August 2023 – elearning for healthcare
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New course supports safe use of medical gases and cylinders used in healthcare

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

Healthcare staff who use, move, set up, purchase and operate medical gas cylinders and gases can access new elearning which aims to reduce risk of handling medical gas cylinders and improve patient and staff safety. 

The safe use, storage and set up of medical gases and cylinders used in healthcare programme has seven modules covering a range of topics including properties of medical gases used in healthcare, safe storage and handling and patient safety and risk reduction. 

This new course is an update to the e4Equipment (E4E), medical equipment programme on e-learning for healthcare (elfh), which supports clinical staff to ensure their medical equipment knowledge is relevant and up to date. 

It is available on the elfh Hub and has been developed by elfh and the National Association of Medical Device Educators and Trainers (NAMDET) with input from MHRA, the NHS England National Patient Safety Team and major medical gas suppliers for the UK. 

The course will support healthcare staff in primary and secondary care, community settings, the private sector and industry partners and can be offered as an alternative to paid for courses provided by manufacturers and private training companies. 

To access this course please follow this link: Medical Equipment – elearning for healthcare (

Interventions guidance aims to support babies, children and young people

Posted on: August 9th, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new schedule of interventions tool has been added to the existing interactive pathways elearning programme.

The resource aims to help local commissioners and service providers navigate current guidance and materials within the Healthy Child Programme – the national public health framework for babies, children and young people.

These schedules bring together evidence, guidance, information and resources to describe local prevention and early intervention and ongoing care activities from preconception to adulthood.

It includes information about preconception care, promoting child development, improving child health outcomes and ensuring that families at risk are identified at the earliest opportunity.

Local authorities, the NHS and other partners can use the tool to inform the commissioning and provision of good quality services for children, young people and families at every level of need, from community and universal to targeted and specialist.

For more information and to access the new resource, please visit the Interactive Pathways programme page.

New learning path supports equality diversity and inclusion in end-of-life care

Posted on: August 9th, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new learning path on equality diversity and inclusion (EDI) has been added to the End-of-Life Care for All elearning programme.

The path features 11 resources covering a broad range of topics including symptom management in people with learning disabilities, communicating with non-English speaking patients and end-of-life care for people experiencing homelessness. It also features a new session on Palliative care: shifting the focus of care from equality to equity.

Since the programme became publicly available to everyone last October, there has been more than 275,000 new session launches with many learners praising the programme content:

“Very interesting session with a lot of information, and I have learnt a lot.” (Assessment and management of agitation and delirium session)

“This section is educative and it’s like an eye opener for me as a care assistant.” (End-of-life care in care homes and domiciliary care settings session)

“Clear structure, poignant and clearly written material. Well presented.” (The importance of good communication session)

For more information and to access the learning path, please visit the end-of-life-care for all (e-ELCA) programme page.

A warm welcome to Foundation doctors from the elearning for healthcare hub

Posted on: August 7th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

As we welcome Foundation doctors to the new academic year, we are pleased to advise that first and second year trainees are able to access the official Foundation elearning programme via NHS England’s elearning for healthcare (elfh) hub.

The elearning programme covers the entire foundation curriculum and will provide evidence of a colleague’s learning to the General Medical Council, as well as being recorded in their ePortfolio.

Completing sessions early will help colleagues get more out of their attachments in the Foundation years, and the elearning will also help them to cover parts of the curriculum that they may otherwise not encounter.

May we take this opportunity to warmly welcome colleagues to the Foundation programme, and we hope that you enjoy using these training resources.

Accessing the elearning

All Foundation doctors have been automatically registered on the elearning and can access it at by clicking the ‘Log in to your elearning’ button in the top right hand corner of the page. Colleagues will need to link their ePortfolio to their elfh elearning activity and should refer to the email they have been sent from the elfh Registration Team for information on how to do this.

For more information on how to log in, access your elearning and technical checks, please visit elfh’s support pages.

New programme on managing atopic dermatitis now available

Posted on: August 3rd, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

NHS England elearning for healthcare has worked with the Pfizer to develop a new programme on the current and future management of atopic dermatitis, also known as atopic eczema.

This very common skin condition, caused by skin inflammation, may start at any age but the onset is often in childhood. 1 in every 5 children in the UK is affected at some stage. It may also start later in life in people who did not have atopic dermatitis as a child.

The 30-minute session looks at the pathophysiology, risk factors, clinical manifestation, patient experience, current treatment and future therapeutic treatments of atopic dermatitis.

It is aimed at healthcare professionals with an interest in atopic dermatitis, such as GPs, children’s community nurses, health visitors, practice nurses, dermatology trainees, paediatric and dermatology nurses and pharmacists.

For more information and to access the new session please visit the Current and Future Management of Atopic Dermatitis programme page.

eLearning programme tackles England’s health inequalities

Posted on: August 2nd, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Clinical practitioners across the health and care sector can access training on reducing healthcare inequalities across England.

The resource complements the Core20PLUS5 which identified the following five clinical areas in need of rapid improvement:

  • hypertension case finding
  • chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD)
  • cancer
  • maternity
  • mental health

The elearning resources cover these five areas and includes an additional module on healthcare inequalities among patients of sickle cell disease.

By the end of these modules, learners should have a good understanding of health inequalities within each area and should be able to communicate with patients about their clinical condition and care, support shared decision making with patients from marginalised groups and mitigate barriers in accessing services.

For more information and to access the modules, please visit the Health Inequalities programme page.

New programme explores the link between breastfeeding and perinatal mental health

Posted on: August 1st, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new elearning programme that helps the early years workforce better understand the links between breastfeeding and perinatal mental health is now available on the NHS Learning Hub.

Developed by NHS England elearning for healthcare, the Anna Freud Centre and the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, the programme explains how breastfeeding and perinatal mental health are intertwined, and what factors can influence this relationship. It also provides tools and guidance to support staff to deliver self-reflective, person-centred care.

The elearning consists of 2 sessions:
Session 1: The relationship between infant feeding and perinatal mental health
Session 2: Practical skills to support families with infant feeding and perinatal mental health

The programme is intended for anyone involved in providing support to families during pregnancy and the first couple of years after birth, including midwives, health visitors, infant feeding support workers, perinatal mental health specialists, psychological professionals and early years workers.

On completion of this training, staff will be better equipped to provide holistic, wraparound care that is tailored to the needs and circumstances of the family.

For more information and to access the sessions, please visit the Breastfeeding and Perinatal Mental Health programme on the NHS Learning Hub.

Safe prescribing: Foundation update (August 2023)

Posted on: August 1st, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

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

Failure to prescribe safely is one of the commonest causes of untoward patient incidents in medical practice. The following sessions support safe practice and include learning on injectable medicines, anticoagulation, antibiotics, prescribing in renal impairment, and other areas of safe medicine use.


The sessions cover areas in your curriculum on

FPC 1: Clinical Assessment

FPC 2: Clinical Prioritisation

FPC3: Holistic Planning

FPC 4: Communication and Care

FPC 5: Continuity of Care Specific Areas of Core Learning High Risk Prescribing Patient Safety

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:

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.

elfh is a NHS England programme in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies