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Seeking senior advice: Foundation elearning programme update (October 2023)

Posted on: September 29th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

Welcome to your October 2023 update from the Foundation elearning programme. This month focuses on where, when, and why to seek senior advice throughout your training. The following elearning sessions aim to enhance your knowledge around safe medical practice, when to stop and seek help, and explaining evidence, guidelines and protocols to patients.


The sessions cover 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

FPC 6: Sharing the Vision

FPC 9: Quality Improvement

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.

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.

New session on acute medicine added to eating disorders programme

Posted on: September 28th, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new elearning session has been developed to help healthcare professionals in acute medical roles identify, assess and treat people with eating disorders.

The 60 minute resource includes information on providing medical assessment and treatment, admissions, transfer of care, appropriate treatment plans and the psychological impact of eating disorders on patients, their families and carers.

At the end of the session there is a video demonstrating the assessment and management process in practice.

Eating Disorders in Acute Medical Settings has been developed NHS England, Beat charity and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Learners can access it within the Eating Disorders Training for Health and Care Staff programme.

Updated Saving Babies’ Lives sessions now available

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

The Saving Babies’ Lives programme has recently been reviewed with six updated sessions now available for maternity and neonatal staff.

The newly updated Detection and Surveillance of Fetal Growth Restriction (FGR) session aligns with element 2 of the recently published Saving Babies’ Lives Care Bundle Version 3. It provides an understanding of the core principles of the risks of stillbirth associated with FGR and the element’s suggested measures to reduce this by improving detection and management.

Reduced Fetal Movements RFM (element 3) session reflects the latest evidence-based research related to advice and monitoring of RFM which includes advice that antenatal assessments from mid-gestation routinely involve the ‘Ask, Listen and Inform’ approach.

Effective Fetal Monitoring During Labour has also been updated to align with the changes to element 4. It introduces the key principles of risk assessment at the start of labour to determine the best method of fetal monitoring in labour.

Prediction, Prevention and Perinatal Optimisation of Preterm Birth (element 5) encourages maternity and neonatal staff to draw upon the learning from the existing BAPM toolkits and the successful programmes being supported by the patient safety collaboratives across England.

Saving Babies’ Lives also features updated sessions on ultrasound and smoking advice for pregnant women.

Each session takes up to 30 minutes to complete and are aimed at maternity staff including midwives and obstetricians and neonatal staff.

This elearning has been developed in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Royal College of Midwives and the British Intrapartum Care Society.

For more information and to access the sessions, please visit the Saving Babies’ Lives programme.

Interactive and Immersive Pharmacy Careers VR360 Videos launch on World Pharmacists’ Day

Posted on: September 22nd, 2023 by Nicola Kipling No Comments

Interactive and Immersive Pharmacy Careers VR360 Videos launch on World Pharmacists’ Day

The NHS England Technology Enhanced Learning team has developed ‘Pharmacy a Day in the Life’ the first interactive and immersive series of pharmacy VR360 career videos for 14-to-18-year-old learners.  The videos provide an opportunity to learn about different careers options and pathways by allowing an inside view of the day to day working world of pharmacy teams.

Shane Costigan, Pharmacy Dean – Regional Head of Pharmacy WT&E NHS England – South East said: “People, I think, have an idea in their mind as to what pharmacy really is, and actually what we wanted to do through this programme is to open people’s eyes up to the world of opportunities available across all different sectors of the health service.”

The videos have been developed with support from professionals at the Simulation Centre Canterbury Christ Church University, Greenlight Pharmacy (Euston), Barts Health NHS Trust Healthcare Horizons team, Inspiring Futures and East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.

The interactive videos are launching on World Pharmacists’ Day (Monday 25 September 2023) and feature scenarios based on real life including pharmacy roles within the community, a hospital, and a GP setting.

The videos have been tested by students from UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, a school dedicated to educating young people in Computing, Sport Science, Health & Social Sciences and are accessible via an internet browser and to download on a VR headset or mobile phone.

 How to access Pharmacy: A Day in the Life

The videos can be accessed on an internet browser and to download on a VR headset or mobile phone.

  1. Create an account via
  2. Click the following link to access the pharmacy course.

Neonatal early warning system tool now adapted into elearning

Posted on: September 15th, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

The new national Newborn Early Warning Track and Trigger (NEWTT2) tool has now been adapted into an interactive elearning resource for maternity teams.

The current warning system supports maternal and neonatal staff to recognise early indicators of clinical deterioration in newborn infants and to improve outcomes with appropriate interventions.

The new programme, developed with NHS England and DEQ Quality Transformation, introduces NEWTT2 and features a structured guide on how to use the tool. It also includes several guided clinical case studies to illustrate how the tool works in a clinical setting.

It will enable midwives, obstetricians, and maternity support colleagues in all maternity units in England to support staff to learn how to use this new tool as part of the implementation process, supported by NHS England and your local Patient safety collaborative.

After completing the session, learners will have greater understanding of how to record physiological observations and understand whether escalation of care is required. Learners will also understand which members of the multi-disciplinary team need to be alerted and what timeframes are necessary.

Learners can access the session here.

Adult Pathology and Orthopaedics updates to the Clinical Imaging elearning programme

Posted on: September 14th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

Dorothy Keane, Clinical Lead at the Society and College of Radiographers, gives a brief overview of 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.

Adult Pathology Sessions

“As radiographers, you are constantly looking at images of patients who have been referred from the emergency department, ward, outpatients, or a GP. Having the knowledge to recognise and identify bony changes which may represent a pathology will enable you to ‘flag’ the images to allow a faster report and quicker referral to a specialist”. Dorothy Keane, Clinical Lead

A new module has been developed to complement our Clinical Imaging programme. We have created 12 new sessions which give a general outline of a wide range of conditions and diseases and the related pathophysiological changes encountered on radiographs. These pathologies are commonly seen on radiographs and a knowledge of how bone and soft tissue changes manifest on radiographs will be discussed using images and diagrams. There is an opportunity to assess learning throughout each session which consist of 4 introductory sessions and 8 which focus on specific anatomical regions and discuss specific pathologies related to those regions.

Clinical Imaging – Orthopaedics

Have you looked at the 2 orthopaedic modules in elfh’s Clinical Imaging programme?

Our Orthopaedic Imaging modules explore follow-up images post orthopaedic surgery. The introductory session explains the post-operative plan for patients who have undergone orthopaedic procedures and why imaging is essential to assess the interventions.

Further sessions cover procedures involving the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle and foot, hand and wrist, long bones, vertebral column (spine) and pelvis in both emergency trauma and elective surgery. Each procedure is described with accompanying photographs of the prosthetics and instrumentation. The rationale for carrying out the procedure is discussed. Images are used to demonstrate post-procedure appearances and describe post-operative complications such as loosening of metalwork and infection.

The 2nd module, Orthopaedic Intervention, introduces the operating theatre outlining the environment, equipment, sterile procedures, infection control and staff roles. Radiographers often rotate into theatre and may have limited experience of certain procedures – this can, and often does, create an atmosphere of tension within the operating theatre for both the radiographer and the orthopaedic surgeons. These sessions have been designed to help prepare radiographers for theatre work. It provides detailed advice on the position and movements of the image intendifier for a range of orthopaedic procedure involving the upper and lower limbs and the vertebral column.

Accessing the training

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

New session helps learners to recognise palliative care needs

Posted on: September 13th, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

The End-of-Life Care For All (e-ELCA) elearning programme now features a new session on recognising palliative care needs.

The resource describes common palliative care needs and offers guidance on how to identify these needs and provide the most appropriate care on an individual basis.

By the end of the session, learners should be able to describe what palliative care needs are, identify patients with palliative care needs and identify when specialist palliative care is required.

e-ELCA also features newly updated sessions covering a range of topics from assessment of anxiety, depression and delirium to spiritual care and quality of life. An existing session on dying as a prisoner has also been updated.

The new and updated sessions can be accessed through the End-of-Life For All programme page.

New neonatal psychology programme available for staff

Posted on: September 12th, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new first of its kind elearning programme on neonatal psychology has been developed to support better outcomes for babies, families and staff.

Psychologically-informed care takes into account the needs of everyone in the unit, and considers how best to support them for better outcomes. For families this can include managing better while on the unit and being well post-discharge. For staff, psychologically informed care sustains us too.

Developed by NHS England, Association of Clinical Psychologists and neonatal networks, this elearning has been developed to encourage the workforce to think more psychologically – a key area highlighted by patients, advisory groups and the Ockenden report, the Kirkup report and aligns with the new three year plan for joint working across maternity and neonatal settings. No other training like this currently exists for neonatal staff.

Each of the four modules in the programme take approximately 30 minutes to complete and cover the following topics:

  • Psychologically-informed neonatal care
  • Infant wellbeing on the neonatal unit
  • Family wellbeing on the neonatal unit
  • Staff wellbeing on the neonatal unit

Once completed learners will know more about psychologically informed care and have ideas about the ways they can implement this into their daily work. They will also have a better sense of the impact of the work on themselves and what can help them to manage.

For more information and to access the modules, please visit the Neonatal Psychology programme page.

New session promotes health benefits of aquatics and swimming

Posted on: September 6th, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

NHS England elearning for healthcare has developed a new programme on the unique health benefits of aquatics and swimming.

The resource, developed in partnership with Swim England, Aquatic Therapy Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (ATACP) and the University of Nottingham, has been created following research that highlights how healthcare professionals intuitively believe swimming and aquatic activity provide unique health and wellbeing benefits, ideal for musculoskeletal conditions, chronic pain and weight problems, but they lack the knowledge and skills to make this a more routine conversation with patients.

To address this issue, the 20-minute session raises awareness of the benefits of aquatic activity on health and wellbeing and will enhance learners’ confidence in identifying patients who would benefit most.

It covers the following topics:

  • Helping people navigate their way to swimming and aquatic activity
  • What happens to the body in water?
  • Adaptive effects of aquatic exercise
  • Who can exercise in water?
  • Exploring aquatic activities

It is aimed at GPs, physiotherapists and those who influence an individual’s decision to be active, such as social prescribers and leisure professionals.

For more information and to access the programme, please visit the Aquatics and Swimming programme page.

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