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Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 47

Posted on: November 15th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Key Messages and links to 11 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

A long-term strategic framework for workforce planning by spring 2022

Earlier this year HEE was commissioned to convene work with leaders, influencers and advocates to co-design and shape a long-term strategic framework for workforce planning by spring 2022.
For the first time ever, this will span health and social care, and will also include regulated professionals working in social care, like social workers, nurses, and occupational therapists.
On 1 November, we were delighted to co-host our first Deliberative Event, to start the conversation with stakeholders. Over 200 senior leaders from across health and social care, as well as representatives from the third sector and those representing people who need and receive care, attended. Read more on the HEE website.

‘This is a crisis now and we need to act now’ Navina Evans pledges HEE’s commitment around a greener NHS in honour of COP26

COP26 is now taking place now in Glasgow until 12 November 2021, and any decisions made could lead to big changes to our everyday lives.
The Greener NHS programme is working with colleagues, hospitals, and our partners to build on the great work that’s been done so far on reducing the impact on public health, and the environment, while also saving money. 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.

COVID Vaccination

Health Education England (HEE) is encouraging all health and care trainees, students and learners, to ensure they have had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine unless they are medically exempt.

This follows the Government announcement that COVID-19 vaccination will be a condition of deployment for all frontline health and social care workers from 1 April 2022. The requirement will apply to all staff, trainees and volunteers who have direct face-to-face contact with people receiving care.

Professor Mark Radford, Chief Nurse, Health Education England is leading HEE’s drive to encourage trainee, learner and student vaccinations which will protect them, their families and the people they may be caring for and enable them to take part in their clinical learning placements.

Over the next few months, more information will be provided for trainees, students or learners who wish to opt not to have the vaccination without medical reasons and for those who are exempt and may require further information on how to continue with placements.

Book your coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccination

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

Multi-Disciplinary Updates

The National Education and Training Survey is now open

The National Education and Training Survey (NETS) is again live. The survey which runs twice a year is the only national survey open to all healthcare trainees and students to give important feedback on their clinical placements. Read more on the HEE website or fill out the survey here.

Launch of latest round of Digital Fellowship in Healthcare is open

Health professionals wanting to lead digital health transformations and innovations in their organisations can apply for the Topol Programme for Digital Fellowships in Healthcare, launched by HEE. For more information about the Topol Digital Fellowship and how to apply visit the HEE website.

Population Health Digital Toolkit launched today for learners

Health and care learners seeking insight and knowledge into population health can access a free resource, launched by Health Education England, to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities.
The Population Health Digital Toolkit provides links to free resources to help learners better understand population health principles, which can contribute to improved health outcomes across health and social care. These resources have been mapped to 11 core curriculum areas and will enable learners to acquire population health competencies in areas such as population health data, health inequalities, population health approaches and behaviour change. Some examples of practical applications of population health approaches are also included. Visit the HEE website to find out more and watch the video.

Population Health Fellowship

The selection process for organisations who would like to host a Population Health Fellow is now open for cohort 3 commencing in September 2022. Applications are open until 30 November 2021. More information and contacts are on the HEE website


Pharmacy Integration Programme

The Pharmacy Integration Programme is investing a further £15.9 million in pharmacy professional career development. This will allow for the expansion of frontline pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in primary and community care, to meet the needs of patients and local communities. Find out more on our website.

Trainee pharmacist foundation year: e-portfolio registration closes 12 December

A record 85% of trainee foundation pharmacists are already set up on the new e-portfolio system. This tool is directly supporting practice-based assessment against the 2021/22 interim learning outcomes set by the General Pharmaceutical Council Standards.

Please ask your trainee foundation pharmacist to complete the HEE survey now to register before the deadline of 12 December 2021.

Access to the e-portfolio is also being rolled out to designated supervisors and education programme directors. Find out more on the Trainee Pharmacist Foundation Year website.

Mental health

New data shows growth in children and young people’s mental health services workforce across England

The mental health workforce supporting children and young people in England has seen a 39% increase in whole time equivalent (WTE) staff since 2018, according to new data1 published by Health Education England on our website.

Award for HEE supported children and young people’s mental health crisis resources

The ‘We Can Talk: Fundamentals of Compassionate Care’ online learning resource, which was commissioned and supported by HEE’s national mental health team, has won a Nursing Times Award in the Emergency and Critical Care category.

Filmed during last year’s lockdown, the online resources were developed and curated with the voices and experiences of young people. By understanding the needs and experiences of young people using this resource, health and care professionals will have improved knowledge and confidence when supporting young people in a mental health crisis.

For more information visit the HEE news pages

Workforce and education initiatives

New Guide to Practice-Based Learning for Allied Health Professional (AHP) Students in Research

This guide shows the possibilities and benefits of offering practice-based learning in research for Allied Health Professional (AHP) students. The ideas and examples show how practice-based learning in research can enable students to achieve their learning outcomes and enhance their professional skills and employability.

Are you effectively mobilising your knowledge?

Enabling the health and care workforce to access and use high-quality evidence and knowledge is fundamental to the delivery of high-quality care.

Each November (#KNOWvember21) NHS knowledge and library specialists take the opportunity to showcase the many ways in which they mobilise evidence and knowledge. During the month the emphasis is on encouraging more people in the NHS to apply and use evidence, build know-how, continue to learn and drive innovation to transform services and improve the quality of healthcare services and healthcare outcomes.

It is also an opportunity for all those in health and care to share and learn from each other. NHS knowledge and library teams are in place to provide individuals, teams and organisations with evidence and knowledge to meet their needs as well as converting this into evidence and knowledge that is easily accessible and digestible to make a real difference to informing healthcare decisions.

Find out more about the broad range of services and resources available

BMJ Best Practice – patient leaflets now app-based

You can now download the BMJ Best Practice app for unlimited access to clinical answers anytime, anywhere. FREE to the NHS in England courtesy of Health Education England: 

BMJ Best Practice has more than 500 patient leaflets that cover over 300 conditions. There is a vast range of information produced to directly support staff to explain a condition or treatment to their patients, covering areas such as cancer screening, hip and knee replacement surgery, HIV, COVID-19 vaccines, contraception methods, anaphylaxis and WHO recommended childhood vaccines.

Benefits of Volunteering Report Released

Health Education England, in partnership with the University of Portsmouth has launched the ‘NHS Employee Volunteers: Implications for Learning, Work and Careers’ qualitative project report.
To compile the report we spoke with volunteers about their experiences of volunteering within the NHS as well as in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector.
The report concludes that the benefits of employer supported volunteering programmes are wide-ranging to the individual, the employer and organisation the volunteer supports. To read the full report click here.

ICS Feedback questionnaire

Following the launch of the second iteration of the Integrated Care System (ICS) statements we are contacting all ICS stakeholders to seek views about the statements, both their content and presentation.
Your feedback will help us to improve the product and consider other qualitative and quantitative measures that we will look to introduce over time.
HEE will now regularly be publishing a Statement for each ICS/STP in England as part of our commitment to being transparent about the investment which we make in the current and future workforce of the NHS. It covers funding for future workforce and for workforce development, which is about 90% of HEE’s total investment.

The questionnaire can be found here or by scanning the following QR code and will be open until 29 November 2021.

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elearning for healthcare

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

HEE Operating Model

Our new Operating Model and Integrated Care System Relationship Guidance are available to view on the HEE website. Our Operating Model has been developed in light of the changes set out in the Health and Care Bill, in particular Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) becoming statutory organisations.

It will help ensure effective collaborative working with ICSs through the relationship between our national and regional teams.


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.

New elearning sessions available for radiographers and radiologists

Posted on: November 11th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

In May 2020, the National Breast Imaging Academy (NBIA), in partnership with Health Education England elearning for healthcare (elfh), launched their elearning programme for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians.

This is the thirteenth update about the programme; the remaining elearning sessions are in development and due to be completed in early 2022.

What’s new?

There are 124 elearning sessions available on the elfh hub.  The most recently added sessions include:

  • Adjuvant Systemic Therapy Part 2
  • Assessment for Responsible Assessors
  • Breast Conserving Surgery
  • Specimen Processing in Pathology
  • The NHS Breast Screening Programme
  • Training and Education in Breast Imaging

Additional sessions will be added to the elearning catalogue as soon as they are ready.

What can I expect from the elearning sessions?

The interactive elearning sessions cover a wide range of topics on breast imaging and relevant aspects of surgery, oncology, pathology, nursing, and risk and prevention.

In addition to the recently added elearning sessions listed above, you can also access:

  • Breaking Bad News
  • Invasive Lobular Carcinoma of the Breast
  • Mammographic Imaging of the Augmented Breast
  • Mentoring and Preceptorship in Radiology
  • Neoadjuvant Systemic Therapy
  • Radiotherapy

What is the NBIA?

For further information about the NBIA please visit:

More information and accessing the sessions

For more information about the programme, including access to the elearning sessions, visit the NBIA programme page.

Please visit the HEE elfh news page and follow @HEE_TEL on Twitter for the latest news about the programme.

New Healthy Weight Coach elearning programme now available

Posted on: November 11th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked with the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities to develop a new elearning programme for health and care professionals to help people living with overweight or obesity.

Healthy Weight Coach has been developed for colleagues working within primary care networks, healthcare practices and pharmacies across England who already engage and interact with people as part of their role and are interested in supporting people who want to prioritise their weight, health and wellbeing.

The resource will help individuals to engage and support people living with overweight or obesity to make positive changes to their health and weight-related behaviours.

The programme comprises the following 8 sessions, which each take between 20 to 30 minutes to complete:

  1. The role of a healthy weight coach
  2. The complexity of weight gain, obesity and weight management
  3. Measuring and assessing a person’s weight
  4. The outcomes associated with overweight, obesity and weight management
  5. Healthy eating, drinking and physical activity
  6. Avoiding weight stigma and challenging biases
  7. Supporting behaviour change
  8. How to communicate effectively

The healthy weight coach is a new, voluntary role and all 8 sessions must be completed in order to become a healthy weight coach.

On completion of the elearning programme, learners will have the skills and confidence to have meaningful conversations to support people to move towards a healthier weight and will be well-placed to signpost or, where appropriate, refer people to weight management services.

For more information and to access the resource, please visit the Healthy Weight Coach programme page.

New section and updates to Breastmilk Provision for Preterm and Sick Neonates now available

Posted on: November 11th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has added a new section on antenatal conversations to the Breastmilk Provision for Preterm and Sick Neonates elearning programme.

The programme is aimed at healthcare professionals involved in the provision of breastmilk for preterm and sick infants such as midwives, neonatal nurses, nursery nurses, nursing associates, maternity healthcare support workers and paediatric staff.

The new section focuses on the importance of supportive, exploratory conversations with parents on feeding choices before birth. On completion of the resource, learners will be able to offer guided conversations on feeding choices and signpost parents to breastfeeding resources and support.

Antenatal Conversations complements the existing 4 sections within the programme which cover:

  • After delivery
  • Starting to express
  • Increasing milk supply
  • Resources

These sections have also been updated with case studies and current evidence-based-practice.

The elearning programme has been developed in partnership with:

  • Thames Valley & Wessex Neonatal Operational Delivery Network (ODN)
  • Southampton, Hampshire Hospitals, IOW and Portsmouth (SHIP) LMNS
  • Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust
  • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  • Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and Frimley Health and Care LMNS
  • Parents from the Thames Valley & Wessex ODN Neonatal Parent Advisory Group.

For more information and to access the resource, please visit the Breastmilk Provision for Preterm and Sick Neonates programme page

New MRI Safety elearning programme now available

Posted on: November 10th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked with key organisations within the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), listed below, to develop a new elearning programme on MRI safety.

Structured around the needs of specific MR safety roles, this new programme explores the hazards associated with the use of MRI equipment and offers guidance on best practice to protect patients and staff.

The MRI Safety elearning includes 5 courses, each linked to a different MR safety role as described in the MHRA guidelines for MRI safety.

  • MR Authorised Person (Non-MR Environment) (coming soon)
  • MR Authorised Person (MR Environment)
  • MR Authorised Person (Supervisor)
  • MRI clinicians (coming soon)
  • Referrers (coming soon)

On completion of the programme, learners will be able to download a certificate of completion and a record of their activity to add to their CPD portfolio.

For more information and to access the new courses, please visit the MRI Safety programme page.

MRI Safety has been developed in partnership with:

  • Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI)
  • British Association of Magnetic Resonance Radiographers (BAMRR)
  • British and Irish Chapter of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (BICISMRM)
  • British Institute of Radiology (BIR)
  • British Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (BSCMR)
  • Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM)
  • Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • MRI safety matters
  • The Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care Society of GB and Ireland (NACCS)
  • Royal College of Radiologists (RCR)
  • Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR)

All Our Health launches new interactive townscape on child oral health

Posted on: November 10th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (formerly Public Health England) to develop an interactive townscape on child oral health within the All Our Health elearning programme.

The townscape provides evidence and guidance to help health and social care professionals to improve child oral health and reduce oral health inequalities in England.  Tooth decay is the most common oral disease affecting children and young people in England, yet it is largely preventable. Just under a quarter of all children in England have experience of tooth decay by the age of age of 5 and tooth extraction is the most common reason for 6 to 10 year olds being admitted to hospital. These children are likely to go on to have a lifetime of poor oral health with associated health and financial costs.

Poor oral health impacts on children and families, tooth decay can lead to pain, affect sleep and the ability to eat, affecting school readiness and absence. In addition, parents or carers may need to take time off work to take their child for treatment.

The townscape takes a place-based approach and features an animated town where health and social care professionals can click on various buildings, such as the town hall, dental surgery and school, to access information and evidence-based resources to inform action to address the poor oral health of the children they come into contact with.

The townscape also signposts the learner to other sources of support such as the NHS website, NHS Start for Life, HENRY’s videos and Change 4 Life top tips for teeth.

It complements the 4 existing townscapes on breastfeeding, smoking in pregnancy, childhood obesity and conception and preconception care.

In addition to the townscapes, there are 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 townscape, please visit the All Our Health programme page.

Population Health Digital Toolkit now available

Posted on: November 2nd, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

The Long Term Conditions and Prevention programme team in Health Education England worked with Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh), to develop a digital toolkit based on the population health curriculum. The toolkit will be useful to anyone working in the wider health and care system in England, who wants to learn about population health.

What is population health?

Population health is an approach aimed at improving the health of an entire population and reducing health inequalities by working together, across communities and partner agencies.

Why should we learn about population health?

It is essential for every healthcare organisation because population health principles have the potential to contribute significantly to improved health outcomes across the health and care system.

COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on many already experiencing disadvantage and health inequalities. The pandemic has highlighted the need for the NHS to increase the scale and pace of action to tackle health inequalities and protect those at greater risk.

Taking a population health approach can help in the recovery from the pandemic and to improve patient access, experiences and the outcomes of those populations in most need.

Who needs to learn about population health?

The toolkit aims to improve the knowledge of the health and care workforces.

How can we learn about population health?

This Population Health Digital Toolkit supports learners by providing links to free resources mapped to 11 core curriculum areas and learning objectives.

Learners may benefit from exploring the learning objectives to identify any gaps in their knowledge and visiting the relevant resources. Each learning objective is supported by an introductory section and reflective questions to help learners link population health to their professional practice.

Accessing the Population Health Digital Toolkit

The toolkit can be accessed by anyone who is registered with elfh.  You can register for an account with any email address on the elfh hub.

Once in the hub, use the search function to find and access the Population Health Digital Toolkit.   If you are already registered, you can access the toolkit directly.

The elearning programme will also be made available in the AICC and ESR (Electronic Staff Record) for the NHS health and care workforce.

You can read more about the toolkit on the programme page.

Late career AHPs supporting practice based learning resource now live

Posted on: November 2nd, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare has worked in partnership with the Health and Care Professions Council and NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop a new elearning programme to provide allied health professionals (AHPs) in their late career with information so they can consider the options that are available to them, rather than leaving the NHS completely.

The resources are also suitable for individuals who have already retired and who may no longer be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

To grow and deliver an AHP workforce that meets the ambitions set out in the NHS People Plan and Long Term Plan, it is essential the knowledge and skills of our late career AHPs are harnessed and provide the opportunity for individuals to leave their legacy.

The programme is made up of two sessions, each taking around 45 minutes to complete with additional activities and resources available for learners.
For more information about the elearning programme, including details on how to access the free resource, visit the elfh website.

Foundation elearning programme update November 2021

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

Good communication skills are key to your success as a doctor. You will need to be able to explain your diagnosis and treatment to patients, and their families, in a professional manner that reassures them and is in terms they will understand.

Available in elearning for healthcare’s Foundation Programme (2021 curriculum) – these sessions cover areas in your curriculum on; FPC 1: Clinical Assessment, FPC 2: Clinical Prioritisation, FPC 3: Holistic Planning, FPC 4: Communication and Care, FPC 5: Continuity of Care, FPC 6: Sharing the Vision, FPC 8: Upholding Values and FPC 11: Ethics and Law:

You can sign in to the elearning with your login supplied by elearning for healthcare at any time during your foundation training.

Horus and Turas have deep links to elearning for healthcare sessions from the Foundation curriculum and therefore accessible to all trainees, making it quicker and easy to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.

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