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New elearning modules to boost patient safety

Posted on: June 29th, 2023 by Vanessa Bassnett No Comments

No matter what your role or where you work, an understanding of the essentials for patient safety is important because we all have a role to play in supporting the NHS in keeping patients safe.

Colleagues across NHS England can now complete new patient safety training modules to learn about how and why patient safety incidents happen, and what we should consider in our own roles to support the NHS to improve safety. In response to feedback from users, updates to the patient safety syllabus training include improved usability, interactivity, and navigation and a certificate of completion. There are also five new sector specific patient safety case studies covering good practice, human factors, risk, systems thinking and safety culture in the following areas: Mental Health, Maternity, Management and administration, Primary Care and Acute Care.

The new modules support all colleagues, not just those who provide direct care to patients, as everyone can have an impact on patient safety through their decisions and actions. All of our roles in health and care, from office based to hands on care, impact in some way on the safety of patients. That is why it is important that we embed patient safety in everything we do.

The training has been introduced as part of the National Patient Safety Syllabus, with an aim that the entire NHS workforce understands how we all support patient safety, and consider this in their roles, no matter where they work.

Level 1 and 2 of the updated Patient Safety Syllabus training are available on ESR, Local Management Systems, and e-learning for healthcare.

Accessing the elearning

You can access the elearning here: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/patient-safety-syllabus-training/

Get in contact with the programme: patientsafety@hee.nhs.uk

Big reception for new Carbon Literacy for Healthcare training

Posted on: June 27th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

The launch event for our new Carbon Literacy for Healthcare training pathway had a fantastic turn out this month, showcasing just how much carbon literacy is needed across healthcare.

The exciting new learning pathway has been developed in collaboration with the Carbon Literacy Project and Greener NHS, and will allow carbon literacy to become more accessible for NHS staff across all roles. The training is split into 2 steps:

  1. an elearning comprising 5 modules that cover climate science and impacts and policy, before focusing on climate change and health and effective climate communication
  2. in-person or online half-day workshop, with a few short home-based tasks. The workshop will focus on practical emission-saving actions in your workplace setting and will be personalised to your organisation and/or workforce group.

If you are interested in becoming Carbon Literate, initial workshops from WRM are available to book – and Greener NHS has kindly pre-funded some workshop places, making your accreditation free! These spaces are limited so we encourage you to book on now.

Based on feedback from sector trainers who found it challenging for healthcare employees to attend full-day live training sessions, this two-stage approach has been developed. The pathway allows learners to complete the initial three hours of their training at their own pace through elearning, conveniently fitting it into their working schedule. After finishing the online portion, learners will participate in a half-day workshop session to complete their training and gain accreditation to become Carbon Literate.

Here’s what Greener NHS had to say:

“The course will ensure healthcare staff can understand the ways in which climate change poses a major threat to our health as well as our planet. Alongside building the skills and knowledge needed to understand how to take action to help the NHS reach carbon net zero. In addition, it will empower health and care staff to effectively communicate the links between climate change and health to their patients, service users and communities, encouraging them to use lower carbon alternatives where clinically appropriate.”

Here’s what Dr Nick Watts, Chief Sustainability Officer at NHS England had to say about our newest offer:

“It is no surprise that efforts to reduce the NHS carbon footprint are being driven from the ground up. We know as health professionals that the links between climate change and health are starkly clear, and NHS staff overwhelming support our net zero ambition. This new Carbon Literacy course will enable us to upskill the health and care workforce and continue to deliver high-quality healthcare now and for future generations. It will provide learners with accessible training to improve knowledge and skills on how to implement net zero solutions in their everyday practice, whatever their role.”

Recording of launch event

You can find the recording from the launch event on the Carbon Literacy Project YouTube channel, where we hear from guest speakers Peter May and Matthew Sawyer and discuss its importance for NHS organisations.

Accessing training

To find out more and access the training, visit the Carbon Literacy for Healthcare training page.

Personalised maternity care elearning now available

Posted on: June 27th, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

An elearning programme about personalised care and support planning in maternity services is now available to access for free on the NHS Learning Hub.

The programme, which was produced by the Personalised Care Institute, takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and discusses how healthcare professionals can support women to make safe and informed decisions during their antenatal care and delivery.

Using a case-based approach, it discusses consultation skills and methods which midwives and maternity staff can use, as well as the IDecide tool.
For more information and to access the resource, please visit the Choice and Personalised Care in Maternity Services programme page.

Updates to our Clinical Imaging elearning programme

Posted on: June 26th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

Dorothy Keane, Clinical Lead at the Society of Radiographers, gives a brief overview of several updates that have been made to our Clinical Imaging elearning programme. The online training is free to access for healthcare staff and is the ideal resource to support all imaging staff.

To find out more and access the training, visit the Clinical Imaging programme page.

Nasogastric Tube Placement

In 2017, Clinical Imaging developed 2 sessions which covered the main principles of correctly identifying a nasogastric (NG) tube position on a chest radiograph. The sessions were authored by Natasha Hayes who is a radiographer at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

In April 2023, Natasha kindly reviewed and updated the sessions to include recent data and guidelines from a range of organisations including the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) and the NHS Never Events data.

Natasha has also increased the number of chest radiographs in the Self Evaluation section to further test your knowledge on identifying correct placement of NG tubes. A big thank you to everyone involved.

Paediatric Imaging

The paediatric sessions in Clinical Imaging have recently been reviewed and updated. The sessions cover the appendicular and axial skeleton and focus on trauma, however common pathologies and normal variants are also included. The Suspected Physical Abuse (SPA) module has also been updated; it comprises of 12 sessions discussing the appearance of SPA on radiographs. The 1st session covers the knowledge and skills needed to recognise SPA. This is followed by 11 interactive case studies to test your understanding where you will decide whether the case is SPA or not.

New Paediatric Self Evaluation module

 Self evaluation within Clinical Imaging has always been a major component of our programme. I decided to increase the number of sessions linked to paediatrics and to change the format. We now have 6 sessions covering the axial and appendicular skeleton as it appears on conventional radiographs. Each session is a combination of diagrams and images to label, hot spot questions, images to interpret and many other interactive questions covering anatomy, mechanisms of injury, radiographic technique as well as the interpretation of trauma, pathology and normal variants.

I feel that this update will enable you to complete a more thorough assessment of your skills in paediatric image interpretation.

New animation and podcast mini-series for Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation elearning

Posted on: June 23rd, 2023 by Nicola Kipling No Comments

The Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation programme highlights how health and social care staff and the wider public health workforce can recognise risk factors, risk groups and apply simple interventions that can make a positive impact.

This elearning highlights the impact of chronic loneliness as a serious health concern and how we can all help to tackle loneliness with the interactions we have with patients and the public. It supports the call to action from the Jo Cox Commission to ‘equip people with information about the potential triggers for loneliness and ensure they know where to go for support’.

The course has been updated with animations and a podcast mini-series that can help further explain this topic and provide alternative support options.

Find out more on the Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation programme page.

New training programme developed to improve pain outcomes for knee replacement surgery patients

Posted on: June 23rd, 2023 by Nicola Kipling No Comments

More than 100,000 total knee replacements are undertaken annually in the UK. The aim of surgery is to reduce pain and improve function, usually due to osteoarthritis. One in five patients who undergo surgery will report chronic, or long-term pain three months afterwards. Chronic pain after knee replacement is multifactorial, with biological, mechanical, and psychosocial contributing factors.

NHS England elearning for healthcare has worked with the North Bristol NHS Trust and the University of Bristol on the STAR Support and Treatment After Knee Replacement Surgery. STAR is a clinically important treatment for patients with chronic pain three months after total knee replacement for osteoarthritis. It is a personalised and multifaceted care pathway which addresses the multiple factors that may contribute to chronic pain through screening, early postoperative assessment, referral for targeted treatment and follow-up over one year.

This was tested in a multicentre randomised controlled trial funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the results are published in the Lancet Rheumatology. Patients who receive STAR have reduced pain, improved recovery and fewer inpatient admissions.

Access the training

To access the training please visit the STAR programme page.

Maternity programme developed to explore the key principles of the claims and litigation processes

Posted on: June 23rd, 2023 by Nicola Kipling No Comments

Maternity is a key focus for the NHS Resolution strategy, supporting the National Maternity safety ambition to improve outcomes and reduce harm.

The Maternity Incentive Scheme and Early Notification Scheme support NHS Resolution’s commitment and ambition to support safer maternity care.

NHS Resolution has worked with NHS England elearning for healthcare to explore the key principles of the claims and litigation processes, applied to the context of maternity care.  The programme was developed to deliver the objectives of the Early Notification clinical team at NHS Resolution.

The content for the elearning sessions and case stories was developed for clinicians by the Early Notification team at NHS Resolution and written as a maternity module by the clinical team based at Staffordshire University.

Session 1 – Introduction to NHS Resolution and the law of negligence
Session 2 – Learning from the Early Notification Scheme

To access the course please visit the Maternity Insights programme page.

New handbook supports healthcare support workers in their role

Posted on: June 21st, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new digital handbook for healthcare support workers (HCSWs) has been developed by NHS England elearning for healthcare in partnership with the London region HCSW programme team.

The handbook serves as a ‘one stop shop’ of resources that are relevant to existing and future HCSWs. It captures many areas of the HCSW’s journey including applying for a HCSW role, Care Certificate, career development, skills and “day in the life of” videos to showcase all the opportunities a HCSW can work in.

There is also a support section which signposts learners to further information such as raising concerns, health and wellbeing and buddying.

The resource is aimed at HCSWs, people interested in a HCSW role, HCSW leads in Trusts, nursing leads and educational leads.

For more information and to access the handbook, please visit the HSCW Handbook programme page.

GP podcasts support women with perinatal mental health illness

Posted on: June 20th, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

An engaging podcast series to enhance healthcare professionals’ understanding of perinatal mental health is now available to listen to on NHS England’s Learning Hub.

The GP Spotlight programme, piloted by the Wessex Clinical Network, supports best care for women (and families) affected by perinatal mental health (PMH) illness in primary care services and facilitates timely access to high quality care from specialist perinatal mental health services.

The 11 podcasts, led by ‘GP champion’ Dr Laura Davies and PMH psychiatrist Dr Laurie Windsor, cover a range of topics including postpartum psychosis, birth trauma, eating disorders and perinatal depression.

They aim to:

  • improve understanding of perinatal mental health conditions, pathways, and working relationships
  • improve referral and management of women with perinatal mental illness
  • strengthen relationships between health professionals across the pathway

The podcasts are around 10 minutes long, making them accessible and cost effective for all healthcare professionals including GPs, mental health practitioners, midwives, community nurses and health visitors.

Each podcast provides key information to arm the learner with awareness and tools so they can guide women struggling with PMH illness to the most appropriate care.

For more information and to access the podcasts, please visit the GP Spotlight Podcasts catalogue on the Learning Hub.

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