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Final 2 sessions complete National Breast Imaging Academy programme

Posted on: December 16th, 2022 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

The National Breast Imaging Academy (NBIA) elearning programme has recently been updated with 2 new sessions which complete an extensive suite of training resources for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians.

The latest sessions, on invasive ductal carcinoma and malignant disease in the axilla, mark the culmination of the extensive Academy Online programme which is a key element of the national strategy to address the major workforce shortages across breast imaging. It provides free, easy to access training resources for all practitioners involved in breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment.

The collection of interactive elearning sessions in the programme cover topics ranging from mammographic interpretation and interventional skills to breast surgery and risk and prevention. A new vlog introduced by Dr Simon Lowes, Joint Radiology Subject Lead at the NBIA, gives a brief overview of the programme.

To date there have been more than 47,000 session launches, with over 21,000 hours of learning spent on the programme.

Dr Megan Bydder, Academy Online Clinical Lead and Consultant Breast Radiologist at Wythenshawe Hospital, part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, commented:

“We’re incredibly proud of the collaboration and hard work that has created the Academy Online resources. Around 200 expert authors and editors across the country have enthusiastically shared their knowledge and expertise to deliver this valuable resource – which will be reviewed and updated on a rolling basis. The sessions have been extremely well received by trainees, trainers and qualified practitioners.

“For trainees undergoing formal training programmes such as the Mammography Associate apprenticeship, postgraduate mammography training, the breast clinician credential and the national breast radiology fellowship, the sessions have become a valuable part of their training. This was particularly the case when face to face teaching had to become virtual during the pandemic.

“Qualified practitioners are also using the resources for CPD and to enhance their knowledge and skills. They can access the sessions at any time, to fit their working schedule and training requirements.”

For more information and to access the sessions, please visit the National Breast Imaging Academy (NBIA) programme page.

New pelvic mesh complications elearning for GPs

Posted on: December 15th, 2022 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new programme to help GPs better understand pelvic mesh complications is now available through Health Education England elearning for healthcare.

For many women mesh surgery is trouble-free and leads to improvements in their condition. However, this is not the case for all and some women have experienced complications.

This resource has therefore been developed to aid GPs’ awareness and understanding of pelvic mesh, their potential complications and the associated symptoms women experience such as irregular vaginal bleeding and pelvic pain.

Developed in partnership with the British Society of Urogynaecology, NHS England and Improvement and the British Association of Urological Surgeons, the programme features topics including an introduction to pelvic floor disorders in women, a history of pelvic mesh in the UK and information on the patient referral process to specialist mesh centres.

Once completed, learners will develop sound knowledge of the care options available to women suffering from pelvic mesh complications and will gain confidence to support women, ensuring they are assessed and referred to specialist services.

For more information and to access the resource, please visit the Pelvic Mesh Complications programme page.

You can watch an introduction about the programme here.

Critical appraisal elearning now available

Posted on: December 14th, 2022 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

We have worked with NHS Knowledge for Healthcare Learning Academy to launch a new elearning programme on critical appraisal.

Critical appraisal skills are essential tools for all healthcare professionals, clinical and non-clinical, and are invaluable at every step of research evaluation.

The Critically Appraising the Evidence Base elearning programme aims to guide staff and learners across health and care in using appropriate appraisal skills and techniques when reviewing evidence.

The 1st session – Introduction to Critical Appraisal – is now available to access and 7 other sessions will be available soon. By the end of the programme, learners will understand why critical appraisal is important for study, research and professional development.

For more information and to access the resource, please visit the Critically Appraising the Evidence Base programme page.

New social care information sharing session now available

Posted on: December 14th, 2022 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked with NHS Transformation Directorate to develop a new elearning session to help social care staff better understand the principles of sharing information.

Social care professionals have a legal duty to share information to support individual care. It helps them to make informed decisions, ensures that people receive safe care, enables the smooth transition of people between different care settings and enhances the effectiveness and efficiency of the service.

The Information Sharing programme is aimed at colleagues who work in social care settings and their supervisors who have responsibility for managing and/or sharing personal information.

The resource will help learners to understand the principles behind information sharing, show them how to apply the principles in practice and build confidence in using and sharing information.

At the end of the session learners will be able to explain the key principles to consider when deciding whether to share information and identify the circumstances in which staff should seek further advice.

For more information and to access the programme, please visit the Information Sharing session.

New breast awareness elearning now available

Posted on: December 6th, 2022 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new elearning course to help healthcare professionals promote breast awareness messaging is now available to access on the Health Education England elearning for healthcare Hub.

Developed by leading breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel! the course provides information on delivering breast cancer education and health promotion. It enables healthcare professionals, including nurses, GPs and midwives, to highlight the importance of regular breast checking, particularly in younger people who may not be aware of their risk of developing breast cancer.

The module includes which cover key topics such as describing signs and symptoms, exposing common breast cancer myths vs facts, recognising when to make referrals and signposting to key resources.

For more information and to access the course, please visit the Breast Awareness for Healthcare Professionals programme page.

Stress and mental health: Foundation update (December 2022)

Posted on: December 5th, 2022 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

Welcome to your December 2022 update from the Foundation elearning programme. This month focuses on stress and mental health.

All doctors feel stress at some time in their working lives. How do you recognise it in yourself and/or in your colleagues? What are your options to deal with it? The following sessions contain information that can support you, along with highlighting implications on patient safety.


The sessions cover key areas in your curriculum on:

FPC 4: Communication and Care

FPC 5: Continuity of Care

FPC 6: Sharing the Vision

FPC 7: Fitness to Practise

FPC 8: Upholding Values

FPC 11: Ethics and Law

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 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.

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

The importance of a conversation: internet safety, suicide and self-harm

Posted on: December 5th, 2022 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

Proudly supporting the Samaritans’ internet safety guidance for practitioners, we are urging anyone who provides support around suicide and self-harm (across health, social care and the volunteer community) to learn how to have a meaningful conversation about safe internet use. 

The internet plays a big part in many people’s lives and can often be an important source of support and information. However, some online activity can be harmful and act to exacerbate thoughts and behaviours around suicide or self-harm. It is important that the role of the internet is not overlooked when supporting a person experiencing feelings around these issues. 

A new elearning resource, developed by Samaritans in partnership with Health Education England elearning for healthcare, will assist anybody who provides support around suicide and self-harm to have vital conversations about online safety. 

The training links to the wider work of the Samaritans’ Online Excellence Programme, which aims to create a suicide-safer internet for everyone, while making sure the support the internet provides remains available.

Discussing why it is important to ask people about this issue, a person with lived experience explained: “If they didn’t ask me, I would never talk about my online use. By asking, it would stop me feeling so embarrassed.” 

Talking about the experiences a person has on the internet can also help you to better understand their wider support needs. Through these conversations you can support them to stay safe and have more positive experiences online. 

Samaritans believe that it is important to increase the support available to users who engage with content about suicide and self-harm online, and so the charity has created these internet safety resources and guidance for individuals, parents and practitioners.

The information within the elearning has been developed following engagement with over 200 practitioners, including mental health nurses, GPs and counsellors. The messaging and content was also co-designed with people with lived experience of internet use relating to suicide and self-harm.  

The course is relevant to anyone who provides support around suicide and self-harm and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. By the end you will know:  

  • what people do online, and the potential risks and benefits of exploring suicide and self-harm online 
  • how to ask the people you support about their internet use 
  • what advice you can give to help people to stay safe and have positive experiences online. 

Accessing the elearning 

You can access the Internet Safety, Suicide and Self-Harm elearning programme via the programme page 

TEL News November 2022

Posted on: December 1st, 2022 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

This month’s edition includes details of user feedback on the Virtual Hybrid Learning Faculty Community of Practice, a new practice educator training programme on the Learning Hub, plus new elearning programmes including the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism.

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