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COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca e-learning sessions now available

Posted on: January 1st, 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 programme consists of a core knowledge session, the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 Pfizer-BioNTech session, the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca session and accompanying assessment sessions for each.

All those undertaking this e-learning should 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 both vaccine specific sessions as these provide more detailed information including how the vaccine works, how it should be stored, prepared and administered and any contraindications, precautions and potential vaccine reactions. The assessment sessions should be completed after each session.

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.

e-LfH launches hit 20 million for 2020

Posted on: December 18th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) Hub has passed the milestone of 20 million content launches so far this year.  Over the last 14 years there have been 50 million session launches on the e-LfH Hub with 20 million of those being in just the last 12 months.

The health and care workforce have engaged with e-learning and the growth in usage of e-LfH resources indicates there is great demand for a blended approach to learning across the health and care workforce.

Patrick Mitchell, Director of Innovation and Transformation at Health Education England,

“20 million launches in a single year is a very significant milestone and achievement for Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare and reflects how important our role is in providing education and training resources for the health and care workforce. It represents 20 million training interventions to help hard working staff deliver better patient care.

“This increase in use can partly be attributed to our Coronavirus programme, which is regularly being updated to meet the needs of the workforce responding to the pandemic, the NHS Test and Trace resources and the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

“But it is also reflective of changes in working patterns and practices as a whole. There were already high levels of usage for online learning and that has been further heightened by the pandemic, as face-to-face sessions and ‘hands on’ learning have been replaced for many by e-learning and other online learning solutions. “

HEE e-LfH, which is part of the Technology Enhanced Learning team, supports patient care by developing e-learning resources to educate and train the health and care workforce. Currently more than 400 e-learning programmes are available, or being developed, in collaboration with organisations including Royal Colleges, Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement and Public Health England.

HEE e-LfH’s programmes cover subjects from audiology to anaesthesia, dentistry to dermatology, electronic fetal monitoring to end of life care, primary care to prescribing, safeguarding children to statutory and mandatory training.

For more information about e-LfH visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/.

 

e-Learning resource to teach children how to swallow pills

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

New e-learning resource to teach children how to swallow pills

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked in partnership with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Great North Children’s Hospital to develop “Kidzmed” – an e-learning programme developed for members of the multidisciplinary team to teach children and young people how to swallow pills.

It is believed that pills have numerous advantages over suspensions for children and young people, carers, prescribers and pharmacists:

  • For children and young people: pills are less sickly, contain less sugar and children who swallow pills tend to have better adherence to their medication regimens
  • For carers: pills have a longer shelf-life, do not require a fridge for storage, are easier to transport and more readily available in local pharmacies
  • For prescribers: less prone to errors when writing prescriptions and can prescribe larger quantities
  • For pharmacists: pills are more commonly stocked in local pharmacies compared to suspensions.

Due to the above benefits swallowing pills is considered an important life skill for children to learn and the e-learning session has been developed to help healthcare professionals and carers teach children and young people how to swallow pills.

The Kidzmed initiative was set up at the Great North Children’s Hospital, Newcastle, and has won the NHS Sustainability Award, the HSJ Value Award for Pharmacy and Optimisation and the Bright Ideas in Health Award for Demonstrating an Impact upon Quality Improvement. The 15-minute e-learning session is for all health and care professionals who want to teach children and young people how to swallow pills using an evidence-based, six-step technique.

For more information about the e-learning resource, including details on how to access, visit the e-LfH website.

COVID-19 Vaccination e-learning programme now live

Posted on: November 27th, 2020 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 programme currently consists of one core knowledge session, which covers subjects including vaccine eligibility and legal aspects, and an accompanying multiple-choice assessment session.  All those undertaking this e-learning should complete the core knowledge session as this is designed to provide essential knowledge about COVID-19 and the key principles of vaccination needed to deliver the vaccine.

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.

Learners should also complete the vaccine specific session(s), when available, which will provide more detailed information about the vaccine(s). The assessment sessions should be completed after each knowledge session.  More vaccine-specific sessions will be added as and when more COVID-19 vaccines become available.

Additional, complementary, e-learning sessions including Basic Life Support, anaphylaxis and statutory and mandatory training are available to support vaccinators’ training and education.

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

e-Learning programme to support the transition of families from neonatal units to home

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

The Institute of Health Visiting and Tiny Lives Trust have worked in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare to develop a new e-learning session for health visitors working with families to transition from neonatal units to home.

The e-learning session aims to raise awareness of the health visitor’s role in supporting sick and preterm babies. It is intended to complement existing e-Learning for Healthcare training programmes, which are referred to during the session.

The resource was coproduced in partnership with parents of babies who have been on neonatal units.

For more information about the resources, including access details, please visit the e-LfH website.

HEE and RCOT unite to create new blended training programme

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

HEE e-LfH and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) have worked together to create the first blended training programme for occupational therapists in perinatal mental health.

Occupational therapists play a key role in promoting women’s recovery from perinatal mental health problems, helping them overcome the barriers preventing them from doing the activities that matter to them and their children.

The new blended training programme is being highlighted to coincide with Occupational Therapy Week (2-6 November). It includes an e-learning programme of six sessions, hosted on the e-Learning for Healthcare Hub, as well as a virtual face-to-face forum with clinical experts.

The forum is being hosted by RCOT for new and existing members, who will have access to a wide range of learning resources and information.

The e-learning sessions have already been launched more than 3,000 times.

Occupational therapists taking part will also have access to networking opportunities and annual study days (virtual during the current COVID-19 pandemic).

Rebecca Burgess-Dawson, Clinical Lead for Mental Health Education and Quality, Health Education England, said: “This innovation enables occupational therapists to embed their practice within the context of specialist perinatal mental healthcare, and further consolidate their expertise within teams.

“Teaching with clinical experts, coupled with sessions remotely and online, means this programme maximises flexibility whilst still creating a learning community.”

More information about the e-learning programme can be found here:- https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/perinatal-mental-health/

Feedback sought on Coronavirus programme

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

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare has created ten surveys to gather feedback from users on its Coronavirus e-learning programme.  The programme launched in March 2020 and is freely available to all colleagues working in the NHS, independent sector and social care. The surveys are aimed at all health and care professionals and take just five minutes to complete:

Care Certificate sessions re-designed to support mobile phone users

Posted on: October 26th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with Care Certificate leads in Health Education England and Skills for Care to ensure the Care Certificate e-learning sessions are easy to access on a mobile phone. The re-design was initiated by feedback from learners and educational leads and reflects the different ways our users are now accessing learning.

The Care Certificate programme is a set of core standards that health and social care support workers adhere to during their daily working life.

The e-learning programme underpins the theoretical learning for each standard, and there are also scenarios which support its completion in a wide range of care settings.

Designed with the unregistered workforce in mind, the Care Certificate was developed to provide standardised, structured learning at the beginning of a career in care.   This aims to ensure that care workers have the same introduction to fundamental skills, knowledge and behaviours to support the provision of compassionate, safe, quality care to the individuals in their care.

The re-designed sessions include the same learning objectives and content as the previous versions and are suitable for learners accessing the resource on a desktop, laptop and tablet as well as on a mobile phone.

More information about the Care Certificate e-learning programme is available here.

New Adverse Childhood Experiences programme now available

Posted on: August 26th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has added a new e-learning module on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to its MindEd programme.

A child, whose mind and body are overly stressed and in fight, flight or freeze mode, is not open for learning. ACEs have short and long-term negative life changing consequences across education, health, care, criminal justice, later employment and life expectancy outcomes.

This module is designed to deliver key knowledge and skills development for teachers and other professionals in schools. The three case study sessions are skills focussed and video rich, with blended learning support for workshop-based skills development. There are also information-packed knowledge sessions as a primer.

All sessions have been co-written by leading mental health and teaching experts including Dr Warren Larkin – Consultant Clinical Psychiatrist, Niki Cooper – Head of Learning Mental Health Workforce at Place2Be, Dr John Ivens – Headteacher at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School, and many others.

The three sessions cover:

  • The science behind ACEs
  • Building resilience for children affected by ACEs
  • General classroom management

The sessions are freely available to access here: https://www.minded.org.uk/Component/Details/653614.

A further three sessions will be added later in 2020.

MindEd is a free educational resource for mental health.  The variety of free resources aims to provide adults, across professions and organisations and including parents and carers, with the knowledge to support wellbeing, the understanding to identify young and older people at risk of a mental health condition and the confidence to act on their concern and, if needed, signpost to services that can help.

For more information about MindEd visit: https://www.minded.org.uk/

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