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New Frailty e-learning programme aims to ensure there is equity in the understanding and knowledge of frailty across the workforce

Posted on: May 11th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

A leadership collaborative consisting of frailty specialists, Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH), the London Clinical Network for Frailty, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Wessex Academic Health Science Network have developed a new e-learning programme looking at frailty as a complex multi-system, long term condition.

This exciting and much needed programme promotes a universal language in frailty identification that will support health and social care staff, as well as members of the public, to meet the needs of individuals living with varying degrees of frailty, to deliver improved health outcomes.

This e-learning programme aligns with the national and regional Ageing Well strategies for improvement. It explores the multi-system complexity of frailty via the Geriatric 5Ms. This simple framework which comprises Mind, Mobility, Medications, Multi-complexity and Matters most encompasses all the elements which are important when considering holistic care for those living with frailty.

The programme is split into three tiers, aligned to the learning needs of different groups. This ranges from the general public, reception staff and porters to clinicians working in acute frailty services.

The programme is compliant with Frailty, A framework of core capabilities (2018) and has been funded by HEE’s Urgent and Emergency Care Workforce Collaborative for London.

For more information, and to access the resource, please visit the Frailty programme page.

Care Certificate for assessors resources launched

Posted on: April 26th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Following requests from the health and care sectors, Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has developed 2 new sessions to assist assessors in supporting individuals being assessed for the Care Certificate programme.

The Care Certificate is a set of standards developed for the health and social care support workforce, to provide a framework to ensure that all support workers have the same introductory skills, knowledge and behaviours to prepare them to deliver care in their workplace setting. The Care Certificate needs to be assessed through both theory and practice and the role of the assessor is fundamental to its achievement.

The 2 new sessions, and their associated support guide, are designed to support assessment in the workplace and will be useful for all staff that have responsibility for making decisions on whether a support worker in health or care has been able to apply the standards set out within the Care Certificate.

The resources are appropriate for those who are new to the role as a workplace assessor for the Care Certificate, and for those who would like to refresh and update their skills in Care Certificate assessment.

The 3 new resources are:

  1. New assessor support guide
  2. Session 1 – Assessment principles
  3. Session 2 – Assessing the Care Certificate

For more information and access details please visit the Care Certificate progamme page.

Informatics Skills Development Network (ISDN) toolkit now available

Posted on: April 22nd, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Health Education England (HEE) has developed a toolkit to help regions create their own Informatics Skills Development Network (ISDN). HEE is working with regions around the country to establish ISDNs and this toolkit provides the advice, guidance, templates and examples to use when setting up a regional ISDN.

The programme team are grateful for the content, which has been provided by the North West Informatics Skills Development Network – an established network with over ten years’ experience in this area.

The key topics within the toolkit are:

  • Getting started
  • Year 1 training programme
  • Data collection
  • Inaugural annual conference
  • Accreditation programme
  • Setting up special interest groups

There is also a wide range of templates and example documents in the resources section.

More information and access details are available on the ISDN toolkit programme page

End of life care e-learning pathway for care workers

Posted on: April 21st, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

A learning path has been added to the e-learning programme End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) designed for care workers supporting people near the end of life.

The aim of the learning path is to provide care assistants with a greater understanding and confidence when caring for individuals near the end of life and to offer support for their families. It’s relevant for those working in care homes and domiciliary care/care at home services.

The learning path has been updated with support from Skills for Care and includes

core and additional recommended e-learning sessions.

The e-ELCA e-learning programme was developed by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) and the Association for Palliative Medicine (APM) to enhance the training and education of the health and social care workforce.

The Skills for Care learning path for care workers supporting a person near the end of life learning path is available on the e-LfH Hub.

New sessions added to the e-LPRAS programme

Posted on: April 20th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) to add new content to the e-Learning Programme for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (e-LPRAS).

e-LPRAS offers a wide range of sessions covering the knowledge-base of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery and is aimed at plastic surgery trainees from speciality training year 3 (ST3) onwards. The e-learning will also appeal to consultants, non-consultant career grades and allied health professionals who want to increase and update their knowledge base.

5 new sessions have been added to the programme and 6 existing sessions have been updated.

New sessions are:

  • Applied Anatomy of the Foot and Ankle (Module 8 – Lower Limb)
  • Abdominal Lipectomy (Module 7 – Lower Trunk)
  • Flaps for Skin and Soft Tissue Cover in the Thigh (Module 8 – Lower Limb)
  • Principles of Surgery for Pressure Ulcers (Module 7 – Lower Trunk)
  • Tissue Expansion for Breast Reconstruction (Module 6 – Breast and Chest Wall)

The updated sessions are all within Module 1 – Essentials of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery:

  • Acute Wound Infections
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Histology of Muscle and Tendon
  • Human and Animal Bites
  • Reflective Practice in Plastic Surgery
  • Skin Ulcers – Assessment

For more information about the e-learning programme and to access the sessions, visit the e-LPRAS programme page.


New eating disorders e-learning programme for medical students and foundation doctors

Posted on: April 7th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with Beat and the Royal College of Psychiatrists to develop an e-learning programme to help medical students and foundation doctors feel more confident in identifying and assessing patients with eating disorders.

The e-learning is designed to ensure that all medical students and foundation doctors are trained to understand, identify and respond appropriately when faced with a patient with a possible eating disorder.

This programme is designed to enable them to:

  • Identify the major eating disorders and spot the early warning signs
  • Understand the role of starvation in eating disorders and the effects on the brain
  • Understand common challenges experienced by clinicians identifying people with eating disorders
  • Identify the occurrence of eating disorders in patients who may present with other conditions
  • Understand how to assess for an eating disorder
  • Understand from sufferers of eating disorders about how they confronted their illness
  • Recognise the official guidance and care pathways available

It was developed in response to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) investigation into avoidable deaths from eating disorders, as outlined in recommendations from the Ignoring the Alarms: How NHS Eating Disorder Services are Failing Patients report (PHSO, 2017).

A 2017 survey and review of undergraduate training found that the majority of UK doctors receive less than 2 hours of training and eating disorders during their 10-16 years of medical training and approximately 20% do not receive any training at all (Ayton and Ibrahim, 2018).

While the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS, 2007) in England found that 6.4% of adults screened positive for an eating disorder.

Programme partners are Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Eating Disorders.

For more information and to access the e-learning programme, visit the programme page.

Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 33

Posted on: April 1st, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Key Messages and links to 1 April 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news


We have created a COVID-19 update webpage. It provides guidance and information from HEE, which applies to all students and trainees. This webpage also includes HEE COVID-19 Surge Guidance.


Extra support for new generation of UK doctors

HEE has announced that medical graduates can now have an extra five days shadowing in their first year of Foundation School. This additional paid commitment is to help compensate for some disrupted learning and experiences arising from the impact of the pandemic.

This is in addition to the usual period of shadowing that is offered to trainee doctors, which enables new FY1 doctors to fully adapt to their new surroundings and colleagues and develop their confidence. The extra period of shadowing, to be organised through the UK Foundation Schools, will also be helpful to those who have graduated overseas who will be unfamiliar with the NHS. The funding has been supported by the Departments of Health in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland 

Attendance at the extra shadowing period will not be mandatory, but UK Foundation School Directors strongly recommend that new FY1 doctors take the opportunities provided, so that they get to know senior medical colleagues in their team, meet the other healthcare professionals in their new workplace, and become familiar with their new clinical environment.

For further info https://foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/


We are supporting all professions to rapidly grow to meet the needs of patients by:

Data Driven Healthcare in 2030: Transformation Requirements of the NHS Digital Technology and Health Informatics Workforce

This report was commissioned by HEE’s Digital Readiness programme to identify the capacity and capability challenges facing the NHS digital technology and informatics workforce (the ‘digital workforce’) in the next 10 years.

Information from the exercise was used to model projected demand, and data from the NHS Electronic Staff Record used to model projected supply, for the digital workforce for the period 2020 to 2030. Particular attention was paid to workforce demand and the job roles and skills needed in a scenario called the Data Driven Future.


We are ensuring core HEE work to support our NHS colleagues continues:

Big increase in students taking NETS survey

The National Education and Training Survey (NETS) 2020 campaign has seen an increase of 20 per cent in responses on the previous year, with almost 37,000 recorded. Find out more about the NETS survey.


We are making sure all professions have the training they need to make a difference:

Applications for cohort four of the NHS Digital Academy’s Digital Health Leadership Programme open on 1 April

The application window for Cohort 4 of the NHS Digital Academy Digital Health Leadership Programme opens on 1 April 2021, closing on Friday 30 April, with the Cohort starting in September 2021.

You will find the latest updates on the NHS Digital Academy website, including support throughout the application process, top tips, case studies and access to webinars, and by following the Digital Readiness Twitter account.


New guide to building a digital strategy

NHS Providers have launched this brand new Digital Boards guide is the third in its series, focusing on how NHS trusts can build a successful digital strategy. The guide is produced in collaboration with Public Digital and supported by Health Education England and NHSX, as part of their Digital Readiness Programme.


Digital competency framework for Allied Health Professionals

This AHP digital competency framework has been developed to support the enhancement of digital competence (knowledge and skills associated with digital technology in practice) for all allied health professions from band 3 to band 9. It is intended to be a developmental and supportive tool that can enable all staff to meet their digital potential.

The framework was developed by Chris Tack, a Topol Digital Fellow and will be developed into an interactive profession specific self-assessment tool in the future.


New opportunities to gain project support for innovation and education in anticipatory care through the National CLEAR Programme

HEE is offering support to local projects that developing local anticipatory care models. This is a chance for primary care networks and integrated care systems to accelerate local initiatives in anticipatory care, to improve patient care, population health and help to relieve pressures on primary care.

What is the National CLEAR Programme? CLEAR (Clinically-Led workforcE and Activity Redesign) is a work-based learning programme sponsored by HEE. It supports projects with innovation expertise, data analysis and service modelling; but also delivers in-depth education for local clinicians equipping them with data, tools and techniques for service and workforce transformation.

How to access this opportunity:

  • Attend a webinar on Wednesday 7 April from 1.30 – 2.00pm to gain more information about what is involved, how the programme works and the benefits for primary care networks. Register by emailing team@hee.nhs.uk
  • Find out more about the National CLEAR Programme on the CLEAR websiteor CLEAR web pages on the HEE site.
  • Discuss your local needs in more detail by contacting team@hee.nhs.uk


Healthcare Scientist presentations

The National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) facilitates and supports the education, training and development of all Healthcare Scientists from apprentices to consultant grade. Once a month they invite one of our Healthcare Science trainees to give a presentation on their role in the NHS, projects they have delivered, challenges of their training and why they love their role, followed by questions from the audience. Confirmed dates are:

  • Tuesday 6 April – Genomic Counselling
  • Tuesday 11 May – Physics

Please email katie.foster@hee.nhs.uk to find out more about the dates and receive the meeting link.


Updates to End of Life Care (e-ELCA)

A new session on the AMBER care bundle has been added to the End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) e-learning programme. This new session describes what the care bundle is, why it was developed and how to use it in clinical practice. It also explains how the resource will help colleagues to provide high quality care for patients who are facing uncertain recovery and may be approaching the end of life.



By following @NHS_HealthEdEng you can keep up to date with new information and resources as they are published. Most importantly are the notifications of webinars being broadcast during the week.

Right now, making sure we are communicating properly is obviously incredibly important. If there’s any information you think is missing on HEE’s webpages, please let us know by submitting your question to the HEE Q&A helpdesk.

Foundation programme - recent updates

Posted on: March 30th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Welcome to your February and March 2021 update about the Foundation e-learning programme.

The Foundation e-learning programme 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: 9
Recognises, assesses and initiates management of the acutely ill patient:

Professional Capability: 11
Obtains history, performs clinical examination, formulates differential diagnosis and management plan:

You can sign in to the e-learning with your login supplied by e-LfH at any time during your foundation training.

HORUS and TURAS link to e-LfH e-learning sessions from the FP Curriculum and are therefore accessible to all trainees, making it quicker and easy to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.

Updates to End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) e-learning

Posted on: March 9th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

A new session on the AMBER care bundle has been added to the End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) e-learning programme.

This new session describes what the care bundle is, why it was developed and how to use it in clinical practice. It also explains how the resource will help colleagues to provide high quality care for patients who are facing uncertain recovery and may be approaching the end of life.

Eleven sessions have also recently been updated within the programme.

These sessions are:

This session provides a framework for the management of diminishing cognitive function.

More information is available on the End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) programme page.

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