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e-Learning programme providing an overview of a career in orthoptics

Posted on: April 20th, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked in partnership with the British and Irish Orthoptic Society to develop an e-learning programme that offers an accessible insight into the career in orthoptics.

The learning resource is an alternative to face to face career experiences to enable the learner to gain an understanding of what a career in orthoptics includes and the skills and knowledge required.
The aim of the programme is to bridge the knowledge gap between the rational and emotional benefits of orthoptics and what students can expect to study at university. The interactive content demonstrates the complexity of the course to appeal to those with a strong science background, who may be considering a medical career.
The e-learning modules explore 4 specific areas that underpin an orthoptist’s knowledge base to practice as an autonomous clinician:

* Vision function and how this is closely associated to brain development
* Binocular vision
* Eye muscle control and strabismus
* The cranial nerves – and how disease can present as eye symptoms

The programme is aimed at students to demonstrate how science subjects relate to ‘real life’ jobs. Students may wish to access the learning with other career influencers such as career advisors, family and friends. The programme also lends itself as a recruitment tool for mature students, career changers and ex-armed forces and complements other work streams created by the Strategic Interventions in Health Education Disciplines (SIHED) project and Health Education England.

For more information about the e-learning programme, including details on how to access, visit the Orthoptics Careers Overview programme page.

COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna e-learning now available

Posted on: April 8th, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked in partnership with Public Health England and NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop the COVID-19 Vaccination e-learning programme.  The e-learning programme is designed to provide the health and care workforce involved in the national COVID-19 vaccination programme with the knowledge they need to confidently promote high uptake of the vaccine and deliver the vaccine programme effectively.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna is now available. Currently the national vaccination programme is only deploying this this vaccine to a limited group of vaccination centres. Staff who are rostered to work at these sites are asked to complete the core knowledge session as this is designed to provide essential knowledge about COVID-19 and the key principles of immunisation needed to deliver the vaccine.  Learners should then complete the vaccine-specific e-learning session and assessment in advance. Staff working in PCN sites and Hospital Hub settings are not required to complete the training at this time but may want to access it at a future date. In addition, further information about the vaccine characteristics can be viewed via Chapter14a in the Green Book and the Summary of Product Characteristics for COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna (SmPC).

The vaccination e-learning programme also consists of the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 Pfizer-BioNTech session, the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca session and accompanying assessment sessions for each.

The e-learning sessions describe the national COVID-19 vaccination programme for England. Most of the information in the sessions will be relevant for those involved in the programme throughout the UK and Crown Dependencies. However, those undertaking the programme in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Crown Dependencies should be aware that some details as to how the programme will be delivered may be different. Vaccinators should therefore ensure that they refer to any country-specific information available, so they are familiar with the details of the programme for the country they are practising in.

This e-learning programme provides theoretical training.  Practical training in vaccine administration, and assessment and sign-off competency is also required before administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

For more information about the COVID-19 Vaccination programme, including details on how to access, visit the e-LfH website.

Promoting Careers in the Allied Health Professions e-learning programme now live

Posted on: March 24th, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked in partnership with the Office for Students, College of Podiatry, British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists, Society of Radiographers and British and Irish Orthoptics Society to develop three e-learning sessions to support AHPs undertaking voluntary outreach work with young people and career changers, in schools or other settings.

The sessions, which should be completed in numerical order, teach learners about the context for outreach work and its importance, developing content that is relevant to different audiences, and delivering compelling content that will help to inspire the next generation of AHPs.

The resources capture the expertise in AHP outreach developed by the professional outreach team employed under the ‘Strategic Interventions in Health Education Disciplines’ project, funded by the Office for Students (2018-21), and link closely with the ‘I See The Difference’ campaign and website.

Learning outcomes from the sessions may be submitted to the Health and Care Professions Council as part of a CPD audit.

For more information about the e-learning programme, including details on how to access, please visit the Promoting Careers in the Allied Health Professions programme page.

e-Learning for Healthcare – What’s next?

Posted on: March 15th, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

HEE’s TEL team provides a range of services that enable the application of learning technologies and simulation-based education within HEE and across the health and care workforce to support education and training to improve patient care.

The TEL team’s services include managing three digital platforms that provide learning opportunities for the health and care workforce. The largest of these platforms is the e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) Hub.

In 2020, the e-LfH Hub saw 22 million session launches and it has seen over 50 million session launches since e-LfH began. The number of people accessing e-LfH content is increasing every day and the TEL team is keen to ensure stability for learners in the future.

In May 2020, the TEL team launched the Learning Hub; a new digital platform that provides easy access to a wide range of education and training resources for the health and care workforce. Organisations and users can contribute and share resources for those in health and care to access.

As part of the further development of the Learning Hub, existing e-LfH content will be migrated to the Learning Hub.  As well as the learning content being migrated, users’ accounts will also be transferred to ensure learning records are preserved to provide continuity for learners and employers.  It is important to highlight that all the existing functionality that users experience on the e-LfH Hub will be retained and, in fact, accessing e-LfH content via the Learning Hub will provide additional features and functionality for learners. The migration of e-LfH content to the Learning Hub supports the ways of working and the future direction of the TEL team’s work; keeping platforms up to date using the latest technology and providing easy access to many other resources and resource types to further support education and training for the health and care workforce.

The e-LfH design and development service will continue to operate as it currently does, working with subject matter experts, clinical leads and stakeholders to develop high quality digital learning content to meet the needs of our health and care learners.

We will share further updates when possible in our monthly newsletter, TEL News, and on Twitter – @HEE_TEL.  If you have any questions about the migration or would like adding to the distribution list for TEL News, please email tel@hee.nhs.uk.

COVID-19 vaccination e-learning updates

Posted on: March 15th, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Since the COVID-19 vaccination programme went live, the content of the different sessions which make up this programme has been updated and amended as more information about the vaccines and the vaccine programme has become available. For those who have already completed this e-learning programme, these updates are detailed below, starting with the most recent.

 

16 February 2021

Core Knowledge, Pfizer BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccine sessions all updated to include:

  • advice on managing allergic history and allergies after first dose
  • updated information and clarification of advice on vaccination in pregnancy

as stated in revised Green Book COVID-19 chapter

 

29 January 2021

Pfizer BioNTech vaccine session:

AstraZeneca vaccine session:

  • Change to state multidose vial should be clearly labelled with the date and time of expiry rather than from when it was first punctured

Some minor wording changes in Core Knowledge, Pfizer BioNTech and AstraZeneca sessions in response to user feedback or nationally published guidance.

 

20 January 2021

Core Knowledge session:

  • Section on Long COVID added,
  • Section on laboratory and pathology staff and social care staff eligibility for vaccination updated to be in line with Green Book COVID-19 chapter
  • Change to wording around immunosuppression to reflect change to Green Book COVID-19 chapter about this

 

Pfizer BioNTech vaccine session:

  • Waste disposal section updated in response to expert feedback
  • Addition of ordering via Foundry system by PCN designated sites in response to request to add this from Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS)
  • Change to wording of description of appearance of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine prior to dilution following change about this in the Pfizer Reg174 HCP Information document
  • Addition of link and reference to the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine healthcare professional’s training and information materials (cvdvaccine.co.uk/)

 

AstraZeneca vaccine session:

  • Waste disposal section updated in response to expert feedback
  • Minor wording changes to “how does the vaccine work” in response to user feedback for clarity
  • Addition of ordering via Foundry system by PCN designated sites in response to request to add this from Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS)
  • Addition of link and reference to the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine healthcare professional’s training and information materials (cvdvaccine.co.uk/)

 

8 January 2021

  • Advice about obtaining an additional dose from COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca vials added to AstraZeneca session
  • More information about recommended interval between first and second dose added to both AstraZeneca and Pfizer BioNTech sessions
  • More information added to section about information to provide to recipients following vaccination in both AstraZeneca and Pfizer BioNTech sessions.

 

31 December 2020

  • New knowledge and assessment sessions on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine added
  • Core Knowledge and Pfizer BioNTech vaccine sessions updated to include: revised advice from JCVI on pregnancy and breastfeeding, updated statement from JCVI about scheduling of vaccine doses (between 4 and 12 weeks),
  • Pfizer BioNTech session updated to include: advice on obtaining a 6th dose from a vial, and allergy precautions as stated in updated Green Book COVID-19 chapter and updated Information for Healthcare Professionals on Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine document

 

December 2020

  • Core Knowledge session updated with advice about not giving COVID-19 vaccine to pregnant or breastfeeding women after the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 (Pfizer BioNTech) was authorised for use
  • New MHRA guidance added on not giving COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 to those with a history of anaphylaxis to a vaccine, medicine or food or a previous dose of the vaccine and addition of 15 minute minimum observation period following vaccination
  • Some amendments to the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 session storage and reconstitution sections following republication of updated Information for Healthcare Professionals on Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine document

Housekeeping preparation for changes to e-LfH login

Posted on: March 4th, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Small changes to the e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) login process will be made in the near future.  In preparation for this change we are encouraging all e-LfH users to make a note of their username and password and check their email address and other personal details linked to their e-LfH account.

To check your details are current, once logged in to the e-LfH Hub, via https://portal.e-lfh.org.uk/, please go to “My account”.  Select “Personal details” in the drop down menu and check your primary email address is current.  If it isn’t please update it and select “Save changes”.

To check your employment location is correct go to “My account” and choose “Employment details”.  On the next screen select your job role.  Update your place of work by typing in the postcode.  Choose your location when it appears and select “Save changes”.

Further information about this piece of work will be published as additional news stories on this page.

COVID-19 vaccination e-learning updates.

Posted on: February 5th, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments
Since the COVID-19 vaccination programme went live, the content of the different sessions which make up this programme has been updated and amended as more information about the vaccines and the vaccine programme has become available. For those who have already completed this e-learning programme, these updates are detailed below, starting with the most recent.

29 January 2021

Pfizer BioNTech vaccine session:

AstraZeneca vaccine session:

  • Change to state multidose vial should be clearly labelled with the date and time of expiry rather than from when it was first punctured

Some minor wording changes in Core Knowledge, Pfizer BioNTech and AstraZeneca sessions in response to user feedback or nationally published guidance.

8 January 2021

  • Advice about obtaining an additional dose from COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca vials added to AstraZeneca session
  • More information about recommended interval between first and second dose added to both AstraZeneca and Pfizer BioNTech sessions
  • More information added to section about information to provide to recipients following vaccination in both AstraZeneca and Pfizer BioNTech sessions.

20 January 2021

Core Knowledge session:

  • Section on Long COVID added,
  • Section on laboratory and pathology staff and social care staff eligibility for vaccination updated to be in line with Green Book COVID-19 chapter
  • Change to wording around immunosuppression to reflect change to Green Book COVID-19 chapter about this

Pfizer BioNTech vaccine session:

  • Waste disposal section updated in response to expert feedback
  • Addition of ordering via Foundry system by PCN designated sites in response to request to add this from Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS)
  • Change to wording of description of appearance of Pfizer BioNTech vaccine prior to dilution following change about this in the Pfizer Reg174 HCP Information document
  • Addition of link and reference to the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine healthcare professional’s training and information materials (cvdvaccine.co.uk/)

AstraZeneca vaccine session:

  • Waste disposal section updated in response to expert feedback
  • Minor wording changes to “how does the vaccine work” in response to user feedback for clarity
  • Addition of ordering via Foundry system by PCN designated sites in response to request to add this from Specialist Pharmacy Service (SPS)
  • Addition of link and reference to the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine healthcare professional’s training and information materials (cvdvaccine.co.uk/)

31 December 2020

  • New knowledge and assessment sessions on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine added
  • Core Knowledge and Pfizer BioNTech vaccine sessions updated to include: revised advice from JCVI on pregnancy and breastfeeding, updated statement from JCVI about scheduling of vaccine doses (between 4 and 12 weeks),
  • Pfizer BioNTech session updated to include: advice on obtaining a 6th dose from a vial, and allergy precautions as stated in updated Green Book COVID-19 chapter and updated Information for Healthcare Professionals on Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine document

December 2020

  • Core Knowledge session updated with advice about not giving COVID-19 vaccine to pregnant or breastfeeding women after the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 (Pfizer BioNTech) was authorised for use
  • New MHRA guidance added on not giving COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 to those with a history of anaphylaxis to a vaccine, medicine or food or a previous dose of the vaccine and addition of 15 minute minimum observation period following vaccination
  • Some amendments to the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 session storage and reconstitution sections following republication of updated Information for Healthcare Professionals on Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine document

Rapid COVID-19 training and education resources for critical care

Posted on: February 2nd, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

To support staff being redeployed into critical care during the pandemic, the London Transformation and Learning Collaborative (LTLC) has worked in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) to develop a range of resources to support staff.

This includes:

  • 360-degree virtual ICU bed space
  • Toolkit for rapid cross-skilling
  • Just-in-time training for deployed staff
  • Skills passports for registered support clinicians and non-registered support staff (currently London only)
  • Short films on moral injury, preparing for deployment and more

Follow the links above to access each resource and visit the LTLC page on the e-LfH website for further support.

The website includes key resources to help individuals, educators and systems prepare for and work during surges in capacity. In recognition of the time pressure staff are under, these are designed to be short bite-sized learning that can be read or watched in advance, on the move or on the ward. The resources are for all staff, regardless of profession, and can be undertaken as self-directed learning or delivered by educators or trainers.

The LTLC was established in 2020, aimed at increasing the capacity of the critical care workforce in London to help prepare for a second surge in COVID-19 cases in the capital. If you need to get in touch, email ltlc@hee.nhs.uk. 

Image Interpretation renamed Clinical Imaging

Posted on: January 29th, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare programme, Image Interpretation, that is developed in partnership with the College and Society of Radiographers has been renamed Clinical Imaging to reflect the scope and nature of the resource more accurately.

Dorothy Keane, Clinical Lead for Clinical Imaging, said: “When I became clinical lead for the programme we could not have envisaged how successful the programme would be and how demand for sessions would grow exponentially to encompass all modalities and topics such as research in radiography, dementia, dignity, personalising care, orthopaedics and interventional procedures. The programme now has almost 500 sessions covering radiography, ultrasound, CT, MRI, fluoroscopy and nuclear medicine.

“With such growth we have outgrown our original scale and intentions and feel renaming the programme as Clinical Imaging is important to accurately reflect our broader scope and aims.”

Since the launch of the programme there have been almost 218,000 session launches; demonstrating just how much of a well-used resource it is.  The Clinical Imaging team will continue to provide free resources for colleagues working in clinical imaging as well as other healthcare professionals and will develop new e-learning sessions to reflect changes in imaging and the wider NHS.

For more information about the Clinical Imaging programme, including details on how to access the sessions please visit the e-LfH website.

e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies