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Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 45

Posted on: October 19th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Key Messages and links to 15 October 2021

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

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

Weekly messages from HEE

Read recent messages from Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive, HEE:

Reflections one year on

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.

Covid-19 Training Recovery Programme
This week Health Education England (HEE) has published an interim report which outlines the approach being taken, across the system, to define, manage and reduce the risks to the wellbeing, numbers, and future supply of the medical workforce.

The purpose of three phases – reset, recover and reform – respectively, has been to:

  • minimise the initial impact of the pandemic on training and progression
  • support trainees and educators with wellbeing and training recovery and
  • lock in the innovations developed during the first two phases, to deliver long-term improvements in PGME and build future resilience into the medical education pipeline.

As well as outlining the approach being taken to manage the current position, the COVID-19 Training Recovery Programme Interim Report also sets out the joint commitments for continuing to build upon and embed the progress that has been made to facilitate training recovery and secure future improvements to PGME.

The pandemic has impacted every trainee differently which is seeing each region needing to approach the recovery in a different way based on their local need.  To demonstrate the different approaches a catalogue of case studies, that include local and regional initiatives to support training recovery and address the learning impact of COVID-19 on doctors in training, has been added to the Learning Hub.

New programme to boost critical care workforce launches

More Nurses and Allied Health Professionals will receive specialist training in critical care as a new blended learning package, aimed at strengthening the workforce in intensive care units, is rolled out across England.

Health Education England (HEE) secured £10m to deliver this specialist training which will support as many as 10,500 nursing staff to further their careers in critical care. It will be delivered as a blended learning course, offering more flexible access to participants so they are able to balance commitments such as having a family, being a carer or not being able to travel. Read more on the HEE website

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

Medical

Report published on reasons why doctors leave the NHS

Views of doctors who have stopped practising in the UK, why they left and what might encourage them to return has been published and is available on the GMC website. You can read Sheona MacLeod’s quote here.

Health Education England launches new medical degree pilot as part of Blended Learning programme

Prospective medical students in England will soon be able to choose to study flexibly thanks to a new pilot scheme launched by Health Education England and delivered by Queen Mary University of London. Read more here

CLEAR week

CLEAR is a nationwide programme, supported by HEE, placing clinicians at the heart of healthcare decision making and innovation. #CLEARweek will be hosting sessions on a range of topics, from deep dives about the unique CLEAR methodology, data visualisation and analytics to Wardopoly, special guest speakers and networking events.

From 8 – 12 November 2021, the National CLEAR Programme will be hosting a week of events, guest speakers, workshops and interactive sessions around healthcare activity and workforce redesign. You can find out more and register your interest in attending sessions #CLEARweek will be hosting, visit the CLEAR website clearprogramme.org.uk

Nursing and Midwifery

Nurses and midwives offered an increased incentive to return to practice

Former nurses and midwives wishing to re-join the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register and return to practice will be offered £1,000 to help with studying and living expenses, Health Education England announced today. All information required for all routes of Return to Practice are available on the Return to Practice Health Careers website.

Workforce and education initiatives

Training launched for CYP keyworkers supporting people who have a learning disability, are autistic or both.

Read more and access the training here

New Global Learning Opportunities Website

NHS staff can now find out more about global learning opportunities on a new easy to use website.

The site which was launched on 5 October can be found here https://global-learning-opportunities.hee.nhs.uk/ and is a one stop shop for information about virtual and overseas learning opportunities, providing practical information on what staff can contribute and learn, how they can apply and case studies.

Global Learning Opportunities Survey

Health Education England and Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YHAHSN) have teamed up to find out more about those who have undertaken an international element to their Health and Care work or course and those who would like to.

A survey has been extended and will now close on October 22nd. Please fill in the survey here https://www.sircsurveys.com/f/41576636/e08b/

Global Learning Provision

Health Education England and Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YHAHSN) are working together to gather information from all NHS secondary care provider organisations and higher education institutions to understand current attitudes toward and provision of global health activities for current and future NHS staff.

A survey has been compiled which will be open until October 22nd and we would be grateful if those responsible for global health activities in OD, Business Management or HR department take the time to complete it. The survey can be found here: https://www.sircsurveys.com/f/41570156/1253/

A short course for a big health impact
Aimed at everyone working or studying in health and care, Health Education England has developed a free, 35minute, online health literacy course. Designed for people who work regularly with patients, families and carers. The course can help staff and students quickly learn easy-to-use techniques to improve communication. As a result, patients, families and carers will be able to make better health and wellbeing choices. You can read more about the course or access the course directly.

Find out who Freedom to Speak Up Guardian is during Speak Up Month

October is national Speak Up Month. Speaking up protects patient and is also the first step in organisations learning lessons to improve care and treatment.

Health Education England is encouraging health and care staff and learners to ensure they know who their Freedom to Speak Up Guardian is, they can find out by visiting the National Guardian’s office website https://nationalguardian.org.uk/speaking-up/find-my-ftsu-guardian/

elearning for healthcare

Keep up to date with all the latest additions to the elfh platform here.

FURTHER INFORMATION

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.

SCRIPT – supporting safer prescribing practices in paediatrics

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

The SCRIPT elearning programme for paediatric prescribers including specialist trainee doctors comprises 23 modules in 5 categories, covering a range of topics relating to prescribing and medicines safety in the secondary care setting.

Paediatric SCRIPT module categories include:

  • Principles of Prescribing in Paediatrics
  • Surgical Specialities
  • General Paediatrics
  • General Therapeutics
  • Advanced Therapeutics

Each module takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. All course materials have been authored by a team of expert healthcare professionals, and are regularly reviewed and updated.

What are the benefits in using the SCRIPT elearning programme?

  • Safer prescribing
    Paediatric SCRIPT ensures that prescribers working, training and specialising in paediatrics are better prepared for prescribing, therefore improving patient safety.
  • Professional development
    Certificates are made available on completion of a module, which can be used for online learning portfolios as evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Flexible learning
    SCRIPT is easily accessible and intuitive to use, allowing users to complete modules at their convenience and refer back to modules at any time.
  • SCRIPT elearning is free to those with a NHS.uk or NHS.net address.

How do I access the elearning?

You can learn more about the SCRIPT elearning programmes by visiting the SCRIPT website.

The Changing Story of Cancer elearning programme is available

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

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) worked in partnership with NHS Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System (ICS), Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK to develop a new elearning programme.

Developed for the entire health and care workforce, this elearning programme aims to support health and care professionals in understanding that the outcomes for people living with, and beyond cancer, have changed and the relevance of this to their roles.

Topics covered in the elearning programme include:

  • high-level facts and figures about cancer
  • how outcomes for people diagnosed with cancer have improved
  • why cancer can be considered a long-term condition
  • where to access further training, if required

The elearning module takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and forms part of the continuing professional (CPD) for the NHS workforce.

Accessing the elearning

To read more about the background to this elearning programme, please visit the programme page.

This programme will also be available via ESR (Electronic Staff Record) for the NHS health and care workforce.

Your feedback

Your comments are valuable to us, please complete the evaluation survey to let us know what you think about the elearning programme.

Free Paramedics elearning available to all students, newly qualified and registered paramedics

Posted on: October 5th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England and the College of Paramedics have worked in partnership to develop a dedicated elearning programme for Paramedics. Whether starting or returning to university studying Paramedic Science, starting work as a paramedic for the first time, or an experienced paramedic looking to refresh and update their knowledge, these sessions aim to support individuals applying theory into practice.

Gary Strong, National CPD Lead, College of Paramedics commented, ‘Quick and easy to access and produced by paramedics for paramedics, these sessions are invaluable for refreshing knowledge and applying learning in practice. They can be used by students to support their studies, newly qualified paramedics to reinforce their learning, or experienced paramedics for revision, and all who work alongside paramedics to develop applied clinical knowledge’.

What’s included in the elearning programme?

The programme now includes 13 modules, with sessions written by paramedics and subject matter experts on a wide range of topics.

  • Clinical Decision Making for Paramedics
  • End of Life and Palliative Care as Associated with Paramedic Practice
  • Law and Ethics for Paramedics
  • Long Term Conditions for Paramedics
  • Mental Health for Paramedics
  • Paediatrics for Paramedics
  • Pain Management for Paramedics
  • Public Health for Paramedics
  • Management of Burns for Paramedics
  • Maternity Care for Paramedics
  • Supporting Paramedic Practice During COVID-19
  • Urgent Care for Paramedics – Illness
  • Urgent Care for Paramedics – Injuries

The modules in this programme include interactive, CPD (Continuing Professional Development), 20 minute elearning sessions, designed to be accessed on a variety of mobile devices, including iPads and mobile phones.

How can I access the Paramedics elearning programme?

For more information and to register for the elearning  programme, please visit the Paramedics programme page.

Other elearning programmes of interest

Paramedics may also be interested in the Essentials of Wound Care Education for the Health and Care Workforce. This elearning programme aims to develop the knowledge and skills required to enable appropriate wound care to people in any setting. For more details, visit the elearning.

Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 44

Posted on: October 5th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Key Messages and links to 01 October 2021

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

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

Weekly messages from HEE

Read recent messages from Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive, HEE:

I am incredibly proud of my colleagues in HEE for their work during a uniquely difficult year

As Navina approaches her first anniversary as Chief Executive at Health Education England (HEE), she reflects on what we and the wider NHS have faced due to the impact of COVID-19 on services, our people, and of course patients. HEE’s people played their role by helping over 40,000 students and trainees offer their services to the front line. We have worked in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, the Department of Health and Social Care, HEIs, employers and professional regulators to support the system when it needed it most. We also provided global education through our HEE eLearning for Healthcare COVID-19 programme, free of charge, with over 4.5million session launches across the world. Read Navina’s blog in full here.

Re-appointment for HEE Chair and board members

Sir David Behan, chair of HEE and his non-executive colleagues on the board, Dr Liz Mear and Professor Andrew George, have been appointed for another term by the Department of Health and Social Care. They will continue in their roles until 2024. To read the full announcement visit Gov.uk

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.

If we want doctors tomorrow, we must continue to train and support them today

In Prof Sheona MacLeod’s latest training recovery update, she recognises the impact the waves of the pandemic have had on the education and  training of healthcare learners including postgraduate doctors in training – and why HEE has  refreshed the guidance on managing the training workforce. This reaffirms the need to retain learners on programmes and maintain training wherever possible and it has updated processes for decisions about deployment into service. Read Sheona’s full update here.

New Respiratory Surge in Children programme now available

Health Education England, supported by NHS England and NHS Improvement Paediatric Critical Care Operational Delivery Networks and the Paediatric Critical Care Society, has launched a new programme for all NHS healthcare staff who care for unwell children in preparation for the anticipated surge in respiratory infections in 2021-22.

The Respiratory Surge in Children programme is a digital repository of training resources for self-directed learning, as well as for trainers and educators, to support the cross-skilling of the workforce to increase capacity and enhance capability in response to the expected and experienced increase in prevalence of respiratory illnesses in children.

The programme presents e-learning as a mix of short videos, narrated presentations, PDFs and links to blogs and webinars – all designed to let the leaner access the content they need, in an educational form that suits them. The team continues to seek additional content, and feedback, on the work so far to co-create a programme that meets the needs of the workforce. You can get in touch to discuss specific needs, provide feedback, or share resources by emailing LTLC@hee.nhs.uk.

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

Nursing

HEE welcomes NMC recommendations for education reform

HEE has welcomed the news from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) that it is making recommendations to modernise pre-registration education programme standards which will be discussed at the next board meeting on 29 September. Read the full statement from HEE’s Chief Nurse, Mark Radford.

Midwifery

Explore genomics in midwifery

Genomics is fundamental to midwifery practice. It allows midwives to predict and prepare for situations in pregnancy to better protect and care for the parent and child. To help midwives recognise the significance of genomics in their practice, the Genomics Education Programme (GEP) has created a new resource in the Genomics in Healthcare series: Genomics in Midwifery. The webpage brings together tips and tools to support midwives at any point of their career and at any stage of their genomics learning journey.

The resource brings together a variety of learning opportunities, including an introductory animation highlighting the importance of genomics in midwifery practice, a pregnancy touchpoint walkthrough with good practice tips and a case study that explores why early information about family history can have such a big impact on care. View the resource on our website.

Dental

New plans for dental training reform in England to tackle inequalities in patient oral health

HEE has published an ambitious four-year plan to develop a workforce more able to address oral health inequalities across the population by reforming dental education and training. The Advancing Dental Care (ADC) Review report concludes a three-year review to identify and develop a future dental education and training infrastructure that produces a skilled multi-professional oral health workforce, which can support patient and population needs within the NHS. Read the full story here.

Mental health

Mental health crisis learning guides

Crisis Tools is relevant to anyone who may find themselves supporting a young person in crisis including parents, carers and professionals. Access the unique, co-produced learning guides to increase knowledge and confidence for anyone supporting young people in a mental health crisis at crisistools.org.uk.

The Crisis Tools website features a resource-sharing hub and bite-sized learning guides aimed at improving your knowledge and understanding of young people’s experiences when getting help in a crisis. Co-designed and delivered by young people with lived experience, these unique learning guides will cover key themes including attitudes, communication, practical strategies and complexities when delivering care remotely.

Healthy Teen Minds young advisor Jo, has shared how to have compassionate and supportive mental health crisis conversations with them.

Workforce and education initiatives

Independent evaluation of the Global Digital Exemplar programme

An independent evaluation of the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) programme has been published by Edinburgh University.

The evaluation report indicates that the GDE programme achieved what it set out to do, namely stimulating digitally enabled transformation and the sharing of knowledge between participating provider organisations and programme managers. These were the twin goals of the programme.

An executive summary of the report is available on the NHSX website. You can also read a blog post by NHSX Director of Frontline Digitisation Dermot Ryan on how the findings of the report align with ongoing support for frontline digitisation.

Virtual and Hybrid Learning Faculty launch 

HEE’s Technology Enhanced Learning (HEE TEL) team is expanding the Virtual Instructor Led Learning (VILL) project which aims to support the health and care education community to increase their confidence and capability as they transition to designing, developing and delivering learning and education virtually and in a hybrid way.

As part of the project to support educators and the education community, HEE TEL has developed a Virtual and Hybrid Learning Faculty (VHLF). The faculty is a place for educators, and those involved within the health and care education community, to access useful on-demand resources, guides, elearning and technical support when designing, developing and delivering virtual and hybrid learning. It will showcase best practice principles, learning opportunities and offer advice on how to get involved in the community, giving educators the opportunity to support colleagues and find out the latest news.  The faculty is now live on the Learning Hub, a digital platform enabling the health and care workforce to contribute and share a wide variety of learning resources.

NHSX would like your feedback

NHSX would like your feedback on how you think they are doing to digitally transform the NHS and social care. They’d like to hear from those working in health technology and digital services across the NHS and social care, or leaders or managers in clinical and non-clinical roles. The research is conducted independently and fully anonymous, it’s open until 8 October 2021.

elearning for Healthcare

Keep up to date with all the latest additions to the eLfH platform here. 

FURTHER INFORMATION

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 sessions released in the Ophthalmology elearning programme

Posted on: September 30th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Eye-Site is an elearning resource for ophthalmologists and is delivered by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) in partnership with Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh).

The elearning programme is intended to complement and support existing teaching initiatives rather than replace them. Eye-Site includes interactive knowledge sessions, for use independently, or by blending elearning content with local, regional or national delivery of skills-focused courses.

Content is mapped to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists’ curriculum for postgraduate training in Ophthalmology.

What does the elearning programme include?

The most recent update to the Ophthalmology elearning programme is the addition of Eye-Site 19 module on Oculoplastics. The module includes:

  • Ptosis: Assessment and surgical approaches
  • Eyelid lesions and tumours
  • Evisceration, enucleation and exenteration
  • Periocular trauma
  • Lacrimal disorders: The watery eye

The Oculoplastics module is suitable for all ophthalmologists and may be particularly useful for registrars starting an oculoplastics rotation, or oculoplastics fellows wishing to check their core knowledge.

Existing modules in the Ophthalmology elearning programme includes:

  • Eye-Site 0 – Ophthalmology Curriculum
  • Eye-Site 1 – Microsurgical Skills
  • Eye-Site 2 – Laser
  • Eye-Site 3 – Refraction
  • Eye-Site 4 – Clinical Assessment (Basic Assessment Course) Community Ophthalmology
  • Eye-Site 5 – Community Ophthalmology
  • Eye-Site 6 – Glaucoma
  • Eye-Site 7 – Cornea
  • Eye-Site 8 – Strabismus Surgery
  • Eye-Site 9 – Acute Presentations
  • Eye-Site 10 – DSEK
  • Eye-Site 12 – Neurophysiology
  • Eye-Site 13 – Advanced Phacoemulsification
  • Eye-Site 14 – Intermediate Phacoemulsification
  • Eye-Site 15 – Ultrasonography
  • Eye-Site 17 – Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • Eye-Site 18 – Neuro-ophthalmology

Further modules are being developed to support ophthalmologists at different stages in their roles and in different specialities.

Accessing the elearning

For more information about the Ophthalmology elearning programme, please visit the programme page.

Heart Failure and Heart Valve Disease elearning available

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

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) and NHS England and NHS Improvement developed 4 new sessions in their Heart Failure and Heart Valve Disease elearning programme; aimed at clinicians across primary care and community settings, such as GPs.

The new elearning sessions focus on heart valve disease and include:

  • Introduction
  • Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care
  • Treatment and Follow Up
  • Endocarditis

Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director at NHS England and NHS Improvement commented, “The NHS Long Term Plan committed to earlier diagnosis and better support for people with heart failure and heart valve disease. Improving clinical understanding of these conditions will be a vital part of delivering this, and I would encourage clinicians to make use of these valuable elearning resources”.

Existing sessions in this elearning programme include:

  • An Introduction to Heart Failure and Valve Disease
  • How to Diagnose Heart Failure and Key Issues in an Echo Report
  • How to Optimise Management of Heart Failure in Primary Care

Each session takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and there are assessments on key learning points. Learners may download a certificate on completion of each session, to demonstrate continuing professional development.

Keep checking the programme page for the launch of 3 sessions which are currently in development:

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention
  • Secondary Care Management of Heart Failure
  • End of Life Care

We anticipate that these sessions will be available from October 2021.

Accessing the elearning

You can access the elearning via the Heart Failure and Heart Valve Disease programme page.

The Heart Failure and Heart Valve Disease elearning programme is also available to the health and care workforce via AICC and the Electronic Staff Record (ESR).

Your feedback is important to us, please take 5 minutes to complete the evaluation survey and let us know your thoughts about the elearning programme. You can access the survey within the resource, or via a link to the survey.

 

New elearning programme explains the dm+d (dictionary of medicines + devices)

Posted on: September 9th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) worked in partnership with the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSN), NHSX, NHS Digital and NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) to create a new elearning programme.

The elearning resource explains what the dictionary of medicines and devices (dm+d) standard is, the benefits of using it, and how dm+d can be implemented in secondary care, including hospitals, clinics and community care settings across England.

The animated elearning sessions aim to unlock safer care by covering key areas related to the dm+d standards.

  1. What is dm+d: introduces the dm+d standard in non-technical terms and outlines what is provided, its purpose, and benefits for patient safety. This session is for clinical and non-clinical staff.
  2. Why you should adopt the dm+d standard: outlines the benefits of implementing dm+d and explains who needs to be involved. This session is for clinical staff.
  3. How to adopt the dm+d standard: provides relevant information, including NHS Blueprinting and requirements to embed dm+d. This session is for organisations who are about to implement dm+d and those who want to further their understanding for what it means to be compliant with the dm+d standard.

Each of the sessions takes approximately 25 minutes to complete and contributes to your continuing professional development. A certificate can be downloaded on completion of each session.

Accessing the elearning

To read more about the background to this elearning programme, please visit the programme page.

This programme will become available via ESR.

Your feedback

Your comments are valuable to us, please complete the evaluation survey to let us know what you think about the elearning programme.

NBIA Monthly Update - August 2021

Posted on: August 31st, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

New elearning sessions available for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians

In May 2020, the National Breast Imaging Academy (NBIA), in partnership with Health Education England elearning for healthcare (elfh), launched their elearning programme for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians. This is the twelfth update about the programme.

The full programme of elearning sessions is due to be completed in 2021. If you would like to share your thoughts on the resources and input into the evaluation of the NBIA elearning programme, please visit our survey.

What’s new?

There are 118 elearning sessions available on the elfh Hub.  The most recently added session focuses on MRI Techniques and can be accessed in the Breast MRI module.

Additional sessions will be added to the elearning catalogue as soon as they are ready.

 

What can I expect from the elearning sessions?

The interactive elearning sessions cover a wide range of topics on breast imaging and relevant aspects of surgery, oncology, pathology, nursing, and risk and prevention.

In addition to the recently added elearning sessions listed above, you can also access:

  • Invasive Lobular Carcinoma of the Breast
  • Mentoring and Preceptorship in Radiology

What is the NBIA?

For further information about the NBIA please visit: www.nationalbreastimagingacademy.org.

More information and accessing the sessions

For more information about the programme, including access to the elearning sessions, please visit the NBIA programme page.

In addition to these monthly updates, please visit the HEE elfh news page and follow @HEE_TEL on Twitter for the latest news about the programme.

elfh is a Health Education England programme in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies