and its “Blue Light” modules are now available in the Paramedics elearning programme. The resource aims to enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of emergency responders, who experience stress and trauma as a result of their jobs.

Blue Light modules include:

  • Top Tips for Blue Light Managers and Team Leaders
  • Top Tips for Blue Light Team Members
  • Blue Light Services Building Staff Psychosocial Resilience and Wellbeing

Learn more about the top tips, by visiting the Top Tips for Blue Light Staff page in the MindEd website.

The Blue Light Services Building Staff Psychosocial Resilience and Wellbeing resource was developed to help learners identify colleagues who are struggling, and offer advice to better support one another and manage early distress.

Blue Light modules were written by leading experts from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, in collaboration with the College of Paramedics and representatives from the Police and Fire Services.

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 FeNO in Asthma elearning programme is available

Posted on: November 24th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare worked in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, Accelerated Access Collaborative, Wessex AHSN Network, and the Office for Life Sciences to develop a new elearning programme, focused on FeNO in Asthma. Although developed for primary care professionals, other healthcare professionals may find the programme useful.

What is FeNO?

FeNO (Fractional exhaled nitric oxide), is a test for measuring the amount of nitric oxide in the exhaled breath of patients. The results of the test can help with the diagnosis of asthma, by showing the level of inflammation in the lungs. A patient’s FeNO level helps improve the accuracy of asthma diagnosis and helps indicate which medications will work best for them.

About the elearning module

This programme aims to improve the learner’s understanding of FeNO, how the test is performed and appropriate language to use when talking about FeNO with patients.

A second FeNO elearning module is being developed and due to be released in December 2021. It focuses on the interpretation of FeNO, providing an enhanced description of what FeNO is and how it can be used in the diagnosis of asthma, with case examples, covering a spectrum of clinical scenarios.

More information

For further details on the AAC FeNO programme, visit the NHS England website.

To access the FeNO deployment toolkit, visit the Wessex ASHN website.

Access the elearning

You can read more about the FeNO elearning module on the programme page.

If you wish to leave feedback on this elearning module, please complete the evaluation survey.

New elearning programme on the role of the Caldicott Guardian now available

Posted on: November 24th, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with the National Data Guardian and the UK Caldicott Guardian Council to develop a new elearning programme for Caldicott Guardians, and those with an interest in finding out more about the role Caldicott Guardians play in keeping people’s health and social care data safe, and ensuring it is used appropriately.

The aim of this elearning session “sharing information and protecting confidentiality in health and care” is to raise awareness and inform a broad range of staff from across health and social care of the importance of Caldicott Guardians and confidentiality in their setting, organisation, or sector. The learning is for staff working in the NHS, adult social care, local authorities and private sector partners.

Two additional sessions, one for new or existing Caldicott Guardians and one for senior staff who may need to appoint or support a Caldicott Guardian will be available soon.

In August 2021, the National Data Guardian published guidance about the appointment, role and responsibilities of Caldicott Guardians. It introduced a formal requirement that increases the type and number of organisations who need to appoint a Caldicott Guardian. This elearning is intended to support those implementing the guidance who may need to understand more about the role. Read more about the NDG guidance and who it applies to.

For more information about the Role of the Caldicott Guardian elearning programme, including details on how to access the free resource, visit the HEE elearning for healthcare website.

All Our Health’s new townscape on contraception and preconception care

Posted on: November 18th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked with the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (formerly Public Health England) to develop an interactive townscape on contraception and preconception care within the All Our Health elearning programme.

The townscape provides advice and guidance for health and care professionals to help women, young people and families with different aspects of their pregnancy planning and prevention.

It takes a place-based approach to consider what action can be taken on this public health issue and features an animated town where learners can click on various buildings, such as the GP surgery and school, to access support on topics such as contraception, sexually transmitted infections, fertility and pregnancy.

The townscape also signposts the learner to other sources of support such as the Family Nurse Partnership and sexual health charities.

It complements 4 existing townscapes on breastfeeding, smoking in pregnancy and childhood obesity and child oral health plus 26 bite sized elearning sessions which cover a range of public health topics including early adolescence, immunisation and physical activity.

For more information and to access the resource, please visit the townscape. To access the other sessions and townscapes, please visit the All Our Health programme page.

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