Louise Garrahan, Author at e-Learning for Healthcare
Menu Access our e-learning programmes on the e-LfH Hub Hub Register / Log in >

Author Archive

New All Our Health Population Screening session now available

Posted on: January 7th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked in partnership with Public Health England Screening to develop a new population screening session as part of the All Our Health e-learning programme.

Population Screening covers the basics of screening, highlighting its importance and benefits, and gives health and care professionals information on the following NHS screening programmes:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Bowel cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical
  • Diabetic Eye
  • Pregnant women and newborn babies:
  • Sickle cell and thalassemia
  • Infectious diseases in pregnancy
  • Fetal anomaly
  • Newborn an infant physical examination
  • Newborn bloodspot
  • Newborn hearing
  • Young Person and Adult (YPA)
    The bite-sized session also encourages colleagues to actively raise awareness of screening to individuals and gives advice on reducing screening inequalities by making individuals aware of the NHS screening programmes and supporting them to make informed choices about screening.

Colleagues are also signposted to other relevant resources and tools such as an introduction to population screening which is also available via e-Learning for Healthcare.
For more information or to access the free e-learning session, visit the All Our Health programme page.

New sessions added to Intensive Care Medicine e-learning programme

Posted on: December 17th, 2020 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked with the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine to develop 6 sessions for the Intensive Care Medicine e-learning programme.

The sessions take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete and comprise the following topics:

  • Care of the Collapsed Pregnant Patient
  • General Aspects of Obstetric Critical Care
  • Decision-making Surrounding Escalation of Treatment
  • Introduction to Intensive Care Medicine
  • Long-term Outcomes of Critical Illness.

There is also a specific COVID-19 session on decision-making surrounding escalation of critical care which is available in the Coronavirus e-learning programme.
The e-Learning for Intensive Care Medicine (e-ICM) programme provides 9 modules of resources (e-learning sessions, links to open access review articles, guidelines and multiple-choice questions) covering the syllabus for training in intensive care medicine.
While the resources will be particularly useful for trainees undertaking training in intensive care medicine, they will also be of interest to anyone caring for critically ill patients.

To access the sessions, please visit the Intensive Care Medicine programme page.
Further information about the project is also available via the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine website.

New e-learning programme supports trainees’ return to training

Posted on: December 3rd, 2020 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new programme designed to support medical and dental trainees returning to training after prolonged absence is now available on Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare Hub.

Supported Return to Training for Trainees has been developed to improve the return to training experience for all medical and dental trainees who have been out of training for 3 months or more.
This e-learning programme aims to:

  • help trainees understand the supported return to training process
  • recognise and discuss common concerns for returning trainees
  • hear the positive experiences of other trainees’ return to training.

The programme is aimed at trainees planning an absence from training, and those planning their return to training.
The course, which is formative and not assessed, takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete and comprises the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • Your (trainee) concerns
  • The SuppoRTT process
  • Keep in touch/shared parental leave in touch/return to training days
  • People who can support you
  • Your wellbeing
  • Summary
  • Links to HEE SuppoRTT teams’ webpages.

It was developed by Health Education England North West (HEE NW), in conjunction with the blended learning team at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information and to access the course, please visit the Supported Return to Training for Trainees programme page.

Strategic vision for simulation in health and care

Posted on: November 25th, 2020 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

New strategic vision highlights important role of simulation and immersive technologies with health and care

Health Education England’s (HEE) Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team has published a national strategic vision for simulation and immersive technologies in health and care. This vision explores how simulation-based programmes can help enhance education, clinical practice and staff wellbeing within the health and care sector.
The comprehensive document looks at the application of simulation and immersive learning technologies to help address system-wide challenges that are being faced by health and care leaders. These include enhancing placement capacity, providing assurances regarding competency attainment, and supporting workforce transformation as part of the process of system redesign.
It also describes opportunities to support recruitment and selection, so that the right people are recruited into the right roles, along with promoting workforce wellbeing and lifelong learning for all staff groups.
The document is presented in several chapters as outlined below, and will offer links to case studies that provide relevant examples from literature or the UK simulation community:

1. Improving patient safety

2. Delivering a modern workforce

3. Enhancing the quality and capacity of the learning environment

4. Involving patients and the public

5. Developing the simulation and immersive technology community

6. Simulation-based research and innovation

7. Learning from sectors outside of health and care

8. Reflections on the impact of COVID-19.

The vision is intended to help inform system and organisational leaders, commissioners, regulators, professional bodies, public and patient representatives, and academic and industry partners.
Select here to access the national strategic vision for simulation and immersive technologies in health and care.
A suite of additional documents has been produced alongside the vision including national guidance on the safe delivery of simulation-based education and key lessons from the initial response of the UK simulation community to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The next stage of development is an operational plan, which will focus on key areas within the vision that are priorities within health and care.
Please share your feedback on the strategic vision via tel@hee.nhs.uk. Please add “Simulation strategic vision” to the subject of your email and advise if you wish to be involved in the next steps. HEE TEL would also like you to share your own examples of how simulation and immersive technologies enhance education, clinical practice and staff wellbeing.

MindEd’s new online Adverse Childhood Behaviours sessions

Posted on: November 18th, 2020 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

New sessions added to MindEd’s Adverse Childhood Behaviours e-learning programme
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has added three new sessions on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to its MindEd mental health e-learning 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.

The new sessions, which complement the existing three sessions that went live in September 2020, are aimed at teachers and other professionals in schools. They focus on case studies across three different areas:

  • Multi-agency Working – this session focuses on a mental health service which addresses issues with multiple agencies using different frameworks to support children with ACEs, which can lead to miscommunication between professionals. The learner will be prompted to think about some techniques that work in meetings, and how to manage disagreement.
  • Anxiety and Distress in the Classroom: Internalising Difficulties – in this session the learner is asked to think about how to help children in the classroom who have ACEs. Learners meet Billy, aged 10, who is distressed about moving to senior school and Kayleigh, aged 16, who feels excluded by her peers but has fortunately found one good friend and a supportive teacher. The session explores how to separately support Kayleigh, in simple but important ways that make all the difference.

Behavioural Issues in the Classroom: Externalising Difficulties – this session focuses on a young boy who has not completed his homework due to difficulties at home living with a mother who has depression and alcoholism. Through this session learners explore how to be sensitive in these situations and avert difficulties in the classroom with young people who can be volatile because of their circumstances.
The sessions are freely available to access here: https://www.minded.org.uk/Component/Details/653614.

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/.

New Anaesthesia video tutorials

Posted on: October 30th, 2020 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A collection of video tutorials for trainee anaesthetists that have been developed by the North West School of Anaesthesia are now available on the Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) Hub.

The Self-IsolAting Virtual Education (SAVEd) project was developed to support the ongoing education and professional development of trainees who have been unable to complete face-to-face training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The videos, which were created by trainees who were asked to shield or self-isolate after working in COVID-19 areas, cover a range of topics including anatomy, physics and pharmacology and are mapped to the Royal College of Anaesthetists’ curriculum.

To date, 96 tutorials have been developed and viewed more than 7,600 times by trainee anaesthetists.

These videos have now been uploaded to the e-Learning for Healthcare Hub under e-LA National Teaching Repository (North West School of Anaesthesia).

For more information about the SAVEd project, please visit https://mmacc.uk/nw-anaesthesia/saved.





New e-learning programme will help physiotherapists treat patients with respiratory problems including COVID-19

Posted on: October 29th, 2020 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked in partnership with the University of Southampton, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust to develop a free Respiratory Physiotherapy e-learning programme to support physiotherapists treating patients with respiratory conditions, including COVID-19.

The sessions are designed 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 programme includes an introduction to respiratory assessment and the clinical reasoning process, plus more detailed modules about auscultation, chest x-rays and arterial blood gas analysis, which play a significant part in assessment and help to analyse a patient’s respiratory problems.

Further topics covered are:

  • Oxygen therapy
  • Humidification
  • Manual techniques
  • Active Cycle of Breathing Technique (ACBT)
  • Incentive spirometry
  • Suction
  • Tracheostomies
  • Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing (IPPB)
  • Mechanical insufflation: exsufflation MI:E cough assist
  • Non-invasive ventilation.

There is also a paediatric module which covers the differences in anatomy and physiology when assessing and treating an infant.

For more information about the programme, including details on how to access, please visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/respiratory-physiotherapy/.

Spotting the Sick Child website relaunched

Posted on: October 15th, 2020 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A learning resource that helps healthcare professionals assess acutely sick children has been updated by a team of expert clinicians to ensure its relevance to today’s clinical practice.

Spotting the Sick Child, which is developed by the Department for Health and Social Care and commissioned by Health Education England, features an interactive tool to improve healthcare professionals’ skills in identifying children with serious illness and learning the basics of how to assess children of all ages using clinical footage and evidence-based materials.

The resource is aimed at a range of colleagues including GPs, nurses and health visitors and was developed in response to anxiety over assessing children, as they need a different approach to adults. Spotting the Sick Child’s newly improved website now features additional resources including real life case studies and extensive video footage of real patients.

The website, which is hosted by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare, also includes:

  • Symptoms: learn to assess seven common symptoms
  • My Waiting Room: test yourself on real patients at your own pace
  • My Learning: customise your own learning environment and track your progress

Learners will receive a certificate once they complete the course and the resource can be used as a teaching material for others.

For more information and to access this resource, please visit: https://spottingthesickchild.com/.

New e-learning programme, Freedom to Speak Up in Healthcare in England, now available

Posted on: October 15th, 2020 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with the National Guardian Office to develop three new e-learning sessions to embed speaking up throughout health.
Freedom to Speak Up in Healthcare in England is a training programme aimed at everyone within the NHS including colleagues, managers and senior leaders, as well as volunteers, learners, students and those in training, regardless of their contract terms.

The three sessions explain what speaking up is, why it is important, and how to foster an environment where colleagues, when they speak up, are listened to, thanked and their suggestions followed up. The programme helps learners understand the vital role they can play and the support available to encourage a healthy speaking up culture which protects patient safety and enhances colleague experience.

The first session ‘Speak Up: core training for workers’ comprises the following topics:

  • What speaking up is and why it matters
  • How to speak up and confidentiality
  • Barriers to speaking up
  • The role of the guardian and the National Guardian’s Office
  • Making a pledge.

The second session is for all line and middle managers and is focused more on listening and the barriers that can get in the way of speaking up (available soon).

The third session, is aimed at all senior leaders including executive board members (and equivalents), non-executive directors, and governors to help them understand their role in setting the tone for a good speaking up culture and how speaking up can promote organisational learning and improvement (available soon).
These modules will replace the current Freedom to Speak Up training.
For more information on the programme, including details on how to access, please visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/freedom-to-speak-up/

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