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New updates for the Respiratory Physiotherapy programme

Posted on: April 8th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has updated the free Respiratory Physiotherapy e-learning programme to further support physiotherapists treating patients with respiratory conditions, including COVID-19.

The programme, developed in partnership with the University of Southampton, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, launched in September 2020 to support existing and newly qualified physiotherapists who want to update their respiratory knowledge and skills to help prepare them for working in daily and emergency out of hours respiratory care.

The updated content features 4 real life scenarios which have been designed to take learners through the journey of being on-call – from taking initial patient information to giving advice to the medical team. Each scenario gives learners the opportunity to apply their knowledge from the e-learning programme to a real life scenario and enables learners to think about their clinical reasoning as the case unfolds.

For example, 1 scenario involves a physiotherapist assessing a patient with existing Bronchiectasis who is presenting with sputum retention and Type 2 Respiratory Failure. The learner is then given the assessment findings and asked to clinically reason and identify the patient’s problems and develop a management plan.

All 4 scenarios end with an opportunity for learners to reflect on their learning and decide what other course of action they might take if they are called to support a similar scenario in practice.

For more information and to access the new resources, please visit the Respiratory Physiotherapy programme page.

New programme helps mental health practitioners to improve communication with patients

Posted on: April 1st, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new e-learning programme to help health and care professionals who support people with mental health needs by improving their communication skills to de-escalate difficult situations has been developed by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) and HEE Global Engagement.

Communication Skills for the Mental Health Practitioner was originally developed as a face to face course for nurses in West Bengal, India and the pre-reading materials have now been re-designed into 4 online sessions comprising the following topics:

  • Session 1: Principles and strategies in communication
  • Session 2: Verbal de-escalation techniques
  • Session 3: Reducing restrictive practice – communication during physical restraint
  • Session 4: Reducing restrictive practice – communication during chemical restraint

The programme also features workshop materials for learners to access ahead of future face to face workshops.

It is intended that the e-learning and teaching materials within this programme are used together to support experienced mental health professionals to deliver a 2 day training session – 1 day e-learning and 1 day face to face training.

On completion of the programme, learners will understand the principles of communication and will have made plans about how to use these skills in their workplace.
For more information and to access the e-learning programme, visit the Communication Skills for the Mental Health Practitioner programme page or email ge@hee.nhs.uk.

Technology Enabled Care Services practice learning toolkit now available

Posted on: March 31st, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) toolkit for students, educators and universities has been developed by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) and the University of Winchester. It offers a framework to prepare, supervise and evaluate students’ practice learning opportunities in a TECS environment.

The toolkit has been developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with students now undertaking some placements online. It aims to support creativity and innovation while providing a structure in the way TECS placements are offered to ensure patient safety and appropriate practice learning.

An overview of 3 aspects of TECS are available within the toolkit:

  • section 1 gives an overview of how students, educators and universities best prepare for TECS placements, including some practical tools
  • section 2 discusses student supervision, the various methods of teaching students and record keeping in a virtual environment
  • section 3 introduces an audit and quality assurance framework to formally assess student TECS placements, evaluate and improve virtual placements in a systematic way

The TECS toolkit is aimed at students, educators and universities across all allied health professions. For more information and to access the toolkit, visit the TECS Practice Learning Toolkit.

New Inclusion Health session added to All Our Health programme

Posted on: March 25th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked in partnership with Public Health England to develop a new session on inclusion health as part of the All Our Health e-learning programme.

Inclusion health is a catch-all term used to describe people who are socially excluded, such as vulnerable migrants, sex workers and people who experience homelessness. These individuals typically experience overlapping risk factors for poor health including poverty, violence and discrimination, which frequently lead to barriers in accessing healthcare, resulting in extremely poor health outcomes.

Inclusion Health is a free bite-sized session designed to help health and care professionals, team leaders, managers and strategic leaders improve access to services for people who are socially excluded.

On completion of the session, learners will:

  • understand how the concepts of inclusion health and social exclusion can be useful for their professional practice
  • know about the health issues that socially excluded people who are living in their area are more likely to encounter
  • understand specific activities and interventions that all health and care professionals can do to support the health and wellbeing of inclusion health groups
  • consider the resources and services available in their area that can help people from inclusion health groups

The session also signposts learners to other useful sources of advice and information and there is an additional All Our Health e-learning session on homelessness within the programme.
For more information and to access the free Inclusion Health session, visit the All Our Health programme page.

Sexual and Reproductive Health for Health Visitors e-learning programme now available

Posted on: March 24th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new e-learning programme designed to raise awareness of health visitors’ important role in promoting sexual and reproductive health at every contact with pregnant women, partners and parents is now available on Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) Hub.

The Sexual and Reproductive Health for Health Visitors programme has been created by The Institute of Health Visiting and includes 4 sections to support health visitors with promoting sexual and reproductive health to all families they work with, focusing on:

  • what is sexual and reproductive health and why is it important?
  • meaningful conversations
  • sexual and reproductive health within health visiting practice

The sessions, which are funded by the Public Health England Reproductive Health, Sexual Health and HIV Innovation Fund, each take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete and learners will enhance their skills in several areas including:

  • understanding the ability to recognise the need to promote sexual and reproductive health
  • appreciating the inequalities associated with specific populations/diverse groups
  • understanding a framework to support sexual, reproductive and preconception health conversations

For more information and to access the programme, please visit the Sexual and Reproductive Health for Health Visitors programme page.

As part of this programme learners will first complete the free All Our Health: Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV e-learning.

Learners may also find these additional resources via e-LfH useful:

  • Contraceptive needs of women following pregnancy
  • Domestic violence and abuse (DVA)
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Supporting a smokefree pregnancy and smokefree families (SCP)

All Our Health launches interactive townscape on childhood obesity

Posted on: March 18th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) to develop an interactive townscape on childhood obesity as part of the All Our Health e-learning programme.

The townscape provides advice and guidance for health and care professionals to help support families and children living above a healthy weight. The COVID-19 pandemic has posed challenges for families, including the closure of schools, leisure centres and sports clubs, which has contributed towards a decrease in physical activity for some children.

The interactive townscape takes a place-based approach to consider what action can be taken on this public health issue and features an animated town where learners can select various buildings, such as the school and sports centre, to access advice and guidance for preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.

The townscape also signposts learners to other sources of support such as PHE and obesity charities.

It complements All Our Health’s 25 bite-sized e-learning sessions which cover a range of public health topics including mental health, early adolescence, immunisation and physical activity.

To access the townscape please visit the All Our Health programme page.

New radiotherapy module added to e-IRMER

Posted on: March 17th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked in partnership with the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine to add a new radiotherapy module to the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IR(ME)R) e-learning programme.
The e-IRMER programme is a free training resource aimed at non-specialist staff working in radiotherapy. It may also provide a useful introductory/refresher resource for trainees and some staff working in the radiotherapy department.
The programme comprises the following topics:

  • Interpretation of the regulations
  • The basic physics associated with ionising radiations
  • The risks associated with ionising radiations
  • The radio-biological effects of exposure to ionising radiations
  • The production of X-rays
  •  The application of ionising radiations for diagnostic X-ray imaging
  • The application of ionising radiations in nuclear medicine
  • The application of ionising radiations for radiotherapy
  • Practical examples of the roles of duty holders
  • Practical examples of how to reduce patients’ exposures to ionising radiations

The new radiotherapy session, which takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, describes the principles of IR(ME)R in application to imaging and therapeutic exposures in radiotherapy. The session includes the following topics:

  • Patient pathway
  • Duty holders
  • Referral
  • Pregnancy and identification enquiries
  • Justification
  • Authorisation
  • Optimisation
  • Dose assessment, assurance and evaluation
  • Accidental and unintended exposures
  • Equipment and quality assurance
  • Carers and comforters
  • Brachytherapy/molecular radiotherapy and Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee (ARSAC) licenses
  • Medical physics experts

For more information and to access the resource, please visit the e-IRMER programme page.

New sessions added to e-Learning Anaesthesia

Posted on: February 12th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked in partnership with The Royal College of Anaesthetists to add new sessions to its long-established Anaesthesia e-learning programme.

The Introduction to Critical Care module comprises 130 sessions and has been extensively revised and updated to match the standard of the UK postgraduate anaesthesia examinations. These revised sessions can act as a guide to anyone redeployed into the intensive care environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sessions added include:

  • Handover and the ward round
  • Physiotherapy and rehabilitation
  • Management of the patient with HIV
  • Nasogastric
  • Catheter insertion

Written and edited by anaesthetists, e-Learning Anaesthesia (e-LA) covers the knowledge and key concepts that underpin the anaesthetic curriculum and will help trainees prepare for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists exam.

Alongside the sessions, learners can also access an extensive e-library of articles and interactive multiple-choice questions to support continued professional development in anaesthesia.
e-Learning Anaesthesia was first established in 2007 and is one of HEE e-LfH’s longest running programmes. It also features modules on a range of other topics including basic science, obstetrics, pain management and pharmacology.

To access the new sessions and explore the whole programme, select the e-Learning Anaesthesia programme page.

New session added to Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module

Posted on: February 11th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has added a new e-learning session to its adult Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module within the MindEd programme.

In the session – Postvention Support for Staff and Organisational Response – learners will gain an understanding of the impact of bereavement by suicide on family, colleagues and friends, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, by following the story of two people affected by a suicide. The session explains how effective and timely support after a suspected death by suicide can reduce the distress experienced by people affected, and how colleagues can support those affected by suicide on their return to work.

The Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module, which is free to access, offers guidance and advice to anyone who is directly involved with caring for or in contact with those who have suicidal ideas, with or without self-harm, or those who self-harm, with or without current suicidal ideas. This could include health and care professionals, parents, carers and teachers.

It is designed to support learners with knowledge-oriented sessions to help identify the dos and don’ts in these difficult situations – such as remaining calm and compassionate when reacting to self-harm or suicide attempts – and skills building sessions which equip them with the skills to act.

The latest session complements 3 existing sessions on self-harm, making an assessment and therapeutic consultation competencies.

A further 2 sessions on assessment and formulation and structured care and intervention including safety planning will be available soon.

For more information and to access the session, visit the Postvention Support for Staff and Organisational Response session.

There are 2 existing modules also on suicide and self-harm to help teachers and others working with children and young people available on the MindEd Suicide and Self-harm Prevention programme page.

MindEd is a free educational resource for mental health support. 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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