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New hub of resources about health and justice nursing now available

Posted on: March 22nd, 2024 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new hub of resources has been developed to give nurses and student nurses an insight into working in prison settings.

The hub features a range of elearning sessions to help healthcare professionals to support female, male and youth prisoners. Topics include menopause, reproductive health, substance abuse and ethics, law and human rights.

It also includes stories from health and justice nurses and contains virtual reality resources so that learners can experience what it is like to work in a male prison.

The hub offers a ‘one stop shop’ of educational resources and training packages that are free to access on the elearning for healthcare Hub. It has been developed in collaboration with experts who already work in this space.

For more information and to access the hub, please visit the Resources for Health and Justice Nurses programme page.

Updated Mental Capacity Act elearning now available

Posted on: March 21st, 2024 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

The Mental Capacity Act elearning programme has been updated for all health and care staff who work with people lacking mental capacity.

The resource has been revised and updated in line with recent case law and user feedback; and includes essential revisions to materials about the Liberty Protection Safeguards.

There are 12 sessions in the programme which cover a range of topics including best interests, restraint, adult safeguarding and deprivation of liberty. It is aimed at all health and care professionals who work with people aged 16 and over, who might lack mental capacity to make essential decisions at the time these decisions need making.

Since it was developed in 2019 the programme has been launched 870,000 times and has more than 95,000 active users across the health and social care sectors.

For more information and to access the newly updated elearning, please visit the Mental Capacity Act programme page.

Bereavement training updated

Posted on: March 21st, 2024 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

Our National Bereavement Care Pathway training has been reviewed and updated to ensure that language is in line with current guidance, and to add links to sources of information and support.

Pregnancy loss and child death impacts a significant number of families each day. The core aims of the training are to improve quality of bereavement care and to reduce variance across services.

Created in collaboration with charities, professional organisations and people with first-hand experience, the training is free to access and can be used by anybody who may come into contact with someone who is bereaved through loss of a baby, including non-clinical professions.

Understanding the needs of couples who have suffered pregnancy or baby loss can build confidence in all staff who are in contact with them, supporting them to approach families and offer care and communication in a parent-centred way. This can reduce further distress and isolation which can impact on the mental health of both parents.

To find out more and access the training, please visit the programme page on elearning for healthcare (elfh).

Newly updated Dysphagia elearning now available

Posted on: March 14th, 2024 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

The Dysphagia elearning programme has recently been updated to help healthcare staff better manage the condition with people in care homes, hospitals and community settings.

Dysphagia, which is difficulty chewing and/or swallowing food and drinks, has serious implications for a person’s health and wellbeing, with increased likelihood of chest infections, malnutrition, dehydration, choking incidents and hospitalisations. Patients with dysphagia may be unable to swallow their medicines safely.

The programme has been updated to align with Level 2 of the Eating, Drinking and Swallowing Competency Framework. It is now easy for learners to compete the Essentials sessions (below) as a specific training course with an assessment and certificate to evidence their learning.

Once the Essentials sessions are completed the others can be explored at leisure.

The updated sessions are now called:

  • Essentials – Health and Care Staff
  • Essentials – Cooks
  • Managers
  • Balancing Risk and End of Life Care
  • Training Resources and Recipes
  • Dysphagia and Medicines

The ability to use the guide as a ‘dip in and out’ resource has been retained so that learners can easily refresh their memory or help explain something to a colleague. Care home staff, including managers, nurses, care workers, catering staff and the wider NHS team, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, speech and language therapists, dietitians, and others working with patients with dysphagia will find this resource helpful.

It has been updated by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust and NHS England elearning for healthcare.

For more information and to access the updated content, please visit the Dysphagia programme page.

Take 20 minutes to complete your menopause awareness training this International Women’s Day

Posted on: March 13th, 2024 by Nicola Kipling No Comments

With around one million women working for the NHS in England, and around a fifth of them of menopausal age, the menopause is everyone’s business.

The menopause elearning programme takes just 20 minutes to complete and gives learners:

• an overview of the menopause
• common symptoms
• scenarios to better understand how to support each other.

It is crucial for recruitment and retention that everyone has some knowledge of how the menopause and perimenopause can impact at work. The programme is available to all colleagues including those going through the menopause and colleagues who wish to support to them. It covers everything from the common symptoms of the menopause to how it can impact people at work and how colleagues can support one another.

The module has been designed specifically for those working in the health service but is now available to users across health, care, education charities and the general public.

Further resources are available in the NHS to increase awareness of the menopause, including national guidance, which set out comprehensive advice for colleagues and line managers on how best to support staff through the menopause.

For more information and resources on menopause visit NHS England’s retention hub:

New sessions added to End-of-Life Care programme

Posted on: March 1st, 2024 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

The End-of-Life Care For All (e-ELCA) elearning programme now features new sessions on a cancer case study, palliative care for people with mental ill health, and financial support.

The cancer case study explores the common physical, psychosocial and spiritual symptoms that patients may experience and how these can be addressed.

Palliative care for people with mental ill health looks at the issues arising when providing palliative care for people with mental ill health. It focuses on broadening understanding of the specific needs of people with diagnosed mental illnesses who have incurable physical health conditions.

Advising on financial support from the welfare system outlines the financial support available for patients who are nearing the end of life and offers guidance for clinicians who submit medical evidence to support their patients’ claims for benefits.

More than 77,000 staff from across health and care actively use e-ELCA training sessions, which have been launched over 1.5million times. They cover a range of topics including symptom management, spiritual care, quality of life and bereavement care.

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

Mental health assessment: Foundation update (March 2024)

Posted on: March 1st, 2024 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

Welcome to your March 2024 update from the Foundation elearning programme.

Mental health assessment is a vital part of all doctors’ professional practice. The sessions highlighted in this month’s update cover assessment and examination, delirium, psychotic disorders, self-harm, depression, and the Mental Health Act.


The sessions cover key areas in your curriculum on:

FPC 1: Clinical Assessment

FPC 2: Clinical Prioritisation

FPC 5: Continuity of Care


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.

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