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Elearning sessions available for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians

Posted on: February 23rd, 2022 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

There are over 135 National Breast Imaging Academy (NBIA) elearning sessions available on the elfh hub. These interactive elearning sessions for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians cover a wide range of topics on breast imaging and relevant aspects of surgery, oncology, pathology, nursing, and risk and prevention.

The latest sessions include Legislation and Guidance and Training and Support for Breast Clinicians. In addition to the recently added elearning sessions listed above, you can also access:

  • Biological Effects of Radiation
  • Maintaining Skin Integrity in Mammography
  • Basic Physics and How Ultrasound Works
  • Ultrasound Artefacts
  • Radiopathological Correlation of the Normal Axilla
  • Multidisciplinary Team-working
  • Mentoring and Preceptorship (Radiography)
  • Assessment Before Risk-reducing Surgery

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

New Digital Clinical Safety elearning is available

Posted on: February 22nd, 2022 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Healthcare provision and delivery within the NHS today is highly dependent on information technology, which includes sophisticated systems and services. Whilst the use of health IT can deliver significant healthcare benefits, failure or unintended use of health IT systems has the potential to introduce hazards and associated patient harm.

An Introduction to Digital Clinical Safety elearning programme

This elearning programme was developed with the NHS Digital Clinical Safety team and aims to support a culture of digital clinical safety across NHS organisations. It is designed to support health and social care organisations and manufacturers of Health IT to ensure that all members of staff within the organisation have an awareness of digital clinical safety.

Those working in clinical and non-clinical roles within and for health and social care organisations will benefit from completing this elearning programme. Learners can expect an interactive learning experience, with questions to assess their knowledge. A certificate will be available to download and print after completing the elearning programme.

You can read more about Digital Clinical Safety on the NHS Digital website.

How to access the elearning

You can learn more about An Introduction to Digital Clinical Safety elearning programme by visiting the programme page .

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

Paramedics supported with free elearning modules

Posted on: February 18th, 2022 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Newly qualified and experienced paramedics can access bitesize elearning sessions across a range of scenarios in the Paramedics elearning programme. Developed by Health Education England elearning for healthcare in partnership with the College of Paramedics, the programme is free to those with an NHS email address. There are 13 modules available, which aim to support those who are new to practice or those wishing to refresh their knowledge in certain areas.

These quick elearning sessions can be accessed on a variety of devices and support continuing professional development. Read more and register for the elearning  programme by visiting the Paramedics programme page.

Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 53

Posted on: February 18th, 2022 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Key Messages and links to 18 February 2022

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

  • Latest message from our Chief Executive
  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news

Weekly messages from HEE

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

Why is global learning so vital

Never has the need for us to recognise and promote ‘global learning’ been starker as we emerge from the single biggest global health crisis that all of us have faced in our lifetimes.  At HEE, as the largest education, training and workforce planning organisation for healthcare in the world, we are in a particular position of influence and our people have unique experience in building and developing the right workforce.

Evidence demonstrates that when a healthcare worker moves into another care system, wherever in the world that is, they learn. Not only do they learn, but they develop skills which are hugely important in the NHS – things like resourcefulness, intercultural skills, resilience and team building. Visit the HEE website to read Navina’s blog in full.

Apprenticeships offer routes into more than 350 NHS careers

Our apprentices make a huge contribution to the delivery of essential services across the NHS in front line clinical and non-clinical roles. Health apprenticeships are continually expanding across all professions at all levels, and include areas such as nursing, advanced clinical practice, senior healthcare support, medical engineering, pharmacy and business administration to name a few.

More than 24,500 apprentices started training in 178 different apprenticeship standards across the NHS, in 2020/21 – a rise of 20% since 2019/20 and the largest ever number per year. Visit the HEE website to read Navina’s blog in full.

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.

Previous guidance from the NHS regarding deployment of NHS staff from 1 April 2022 has now been paused, as explained in a letter issued from the NHS.

To see the full HEE letter, dated 2 February 2022, please visit the HEE website.

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


Advancing Practice stakeholder engagement

HEE is seeking to engage stakeholders on The Centre for Advancing Practice’s approach to multi-professional advanced practice credentials. This is ahead of the Centre’s full credential approval and assurance process being launched in 2022. The exercise runs to 28 February 2022. You can read a briefing document that explains the Centre’s approach, as well as accessing an online platform for providing feedback.


New report published – The F3 phenomenon: exploring a new norm and its implications

Over recent years we have seen an increase in the number of junior doctors choosing to take a break from training following completion of the Foundation Programme. This is often to work in a non-training post and the vast majority have returned to training at a later date. As this new report identifies, there are numerous factors in why doctors choose to take this break, and the reasons are shaped by the interaction between different personal and professional circumstances.

This programme of work, run jointly with the Royal College of Physicians, was commissioned to build our understanding of what has been referred to as “the F3 phenomenon”, and what it means for individual doctors and for postgraduate training. This report confirms what we have observed: taking a break from training post foundation is becoming increasingly common. The increased understanding the report brings will help the HEE Medical Education Reform Programme to ensure doctors are adequately supported in their careers and attracted into training programmes through our work to individualise training and to increase training flexibility. Read the full report here.

Mental health

Virtual Community of Practice of current and aspiring Advanced Practitioners in mental health

Advanced Practitioners in mental health work within a multi-disciplinary team to take a holistic approach to a patient’s care. In 2020 HEE launched its Multi-professional Advanced Practice Mental Health curriculum and capabilities framework and several early adopter sites are now delivering its content.

An Advanced Community of Practice in Mental Health has now been launched. The free to join facility, funded by HEE’s Centre of Advancing Practice is a place where, aspiring, trainee and qualified Advanced Practitioners in mental health can go to get advice, peer support and to share best practice and will offer members the opportunity to influence the development of advanced practice roles. Four virtual events are planned alongside the 24/7 community platform. The Community of Practice is currently in pilot form, for more information, to register for the events and to become a member visit the community of practice website.


Funded places available before March 2022: Independent Prescriber Training

As part of emerging NHS Pharmacy Integration Programme education and training development offers, funded places are available for Independent Prescribing before March 2022.

This is an initial offer for pharmacists who are already in a position to apply and meet the eligibility criteria, and meets the requirement to progress this training as early as possible for community pharmacists and employers who have signalled they are ready to proceed.

For those pharmacists who are not in a position to apply for this offer, we would encourage you to prepare to apply for the main round of funded Independent Prescriber training that will be available from Autumn 2022. Find out more about this offer and eligibility criteria. 

Summer 2023 trainee foundation trainees

A reminder that employer applications are now being invited for the next round of the National Foundation Trainee Pharmacist Recruitment Scheme via Oriel.

Recruitment will take place in September-October 2022 for trainees beginning their Foundation training in Summer 2023. The deadline for employers to register to recruit via the National Recruitment Scheme and submit programme information for the 2023-24 cohort is Tuesday 1 March 2022. More information here

Workforce and education initiatives

HEE publishes roadmap into use of AI in the NHS
We have published the first roadmap to the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the NHS looking at its workforce impact.

The report aims to understand the use of AI and data-driven technologies that currently exist in the healthcare system, the uptake of these new technologies and the impact on the workforce. This specifically looks at how long AI projects will take to implement, how the different types of technology are distributed throughout the health service, what clinical areas are using AI and which parts of the workforce use AI the most. Find out more on the HEE website.

Refugee and asylum seeker healthcare professionals’ experiences of working in the NHS

A new research project aims to investigate the challenges which refugees and asylum seeker healthcare professionals (RASHPs) face when entering and working in the NHS. HEE is inviting any health professional in the UK who is currently, or has previously, held refugee and asylum seeker status to complete a short survey on their NHS transition or working experiences. The survey can be found here and closes on 28 February 2022.

Healthcare Science Week 14 to 20 March 2022

Healthcare Science Week is an annual week of celebration and awareness-raising for the many careers in healthcare science and gives us the opportunity to promote the amazing work of healthcare science professionals and highlight the difference they make to patients’ lives. Healthcare Science Week will take place 14 to 20 March 2022.

You can help us celebrate HCS Week by joining the conversation throughout the week on social media, using the hashtag #HCSWeek2022 and following us @NSHCS – please retweet and like our posts throughout the week. If you know anyone who works in a healthcare science profession, either personally or professionally, then celebrate their work with a social media message post of your own. Please remember to include the hashtag #HCSWeek2022.

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.

New elearning supports the requesting of blood components in emergencies

Posted on: February 17th, 2022 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

The Blood Component Use in Major Haemorrhage elearning programme was developed by Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) with NHS Blood and Transplant. It aims to support healthcare professionals who request and administer blood components in an emergency, including laboratory staff.

About the elearning session

There are 3 modules in the elearning programme, which explore the key components of a major haemorrhage protocol and appropriate use of blood components in an emergency. They identify the role you might play, whether you are clinical or lab based. The principles of initial empirical and targeted use of plasma components in major haemorrhage are also explained.

The modules also provide an opportunity to compare the features and management of major haemorrhage in different clinical scenarios, including trauma, medical, obstetric and understand the laboratory steps for issuing blood components in an emergency situation.

It is advised to complete all 3 modules to gain a thorough understanding of the blood requesting process. Modules take approximately 20 minutes to complete and certificates are available to download on completion of each module.

Accessing the elearning

To read more about the Blood Component Use in Major Haemorrhage elearning programme, please visit the programme page.

New FeNO in Asthma elearning is available

Posted on: February 16th, 2022 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

New FeNO in Asthma elearning is available

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 new elearning modules, focused on FeNO in Asthma. Although developed for primary care professionals, other healthcare professionals may find the modules 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 new elearning module

The new module 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.

An existing, introductory module 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.

More information

Healthcare professionals who are interested in the FeNO elearning modules can learn about them from a clinical champion in the virtual FeNO Learning Collaborative on Tuesday 15 March. Hosted by Wessex AHSN, read about the event and register for a place now.

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

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

Access the elearning

You can read more about the FeNO elearning modules, including how to access them, by visiting the programme page.

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

Social Prescribing and the Armed Forces Community module now available

Posted on: February 10th, 2022 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new elearning module to support the health of the armed forces community (AFC) has now been added to Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh)’s Social Prescribing – Learning for Link Workers programme.

Social Prescribing and the Armed Forces Community is designed to enhance social prescribing link workers (SPLWs)’s support for current serving personnel, veterans and their families. While many aspects of their health needs are the same as other members of society, there are sometimes significant differences from other patients, particularly conditions related to life in the forces, and the overall impact of military life on the family.

This module – developed in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement – provides an overview of the unique challenges of service life and how SPLWs can support this community. On completion of the module, learners will gain new skills such as:

  • gaining knowledge of the key legislation and policies in relation to the AFC
  • identifying a range of services and what they offer to the AFC
  • reflecting on social prescribing processes from own and client perspectives and evaluate implications for the AFC

It also includes sources of further information and support. Primarily this module is aimed at SPLWs but may also be of interest to anyone supporting members of the AFC.

The module has been developed as part of a 2 year demonstrator funded by NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Armed Forces Health Team, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust and supported by Northumbria University – The Northern Hub for Veterans and Families Research and the South West Integrated Personalised Care Team.

For more information and to access the module, please visit the Social Prescribing – Learning for Link Workers programme page.

Dermatology elearning sessions now updated

Posted on: February 8th, 2022 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked with the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) to update 17 existing sessions within the e-dermatology elearning programme.

The updated sessions, which cover a range of dermatological issues such as dermatopathology, genital disorders, contact dermatitis and inflammatory dermatoses, now include further resources about skin of colour and updated information from the field of dermatology, including mapping to the new curriculum.

Each session takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and learners will gain a greater understanding and specialist training in dermatology from accessing the resources.

e-dermatology launched in 2010 and features 160 sessions covering a range of key topic areas. Since 2017, there have been up to 35,000 session launches per year with elearning on psoriasis, eczema, melanoma and other skin cancers particularly popular with learners.

For more information and to access the newly updated sessions, please visit the e-dermatology programme page.

New Environmental Sustainability elearning session available

Posted on: February 7th, 2022 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

The Environmentally Sustainable Healthcare (ESH) programme was developed with the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and the HEE Northeast Faculty of Sustainable Healthcare to provide the NHS healthcare workforce with the knowledge and skills to deliver healthcare for financial, social and environmental sustainability.

About the elearning session

An Environmental Sustainability in Quality Improvement elearning session is now available, which aims to support learners in recognising sustainability as a domain of quality, describe how sustainability adds value to each step of a QI process, identify the steps for embedding sustainability into quality improvement and identify appropriate resources for undertaking a sustainable quality improvement project.

The session takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and follows on from the Building a Net Zero NHS session, which provides an introduction to environmentally sustainable healthcare. Certificates are available to download on completion of each session.

Accessing the elearning

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

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