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Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 19

Posted on: September 17th, 2020 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Key Messages and links to 16th September 2020

Welcome to Health Education England’s weekly stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Weekly messages from the Chief Executive’s Office
  • Overview of HEE education and training news
  • An update from your regional office

Weekly messages from HEE:

Messages guest edited by Professor Simon Gregory, Deputy Medical Director and Professor Mark Radford, Chief Nurse. Read the messages here:

Health and Wellbeing Matters

Supporting the NHS to continue to deliver safe and high-quality care

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

Funding boost for clinical placements growth and teaching – HEE has announced that £15m will be made available through its clinical placement expansion programme to increase clinical placements in the NHS and support growth in nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and all the other allied health professions. This represents a 50% increase in the funding previously pledged. These additional placements will expand the pipeline of our future NHS workforce across the health and social care system, meaning more healthcare professionals across the health and social care system.

Transforming Mental Health Social Work report launched – An interactive report on Transforming Mental Health Social Work has been launched by HEE. The document highlights the important roles that mental health social work and approved mental health professionals deliver across the NHS, local authorities, voluntary and independent sectors, ensuring the social model of mental health is at the core of our integrated services.

Population Health Fellowships restart in September – HEE will restart the first national Population Health Fellowship for NHS clinical staff in England on 15 September. This aims to develop and grow a workforce of professionals who will incorporate population health into their everyday jobs and is a full 12-month programme. Find further information here.

Applications still open for new HEE fellowships to help NHS staff shape the digital healthcare revolution – HEE is inviting candidates for 30 new digital health fellowships aimed at helping clinical professionals build digital health expertise into their careers in the second cohort of the Topol Programme for Digital Fellowships. Recruitment opened on September 1 and runs until September 30. Find further information on the fellowships programme and how to apply.

Updates from the National School of Healthcare Science – HEE’s National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) and the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) have announced changes to the completion of the Scientist Training Programme, which leads to Clinical Scientist registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

As of September 2020:

  • The NSHCS will report directly to HCPC for the delivery of the Scientist Training Programme.
  • Trainees completing the programme will be awarded their Certificate of Completion by the School, which will entitle them to apply to the HCPC for registration.

Find further information on the completion of the Scientist Training Programme.

Meanwhile NSHCS and AHCS, along with the Institute of Biomedical Science, Royal College of Pathologists and Manchester Academy of Healthcare Scientist Education are widening the eligibility criteria for Higher Specialist Scientific Training. The new criteria will allow appropriately qualified senior Biomedical Scientists, who can demonstrate ability to work at Level 7, to apply to join the programme. Find further information on the new criteria for Higher Specialist Scientific Training.

Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme update – This new education and training programme, funded by HEE, has been established to support the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists whose training and registration have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also provides a unique opportunity to accelerate pharmacist early years’ education and training reform and supports delivery of the NHS People Plan for 2020/21.

Registration for the programme is live and our dedicated programme website provides guidance on eligibility and how to register.

Two new handbooks have recently been published to guide pharmacists and supervisors through the programme. These are now available on the IFPP website.

The programme team is sending weekly updates about the IFPP. We encourage you to subscribe to these updates by emailing, stating ‘IFPP Updates’ in the subject header.

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

International Place-based Partnerships – HEE’s Interim Chief Executive Wendy Reid participated in our first international remote Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony recently. The MoU ceremony marks the formal launch of a partnership between HEE and the Consortium of Thai Medical Schools to create an international staff exchange programme for doctors and population health fellows.

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

New Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention in Adults module now available – HEE e-LfH added a new e-learning module on adult suicide and self-harm prevention to its MindEd programme.

The module, which is free to access, offers guidance and advice to anyone who is directly involved with caring for or in contact with those who have suicidal ideas, with or without self-harm, or those who self-harm, with or without current suicidal ideas. This could include health and care professionals, parents, carers and teachers.

The new adult module is available here:

There are two existing modules also on suicide and self-harm to help teachers and others working with children and young people available.

For more information about MindEd visit:

New e-learning programme aims to boost pupil and teacher wellbeing in response to COVID-19 – HEE e-LfH worked in partnership with the Department for Education to develop a new programme for teachers to support children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as they return to school and college from September 2020.

Wellbeing For Education Return – part of e-LfH’s MindEd programme – launched following an investment of £8.2millon from the Government to provide schools and colleges across England with the knowledge and resources they need to support children and young people, who have experienced trauma and loss as a result of the pandemic.

The programme, which will be delivered to schools and colleges via Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, is aimed at education professionals working with children and young people aged 5-19 in education settings. This may include pastoral leads, senior mental health leads, Special Educational Needs Coordinators, school nurses, counsellors, educational psychologists, voluntary sector providers and mental health support team clinicians/practitioners.

To access the programme free of charge, please visit:

The Learning Hub – new features and functionality now available – The Learning Hub team has created a new area on the platform that details service updates and the new – features and functionalities of each release, to keep users up to date with the platform’s development.

The service updates and releases area displays, in chronological order, information about what’s new on the Learning Hub, bug fixes that have been completed and background changes that have been made to the platform.

Since the Learning Hub was launched in May 2020 there have already been an additional eight releases which include functionality for users to be able to:

  • rate a resource by awarding an overall score of between 1 and 5
  • share their opinion on their search experience via a feedback form so the Learning Hub team can learn from users’ experiences and improve it in the future
  • mark a resource as containing potentially sensitive content when contributing; enabling other users to make an informed choice whether they wish to proceed with viewing the content.

As the Learning Hub is still in its Beta phase there is still so much more to come with many additional features and functionality to be delivered which will be released in line with the product roadmap, due to be published October 2020.

For more information about the Learning Hub follow us on Twitter: @HEE_TEL or visit the Learning Hub website to read about our journey so far.

e-FACE e-learning programme launches new module on consent – Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) to develop a new e-learning module on consent.

Sessions within the module have been developed to demonstrate best practice and are aimed at Dental Core Trainees (DCTs) and specialty registrars in oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS).The module aims to tackle the limited consent knowledge many trainees have by providing consent process training and a certificate is awarded once the module is complete.

The new e-FACE module includes:

  • an introduction to consent that discusses the key principles of the consent process
  • a series of short clinical scenarios that focus on commonly-performed procedures.

The Consent module joins the existing 11 modules that cover the majority of the Dental Core Training Curriculum within the e-FACE programme. The programme is designed to support junior trainees working in OMFS departments. The content is also suitable as refresher material for those starting their speciality training.

For information about the e-learning programme and to access the session, visit:

Supporting the health and wellbeing of our workforce:

Animated Films Raise Awareness of Mental Health Support – Two new animated films have been produced by Health Education England in order to make health and care learners, as well as their supervisors, aware of the help that is available to them if they are struggling.

It is important that those experiencing mental ill health know they can talk about it and receive help if they need it. Those in a position of authority should also know what is required of them and how they can help if they are approached by someone who is experiencing mental ill health.

The two new films, one aimed at learners on healthcare courses and the other aimed at supervisors can be viewed here


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 content added to the Midwifery Continuity of Carer programme

Posted on: September 16th, 2020 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Health Education England, in partnership with Improving Practice in Performance (iPiP), have collaborated to add a new e-learning session to the Midwifery Continuity of Carer programme.

This programme provides participants with an overview of the underpinning policy changes which have informed both the development of Midwifery Continuity of Carer (MCoC) models and proposed changes of midwifery care in England.

The resource has been designed for those undertaking the HEE National Midwifery Continuity of Carer education programme and all who want to understand more about maternity models based around continuity of carer. Those may include midwives, maternity support workers, obstetricians, managers and commissioners.

The new session provides a base level of understanding of Midwifery Continuity of Carer, its policy drivers and evidence base for delivery. This session is a pre-requisite to be completed prior to attending the National Midwifery Continuity of Carer training workshops and masterclasses.

For more information about the programme, including details of how to access, visit:

The power to innovate collectively

Posted on: June 22nd, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England’s (HEE) Interim Chief Executive, Wendy Reid, is sharing her thoughts in a new blog series about how HEE is playing its part in looking beyond the ‘here and now’, focusing on where the organisation needs to be and how to reset to the ‘new normal’ while harnessing learning for the benefit of front line professionals as well as students, trainees and learners.

In this blog Dr Neil Ralph, Head of the HEE Technology Enhanced Learning team, shares key learning points from the mobilisation effort of the e-LfH COVID-19 programme. To access the blog select here:

Interview with Image Interpretation orthopaedic e-learning authors

Posted on: September 12th, 2019 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Recently Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) added 10 new orthopaedic imaging sessions to the Image interpretation programme. In this blog we feature two of the content authors and ask them about their work and what is involved with creating sessions for the e-learning programmes.


Can you tell us a bit about your role and your background?

Charlotte Ansell: Currently Site Superintendent Radiographer at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. My role involves coordination of day-to-day running of the cross-site imaging departments and rotational staff. In addition, the role portfolio includes participating as a member of the reporting radiographer team.

Ben Pinnington: Currently Superintendent Radiographer at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. My role involves day-to-day operational management of the general x-ray department which includes theatre, mobiles and fluoroscopy on the Guy’s site and participating as a member of the reporting radiographer team.

How and when did you first come across e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH)?

Charlotte: I had previously authored paediatric focussed sessions in 2011 whilst working as the dedicated paediatric superintendent radiographer in Evelina London Children’s Hospital. I next encountered Dorothy Keane, Image Interpretation Clinical Lead, and made contact to see if there was an opportunity to become involved in the e-LfH project again.

How has e-LfH changed over the years?

The e-LfH Hub has grown massively, initially radiology focussed, and now covering a diverse range of topics and providing a wealth of information to many professions at all levels.

Have you used the material? In what way?

We have advertised and encouraged the use of the e-LfH hub through our Radiographer Education and Development forum which hosts monthly sessions to include presentations, debates and practical sessions.

What do you think of the Image Interpretation programme?

It’s a great online forum for radiographers of all levels to gain and consolidate their knowledge to support development and confidence in their clinical role.

Tell us about the Orthopaedic sessions you have written?

We have been involved in three sessions that have been produced; General Principles of Imaging in the Operating Theatre, Post-operative Pelvis and Post-operative Foot and Ankle. They each provide comprehensive content and include information and images to support users to increase their knowledge on the subject content.

The theatre session provides an overview of the equipment used, the theatre environment from a radiology perspective and takes the learner through multiple procedures from an equipment and imaging perspective. The post-op pelvis, foot and ankle sessions provide the learner with an overview of anatomy specific pathologies/injuries through imaging both pre- and post-operatively.

How will you use the sessions in your work? 

We will encourage our peers and junior staff members to access the content via e-LfH.

How did you find the writing process?

Overall, we both enjoyed the opportunity to work on a different project whilst still highly relatable to our roles. The experience was challenging at times as we were required to succinctly articulate detailed information in single slides that enabled the user to meet the learning objectives set.

What were the challenges?

Perhaps most challenging was compiling a portfolio of images in theatre to demonstrate equipment and patient positioning for the imaging in the operating theatre session.

What surprised you about the process?

Initially, the topic titles seemed well defined but as soon as we started to discuss the content we realised that there was a lot more to be covered than first anticipated.

Do you have any advice for future authors?

If you have an opportunity to author sessions, we would encourage you to participate. Our advice would be to plan out the presentation before you start researching and constructing so that you have a clear vision of what you are compiling.


For more information about Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare Image Interpretation programme visit

Update to Breast Imaging Sessions

Posted on: October 15th, 2018 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Early diagnosis of breast cancer maximises the chances of survival so the availability of tools and training to support early cancer detection is vital. In response to this, the 12 Image Interpretation Breast Imaging e-learning sessions will be updated this year.

The content, first published in 2014, has been used by over 2500 professionals including radiographers, nurses, students, doctors and allied health professionals. The average content rating by users is 4.3 out of 5.

Dr Sally Athey, Consultant Radiologist, South Tyneside and Gateshead Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will conduct the updates. Each session will be checked for policy, procedural and technological changes, and updated accordingly.

The Breast Imaging module includes the following sessions:Update to Breast Imaging Sessions_Blog

  1. Introduction
  2. History
  3. Breast Assessment – Screening and Symptomatic
  4. General Anatomy and Physiology
  5. Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  6. Biopsy
  7. Benign Calcifications
  8. Malignant Calcifications
  9. Benign Masse
  10. Malignant Masses
  11. Axilla
  12. Self-Assessment.

The Image Interpretation Breast Imaging e-learning sessions are available free of charge and can be accessed here:

e-ELCA Update from the programme’s clinical lead

Posted on: June 29th, 2018 by Rich Kitchen No Comments

My role as Association for Palliative Medicine (APM) e-End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) e-learning programme lead carries on and this continues to be an interesting post! Our focus remains on keeping the programme up-to-date alongside increasing awareness of e-ELCA through regular communications.

Presented below is an update on developments of the programme over the last few months.

New sessions

Work has continued on two new sessions:

  • Culturally sensitive palliative and end of life care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people
  • The AMBER care bundle.

Both sessions will form part of module 5: Integrating learning in end of life care. They will be uploaded to the programme when they are available.

Session updates

Multiple sessions have been updated recently:

  • 26 – What Will it Be Like Talking About the Dying Process
  • 9 – Drug Management of Pain: Core Knowledge
  • 10 – Opioids in Pain Management: Advanced Knowledge
  • 23a – Recognising the Last Months and Days of Life and Verifying Death
  • 12 – Dying in Acute Hospitals
  • 17 – Dying in Intensive Care.

Session updates will continue on a regular basis, and many thanks to those who have contributed to this process. If anyone would like to get involved in this then please contact using the addresses below.

Learning paths

Note that learning paths have been re-organised on the e-ELCA website for ease of use. They are now divided into those for specific conditions (such as Motor Neurone Disease), those for specific groups/professions (such as ambulance personnel) and those designed for specific organisations.

The Specialist Palliative Care Learning Path is now available on the e-ELCA website. This was designed through mapping e-ELCA to the Royal College of Physicians (UK) palliative medicine specialty curriculum. Sessions within this learning path are likely to be helpful for the education of specialty registrars, consultants, SAS doctors and specialist nurses working in specialist palliative care.

The next learning paths that will be available are those for care home registered nurses and care home carers. A tweet will be sent when these are on the e-ELCA website.

Communications strategy

This remains an important approach in increasing our audience. We continue to utilise Twitter to inform followers of new sessions, session updates and other important updates. Please follow us @cmf_elca and @HEE_TEL to receive these. We also continue to publish other blogs and have a presence, either in person or through leaflets, at a number of conferences.

Future plans

A number of ideas for new sessions are being considered. We are open to further ideas and would be happy to receive feedback at the contacts below.

The ongoing process of session updates will also continue.


Rich Kitchen
APM e-ELCA lead
Twitter: @cmf_elca
Youtube: e-ELCA

e-ELCA update

Posted on: January 31st, 2018 by Rich Kitchen No Comments

As the new clinical lead for the e-learning programme End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) I am excited about being involved in the programme, helping to shape its future and to tell even more people about this fantastic resource.

e-ELCA is a palliative care e-learning resource developed in partnership with and hosted on the Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) platform. e-ELCA is relevant to all professionals involved in delivering end of life care. It covers a range of pertinent themes, from clinical topics including symptom control, to communication skills and spiritual care.

The programme was initially developed as a response to the End of Life Care Strategy between 2009 and 2011, as a collaboration between e-LfH and the Association for Palliative Medicine (APM). Since this time the number of sessions has grown and the programme currently has 160 sessions across nine modules. All sessions are subject to a rolling review to ensure they are contemporary. A significant update to many sessions was carried out following the publication of the One Chance to Get it Right Report in 2014.

Of note, e-ELCA is easily accessible and free of charge to all relevant users in health and social care. The programme can be accessed at It can also be accessed via OpenAthens and the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Updates about the e-learning programme are also broadcast via Twitter using this handle: @cmf_elca

The programme was initially designed to support education of generalists in palliative care. Whilst some sessions therefore may not build on the knowledge of specialty trainees in palliative medicine, they can be used effectively in teaching. e-ELCA sessions have shown to be particularly effective as part of ‘blended learning’. For example, following some recent teaching on body image and sexuality in palliative care with a group of medical students, I directed them to session 3.28 (“I’m not loveable anymore” – discussing intimacy in end of life care) to drive home the learning on a topic they were previously unfamiliar with. Sessions could also be used to build on learning from case studies, and to help students identify future learning objectives.

More recently, a module on specialist content has been developed. Sessions within this include intrathecal drug delivery and tracheostomy care; very useful learning materials that can be used alongside directly-observed procedural skills (DOPS) on the specialist palliative medicine curriculum. Further sessions in this module include heart failure in end of life care and non-invasive ventilation in motor neurone disease. Additionally, we are currently mapping the specialist palliative medicine curriculum to e-ELCA to identify which sessions could be used towards which competencies. When this work is complete I will ensure it is quickly distributed.

Many thanks for reading this. If you have queries please contact me at or via Twitter – @cmf_elca

Rich Kitchen, APM e-ELCA lead

e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies