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Specialist patient safety module launched for management and administration professionals

Posted on: July 28th, 2023 by Vanessa Bassnett No Comments

Management and administration professionals in health and care can now access new modules of the Patient Safety Syllabus training elearning sessions on the elfh portal which have been tailored to support the specific needs of their profession. 

The training supports thinking differently about what patient safety means and making healthcare even safer with patient safety case studies covering good practice, human factors, risk, systems thinking and safety culture. There is a certificate of completion for each case study. 

Content for both Levels 1 and 2 of the syllabus training have been updated and include improvements to usability, interactivity, and navigation and a certificate of completion and five sector specific patient safety case studies in total for Mental Health, Maternity, Healthcare mangers and administrative staff care, Primary Care and Acute Care. 

All updates to the content and functionality have been made in response to feedback from users. There is also a self-assessment for the Access to Practice module which learners must pass to move on to the sector-specific sessions and a Certificate of completion for each case study area. 

Patient safety is a collective responsibility and a key priority for health and care. This training is available to anyone NHS and Health care staff and supports the NHS Patient Safety Strategy, emphasising a proactive approach to identifying risks to safe care.  

The management and administration content covers: 

  • A vital contribution to patient safety  
  • Administrative teams – a source of safety  
  • Setting a strategic direction for safety  
  • Supporting Patient Safety Incident responses  
  • Systems thinking for managers and administrative staff  
  • When patient safety is your job  
  • Co-design of admin processes  
  • Safety culture for managers and administrative staff  
  • Human factors in management and administration  
  • Risk management for managers and administrative staff  
  • Five easy pieces – thinking about patient safety  

More information about the Patient Safety Syllabus training and how to access to the elearning modules can be found here:  


TEL News July 2023

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

Our latest edition of TEL News includes Prime Minister Rishi Sunak learning about TEL’s XR technology, new elearning on emotional wellbeing for mental health crisis staff and the VHLF’s Community of Practice member survey.

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New training aims to address HIV related stigma in healthcare

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

Developed by NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care, in partnership with Manchester Foundation Trust, George House Trust and Dibby Theatre, the resource is the first of its kind, providing the opportunity for learners to get up to speed with the latest facts around HIV, including the importance of early diagnosis and effective treatment.

The session features people living with HIV talking through their experiences from diagnosis to everyday management, as well as sharing examples of great care received by health staff.

Aimed at all patient-facing health and care colleagues as well as wider colleagues working in primary care and frontline roles, the training covers:

  • The current landscape of HIV transmissions and the challenges faced
  • The impact of HIV stigma
  • Normalising HIV as a long-term manageable condition
  • Living with HIV – importance of compassion, empathy and openness in healthcare and treatment

For more information and to access the resource, please visit the Tackling HIV Stigma and Discrimination webpage.

Marking MR Safety Week

Posted on: July 24th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

MR safety is important all year round but this week focuses on patient and staff safety and advises on best practice.

The primary hazard in MRI is the very strong magnetic field that is produced by the MR scanner – and remember, for most MR scanners, this magnetic field is always on. There is a risk of metal objects becoming strongly attracted to the scanner forming dangerous projectiles, and implants such as heart pacemakers and aneurysm clips being adversely affected. Such incidents have led to serious injuries and fatalities. Implants and other potential contraindications present risks for patients undergoing MRI, therefore MR units must have policies and procedures in place for minimising these hazards.

There are 2 sessions in our Clinical Imaging elearning programme covering MR safety, which can be found in the module: Introduction to Imaging Technologies.

MR safety is covered in more detail in the MRI Safety programme which is structured around the needs of specific MR safety roles and explores the hazards associated with the use of MR equipment and offers guidance on best practice so as to protect patients and staff.

The Society of Radiographers has produced information leaflets relating to MRI safety for services to download, these include pause and check for MRI , safety information for patients, referrers and ward staff . These are all available on the society of radiographers website policy and guidance document library. Their publication Safety in Magnetic Resonance Imaging outlines the professional responsibilities, training, education and practical safety guidance for departments.

New bite-sized sessions support colleagues’ emotional wellbeing

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

A new programme to support the emotional wellbeing of mental health crisis colleagues has been developed by NHS England elearning for healthcare.

The series of six bite-sized sessions, created in partnership with national charity Samaritans and NHS England, provides helpful advice and guidance on how colleagues can support their own and others’ emotional wellbeing.

The sessions cover:

  • Myths about suicide
  • Five levels of listening
  • Recognising and challenging negative thinking traps
  • Setting expectations
  • Support versus solve
  • Building resilience

The elearning was developed to support the mental health crisis workforce but is also aimed at psychological professions, social workers, assistant practitioners, art therapists and occupational therapy support workers.

While the 20-minute sessions can be completed individually, the content also complements and builds on the skills and concepts from the Samaritans Listening Skills & Emotional Health (LS) course delivered for NHS England.

For more information and to access the sessions, please visit the Emotional Wellbeing programme page.

An Introduction to Personal Health Budgets - revised elearning module

Posted on: July 12th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

The ‘introduction to personal health budgets’ elearning module has been updated. This online training is intended to support all staff who are involved in the delivery of personal health budgets. The module covers a variety of topics including: the legal right to have a PHB, budget management options, and what a PHB can and cannot be spent on. It also offers guidance on the steps involved in implementing and maintaining a PHB, and the key features that ensure people experience the best outcomes possible.

To find out more and access the revised elearning module, visit the Personal Health Budgets elearning page.

Getting the most out of Supervised Learning Events: Foundation update (July 2023)

Posted on: July 10th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

Welcome to your July 2023 update from the Foundation elearning programme.

Supervised learning events (SLEs) are an essential part of your learning in your 2 foundation years. Even if you think you know how to get the best out of them, you could still get more by doing the SLE elearning sessions whilst you are at the start of the academic year.

The following sessions cover the principles of assessment, through to effective use of feedback, evaluation and case based discussion:


The sessions cover key areas in your curriculum on:

FPC 10: Teaching the teacher

FPC 12: Continuing Professional Development

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

The online training 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: https://www.elfh.org.uk/programmes/foundation-programme/

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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SCRIPT: supporting safer prescribing practices by healthcare professionals

Healthcare students and professionals can improve their knowledge in prescribing and therapeutics by accessing free elearning through SCRIPT which is designed to meet the continuing professional development needs of those working with medicines and to benefit patient care.

Launched in 2010 by the University of Birmingham and OCB Media, SCRIPT was commissioned by NHS England to provide elearning programmes for foundation doctors and dentists, paediatric trainees, nurses, general practitioners, pharmacists and other non-medical prescribers. The programmes are also appropriate for undergraduate medical, pharmacy and nursing students.

Covering a wide range of therapeutic topics, SCRIPT modules take approximately 60 minutes to complete. Content has been authored by a team of expert healthcare professionals and is reviewed on a regular basis.

Benefits include:

  • Safer prescribing
    SCRIPT will enhance your knowledge and confidence in prescribing correctly, improving patient safety, therapeutics and medicines management.
  • Professional development
    You will receive a certificate for each module that you complete, which can be used in your online learning portfolio.
  • Flexible learning
    SCRIPT is easy to use. You can access the modules at a time which suits you and revisit them even after completion. 
  • SCRIPT elearning is free to those with a NHS.uk or NHS.net address.  

SCRIPT elearning resources align to guidance produced by the General Medical Council on good practice in prescribing and managing medicines and devices.

You can learn more about the SCRIPT elearning programme by visiting the SCRIPT website.

Doctors in Training Induction updated for the new academic year

Posted on: July 10th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

The Doctors in Training (DiT) Induction elearning programme has been reviewed and updated by subject specialists ahead of the new academic year.

DiT is aimed at foundation doctors (F1 and F2) and focuses on professional skills in the workplace through 3 patient journey scenarios, along with an assessment to confirm compliance. Following feedback from practising clinical staff as well as doctors currently in training, sessions from the programme have been updated to improve the experience for learners. It addresses some identified gaps in knowledge for doctors prior to starting their next year on 1 August.

The online training is also suitable for returning doctors and doctors from overseas working in primary care, secondary care and community settings.

The 3 patient journey scenarios are based around areas that doctors in training have highlighted as those they find most challenging. They include:

  • Blood transfusion and consent
  • Safe prescribing and venous thromboembolism (VTE)
  • Mental Capacity Act and death certification

The learning objectives for this programme have been specially written by experts.

More information, including access details, is available on the Doctors in Training Induction page.

Managing heart failure in the community

Posted on: July 6th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

A new online training session provides a guide to the management of heart failure in the community, focusing on proactively managing symptoms to prevent disease progression and repeated admission to hospital. The session also supports educating patients to monitor and self-manage their condition, and provides an overview of how the multidisciplinary team can work across health sectors to provide effective integrated care for those with heart failure.​

The training is part of the Heart Failure and Heart Valve Disease elearning programme, which now contains 12 sessions in total. The elearning programme aims to support multidisciplinary professionals to develop knowledge of diagnosis and the optimisation of management of heart conditions. It is targeted at clinicians in primary and community care settings, including GPs.

To find out more and access the elearning, please visit the Heart Failure and Heart Valve Disease elearning programme page.

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