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New top tips for “Blue Light” colleagues added to MindEd programme

Posted on: May 26th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A collection of helpful short tips to support emergency services colleagues who experience stress and trauma as a result of their jobs has been added to Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh)’s MindEd programme.

The tips and advice, which are aimed at team leaders and colleagues within “Blue Light” services including police, ambulance, fire and rescue, focus on enhancing the physical and mental wellbeing of staff who find themselves working in difficult situations.

Top Tips for Blue Light Managers and Team Leaders are intended to help:

  • build psychosocial resilience and wellbeing across teams and organisations
  • reduce risk of burn-out
  • support those with additional mental health and wellbeing needs

Top Tips for Blue Light Team Members include:

  • building healthy, mutual support between colleagues
  • managing one’s own stress
  • managing the stress of colleagues
  • reducing risk of burn-out

To access the top tips, which have been developed by experts and members of Blue Light services, please visit the Top Tips for Blue Light Staff programme page.

To complement these tips, 4 additional elearning sessions will be added to the MindEd programme from June 2021. These include 3 standard knowledge-based sessions on the topics of organisational wide mental wellbeing, how colleagues can support each other effectively and how to stay mentally well while spotting warning signs. A skills building session will also cover key skills around resilience, trust and confidentiality, and provide a case study to demonstrate how staff can have conversations with peers if they are concerned.

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 and to access the programme’s resources, please visit the MindEd programme page.

New COVID-19 community contact tracing programme now available

Posted on: May 20th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the University of Salford to develop a new elearning programme on contact tracing.

This important public health tool is used to control the spread of a variety of infectious diseases. During the Coronavirus pandemic, it has helped to break the chain of transmission within communities across the country and around the world.

To support this work, COVID-19: Contact Tracing at the Community Level has been designed to help colleagues and organisations, that are likely to be involved with contact tracing but may have little experience of how it works, understand the role of community-enabled contact tracing.

On a community level, COVID-19 has presented a range of unique challenges to the Greater Manchester population, due to the housing, employment and social geographic landscape of the city region, including how daily lives involve more mixing than other areas. In response to these challenges, Greater Manchester has been at the forefront of establishing a local contact tracing function as part of the delivery of Level 1 of the national NHS Test and Trace arrangements. Part of this response focused on health education and promotion.

The elearning programme aims to improve the effectiveness of this response within Greater Manchester but can be applied to any community across the UK. The resource comprises the following 2 modules:

  • Introduction to Contact Tracing
  • Introduction to Infection Control

On completion of the modules, colleagues should have a good understanding of contact tracing, infection prevention and control. They should also be able to consider the role of contact tracing in a variety of settings.

For more information and to access the programme, visit the COVID-19: Contact Tracing at the Community Level programme page.

New session added to Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module

Posted on: May 19th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has added a new elearning session to its adult Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module within the MindEd programme.

The session is aimed at health and care professionals who, within their daily work, may encounter people feeling suicidal, such as GPs, paramedics, emergency department colleagues and social workers. On completion of the resource, learners will:

  • consider how being in a suicidal crisis can make someone feel
  • understand what structured care for suicidality looks like and where it can be accessed
  • know what safety planning is and how to involve someone in their own safety plan
  • learn how to help someone who is feeling suicidal to complete a safety plan

The latest session complements 4 existing sessions within the Suicide and Self-harm Prevention module, which is also free to access. The final session on assessment and formulation will be available soon.

For more information and to access the session, visit the Structured Care and Safety Planning session.

MindEd is a free educational and training 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 updates for the Respiratory Physiotherapy programme

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

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has updated the free Respiratory Physiotherapy elearning 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 elearning 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 elearning 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 elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) 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 elearning and teaching materials within this programme are used together to support experienced mental health professionals to deliver a 2 day training session – 1 day elearning 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 elearning 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 elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) 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 elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with Public Health England to develop a new session on inclusion health as part of the All Our Health elearning 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 elearning 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 elearning 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 elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) 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 elearning.

Learners may also find these additional resources via elfh 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 elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with Public Health England (PHE) to develop an interactive townscape on childhood obesity as part of the All Our Health elearning 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 elearning 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.

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