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Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 39

Posted on: July 23rd, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Key messages and links to 23 July 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s regular stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Latest messages from our Chief Executive
  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news
  • An update from your regional office

Weekly messages from HEE

Read recent messages from Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive, HEE:

HEE looking to the future for the health and social care workforce
HEE has been commissioned by the Minister of State for Care, Helen Whately, to work with our partners and review long term strategic trends for the health and social care workforce.

This will review, renew and update the existing long term strategic framework for the health workforce, HEE’s Framework 15, to help ensure we have the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours to deliver world leading clinical services and continued high standards of patient care. For the first time ever, the framework will also include registered professionals working in social care, like nurses and occupational therapists.

Make sure your voice is heard

HEE has launched its formal ‘Call for Evidence’ aimed at developing a shared understanding of the future of the health and care workforce. We want to hear from as many stakeholders and partners as possible, including people who need care and support, patients, carers, members of the workforce, as well as students and trainees. Please complete the survey today.

This Call for Evidence will support the development of a long term strategic framework for health and social care workforce planning. This will review, renew and update the existing 15-year strategic framework for workforce planning, Framework 15. While Framework 15 focused on health only, this update will extend into social care, encompassing regulated professionals in social care for the first time.


HEE COVID-19 latest updates

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

To keep up to date with plans for medical training recovery, visit HEE COVID-19 webpages.

Minimising disruption and avoidable extensions caused by COVID-19’

In the second of a series of regular updates on the recovery of training, HEE’s Deputy Medical Director Sheona MacLeod, discusses how HEE is supporting educators to meet with doctors in training and understand their individual competence gaps and to mitigate the number and length of extensions to training.

We are collating a wide range of training intervention case studies from across the country. These will be added to over the next few weeks, and we are keen to encourage all employers, educators, and trainees to consider whether any of these solutions will help training progression for them individually or within their local area or region. Also, please share your training recovery suggestions with us at policyandregulation@hee.nhs.uk.

Read the full update on how HEE is working with the system to fund and support doctors to progress through training.   


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


Enhancing Junior Doctors’ Working Lives
Trainee doctors have shared their views on their training, working lives and wellbeing in a report, published today by Health Education England (HEE).

Enhancing Junior Doctors Working Lives (EJDWL) is a detailed look at how HEE has supported its trainee doctors over the last year. During 2020, many of them have had their education impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. HEE would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone involved: trainees and trainers, HEE and system colleagues, and the front-line NHS who form the pillar of the NHS community.

Flexible working options, more dynamic recruitment rounds, and a review of the assessment and progression process are some of the positive actions recognised by trainees in this year’s report. HEE has committed to embed the lessons learned from the COVID pandemic into everyday working, and to integrate new processes and approaches to support education and training in the future.



The Trainee Pharmacist Foundation Year Programme

Over 500 pharmacy employers, education leads and training providers joined our webinars with NHSE/I and the General Pharmaceutical Council earlier this month, to focus on the implementation of the 2021/22 foundation training year.

This system-wide approach was a great opportunity to explain the key changes to education and training initiated by the regulator earlier this year, and to showcase brand new resources available to help support the changes.

You can find out more on our trainee pharmacist foundation year website.

Download the webinar resources from our dedicated designated supervisor page.  If you have any questions about the initial education and training of pharmacists and foundation training, please contact traineepharmacist@hee.nhs.uk.


Mental health

New Individual Placement Support mental health career resources to share – employment specialist role

We are pleased to launch a new Individual Placement Support (IPS) career resource, hosted on the elearning for healthcare website, to raise awareness of the IPS employment specialist role.

These animated videos support IPS evidence-based services in promoting roles that provide employment support services integrated within community mental health teams for people who experience severe mental health conditions.

The NHS Long Term Plan is committed to supporting an additional 35,000 people with severe mental illnesses where this is a personal goal to find and retain employment by 2023/24. To help us achieve this commitment, please share these resources with your networks to attract people to work in this rewarding role.

This animation is part of a series of workforce initiatives and will complement the emerging IPS recruitment hub launching August 2021. If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please email mentalhealth@hee.nhs.uk or visit the Individual Placement Support programme elearning for healthcare webpage. 


Workforce and education initiatives

HEE wins award at the ‘Oscars’ of the apprenticeship world

The Talent for Care National Apprenticeship Team are celebrating winning a national award for their work supporting employers to deliver apprenticeship programmes.

The team have been awarded ‘the outstanding contribution to the development’ in the employer’s category at the FE Week and Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) Apprenticeship Awards 2021. This is the second year running the HEE’s work with apprenticeships has been recognised.

The awards are a celebration of excellence in apprenticeship delivery in the UK and provide an opportunity to recognise the contribution of employers and providers.


The Future of Clinical Bioinformaticians in the NHS: An Assessment Report and Recommendations to Build and Boost the Future Workforce

HEE’s Digital Readiness Programme has commissioned a report to evaluate the current situation and shape the future of the clinical bioinformatics workforce in the NHS.

Clinical bioinformatics is the application of bioinformatics in clinical settings to improve the delivery of patient care. Clinical bioinformaticians are already an important workforce in the NHS and with the proliferation of digital technologies, their importance is set to increase. This two-phase project aims to assess the retention and utilization of clinical bioinformaticians in the NHS trusts, as well as to develop and implement necessary strategies for improvement. Read the report and provide feedback on the 10 recommendations that have been developed to improve the future of clinical bioinformatics as a profession in the NHS


Professional communities and networking for Health & Social Care informatics specialists: Consultation report

In 2020, HEE commissioned a discovery project to understand the needs of health and social care informatics professionals and their participation and involvement in networks, to improve professional and service development in the future. Through this work five recommendations were developed.

However, there were some gaps in this engagement from people early on in their careers and within certain sectors of the NHS and Social Care. In view of this, HEE decided to further test the recommendations with those that had not had an opportunity to input in the discovery project and this report gives an overview of these additional findings.

Resources developed to help reduce the impact of antibiotic resistance

We have launched two new videos to help support health and care staff in a variety of settings to understand and prevent the threats posed by antimicrobial resistance.

These video resources have been developed by HEE in collaboration with Public Health England (PHE), NHS England and NHS Improvement, Care Quality Commission and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. They can be found on HEE’s YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/wgqgqZIv8n4 and https://youtu.be/ONAivOFFV4A.


HEE provides two invaluable resources for clinicians in training

Newly qualified and junior doctors along with trainee pharmacists can tap into two invaluable resources as begin their transition during August rotation.

Our NHS Knowledge and Library Services team funds online access to over 130 medical handbooks published by Oxford University Press (OUP) and the clinical decision-making tool, BMJ Best Practice.

Both resources give clinicians an additional boost to their professional expertise and reassuring them they are making the right decisions backed by trusted evidence 24/7. All titles in the Oxford Medical Handbooks series as well as Oxford Handbooks in Nursing and the ‘Emergencies In…’ series are included while BMJ Best Practice provides step by step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention as well as medical calculators, how-to videos and patient information leaflets.

Get the handbooks at HEE/OUP site and BMJ Best Practice at bmj.com/hee . Both available via NHS OpenAthens (instructions here) or if you need help getting access please ask your Trust library team – they’ll be happy to guide you!


Opportunity to join Health Education England as the Head of Digital Transformation

Are you an established leader with expertise in agile principles and large whole-organisational change? Our Head of Digital Transformation will deliver the people, process and cultural changes to enable HEE to be a Digital First organisation.

Find out more about the role and apply.



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.

Review and updates to the Dentistry (e-Den) elearning programme

Posted on: July 22nd, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) have been working with The Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England to complete a full review of the Dentistry (e-Den) elearning programme.

The original e-Den programme was created in late 2009 with the objective to deliver a high quality, interactive, online learning solution for new dental graduates, which they can utilise throughout their 2 year Foundation programme and also use as a point of reference throughout their dental careers.

The elearning programme has 13 modules with 320 sessions that are currently undergoing a full review to ensure that the sessions remain valid and in line with current best practice guidance. To date, 68 sessions have now been successfully reviewed and updated with 252 sessions remaining to assess

The sessions reviewed to date include:

    • e-Den Module 3 – Anxiety and Pain Control in Dentistry
      • All 33 sessions
    • e-Den Module 9 – Removal of Teeth
      • All 29 sessions
    • e-Den Module 10 – Communication
      • 10_01 Communication and Treatment Planning
      • 10_07 Communicating with Professional Colleagues
    • e-Den Module 11 – Professionalism
      • 11_01 The GDC and Professional Conduct
      • 11_02 The GDC and Personal Conduct
      • 11_03 Complaints
      • 11_12 Teamworking in a Multidisciplinary Team

The review will continue to take place throughout 2021 and aims to be completed by the end of September 2022.

For more information about the elearning and to access the full list of available content, please visit the HEE elfh eDen programme page.

Care Certificate elearning programme launches hit 2 million

Posted on: July 15th, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

The Care Certificate elearning programme has passed the milestone of 2 million session launches.

Developed by Health Education England (HEE), Skills for Care and Health Education England’s elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh), the Care Certificate elearning programme continues to be an essential resource for the health and care workforce in developing the knowledge needed to successfully pass the Care Certificate.

The Care Certificate is a set of 15 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. Those expected to complete the Care Certificate may include employees new to care, adult social care workers, carers in a residential or nursing home, a hospice or home care worker. It is also available to those working in non caring roles such as in the kitchen and maintenance teams.

This programme of elearning has been developed to support the theoretical component of each standard of the Care Certificate. The resources also include a Student Toolkit and an Assessor Toolkit, providing support on how to use the elearning programme to achieve the Care Certificate. It is freely available to access for staff in the health and care sectors.

Visit the Care Certificate programme page to find out more about the elearning programme and for details of how to access.

HEE elfh usage infographic

Posted on: July 1st, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has created this infographic to highlight the usage and breadth of content across the elfh Hub.

HEE elfh has over 400 elearning programmes in its catalogue on subjects from dementia to data security, anaesthesia to audiology and sepsis to statutory and mandatory training. It brings together a huge amount of bite sized content into 1 place providing free elearning resources for the health and care workforce, 24/7.

The new infographic, featuring data from a range of elearning programmes on the platform, shows the wealth of elearning content being used on the elfh Hub.

HEE elfh has also created a series of specific infographics with detailed data for a number of health and care professions that will be shared in the coming weeks.

To find out more about HEE elfh and for the full list of available elearning programmes visit the HEE elearning for healthcare website.

HEE elfh usage infographic

TEL News June 2021

Posted on: June 30th, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

June’s edition of TEL News includes details of the recent WHO Emergency Programme webinar and details of new simulation and immersive technologies projects.

There is also information about a new elearning programme on personalised care for people with cancer and updates to the MindEd programme.

Read June’s TEL News >

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New e-learning programme on personalised care for people with cancer now available

Posted on: June 7th, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support to develop a new programme to enhance colleagues’ knowledge and understanding of prehabilitation and rehabilitation in people with cancer.

According to Macmillan, the number of people living with cancer is set to rise to 5.3 million by 2040.  Around 70 per cent of people with cancer have other long term conditions to manage alongside cancer and this may impact on their care and support needs.

A personalised approach to care and support ensures that people’s needs can be fully identified, and the appropriate support planned. It is vital that care and support is planned and arranged around what matters to people, their individual needs and abilities.

The Prehabilitation, Rehabilitation and Personalised Care (PRosPer) e-learning programme aims to support healthcare colleagues who work with and care for people with cancer, as well as physical activity instructors and those in the leisure industry, in developing their skills on providing personalised care via e-learning and face to face sessions.

A range of topics are included in the programme including:

  • Personalised care and support
  • Cancer prehabilitation
  • Cancer rehabilitation and symptom management
  • Service redesign and workforce development

This first module provides colleagues with an introduction to prehabilitation, rehabilitation and personalised care and support. Further modules about cancer prehabilitation, rehabilitation and service redesign and workforce development will be available later this year.

For more information and to access the module, please select the PRosPer programme page.

TEL News May 2021

Posted on: May 28th, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

This month’s edition includes an update on the free Coronavirus elearning made available for India and the rest of the world and recent updates to the Learning Hub.
There is also information on the new Frailty elearning resources now available and details of recent updates to the MindEd elearning programme.

Read the full issue of May’s TEL News.


New e-learning module to support detection of early deterioration of patients with COVID-19

Posted on: May 19th, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked in partnership with other NHS organisations, the West of England Academic Health Science Network, the Wessex Local Medical Committee and the TEL programme simulation and immersive technology team, to develop 2 free e-learning resources to support detection of early deterioration of patients with COVID-19.

The NHS @home e-learning programme consists of the COVID-19 Oximetry @home and COVID-19 Virtual Wards pathways, offering e-learning resources to enable people to be confidently monitored in community settings such as care homes.


New COVID Oximetry module

The NHS @home e-learning programme provides an overview of pulse oximetry and explains how to monitor oxygen levels at home or in a care home setting.

It is designed to be used alongside the NHS pulse oximetry documents.

People at high risk of becoming seriously unwell from Coronavirus are being provided with a pulse oximeter to monitor the oxygen levels in their blood at home for up to 14 days. This includes people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus and includes people living in care homes.

A pulse oximeter is a small medical device that is put on the tip of the finger. By regularly monitoring oxygen levels it can be easier to spot if Coronavirus symptoms are getting worse and whether people need treatment or support.

People with COVID-19 may become very unwell if their oxygen levels fall too far. This e-learning provides an overview of pulse oximetry for carers, including how to take the measurements and how to tell others if they are worried.

More information, including access details, is available on the programme page.


New NHS COVID Virtual Wards e-learning module

The new COVID Virtual Wards (CVWs) e-learning module has been developed to support the non-registered workforce with monitoring of patients on CVWs in community settings.

The COVID Virtual Ward – introduction to monitoring e-learning resource explains who the patients are, how they are admitted, why monitoring is important, their role in monitoring, further considerations are also explored.  It is designed to be used alongside call scripts.


It is likely that systems will adopt their own approach in terms of delivery of care and as such this learning should be used in conjunction with local training and policies.

More information, including access details, is available on the NHS @home programme page.


Free Coronavirus elearning made available for India and the rest of the world

Posted on: May 14th, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

The current COVID-19 situation in India has become desperate, and this week has reached the sobering milestone of 258,000 deaths as the tragedy continues to unfold.

The Chief Executive of Health Education England (HEE), Dr Navina Evans and Chair of eIntegrity’s Board, Patrick Mitchell, have reached out to partner organisations, professional bodies and colleagues with connections with India and other countries severely affected, to share details of free resources that can be accessed via the eIntegrity website.

HEE’s e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) Coronavirus resources are available, via eIntegrity, for the worldwide health and care workforce to access free of charge. Developed by HEE, the programme covers the essential information health and care workers need to help respond to the global pandemic.

The programme currently includes:

  • Essential Guidance from the NHS, UK Government, WHO and BMJ
  • Public Health England – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Resources for Staff Working in Critical Care Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in Acute Hospital Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in Primary Care and Community Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in a Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Setting
  • Resources for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs Returning to work, being Redeployed or Up-Skilled
  • Resources for other Healthcare Staff Returning to Work
  • Resources for End of Life Care COVID-19
  • Resources for Specific Professions
  • Resources for Volunteers supporting Health and Social Care
  • Critical Care and Ward-Based Equipment Guides
  • Staff Wellbeing and Resilience during COVID-19


eIntegrity would like to encourage people to share these details with those who have colleagues, friends or family in India who might benefit from these resources. The free resources can be accessed via the eIntegrity website.

Learners in the UK should access the learning via HEE e-LfH here.


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