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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 https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/image-interpretation/.

New e-learning programme launched on caring for people bereaved through pregnancy loss and baby death

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

The first two sessions of the new National Bereavement Care Pathway: Supporting Parents for Pregnancy and Neonatal Loss e-learning programme are now available. The training programme has been written to share the elements of good bereavement care. It is being delivered by Health Education e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) team in partnership with Sands and a collaboration of other charities, professional organisations and people with first-hand experience of bereavement.

The programme will consist of six sessions and is divided into two courses:

Bereavement Care after Pregnancy Loss or Baby Death – Learning for All: these training sessions have been designed to provide support when talking to bereaved individuals. They offer suggestions and guidance about what to say and do and are suitable for anyone who might come into contact, in their work or home life, with a person bereaved through pregnancy loss or baby death.


Bereavement Care after Pregnancy Loss or Baby Death – Healthcare Professionals: this course is for healthcare professionals caring for newly bereaved individuals. Working through the themes of the National Bereavement Care Pathway, the course helps healthcare professionals understand the important elements of excellent bereavement care; it covers delivering bad news, memory making, post mortem and histology, ceremonies and services, discharge, aftercare, feedback and review.

You can access the e-learning here: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/national-bereavement-care-pathway/

New sessions added to All Our Health e-learning programme

Posted on: August 22nd, 2019 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) has worked with Public Health England to launch five new sessions as part of the All Our Health e-learning programme.

All Our Health aims to improve the knowledge, confidence and skills of health and care professionals in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.

The interactive e-learning sessions offer bite-sized information on a range of key public health issues that health and care professionals may face.

The e-learning sessions are now available for the following topics:

  • Childhood obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease prevention
  • Adult obesity
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Physical activity
  • Social prescribing
  • Giving children the best start in life
  • Workplace health
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Child oral health
  • Alcohol
  • Supporting those at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness

A further 10 sessions will be developed throughout 2019 – 2020.

To access the e-learning sessions visit: www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/all-our-health/ .

Mental Capacity Act e-learning programme launched

Posted on: August 15th, 2019 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with organisation including the Office of the Public Guardian, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Department of Health and Social Care, Care Quality Commission and Ministry of Justice to develop an e-learning programme for health and care professionals about the Mental Capacity Act.

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) provides a statutory framework for people who lack capacity to make decisions for themselves, or who have capacity and want to prepare for a time when they may lack capacity in the future. When a person lacks capacity, for example to consent to or refuse treatment, the MCA lays out who can make decisions in the person’s best interests, and how such decisions must be made.

Mental capacity is the ability to make a specific decision at the time it needs to be made, with help if necessary. It has been estimated that over two million adults and young people may lack mental capacity at any time (due to dementia, acquired brain injuries, learning disabilities, acute delirium and other conditions).

The MCA lays out how an individual can retain power over decisions that have to be made in the future, if they should lose capacity. Whether or not a person has taken such steps, it is by following the MCA that professionals ensure they are acting lawfully and respecting the human rights of people who may lack capacity to consent to interventions that are proposed.

The HEE e-LfH Mental Capacity Act e-learning programme comprises 11 e-learning sessions, which cover the following titles:

  • Mental Capacity Act as Part of Human Rights
  • Assessing Mental Capacity
  • Planning Ahead using the Mental Capacity Act
  • Best Interests
  • Restraint
  • Deprivation of Liberty
  • Relationship between the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act
  • Mental Capacity Act and Young People aged 16 or 17
  • Research involving People who Lack Capacity
  • Mental Capacity Act and Adult Safeguarding
  • Settling Disputes and Disagreements.

Each e-learning session will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete and is made up of factual knowledge, case scenarios, short interviews and self-assessment questions to test your knowledge.

The MCA programme is available to access on the HEE e-LfH Hub, the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and via AICC.

For more information about the MCA programme, including details on how to access, visit https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/mental-capacity-act/.

August 2019 Foundation update

Posted on: August 9th, 2019 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Welcome to your August 2019 update about the Foundation e-learning programme that 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.

HORUS are pleased to confirm that the deep links to e-LfH e-learning sessions from the Foundation Programme Curriculum in Horus are now live and therefore accessible to all trainees. This function should make it quicker and easy to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.

Supervised Learning Events (SLEs) are an essential part of your learning in your two foundation years. Do you know how to get the best out of them? Even if you think you do, you could still get more by doing the SLE sessions now at the start of the year.

The e-LfH sessions in Foundation e-learning programme –

Professional Capability: 13

Prescribes safely sessions; failure to prescribe safely is one of the most common causes of untoward patient incidents in medical practice. Two case studies underpin and cover in detail how to safely and effectively prescribe a wide range of medicines. Adverse drug effects (ADE) and risk management are among the topics covered.


  • Prescription Writing
  • BNF Usage and Other Prescribing Information Sources
  • Safe Use of Injectable Medicines (Part 1)
  • Safe Use of Injectable Medicines (Part 2)
  • Safe Anticoagulation
  • Safe Prescribing in Renal Impairment
  • Prudent Use of Antibiotics (Part 1)
  • Prudent Use of Antibiotics (Part 2)
  • Prudent Use of Antibiotics (Part 3)
  • Safe Prescribing of Insulin
  • Adverse Drug Effects
  • Safer Medicine Use Through Concordance
  • Safe Prescription and Risk Management
  • Safe Practice the Doctors Perspective
  • Communicating Treatment Risks to Patients
  • Pain Management
  • VTE Prevention in Secondary Care
  • 01_01 Safe Prescribing and VTE Scenario
  • 01_02 Blood Transfusion and Consent Scenario
  • 09_01_01 How to Take a History Red Eye

To access the Foundation e-learning programme please use the login details supplied by e-LfH at the beginning of your foundation training. For more information about the Foundation e-learning programme visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/foundation-programme/.

New Eye-Site e-learning session

Posted on: August 1st, 2019 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists to develop two new sessions that have been added to the Eye-Site e-learning programme.

Eye-Site 13 – Advanced Phacoemulsification

This e-learning course is aimed at those surgeons who have completed the intermediate course and are at the stage of taking on more complex cataract challenges. This includes looking at the phacodynamics of modern phaco machines and how that has improved over recent years and how this can be applied to more complex cases. The rest of the module relates to complications management for various stages of the operation and how intra-operative decisions can make a big difference to outcomes. Intraocular lenses (IOL) exchange is also discussed regarding its relationship with the indications for exchange and problems arising from modern IOL design.

Eye-Site 17 – Retinopathy of Prematurity

This course is a competency and revision package for all regular and occasional Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) screeners. It covers four main topics in ROP:

1) Pathogenesis and risk factors for ROP

2) Screening criteria and how to screen for ROP

3) How to grade ROP and when to refer

4) Treatment strategies for ROP.

Within the course there is a link to the interactive American Academy of Ophthalmology ROP case-based training website.

For more information about the e-learning programme, including details on how to access the learning, visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/ophthalmology/.

Introduction to Population Screening now live

Posted on: July 25th, 2019 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

The new Introduction to Population Screening e-learning programme, developed by Public Health England and Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare, provides healthcare professionals with a guide to screening.

The e-learning includes common misconceptions and explanations of important terms such as sensitivity and specificity and will be of particular interest to those working in local screening services or public health.

The module covers:

  • what population screening is and the generic screening pathway common to all programmes
  • the national screening programmes in England and their target populations and conditions
  • the limitations of screening and the difference to diagnosis
  • the screening cycle, from evidence to implementation and quality assurance
  • the different organisations involved with screening programmes in England, including Public Health England, NHS England and the UK National Screening Committee

Public Health England provides advice and guidance to the NHS. The national population screening programmes identify apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition, enabling earlier treatment and informed decisions.

The e-learning resource is available now on the e-LfH Hub. For more information about the programme visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/nhs-screening-programmes/

Blended learning for safeguarding adults levels 3 and 4

Posted on: July 23rd, 2019 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Earlier this year, Health Education England (HEE) brought together over 50 safeguarding professionals to co-produce learning designs for levels 3 and 4 safeguarding adults training. The training is set out in the ‘Safeguarding for Adults: Roles and Competencies’, the new national Intercollegiate Document, which defines the safeguarding knowledge, skills and attitudes required by staff working in all health and care settings.

Work is now underway to produce national resources for levels 3 and 4 safeguarding adults training. These will be launched in January 2020.

Level 3 will comprise a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) – including online discussion, short video clips, links to reading material and online simulation using 360° immersive video. The MOOC will be accompanied by a workshop toolkit comprising a guide to run face to face sessions, video clips and more.

The solution for level 4 will be a set of tools that staff can use to aid the discovery of relevant resources based on their current knowledge and skills, log their work-based learning and have access to a programme of live webinars on ‘hot topics’ across the country.

For more information about this project or if you wish to be involved in the content review phases for either levels 3 or 4 contact alison.potter@hee.nhs.uk.

Further information is also available via the Safeguarding Adults National Network (SANN) virtual network and by following @alisongpotter on Twitter.

New Musculoskeletal Primary Care e-learning programme

Posted on: July 19th, 2019 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has developed the musculoskeletal (MSK) primary care e-learning programme to support clinicians working in primary care as first contact practitioners (FCP).

The programme is as a resource to support clinical competency assessment and sign off through a clinical training programme. The programme provides eight modules that take the learner through a range of primary care issues that are commonly seen as part of a MSK FCP assessment.

The modules have been designed to complement the MSK core capabilities framework that outlines the expected clinical capabilities that a competent clinician should be able to demonstrate when working in this field of clinical practice. All the modules have been produced with a person-centred approach (PCA) and it is recommended that clinicians complete the PCA e-learning modules that are also available on the e-LfH Hub.

The MSK e-learning programme consists of eight modules:

  • Module 1 – What is primary care
  • Module 2 – Identification of the ill and risk.
  • Module 3 – Mental health
  • Module 4 – Complex decision making
  • Module 5 – Public health
  • Module 6 – Persistent pain
  • Module 7 – Pharmacology
  • Module 8 – Serious pathology

Each module includes self-assessment and a certificate of completion.

The MSK e-learning programme is available on the e-LfH Hub, the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) and via AICC.

For more information about the e-learning programme, including details on how to access, visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/musculoskeletal-primary-care/.

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