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New Wound Care Education for the Health and Care Workforce modules available

Posted on: May 23rd, 2022 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

This elearning programme was developed by Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) in partnership with the National Wound Care Strategy Programme and Health Education England. The programme aims to provide the knowledge and skills needed to enable appropriate wound care to people in any health and care setting

What’s new?

There are 3 new tier 2 elearning modules available, on the topics listed below:

  • Dressing Wounds
  • The Foot at Risk
  • Choosing the Right Compression Therapy

Aimed at patient facing heath and care practitioners, these interactive modules include links to videos and activities and take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete. Tier 2 sessions include a knowledge assessment, which must be passed to gain certification.

Introductory tier 1 modules include the Essentials of Skin Care, Wound Assessment, Leg Ulceration and Pressure Ulcer Prevention.

About the National Wound Care Strategy Programme

These education resources have been developed as part of the National Wound Care Strategy programme, which aims to implement a consistently high standard of wound care across England by reducing unnecessary variation, improving safety and optimising patient experience and outcomes.

Visit the National Wound Care Strategy website for more information about the programme.

How to access the elearning programme

To learn more about the sessions, please visit the programme page.

The National Wound Care Strategy Programme elearning is also available to the NHS health and care workforce via AICC and the Electronic Staff Record (ESR).

New resources available for ambulance services and paramedics

Posted on: May 10th, 2022 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

New learning resources have been added to the Recognising and Managing Deterioration elearning programme. The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) in Ambulance Services training comprises of 3 parts.

NEWS eLearning for Frontline Staff, developed by the London Ambulance Services NHS Trust, aims to support learners in applying the NEWS2 scoring system in a clinical environment and understand the thresholds, triggers, and escalation to appropriate care, following application of the tool.

NEWS eLearning for Paramedics offers learners an overview of NEWS and specific case studies relevant to staff working in ambulance services. The resource covers the need for the NEWS tool and the evidence to support its use when recognising and responding to deterioration. Learners will also gain knowledge in the ATMISTER communication tool and identify the ways in which they might manage patients in similar situations to the case studies.

A Train the Trainer package is also available, which includes all sections of the NEWS in Ambulance Service resources in a PowerPoint format and can be used in a facilitated learning session.

To read more about these resources, visit the Recognising and Managing Deterioration programme page.

New resources available to support care of patients with mental health conditions

Posted on: May 10th, 2022 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

New learning resources have been added to the Recognising and Managing Deterioration elearning programme. The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) in Mental Health Settings training comprises of 2 parts.

The NEWS in Mental Health Settings elearning session was developed by Health Education England in collaboration with Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, for staff involved in the care of patients with mental health conditions.

The session aims to provide learners with an overview of NEWS and how it can be used in the recognition and response to deterioration. Learners will also understand the purpose of the SBARD communication tool and reflect on case studies.

Our Train the Trainer package includes all sections of the NEWS in Mental Health settings elearning in a PowerPoint format, and can be used in a facilitated learning session. To read more about these resources, visit the Recognising and Managing Deterioration programme page.

Respiratory Disease Toolkit is available

Posted on: April 13th, 2022 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Aligned to the NHS Long Term Plan, the Respiratory Disease Toolkit includes a list of online resources to support all health and social care professionals and multi-disciplinary teams in gaining the appropriate level of knowledge, skills and experience they need, to deliver effective respiratory disease prevention and care to people with respiratory disease, and at risk of respiratory disease. You can read more about the toolkit, including how to access it, by visiting the Respiratory Disease programme page.

Stroke elearning resource developed for the non-registered workforce

Posted on: April 13th, 2022 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

A new session on stroke rehabilitation has been developed for the non-registered workforce to discuss what a stroke is, what difficulties can arise because of stroke and what management strategies can be offered to support the stroke survivor in their rehabilitation.

The session includes 6 videos, covering mood, cognition, communication, swallowing, positioning and manual handling, and functional independence. You can access HEE stroke resources by visiting the programme page. Alternatively, you can visit the elfh Hub to access the session directly, using your elearning for healthcare (elfh) login details.

Paediatrics module for Paramedics

Posted on: April 13th, 2022 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) worked with the College of Paramedics to produce 9 modules on paediatric care for paramedics.

Paramedics and those who work alongside them will find the modules useful when caring for children in different settings. Experienced paramedics, newly registered paramedics, students and assistant practitioners will all find this module helps to build knowledge and confidence.

The paediatrics for paramedics’ modules includes:

  • Introduction to paediatrics for paramedics
  • Applying safeguarding in practice
  • Childhood rashes
  • Diabetes in children
  • Poisons and toxidrome
  • The child with fever
  • The limping child
  • The child with respiratory distress
  • The vomiting child

Within each module, interactive sessions can be accessed on a variety of mobile devices and last approximately 20 minutes.

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

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Toolkit available for the health and social care workforce

Posted on: April 13th, 2022 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Aligned to the NHS Long Term Plan, online resources which provide an overview of CVD care across the entire patient pathway and promote better patient care were selected for a new Cardiovascular Disease Toolkit in the Cardiovascular Disease elearning programme. The toolkit can be used for training and development by the health and social care workforce, including multi-disciplinary teams.

You can read more about the Cardiovascular Disease Toolkit by visiting the programme page.

New online eating disorder learning available for the nursing workforce

Posted on: April 12th, 2022 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Eating disorders are common and Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. However, people with eating disorders have better recovery rates and a reduced risk of relapse when they receive the right support as early as possible.

To support the nursing workforce in identifying and supporting people with an eating disorder, HEE has worked in partnership with the charity Beat to launch online eating disorder training for nurses.

The 3 sessions take approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete each and can be completed at the learner’s own pace. To find out more, visit the eating disorders elearning programme webpage.

Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 56

Posted on: April 11th, 2022 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

We hope this bulletin will be helpful and provides you with a summative overview of all information, documentation, and announcements made by HEE and our partners.

We will be updating this bulletin as further information, documentation, and announcements occur.

Key Messages and links to 5 April 2022

Welcome to Health Education England’s regular stakeholder bulletin. In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Latest message from our Chief Executive
  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news

Weekly messages from HEE

Read the recent message from Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive, HEE:

Strength in tough times

The NHS and our people need to recover from the pandemic, deal with a huge backlog of care, and prepare for longer term challenges such as rising numbers of people with more than one condition, an ageing population, and mainstreaming new technology. That is why HEE has been commissioned to produce a new strategic planning framework to identify the drivers for workforce planning in 2037, including social care for the first time, and why we are building a new organisation with NHS England, NHS Improvement and NHS Digital to align workforce, service, finance, and technology. Read the full article on the HEE website.

 Recommendations for fairer tariff funding

Since April 2021, HEE has assumed greater responsibility for the development of the healthcare education and training placement tariffs. Supported by the Department of Health and Social Care, and NHS England/ Improvement, and other stakeholders’ we have developed recommendations to reform tariff funding across all education and training from September 2022. We are pleased to be at the helm of this work. There is much more to be done, but funding and plans for 22/23 provide a good foundation for us to be collectively ambitious for the future. Visit the HEE website to read Navina’s blog in full.

HEE COVID-19 latest updates

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

To keep up to date with plans for medical training recovery, visit HEE COVID-19 webpages.

Lateral flow tests for NHS patient facing staff

From 1 April 2022, NHS patient facing staff should continue to test twice weekly when asymptomatic. Lateral flow tests will continue to be available through the gov.uk portal for NHS staff working in a patient-facing role. Health and care students should ask their NHS employer, or main NHS contact, whether they need to take part in the NHS staff testing programme if they are working in a patient-facing environment – if the answer is yes, they will be able to access tests via gov.uk identifying as NHS staff.

We are supporting all professions to rapidly grow to meet the needs of patients:


HEE Blended Learning Guidance launched

HEE has launched a comprehensive guide to blended learning for undergraduate education in healthcare across multiple professions.

The guidance includes contributions from across healthcare professions and follows the success of the HEE 2019/20 mandate to explore alternative routes into nursing to widen access and increase the nursing workforce in England. This new blended learning approach now means the NHS and partners can widen access and participation for training and education and promote diversity and inclusion in the wider healthcare workforce. To read the report click here. For more information about Blended Learning, email: blendedlearning@hee.nhs.uk.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion National Learner Assembly – Save the Date!

The second EDI National Learner Assembly will be held this year on 27 May 9.30am-4.30pm. The free to attend, full day online event will be chaired by learners, for learners, in collaboration with senior leaders at HEE to address concerns and share best practice to enable change. Keynote speakers include HEE Chief Executive Dr Navina Evans and North East Postgraduate Dean Prof. Namita Kumar.

Keep a look out as sign up instructions and full agenda will follow soon.


Launch of enhance: Enhancing Generalist Skills programme

HEE has recently launched the enhance: Enhancing Generalist Skills programme. This programme details how HEE will deliver the recommendations from the Future Doctor report and build on learning from the pandemic. The programme will help healthcare teams preserve and develop their generalist skills, supporting ‘whole person’ care for complex patients with multiple chronic conditions, and applying knowledge and learning to reduce health inequalities to address local health priorities. Our new programme handbook outlines the background to the work and expectations of participants, with a structure to guide learning activities that can meet the programme’s outcomes. Find out more about the programme and download our handbook.

Did you take part in the review of the Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF)?

HEE recently undertook a root and branch review of the CSTF which included the first ever online surveys asking NHS staff and People Professionals in England for their views on their statutory and mandatory training experience. We received over 2,000 responses.  The Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF) surveys have helped HEE to better understand users’ views on what’s working well with the framework and what could be improved and has been used to inform conversations and planning regarding reforms to statutory and mandatory training in England.

To read a summary report and slide pack of the findings and recommendations of the CSTF Review, see highlights from the surveys, understand the next steps for 2022/2023 and how to get involved in the next stage of this important work please visit the Enabling Staff Movement page of the website.

Doctors returning to training supported in escalating concerns and speaking up

HEE’s SuppoRTT team have developed a virtual reality (VR) resource for doctors returning to training, which uses a clinical scenario to explore the topic of Escalating Concerns and Speaking Up, skills that are increasingly recognised as contributing to the quality and safety of care for patients. Learners will explore techniques and develop skills in a safe, virtual environment. To learn more, watch this short promotional video.

Visit the SuppoRTT catalogue page in the NHS Learning Hub to access the resource.

Allied health professions

AHP Faculty Toolkit

An AHP Faculty Toolkit has been created as a resource, in response to feedback on key resources, to support those wanting to establish a Faculty or wanting to improve the effectiveness of an existing AHP Faculty. Read more on the HEE website.


Pharmacy survey on genomics knowledge and training opportunities

We would like to invite all pharmacy staff to complete a short survey on your current practice and training requests in relation to genomics. The survey can be completed online at https://poll.hee.nhs.uk/s/GenomicsInPharmacy. The survey is open to all pharmacy staff, including pharmacy technicians, pharmacists and dispensers, assistants and support staff.

Workforce and education initiatives
New guidance for nursing on what good looks like

The What Good Looks Like (WGLL) framework sets out an ambitious, common vision across seven success measures for digital transformation. The nursing profession is in a unique place to support the realisation of this vision and lead the work collaboratively across the health and social care system.

This new guidance, developed with nurses across health and social care, supports nursing leaders in applying the WGLL principles as part of your ICS or organisation’s digital transformation journey. Further supporting resources, including how to put the guidance into practice, are available on the Digital Nursing Resources FutureNHS workspace.

Year of the Digital Profession / Digital and Data awards

NHS England and NHS improvement has launched the Year of the Digital Profession, an initiative committed to building a workforce of informatics experts in health and social care to meet the demands of the sector. A key moment for the year is the launch of the Digital and Data Awards which will recognise the achievements of individuals who work within a digital, data, technology or informatics role, either as their appointed role or as part of their clinical or professional role working in health and care.  The awards are open to clinicians and professionals. Celebrate your colleague’s work and enter here.

Consultation open for Biomedical Scientist (Degree) apprenticeship

Apprenticeship Standards describe the high-level knowledge, skills and behaviours required to carry out a defined occupation. The Biomedical Scientist Trailblazer Group have opened a consultation on the draft apprenticeship standard for the Level 6 Biomedical Scientist. The consultation will be available until 12pm on 13th April 2022. All feedback will be reviewed following the closing date and the Trailblazer will consider where amendments should be made to the draft standards. The Standards will then be submitted to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) to seek approval. Click this link to access the consultation for the Biomedical Scientist apprenticeship standard.

The Future of Healthcare Work Experience: Discovery Report

HEE is committed to working with partners to improve the work experience and work-related learning offer to all our communities, for the benefit of individuals, health and care employers, patients and service users.

Following the release of The Future of Healthcare Work Experience: Discovery Report in 2021, we have now published a response to this document, which outlines in practical terms how we are working with partner organisations to take its recommendations forward. You can view The report and the response paper on the HEE website.

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