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Launch of the national Becoming Simulation Faculty

Posted on: November 17th, 2023 by Nicola Kipling No Comments

TEL’s Simulation and Immersive Technologies programme team has successfully launched the national Becoming Simulation Faculty project at the annual Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH) conference.

A workshop was held for conference delegates and stakeholders to discuss how the programme can be integrated into their local workforce educator development programmes, including exploration of how the face-to-face workshop can be configured to local faculty requirements and scheduled to promote equity of access across regional networks.

The Becoming Simulation Faculty blended learning programme is a key TEL deliverable to support the Long-Term Workforce Plan and the team is working closely with regional simulation leads and networks to embed the core course into existing faculty development work. This requirement is driven by the need to address the significant growth in use of simulation and immersive technologies, which promises to revolutionise health and care education along with the potential to deliver significant efficiencies compared to traditional classroom-based approaches.

The significant growth in use of immersive technologies is beginning to revolutionise healthcare education, and in 2023/24 we will continue to support their adoption. Technologies such as extended reality, combined with virtual learning environments, can support hybrid education and provides unique and innovate ways to help prepare the workforce to deliver high quality, safe care. During 2024/25 we will further expand the Virtual Hybrid Learning Faculty and national Simulation Faculty development programmes.

The programme is designed support colleagues across healthcare organisations as they explore the basics of education and learning with simulation and immersive learning approaches, and to provide a platform on which further local workforce educator development can be based. After completing the programme, colleagues will have a recognised credential that they can carry with them as they might move from one organisation to another.

The training will help educators, health professionals and technicians to design and deliver simulation to underpin growth in education capacity, including the increased use of immersive learning technologies and blended learning approaches.

The Core Course of Becoming Simulation Faculty consists of 6 eLearning topics and a face-to-face workshop which have been authored by a multi professional expert community. The elearning topics will be released in their entirety by early 2024, with the face-to-face workshops taking place later in 2024.

To find out more and access the training, please visit the Becoming Simulation Faculty programme page.

Updated Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) elearning programme is now available

Posted on: October 17th, 2023 by Nicola Kipling No Comments

Child development at the age of 2 – 2½ years is a key indicator of health, wellbeing and opportunities later in life. The Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) is an important tool which helps health practitioners to identify areas of developmental need in individual children at the age of 2 – 2.5 years old and can help provide the evidence needed for referrals to other services.

The Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) elearning programme has been developed in partnership with NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care and is useful for all new practitioners that will be using the ASQ as part of the Healthy Child programme (HCP). The elearning provides existing practitioners with further information on the context and reason for using the ASQ in England and a refresher on best-practice in using the ASQ.

Access the training

For more information and to access the session, visit the Ages and Stages Questionnaire programme page

Interactive and Immersive Pharmacy Careers VR360 Videos launch on World Pharmacists’ Day

Posted on: September 22nd, 2023 by Nicola Kipling No Comments

Interactive and Immersive Pharmacy Careers VR360 Videos launch on World Pharmacists’ Day

The NHS England Technology Enhanced Learning team has developed ‘Pharmacy a Day in the Life’ the first interactive and immersive series of pharmacy VR360 career videos for 14-to-18-year-old learners.  The videos provide an opportunity to learn about different careers options and pathways by allowing an inside view of the day to day working world of pharmacy teams.

Shane Costigan, Pharmacy Dean – Regional Head of Pharmacy WT&E NHS England – South East said: “People, I think, have an idea in their mind as to what pharmacy really is, and actually what we wanted to do through this programme is to open people’s eyes up to the world of opportunities available across all different sectors of the health service.”

The videos have been developed with support from professionals at the Simulation Centre Canterbury Christ Church University, Greenlight Pharmacy (Euston), Barts Health NHS Trust Healthcare Horizons team, Inspiring Futures and East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.

The interactive videos are launching on World Pharmacists’ Day (Monday 25 September 2023) and feature scenarios based on real life including pharmacy roles within the community, a hospital, and a GP setting.

The videos have been tested by students from UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, a school dedicated to educating young people in Computing, Sport Science, Health & Social Sciences and are accessible via an internet browser and to download on a VR headset or mobile phone.

 How to access Pharmacy: A Day in the Life

The videos can be accessed on an internet browser and to download on a VR headset or mobile phone.

  1. Create an account via
  2. Click the following link to access the pharmacy course.

New animation and podcast mini-series for Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation elearning

Posted on: June 23rd, 2023 by Nicola Kipling No Comments

The Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation programme highlights how health and social care staff and the wider public health workforce can recognise risk factors, risk groups and apply simple interventions that can make a positive impact.

This elearning highlights the impact of chronic loneliness as a serious health concern and how we can all help to tackle loneliness with the interactions we have with patients and the public. It supports the call to action from the Jo Cox Commission to ‘equip people with information about the potential triggers for loneliness and ensure they know where to go for support’.

The course has been updated with animations and a podcast mini-series that can help further explain this topic and provide alternative support options.

Find out more on the Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation programme page.

New training programme developed to improve pain outcomes for knee replacement surgery patients

Posted on: June 23rd, 2023 by Nicola Kipling No Comments

More than 100,000 total knee replacements are undertaken annually in the UK. The aim of surgery is to reduce pain and improve function, usually due to osteoarthritis. One in five patients who undergo surgery will report chronic, or long-term pain three months afterwards. Chronic pain after knee replacement is multifactorial, with biological, mechanical, and psychosocial contributing factors.

NHS England elearning for healthcare has worked with the North Bristol NHS Trust and the University of Bristol on the STAR Support and Treatment After Knee Replacement Surgery. STAR is a clinically important treatment for patients with chronic pain three months after total knee replacement for osteoarthritis. It is a personalised and multifaceted care pathway which addresses the multiple factors that may contribute to chronic pain through screening, early postoperative assessment, referral for targeted treatment and follow-up over one year.

This was tested in a multicentre randomised controlled trial funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the results are published in the Lancet Rheumatology. Patients who receive STAR have reduced pain, improved recovery and fewer inpatient admissions.

Access the training

To access the training please visit the STAR programme page.

Maternity programme developed to explore the key principles of the claims and litigation processes

Posted on: June 23rd, 2023 by Nicola Kipling No Comments

Maternity is a key focus for the NHS Resolution strategy, supporting the National Maternity safety ambition to improve outcomes and reduce harm.

The Maternity Incentive Scheme and Early Notification Scheme support NHS Resolution’s commitment and ambition to support safer maternity care.

NHS Resolution has worked with NHS England elearning for healthcare to explore the key principles of the claims and litigation processes, applied to the context of maternity care.  The programme was developed to deliver the objectives of the Early Notification clinical team at NHS Resolution.

The content for the elearning sessions and case stories was developed for clinicians by the Early Notification team at NHS Resolution and written as a maternity module by the clinical team based at Staffordshire University.

Session 1 – Introduction to NHS Resolution and the law of negligence
Session 2 – Learning from the Early Notification Scheme

To access the course please visit the Maternity Insights programme page.

Fundamentals of Safer Staffing elearning now available

Posted on: April 24th, 2023 by Nicola Kipling No Comments

The Fundamentals of Safter Staffing elearning programme has been designed in collaboration with the Chief Nursing Officer Safer Staffing Fellowship programme to provide an overview of the essential components required for nursing or midwifery staff planning, known as establishment setting.

It introduces the main principles and underpinning policy context and discusses the other considerations which need to be factored in. It describes the links with patient safety and quality care, staff deployment and what good governance looks like and there are a series of 6 modules which can be undertaken in any order for all healthcare staff, particularly nurses and midwives.

Dame Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer for England said, “as part of the ambition to build a workforce fit for the future, I am delighted to support the launch of this essential learning resource. This new elearning programme will provide all clinical managers and team leaders across our health and care systems with fundamental knowledge required to ensure a safe, sustainable and productive nursing and midwifery workforce.”

For more information and to access please visit the Fundamentals of Safer Staffing programme page.

Menopause awareness training to support the NHS workforce

Posted on: March 8th, 2023 by Nicola Kipling No Comments

The NHS workforce is over 1.3 million strong, and 76.5% of the workforce (over 1 million) are women. Women between the ages of 45 and 54 who are likely to be going through the menopause transition make up 1 in 5 of the entire NHS workforce, over 260,000 women.

The Menopause Awareness elearning programme has been developed with NHS England to help colleagues provide a supportive working environment that champions the wellbeing of women and others affected by the menopause transition, so they thrive in the workplace.

This elearning is designed for all colleagues in the workforce. Whether you are a person transitioning through the menopause, or if you are looking for information to help you support a colleague.

The Menopause Awareness elearning session will give learners:

  • an overview of the menopause
  • the common symptoms associated with the menopause
  • scenarios which will help our people better understand the ways in which they can help support themselves and each other

For more information about the programme and to access the training today, please visit the Menopause Awareness programme page.

Updated Physical Activity and Health elearning programme

Posted on: October 4th, 2022 by Nicola Kipling No Comments

Health Education England e-learning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked with the Office for Health Improvement & Disparities to refresh the content in the Physical Health and Activity elearning programme.

Physical activity is one of the most important tools in the healthcare professional’s toolkit for condition management. It can lead to improved clinical outcomes in over 30 different chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and several cancers

This updated elearning course prepares GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals to champion the benefits of physical activity with their patients, and in doing so, help prevent and/or manage a number of health conditions.

The eleven elearning modules identify the benefits of physical activity and explore the ways in which it can be applied to prevent and manage health conditions. The course familiarises the learner with how physical activity can benefit a number of different population groups including, children, pregnant women and older people as well as considering musculoskeletal health, the CMO guidelines and how to use motivational techniques to encourage behaviour change in patients.

An Introduction to Physical Activity and Health is also available in the elearning programme. To read more about the resources, please visit the programme page.

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