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New e-learning on hypertension now available

Posted on: February 5th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England has worked with NHS England & NHS Improvement and Public Health England to develop an e-learning programme to address the huge underdiagnosis and inaccurate diagnosis of hypertension.

The Hypertension upskilling programme incorporates up to date guidelines and evidence-based aims to aid front-line primary care colleagues in the diagnosis and management of hypertension and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk – including familial, hypercholesterolaemia, artrial fibrillation, dyslipidaemia and other cardiovascular disease related conditions.

The NHS Long Term Plan makes hypertension one of the top three cardiovascular priorities, alongside artrial fibrillation and lipid management. This plan has set a target of, over the next ten years, 80% of the expected prevalence of hypertension should be diagnosed and, of those diagnosed, 80% treated to target as per NICE guidelines.

The programme was funded by Health Education England and developed in partnership with NHS England & NHS Improvement, and Public Health England. It consists of a webinar and a short quiz to test knowledge and understanding of the topic.

For more information about the programme, including details of how to access the e-learning sessions, visit:

AICC functionality: Chrome browser - close window behaviour UPDATE

Posted on: February 4th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Further to the previous news item released on 16 January 2020, Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) can now confirm that the change to the close window behaviour will be contained in the next version of the Chrome browser, version 80. The change is to alter what happens on the close of a browser window and may affect the recording of learner activity when some e-LfH sessions are accessed via AICC.

For more technical detail of this specific change, please view Google’s information:

During our testing we have found that this affects what happens when an e-learning session is closed remotely by an external Learning Management System (LMS) using our AICC functionality. An error is produced which may, or may not, result in the learner’s activity being recorded. (This is dependent on how the external LMS launches the session).

We are actively working on preventative measures within our session templates to use a different communication method on the close of the window. However, this would rely on a rebuild of each session being used via AICC and as we have a very large catalogue of content available; this is a substantial task. We will address the most popular sessions and update these first, but it will take several weeks to update all the sessions. At this stage the work to rebuild the sessions is not complete.

The update from Chrome is due to be rolled out by Google from 4 February 2020. Following the update, if the error is encountered, a different browser can be used.

Please be assured that the e-LfH Hub has been updated to allow Chrome users to continue to access our e-learning sessions via the e-LfH Hub and their activity will continue to be accurately recorded.

Further updates will be posted on this blog as to whether Google make this change and our plans, if required, to update the sessions.

Work and Health e-learning programme launches additional evaluation survey

Posted on: February 4th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

e-LfH has launched an additional evaluation survey on its Work and Health e-learning programme. The survey invites learners to provide feedback on the programme and whether it has met its objectives:

The e-learning programme aims to help healthcare professionals to recognise the value in talking to patients about work and supports them to make brief interventions such as discussing the health benefits of work with patients, talking about return to work and advising on adjustments at work. The survey only takes 5-10 minutes to complete and your valuable feedback will help inform and shape future developments of the Work and Health e-learning programme.

For more information on the Work and Health e-learning programme visit:

e-Learning to help people living in cold homes

Posted on: February 3rd, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Around three million people in England live in homes that are too cold. The health effects are enormous – people can end up visiting their GP more, being admitted to hospital, becoming depressed, or even dying because they are just not warm enough at home.

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with Public Health England (PHE) to develop the Helping People Living in Cold Homes e-learning programme for health and care professionals.

The e-learning resource supports health and social care professionals to put National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance into practice.

Aimed at health and care staff who undertake home visits, the resource provides information on local services that can assist people living in cold homes, such as installing insulation, improving heating systems or helping reduce energy bills.

It also helps people spot the signs of a cold home – including less obvious ones.

With this information, staff can have a conversation with people whose health may be affected by being too cold at home, and signpost them to the relevant local services.

For more information about the e-learning programme, including details on how to access, visit:

New 'Successful Self Care Aware Consultations' e-learning programme

Posted on: February 3rd, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare has worked with NHS England and NHS Improvement, and the Self Care Forum to develop an e-learning programme to equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills to conduct a ‘self-care aware’ consultation with patients and carers.

Aimed at healthcare professionals working in primary care including GPs, pharmacists and nurses, the course has been created to improve the learner’s confidence to advise patients and/or their carers on how they can manage and treat minor health conditions. In addition, it seeks to assist commissioners and prescribers with implementing the guidance for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) ‘Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care’ developed by NHS England and NHS Improvement, and NHS Clinical Commissioners.

The programme consists of four e-learning sessions to support strategies to improve access to evidence-based information about self-treatable conditions including referral to, the Self Care Forum website or directly to community pharmacists. Sessions include:

Session 1: Context of Self Care in the Wider Healthcare Arena

Session 2: Principles of Management of Self-Treatable Conditions

Session 3: Self Care Aware Consultation

Session 4: Promoting Self Care

All the supporting materials for this programme have been written by subject specialists and experts in this field. The e-learning programme is available on the e-LfH Hub, the Electronic Staff Record (ESR), via AICC links and for registered users of the Centre for Pharmacy Education (CPPE) website.

For more information about the e-learning programme visit:

TEL News January 2020

Posted on: January 31st, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

This month’s edition includes details of progress in the Learning Hub development plus an article regarding the positive impact of simulation training. There is also details of new Safeguarding Adults courses now available and the launch of a new e-learning programme pathway for ambulance service teams.

Select the following link to access our full publication of TEL News.

National Data Opt-out - online training to support compliance deadline

Posted on: January 29th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with NHS Digital to develop a single session of online training to help organisations understand and comply with the National Data Opt-out policy.

The programme consists of a single session that should take no more than 45 minutes to complete. It is designed for colleagues who are responsible for ensuring compliance by 31 March, but is also helpful to wider staff for general awareness.

For more information about the programme, including details on how to access it, please visit:

Updated guidance and resources is also available to aid understanding and action.

Foundation programme - January 2020 update

Posted on: January 29th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Welcome to your January 2020 update about the Foundation e-learning programme that has been developed specifically for Foundation doctors by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) and is approved by UKFPO.

Do you need to complete parts of the curriculum on your e-portfolio which you do not cover in day-to-day practice? If so, why not try some of our free e-learning mapped directly to the Foundation Professional Capabilities (Training Outcomes) in the 2016 Foundation Curriculum.

The sessions in the e-LfH Foundation e-learning programme –

Professional Capability: 1 Acts professionally and Professional Capability: 2 Delivers patient-centred care and maintains trust – explore the relationship between doctors and their patients and how to deliver effective patient-centred care. ‘Handling Complaints’ provides essential information about common factors leading to complaints, how to minimise these, the procedures involved and what your responsibilities are as a foundation doctor. The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) protects the right of vulnerable people and this group of sessions cover topics such as assessing capacity, consent, patient autonomy and safeguarding. You will also consider the multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach to healthcare in the hospital and patient support after discharge.

Professional Capability: 1 Acts Professionally and Professional Capability


* Handling Complaints

Professional Capability: 2 Delivers patient-centred care and maintains trust Sessions:

* Assessing Mental Capacity

* Planning Ahead Using the MCA

* Best Interests

* Restraint

* Patient Autonomy and Related Ethics

* Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
* Confidentiality and Privacy
* Keeping the Patient at the Centre of Care
* Seeing the Whole Picture
* Family Dynamics Affecting Discharge
* 01_02 Blood Transfusion and Consent Scenario
* 01_03 Mental Capacity Act and Death Certification

You can sign in to the e-learning with your login supplied by e-LfH at the beginning of your foundation training:

Safeguarding Adults

Posted on: January 27th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Enrol now for Level 3 Safeguarding Adults

The first run of the level 3 safeguarding adults free online course starts on Monday 27 January 2020, lasting for three weeks (weekly study: one hour).

This online course contributes towards the achievement of level 3 safeguarding competencies, as set out in Safeguarding for Adults: Roles and Competencies.

Topics covered include:

  • Taking part in, and contributing to, wider multi-disciplinary safeguarding meetings
  • The challenges of complex safeguarding concerns
  • How communication, information sharing, and confidentiality contribute to effective safeguarding
  • Professional and contemporaneous safeguarding documentation
  • Reflective practice and the role of supervision in safeguarding.

Developed in partnership with the Safeguarding Adults National Network, this online course is just one of a set of national resources for level 3 and 4 safeguarding adults training that HEE is making freely available to all health and care staff from the end of January 2020.

Health and care staff can enrol now at

Coming soon

Accompanying the level 3 online course, will be a facilitator guide to run complementary face to face training in your organisation. This will be made available on the e-LfH Hub at the end of January.

For level 4 safeguarding adults, staff will be able to access a gap analysis tool to discover relevant resources based on their current knowledge and skills, log their work-based learning and have access to a programme of live webinars on ‘hot topics’ running throughout 2020.

Level 4 safeguarding adults live webinar programme for 2020

In conjunction with NHS England and NHS Improvement, HEE are offering a programme of four live webinars throughout 2020 to support staff needing to attain competence at level 4 safeguarding adults. The topics and dates are:

  • Self-neglect and inherent jurisdiction – Monday 10 February 2020, 12-1pm. Enrolment is now open for this webinar, to register click here and select ‘join as a participant’, then ‘Registration’.
  • Fabricated and induced illness – Monday 4 May 2020, 12-1pm.
  • People in positions of trust – Monday 13 July 2020, 12-1pm.
  • Issues between different organisations – Monday 23 November 2020, 12-1pm.

Recordings of the live sessions will be made available on the e-LfH website if you are unable to attend the live sessions.

Enrol now to join the live webinar ‘Self-neglect and inherent jurisdiction’ taking place on Monday 10 February 2020, 12-1pm.

This webinar will be delivered by Kenny Gibson, National Head of Safeguarding, NHS England and NHS Improvement, and topics covered will include:

  • What is self-neglect?
  • What causes self-neglect?
  • Relevant legislation
  • What is inherent jurisdiction?
  • When does it apply?

This webinar is designed for named professionals, including lead doctors, heads of adult safeguarding, and named GPs/doctors for organisations commissioning primary care as well as named professionals working in provider or commissioning services.

The interactive session will meet the following Safeguarding Level 4 learning outcomes.

To register click here and select ‘join as a participant’, then ‘registration’.

For more information about the Safeguarding Adults programme, please email

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