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Help beat heart disease with new online training sessions

Posted on: September 28th, 2022 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

World Heart Day (29 September) is an opportunity for everyone to consider how to beat cardiovascular disease, and we are using it to highlight 3 new sessions that are available within our Heart Failure and Heart Valve Disease elearning programme.

The new sessions have content relevant to both primary and secondary care, including:

  • secondary care management of heart failure
  • cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation
  • transforming heart failure care across your Primary Care Network.

The sessions have been developed by Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) and NHS England, in partnership with Mid Hampshire and Southampton Community Cardiology Services, University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust and Kings College NHS Trust.

Around 7.4 million people in the UK are living with heart and circulatory diseases. This figure is expected to rise as we see an ageing population, improved survival of people with existing heart diseases, and the prevalence of comorbidities.

Our new elearning sessions seek to support healthcare teams to manage increased pressure on services, and provides training on areas including early diagnosis, reducing hospital re-admissions, and standardising and embedding high-quality care processes across Primary Care Networks.

Alongside the new content, existing sessions within the programme include:

  • An Introduction to Heart Failure and Valve Disease
  • How to Diagnose Heart Failure and Key Issues in an Echo Report
  • How to Optimise Management of Heart Failure in Primary Care
  • Heart Valve Disease – Introduction
  • Heart Valve Disease – Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care
  • Heart Valve Disease – Treatment and Follow Up
  • Heart Valve Disease – Endocarditis

Each session takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and there are assessments on key learning points. Learners may download a certificate on completion of each session, to evidence professional development.

An evaluation survey is also available to capture feedback on these sessions.

Accessing the elearning

You can access the elearning via the Heart Failure and Heart Valve Disease programme page.

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

New induction programme for international medical graduates now available

Posted on: September 27th, 2022 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

The NHS Induction Programme for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) provides guidance for Trusts on how to welcome IMGs to the UK. The overarching aim is to ensure a standardised supportive induction for doctors who are new to UK practice.

The elearning session, developed in partnership with NHS England and Improvement, is aimed at IMGs and outlines expectations regarding their induction into the NHS.

By completing the session, learners will:

  • recognise how a comprehensive induction for IMGs is essential for wellbeing, sense of inclusion and career progression
  • discover the information, resources and support IMGs can expect their employing Trust to offer them and their families before and after they arrive in the UK
  • consider some potential challenges for a doctor moving into a new linguistic, cultural and professional environment
  • reflect on personal and professional learning needs and identify ways to meet these
  • locate additional learning resources

This programme will be accompanied by a guidance document aimed at Trusts including HR directors and medical directors and coves the contents of the indicative programme including:

  • Introduction
  • Welcome and pastoral induction
  • Professional practice induction
  • Language and communication
  • IT systems induction

For more information and to access the programme, please visit the NHS Induction Programme for International Medical Graduates webpage.


New resource supports community pharmacy to help identify possible cancer symptoms

Posted on: September 23rd, 2022 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new elearning programme to help community pharmacists identify and respond to patients’ possible cancer symptoms is now available on Health Education England elearning for healthcare’s (HEE elfh) Hub.

The NHS Long-Term Plan sets out a new ambition that, by 2028, the proportion of cancers diagnosed at stages 1 and 2 will rise from around half now to 3 quarters of cancer patients. Achieving this will mean that, from 2028, 55,000 more people each year will survive their cancer for at least 5 years after diagnosis.

Let’s Communicate Cancer focuses on the contribution of community pharmacy to the early diagnosis of cancer, where patients come to the pharmacy for help in managing symptoms that they do not realise may be cancer, such as diarrhoea or a long-standing cough. Pharmacies can advise when it might be something more serious and where it is best to get them checked out.

The programme, developed by the British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA), features 4 modules which cover the following topics:

  • early diagnosis and prevention
  • what is cancer?
  • treatment for cancer
  • supporting your patients with cancer

There is also a resource bank within the programme which features links to some lead cancer organisations such as British Oncology Pharmacy Association, Cancer Research UK and Macmillan, published articles and posters, and cancer campaign materials and several quizzes to test learners’ knowledge.

On completion of the programme, learners will be more familiar and aware of symptoms that may be suggestive of cancer and understand how lifestyle factors contribute to cancer. The programme also provides useful hints and tips to support conversations with patients, encouraging referral to the GP where appropriate.

For more information and to access the resource, please visit the Let’s Communicate Cancer programme page.

Updated and refreshed Five Ways to Wellbeing module

Posted on: September 21st, 2022 by Rebecca Tinnion No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) in partnership with the HEE Long Term Conditions and Prevention programme team are delighted to relaunch the Five Ways to Wellbeing module on the Making Every Contact Count (MECC) programme page.

Five Ways to Wellbeing is a standardised framework, containing a set of evidence-based actions to help improve people’s wellbeing. Originally developed in 2008 by the New Economics Foundation (NEF), Five Ways to Wellbeing is part of the wider MECC approach and encourages individuals to improve their physical and mental health and wellbeing through five acts:

  1. connect
  2. be active
  3. keep learning
  4. give
  5. take notice

Individuals who work across health, care, local authority, and emergency services may recognise the Five Ways to Wellbeing framework for public health intervention.
This elearning module is designed to provide information on Five Ways to Wellbeing and support learners to use their public facing roles to improve population mental and physical health and wellbeing.

The recent update includes the addition of new case studies, and a wider review of content to ensure the elearning reflects latest policy and clinical practice.

Inspiring wellbeing through five simple steps, this module underpins existing MECC approaches by highlighting the importance of everyday interactions. On completion of the module, learners should be able to define the term “wellbeing” and appreciate the links between wellbeing and health.  Learners should also feel confident about using the Five Ways to Wellbeing framework to support their practice of MECC.

To access more information about MECC, including the recently updated Five Ways to Wellbeing module, please visit the Making Every Contact Count programme page.

Assessment and treatment of acute conditions: Foundation elearning programme update (September 2022)

Posted on: September 1st, 2022 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

Welcome to your September 2022 update from the Foundation elearning programme. This month focuses on the assessment and treatment of people who are acutely unwell.

The Foundation elearning programme has been developed specifically for Foundation doctors by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in partnership with Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh), and is approved by the UK Foundation Programme (UKFPO).

The sessions listed below cover key 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

The sessions can be used to enhance your competency in the assessment and management of a patient’s fluid status, the presentation and management of sepsis, and arterial blood gas sampling and interpretation.


The Foundation programme has a range of other sessions that might help you. Please log in to the programme page to view more.

You can sign on 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 are therefore accessible to all trainees, making it quicker and easier to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.

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