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Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 34

Posted on: May 17th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Key Messages and links to 14 May 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s regular stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news


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


Post-graduate medical education training recovery
Following the major disruption to postgraduate medical education during the last year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Education England (HEE) is working with the Department of Health and Social Care, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the General Medical Council and NHS England and Improvement to support training recovery as an urgent priority. Many trainees were redeployed to COVID-facing settings or had elective learning opportunities cancelled, resulting in substantial impact on experiential learning and curriculum attainment.

Our focus is now on implementing a carefully developed collaborative training recovery plan. This will minimise the number of trainees with learning gaps significant enough to require training extensions, and will maintain the quality of training opportunities to ensure as many trainees as possible are able to safely progress and get their training back on track.

We accept that some trainees will still require an increase in training time; however, with successful recovery processes to support training outcomes, this will not be a universal requirement. Furthermore, without a robust recovery plan, extensions to training time alone are unlikely to lead to comprehensive acquisition of the required skills and knowledge.

This is a complex programme, and together we are working closely with partner organisations, employers, and educators to ensure training reset, recovery and reform remains at the heart of service recovery across the NHS in England.

Solutions for training recovery will vary between regions, providers and specialities and there will be a range of training recovery solutions, tailored to individual trainees’ needs, to support their wellbeing and ensure that quality remains at the heart of training and service delivery.

To help devise these individualised recovery plans, we are asking trainees to speak with their educational supervisor or training programme director in a one-to-one conversation. These conversations are an initial opportunity for trainees and educators to reflect on the past year, think about learning and wellbeing needs, and plan for their training recovery.

We recognise that these plans require significant investment both in time and resource at local level. To support this HEE has secured specific funding through the Department of Health and Social Care for the successful implementation of the recovery plan. This dedicated fund will support employers to deliver these training recovery conversations, collate trainees’ learning needs, support trainees with their individual training recovery plans and develop trust-level recovery solutions.

It is our shared aim that the combination of a robust plan and the resource to deliver it will effectively support trainees and allow postgraduate medical education to get back on track.

You can find more information to support one-to-one conversations and training recovery here.


We are ensuring core HEE work to support our NHS colleagues continues:

Delivering greater flexibility through less than full time training

HEE is working with partners to build greater flexibility in training and is committed to increasing flexibility in postgraduate medical training. As a part of HEE’s work to Enhance Junior Doctors Working Lives several initiatives have been developed with partners to increase flexibility within Post Graduate Medical Education. Feedback from trainees indicate that many trainees would appreciate the opportunity to pursue a more flexible approach to their training. Less Than Full Time (LTFT) Training Category 3 allows trainees to request the opportunity to undertake a period of less than full time training for personal choice and was initially made available in Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Find out more here.


Pharmacy update

We continue to work with system partners to implement the review of pharmacy education and training recommendations, in line with the NHS Long Term Plan and NHS People Plan.

A major reform programme is under way to start aligning pharmacists’ Initial Education and Training (IET) with newly revised learning outcomes. These will provide newly qualified pharmacists with the necessary consultation skills and confidence to provide the clinical services expected by patients and the NHS, working across health systems. You can find out more about the reforms and our role here.

The Community Pharmacy Workforce Survey 2021 launched on 7 May. This aims to provide an up-to-date picture of the size and shape of the community pharmacy workforce (including locums). The survey will be conducted this spring, with the findings published in the autumn. Find out more on our website.

Registration for the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme (IFPP) is now closed. The programme will continue to support learners to develop their foundation practice. It will also continue to support learners working towards a summer registration assessment. Find out more about the programme on the IFPP website.


Virtual learning is here to stay – shape the support that will help you drive excellence

If you are involved in virtual learning then we need your help. HEE’s Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team is working on supporting educators to deliver best practice virtual learning, building on what we have already done.

The Virtual Instructor Led Learning (VILL) project aims to:

  • Increase the confidence and capability of health and care educators when teaching virtually
  • Support educators to apply best practice VILL principles when designing and delivering their teaching virtually
  • Drive excellence as we move to a ‘Digital first’ future

We would like to understand your key issues, opportunities and priorities regarding delivering virtual learning so we can focus on providing a portfolio of solutions that will support the needs of the educators community.

Take the short (10-15 minute) survey which will close at midnight on Sunday 23 May 2021 to have your say, or get in touch directly with vicki.tinkler@hee.nhs.uk.


We are making sure all professions have the training they need to make a difference:

The Oliver McGowan mandatory training in learning disability and autism

HEE has recently produced a 20-minute video telling Oliver’s story which is told by Paula McGowan, Oliver’s mum.  This video will form part of the partner trial training and explains why the training is so important and how Oliver died.

You can also find out more about Oliver’s campaign and story by visiting our HEE webpages.  There is also an up-to-date frequently asked questions document which will tell you more.

We are planning to hold another stakeholder event on 6 July 2021 between 10am -12noon and the registration link will be live on our website this month for people to join.  We will once again hear how our partners are progressing and an opportunity to ask questions. If you’d like to find out more, you can email information.team@skillsforcare.org.uk or on Twitter at #Oliverscampaign


Digital Futures Programme – “Using Education to Prepare the Clinical Workforce to Deliver the Digital Future”

Working in partnership with Yale University, USA, this international digital leadership programme will offer a unique and comprehensive learning experience that includes experiential learning, access to vast curricular resources, interaction with top-tier academic and practitioner faculty from both the UK and US, and culmination in a certificate from a world-class university.

Teams are made up of representatives from Health, Care and Local Government in each ICS/STP to expand thinking from local to global, explore and look for solutions to health and social care problems outside of the ‘local system,’ and broaden perspectives on the importance of digital. For more information and to apply for the programme see the HEE website.


New NHS Patient Safety Syllabus

HEE has published the first NHS-wide Patient Safety Syllabus which applies to all NHS employees and will result in all NHS employees receiving enhanced patient safety training.

The new National Patient Safety Syllabus, which was produced in partnership with NHS England and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, outlines a new approach to patient safety emphasising a proactive approach to identifying risks to safe care while also including systems thinking and human factors.

Level one and two learning materials will be available on the e-Learning for Health platform for staff to access and complete from August and September 2021.

To view the syllabus and find out more visit https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/patient-safety.


National Inclusivity and Diversity in Volunteering conference

On Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 June, during National Volunteers Week (1 – 7 June 2021), HEE will host a national conference to showcase and highlight the significance of volunteering within health and social care.

The conference will highlight, among other things, the importance of inclusive and diverse volunteering and discuss how barriers to taking part in volunteering opportunities and social action can be broken down. Additionally, the conference will focus on employer supported volunteering, the benefits, how we learn from other sectors and address the ‘big questions’ for the future of volunteering.

During the conference we will hear from volunteers about their experiences of inclusivity and diversity within volunteering, and how to create inclusive opportunities, offer a toolkit to genuine involvement and foster a culture of worthwhile, valuable experience.

To attend the conference, please register at: https://registration.volunteering2021.com/future-of-volunteering



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.

New Environmentally Sustainable Healthcare elearning is available

Posted on: May 17th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) partnered with the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare to develop elearning resources designed to support the healthcare workforce with knowledge and skills in delivering healthcare for financial, social and environmental sustainability.

NHS England has committed to reducing its direct emissions to ‘net zero’ carbon emissions by 2040, with most of the reduction by 2030. There are similar initiatives underway in Wales and Scotland.

About the elearning

This elearning programme includes 3 elearning sessions.

  1. Building a Net Zero NHS describes the climate and ecological emergency, why it matters for health, and how healthcare contributes to it. It includes case studies of sustainable practices across all health professions.
  2. Sustainable Dentistry and Measuring Carbon in Healthcare describes the relationship between climate change and health and the application of sustainability principles in the dental setting.
  3. Environmentally Sustainable Anaesthetic Practice raises awareness of the environmental impact of healthcare and ways to use healthcare resources efficiently for healthcare professionals working within the operating theatre.

The sessions take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Certificates are available to download on completion of the sessions in each resource.

More information

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare develops methods to reduce healthcare costs and carbon emissions, while improving care quality and staff wellbeing. Learn more by accessing the website.

To read the delivering a Net Zero NHS report, please visit the Greener NHS website.

Accessing the elearning

To register for this elearning module or for more information, please visit the programme page.

New SuppoRTT elearning resources for returning trainees

Posted on: May 17th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) worked in partnership with Health Education England to develop ‘Remote Consultation: An Immersive Technology Resource for COVID-19 Displaced or Shielding Trainees’.

This programme has been designed to support training doctors of all grades who are currently or have previously been shielding, displaced or non-patient facing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

About the elearning

Based on a remote consultation, this resource aims to assist trainees by increasing their confidence in consulting remotely, supporting their professional development and helping them to feel more connected to their workplace.

The elearning programme takes between 30 to 60 minutes to complete and includes an interactive elearning session based around a simulated remote consultation. This is followed by an opportunity to review the consultation through an immersive 3600 video, enabling the trainee to reflect on learning points and issues raised during the scenario.

After the 3600 video, there is a structured reflective section which encourages trainees to think about the clinical and social aspects of the consultation. Trainees are encouraged to identify a supervising clinician, usually their educational supervisor, to discuss their elearning experience after completing the programme.

A debrief guide for supervisors is available to download after completion of the programme and a certificate is available for trainees to download on completion of the programme.

More information

This elearning programme includes a 3600 video resource. The video can be viewed using a computer, smartphone or tablet. For the most immersive experience, virtual reality (VR) converter headsets (both high and low-tech options) are available. All HEE trainees who are currently shielding, will be contacted by their local HEE office regarding the provision of a cardboard headset.

Accessing the elearning

To learn more about the elearning programme, please visit the Remote Consultation: An Immersive Technology Resource for COVID-19 Shielding or Displaced Trainees programme page.

Future learning resources

In addition to the remote consultation elearning programme, future resources for trainees and educational supervisors are being developed for a new SuppoRTT catalogue in the Learning Hub.

The Learning Hub is a digital platform that provides easy access to a wide range of education and training resources for the health and care workforce. You can sign into the Learning Hub either using an elearning for healthcare username and password or by creating an account on the Learning Hub and using those details.

New Dysphagia elearning resources are available

Posted on: May 11th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) worked in partnership with Health Education England, Specialist Pharmacy Service, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, National Institute for Health Research Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative and clinical experts to develop a new elearning session on Dysphagia and Medicines for carers and care home staff. There are also new assessments on existing sessions for carers and caterers in social care settings.

Dysphagia, which is difficulty chewing and/or swallowing food and drinks, has serious implications for a person’s health and wellbeing, with increased likelihood of chest infections, malnutrition, dehydration, choking incidents and hospitalisations. Patients with dysphagia may be unable to swallow their medicines safely.


About the Dysphagia elearning programme

The Dysphagia elearning programme has been designed to support knowledge and understanding of the management of dysphagia, specifically in the context of a care home environment. However, the sessions will also be useful to those supporting people with dysphagia in other environments, including hospital and community settings.

Care home workers, including managers, nurses, care workers, catering staff and the wider NHS team, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, speech and language therapists, dietitians, and others working with patients with dysphagia will find this resource helpful.


About the elearning

The new session focuses on Dysphagia and Medicines. It describes how patients with swallowing difficulties may need changes to their medicines in order to take them safely, and the actions that carers and care home staff need to take.

The session includes sections on who to contact, what information to collect and describes the different ways patients may be advised to take medicines; including when and how to crush tablets or open capsules and when liquid medicines might be preferred. It includes advice on giving medicines with soft food or thickened fluids.

In response to feedback on existing sessions, dysphagia assessments have been added for health and care workers and for catering staff. The assessments aim to help learners to use evidence as part of achieving dysphagia competencies, as outlined in the Eating Drinking and Swallowing Competency Framework.

In addition to the new elearning session, existing sessions in the Dysphagia elearning programme includes:

  • essentials
  • food
  • quality and safety
  • training and resources
  • workforce


Accessing the elearning

The elearning resources are free for the NHS workforce, carers, catering staff and AHPs, and they have been designed to be easy to use.

To learn more about the new elearning sessions, assessments, or the existing sessions, please visit the Dysphagia programme page.


Foundation programme – April update

Posted on: April 23rd, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Welcome to your April 2021 update about the Foundation e-learning programme.

The Foundation e-learning programme has been developed specifically for Foundation doctors by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) and is approved by UKFPO.

Do you need to complete parts of the curriculum on your e-portfolio which you do not cover in day-to-day practice? If so, why not try some of our free e-learning mapped directly to the Foundation Professional Capabilities (Training Outcomes) in the 2016 Foundation Curriculum.

The sessions in the e-LfH Foundation e-learning programme include:

Professional capability: 6
Communicates clearly in a variety of settings:

You can sign in to the e-learning with your login supplied by e-LfH at any time during your foundation training.

HORUS and TURAS link to e-LfH e-learning sessions from the FP Curriculum and are therefore accessible to all trainees, making it quicker and easy to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.

New Supervision of COVID-19 Displaced or Shielding Trainees e-learning resources for educational supervisors

Posted on: April 6th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) worked in partnership with Health Education England to develop an e-learning resource for the educational supervisors of displaced or shielding doctors in training. Supervisors and educators of trainees in other settings may also find it useful.

The e-learning content was developed in collaboration with displaced trainees who share their experiences of being displaced, and demonstrates how they can be supported to progress in their training.

About the e-learning

This session aims to support educational supervisors in:

  • defining what a COVID-19 displaced trainee is and recognising if your trainee falls into this category
  • explaining the 4 stages in the suppoRTT framework and how to implement it
  • understanding how to support your trainee to maximise their educational and learning opportunities
  • identifying activities that the displaced trainee can complete either at home or at work, dependent on their personal and professional needs and how these fit into the curricular and e-portfolio requirements for progression
  • case studies with interactive videos and reflective questions
  • signposting to key resources for displaced trainees and their supervisors
  • checklists and guidance on risk assessments, pre-return, return and ongoing review meetings
  • enhancing the supervisor’s understanding of the experience of displacement and its impact on a trainee, both professionally and personally, and enabling them to discuss these confidently with the trainee
  • guidance for educational supervisors on communicating to the wider team regarding the experience of displacement and the support available to displaced trainees

The e-learning session takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete and enables educational supervisors to reflect on key learning points. A certificate can be downloaded on completion of the session.

Accessing the e-learning
To learn more about the e-learning programme, please visit the programme page

New AMS (antimicrobial stewardship) out of hours e-learning programme available

Posted on: March 29th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) in partnership with the University of Southampton, the University of Oxford, the University of Bristol and University College London are delighted to launch a new AMS (antimicrobial stewardship) out of hours e-learning programme.

The AMS (Antimicrobial Stewardship) Out of Hours programme resulted from the NIHR School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) Out of Hours Prescribing: Enhancing Communication Project (OPEN, a study about the management of common infections out of hours, on the telephone, in primary care treatment centres and in patients’ homes.

About the e-learning

Developed with the inclusion of real consultations, the e-learning includes resources designed for, but not limited to, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and GPs, prescribing antibiotics in community settings, out of hours, during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

The e-learning sessions focus on out of hours primary care and cover the following topics:

  • session 1: managing patient expectations
  • session 2: providing self-care advice
  • session 3: delayed antibiotic prescribing
  • session 4: giving safety netting advice

The e-learning sessions take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Key learning points and self-assessments are included in each session, to help learners reflect on their knowledge and a certificate is available to download on completion of each session.


After completing the e-learning sessions, we would appreciate your feedback. Each session has a dedicated survey:

Accessing the e-learning

You can visit the (AMS) antimicrobial stewardship out of hours programme page to learn more about the e-learning.

The e-learning programme is also available to the NHS health and care workforce via AICC and the Electronic Staff Record (ESR).

e-Learning resources for Nurses Returning to the NMC Permanent Register

Posted on: March 29th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) in partnership with Health Education England have curated a collection of e-LfH and external resources to support nurses returning to the NMC permanent register. Nurses on the permanent register, needing to revalidate, may also find the e-learning useful.

In March 2020, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) opened a temporary register, enabling people who had previous nursing registration to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In anticipation of the temporary register closing in 2021, Health Education England are committed to supporting anyone on the temporary register to join the permanent register, so that they may continue to support the health and care service in the medium to longer term.

The NMC set the standards for re-admission to the permanent register including the need for 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD).

About the e-learning

This public access e-learning programme has been curated from existing e-learning resources by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare and additional, external resources. e-Learning resources were selected for their relevance to returning nurses from all settings and services, to achieve 35 hours of learning.

e-LfH resources include, but are not limited to:

  • wound care
  • recognising and managing deterioration
  • end of life care

External resources include webinars by the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN).

By undertaking this e-learning programme:

  • learners are encouraged to select and complete the resources which are most relevant to their scope of practice
  • each e-learning session can be completed in 20 to 40 minutes
  • a certificate is available to download on completion each e-LfH e-learning session, accessed in the e-LfH hub

Learners do not need to have an NHS email address to access this e-learning programme. There is no requirement to complete all of the e-learning resources, once 35 hours of learning has been achieved.

Accessing the e-learning and more information

To learn more, please visit the Nurses Returning to the NMC Permanent Register programme page.

For further information on re-admission to the NMC register, visit Returning to the register – The Nursing and Midwifery Council (nmc.org.uk)

Cleaning for confidence - keeping NHS premises safe and clean for patients

Posted on: March 18th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

This e-learning programme was developed in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) and NHS England and NHS Improvement (Midlands).

The programme outlines the fundamentals of cleaning and infection prevention and control to everyone within the NHS family, with the aim of stopping the spread of Coronavirus and other infections. The public-facing element of the campaign also aims to give confidence to patients and service users that NHS services remain safe to access during the pandemic and beyond.

Why is cleaning for confidence important?

  • Keeping NHS premises safe and clean for our patients is a commitment that we all share, and it is something that has never been more important than right now.
  • Every single person within the NHS family has a part to play in maintaining that commitment to keeping people safe.
  • A clean workplace is our first and best defence in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and other infections.

About the Cleaning for Confidence programme

The Cleaning for Confidence e-learning programme was developed to build upon staff knowledge of the good cleaning practices, that can help to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other infections where they work, both in clinical and non-clinical settings.

The e-learning session takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and a certificate can be generated on completion of the e-learning.

Everyone who completes the Cleaning for Confidence programme will become a cleaning champion, having demonstrated their commitment to keeping colleagues, patients and their families safe each and every day.

How to access the e-learning

To learn more about the e-learning, visit the Cleaning for Confidence programme page.

You can also visit the NHS England and NHS Improvement website to find a comprehensive communications toolkit that makes it easy to adopt the cleaning for confidence campaign within your organisation.



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