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Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 5

Posted on: May 19th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Key Messages and links to 15th May 2020

Welcome to Health Education England’s weekly COVID-19 stakeholder bulletin.

HEE is working with partners to support the system-wide response to COVID-19. Our priority is to ensure trainees and learners are kept informed of immediate changes to their training and recruitment, as well as to support returners to the NHS.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Overview and Call for Evidence of HEE and our partner’s national response to COVID-19
  • An update from your regional office
  • Signposting to useful resources and contact information

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

Call for Evidence – What learning points has the Pandemic exposed, in terms of how we can rapidly define the ‘new future’ for education and training? Read our Chief Executive’s latest blog

As HEE and the wider NHS begins to plan the restart, recovery and reform of core business, we need to ensure that we do not lose the innovations, opportunities and benefits from the collective actions and decisions taken to support the Pandemic.

HEE and partners across the UK continue to play a key role in supporting the COVID-19 response, including the biggest effort ever to increase the workforce, which has seen: the deployment of 10,000 returning health professionals; 30,000 student nurses, doctors and other health professionals starting their NHS careers early; and upskilling thousands of existing staff to be deployed to support frontline services.

As part of embedding the positive changes and innovations to achieving this during the pandemic we are keen to hear the views and insight from partners and stakeholders to questions such as:

  • How was the urgent effort to deploy our workforce during the COVID-19 surge achieved?
  • What did we do that was different that aided the rapid response?
  • What opportunities has the crisis highlighted that we should grasp?
  • How can we use learning now to build a resilient future in workforce and education and training terms?
  • What are the implications of COVID-19 for our workforce and education reform?
  • What positive changes have we made in education and training that we do not want to lose going forwards?

If you would like to contribute your views or find out more, please contact us at C19Lessons@hee.nhs.uk

Joint statement on planned placements in England – Health Education England along with the Council of Deans of Health, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and NHS Employers has published a joint-statement, expanding on the previous NMC and HCPC emergency measures to support the COVID-19 response, to clarify how planned placements for nursing, midwifery and allied health students should be used. You can view the joint statement here.

Thank you to all students who have opted in to take up a paid placement to help fight COVID-19. The image below shows the process from opting in through to deployment:

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Joint HEI / NSHCS webinar for STP trainees – On Thursday May 14th at 2pm Carol Ainley, Director of Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education, will be joining senior colleagues from the National School, to answer questions about the academic aspect of the STP.

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STP assessment and completion in 2020 for third year STP trainees and training officers – On Friday May 15th at 2pm Jane Lynch, Training Programme Director of the STP, will be joined by Sandie Gay, Head of Education & Assessment at the NSHCS, will be hosting a webinar aimed specifically at third year trainees and training officers to answer questions about completion and the alternative to the OSFA, the Independent Assessment of Clinical Competence.

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Nursing – Tuesday 12 May, the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, marked International Nurses Day, a chance to celebrate the role of nurses as clinicians, leaders, researchers and educators across the globe. Many of the planned celebrations were postponed as a result of COVID-19 but HEE took the opportunity to thank the nursing community and acknowledge the vital work that they do, which has never been more important than in the current time. Our Chief Nurse, Mark Radford, led the HEE virtual celebrations  and premiered this film to mark the occasion.

Physician Associates – The Faculty of Physician Associates (PAs) have set up a COVID-19 special temporary register for graduate student PAs who have completed their University programmes but have yet to pass the PA national exam. Find out more at www.fparcp.co.uk/covid-19

Doctors Returning to Training – If you missed our knowledge refresher and wellbeing webinars for doctors returning to training – you can now watch them online.

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

COVID-19 Patient Information for Vulnerable Groups – HEE Library and Knowledge Services have worked with PHE, NHSE/I and the Patient Information Forum to collate trusted, accessible online patient information resources for all frontline staff across health, social care and voluntary organisations who work directly with patients and family groups. https://library.nhs.uk/coronavirus-resources/

Health Careers – this year’s Step into the NHS primary school competition for Key Stage 2 children has been extended until the 19th June. More pupils can now draw, write, act or dance their ‘thank you’ to the NHS. Click here for more information.

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

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) e-learning programme – Earlier this week the e-LfH COVID-19 e-learning programme reached the milestone of one million session launches since it went live in mid-March.

New resources for radiographers have recently been added to the programme.  The content includes minimising risk using PPE and infection control, how to safely use mobile equipment and optimising image quality.  The resources can be accessed here.

Three new training videos have also been added to the programme for staff working in a critical care setting, an acute hospital setting and to support staff with difficult conversation and end of life care.

Guidance for psychologists has been added to the programme: “Adaptations to psychological practice: Interim guidance during Covid-19 pandemic” can be accessed here.

For more information about the programme select here.

The Learning Hub – COVID-19 release – HEE’s Technology Enhanced Learning team will be releasing the Learning Hub, with core functionality, at the end of May 2020.  The Learning Hub is being released to support the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response by enabling the health and care workforce to share and access resources during the pandemic.

The Learning Hub will be a new digital platform that will provide easy access to a wide range of resources that are pertinent to education and training in health and care.  Users will be able to contribute digital resources (including video, audio, images, documents, web links, articles etc) and search and access the variety of learning resources that will have been contributed by stakeholders and the health and care workforce to support system readiness and recovery from the pandemic.  New features will frequently be released in line with the original plan for the functionality of the Learning Hub in its Beta phase.

The Learning Hub will add to HEE’s existing suite of platforms and complements the major role the e-Learning for Healthcare Hub is playing as part of the COVID-19 response.

If you would like to know more about this release of the Learning Hub follow @HEE_TEL on Twitter, read the blog and look out for regular updates over the next few weeks.

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 Public Mental Health e-learning session now available

Posted on: May 18th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has added a new e-learning session on Public Mental Health to its MindEd programme.

The new online session, which is free to access, outlines the impact of mental disorder, mental wellbeing, and public health interventions.  Mental disorder and poor wellbeing is common and can affect everyone. However, effective interventions can treat mental disorder, prevent associated impacts, prevent mental disorder from arising and promote mental wellbeing.

The e-learning session explores how access to public mental health interventions can be improved.  The learning resource covers the following subjects:

  • Impacts of mental disorder and wellbeing
  • Effective public mental health interventions
  • Public mental health implementation gap and how to assess this
  • How to improve population access to public mental health interventions.

The session is aimed at public health practitioners and trainees and members of the primary care, secondary mental health, social care and commissioning workforce.

The module has been written by Dr Jonathan Campion, Director for Public Mental Health at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, edited by Dr Raphael Kelvin, National Clinical Lead, MindEd Consortium and coproduced with Health Education England.

The new session is available here.

MindEd is a free educational resource for mental health.  The variety of free resources aims to provide adults, across professions and organisations and including parents and carers, with the knowledge to support wellbeing, the understanding to identify young and older people at risk of a mental health condition and the confidence to act on their concern and, if needed, signpost to services that can help.

For more information about MindEd visit: https://www.minded.org.uk/.

 

Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 4

Posted on: May 7th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 4

The number of student and trainees that have agreed to work on the frontline to help fight coronavirus has now reached over 30,000.

Almost 22,500 student nurses and midwives have volunteered to take up paid placements on the frontline.  Nearly 2,500 Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), covering a range of professions including occupational therapists, physiotherapists and paramedics have also answered the call.

More than 3,000 medical students have chosen to graduate early, freeing them up to start work over the next weeks and months instead of in August and 2,200 medical students in years 1-4 have agreed to support the frontline with various volunteering roles.

Healthcare Scientists – The first in a series of webinars by the National School of Healthcare Science was held on Friday 1 May at 2pm. The webinar was led by Professor Berne Ferry, Head of the National School of Healthcare Science and Jane Lynch, Training Programme Director of the STP; they answered questions, provided guidance and advice to trainees and training officers about the challenges of progressing with training during the Coronavirus pandemic. It was attended by 800 people and the recording is available to view here.

Joint HEI / NSHCS webinar for STP trainees – On Thursday May 14th at 2pm Carol Ainley, Director of Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education, will be joining senior colleagues from the National School, to answer questions about the academic aspect of the STP.

STP assessment and completion in 2020 for third year STP trainees and training officers – On Friday May 15th at 2pm Jane Lynch, Training Programme Director of the STP, will be joined by Sandie Gay, Head of Education & Assessment at the NSHCS, will be hosting a webinar aimed specifically at third year trainees and training officers to answer questions about completion and the alternative to the OSFA, the Independent Assessment of Clinical Competence.

Visit the National School of Healthcare Science to get links to the webinars closer to the time.

Apprentices – HEE has secured End Point Assessment (EPA) flexibilities for Nursing Associate and Registered Nurse apprentices which allows them to register with the NMC and complete their apprenticeship at the same time. As a result, we anticipate this could be up to 3,000 apprentices who have been able to support the frontline. Employers are already sharing the positive impact this is having on their apprentices at this challenging time.

In addition to this we have secured further flexibilities in a range of apprenticeship standards such as Level two and three Healthcare Support Workers, Level five Assistant Practitioner L4 Associate Ambulance Practitioner and L4 Mammography Associate.

Midwifery Students – HEE’s Chief Nurse, Mark Radford, and Senior Midwife, Sally Ashton-May, hosted a webinar for student midwives last week and were joined by two students Rachael Dewey and Alicia Burnett, as well as Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, the Chief Midwifery Officer for England, Birte Harlev-Lam, Executive Director for Professional Leadership at the Royal College of Midwives, and Jacqui Williams, Senior Midwifery Advisor at the Nursing and Midwifery Council. In addition, we have launched a new Covid-19 midwifery webpage to support the midwifery community. Tuesday 5 May was International Day of the Midwife, a day for recognition of the valuable work that midwives do supporting mothers, babies and their families, and Sally Ashton-May has written a blog and shared a thank you message on social media commemorating all of the hard work of midwives and student midwives during Covid-19.

Doctors Returning to Training – If you missed our knowledge refresher and wellbeing webinars for doctors returning to training – you can now watch them online.

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

Trainee progression in August 2020 and beyond – A letter from the four Statutory Education Bodies to Medical Royal Colleges,

As we move past the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, we must now ensure that doctors in training are enabled to progress their careers in the way that they would expect and deserve, and in the way that our systems need as we begin delivering the recovery and renewal phase. Read the letter in full on our website.

Annual Review of Competency Progression

Latest guidance on ARCPs for specialty and foundation trainees has been updated on our website.

For specialty trainees:

  • Guidance for trainees and HEE PGME local teams
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Appeals process

For Foundation trainees:

  • Guidance for foundation trainees
  • ARCP Outcomes Operational Guide

Final Review of Competency Progression for Dental Core Training

Guidance and associated annexes regarding competency progression for Dental Core Training has been published. The update includes:

Update for trainees in their final year of GP specialty training

The 4 Statutory Education Bodies (HEE, HEIW, NES and NIMDTA), RCGP, GMC, BMA, NHSE and DHSC, as well as trainee representatives have all been working together to achieve a deliverable solution for final year GP specialty trainees.

A joint letter has been published on the website.

All the above mentioned documents can be found on our medical and dental trainee information page and trainee FAQ page.

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

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) – The COVID-19 e-learning for healthcare programme is still being well used by the health and care workforce.  It has been launched over 940,000[1] times since it went live mid-March 2020. The team are now starting to assess usage statistics from different professional groups as the early part of the evaluation work on the programme.

Six of the headline metrics on session launches are:

  • Students – 181,738
  • Nursing and midwifery – 168,880
  • Medical – 147,732
  • AHPs – 63,109
  • Social care – 44,701
  • Public health – 3,417

New content is still being added to the programme and in the last couple of days we have created a new learning path called “Resources for Cabin Crew Supporting Delivery of Direct Patient Care”.  This content is for redeployed cabin crew providing direct patient care supporting nursing and healthcare assistant staff.  The resource can be accessed here.

We have also added dental resources to the Returning Clinicians programme which you can find here and a new learning path for nurses who have been deployed into primary and community care.  The learning path can be accessed here.

A new webinar has also been added for pharmacists supporting 111 via the Returning Clinicians (excluding GPs) programme.  This resource can be accessed here.

For more information about the programme including a drop-down list of resources available by role select 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.

 

 

Remote Total Triage in General Practice programme developed to support all GP practices in England during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on: May 4th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

As part of the education and training response to the COVID-19 pandemic Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has created a COVID-19 e-learning programme.

The programme, which is free to access, contains resources for the health and care workforce and volunteers responding to the pandemic in a variety of settings including critical care, acute hospital and primary and community.

One of the resources included in the Primary Care and Community Setting learning path is “Remote Total Triage in General Practice”. This resource has been developed by the Digital First Primary Care Team at NHS England and NHS Improvement and Health Education England to support all GP practices in England with the rapid implementation of a ‘total triage’ model.

This model enables practices to use an online consultation system to gather clinically relevant information from patients in their own time and triage patient contacts, responding using the most appropriate modality to meet the patient’s needs such as via telephone, video, text or online messaging. Non-digital users are taken through the same process by administrative staff over the telephone.

Total triage is important to reduce avoidable footfall into practices and protect patients and staff from the risks of infection. It enables practices to manage work more efficiently, whilst supporting continuity of care and equity of access.

The session materials cover the planning, training, what changes are required and the key messages and resources available to assist with total triage implementation. It also includes practical guidance for the enhanced role required from practice administration staff.

Access the resource here: https://portal.e-lfh.org.uk/Component/Details/609561.

For more information about the COVID-19 e-learning programme visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/coronavirus.

COVID-19 update for w/c 4 May 2020

Posted on: May 4th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare’s (e-LfH) COVID-19 e-learning programme is free to access, with no requirement to log in, for the entire UK health and care workforce, including the NHS, independent sector and social care.

The HEE e-LfH COVID-19 e-learning programme continues to be well used by health and care professionals responding to the pandemic. The programme has been live since mid-March and it has now been launched more than 960,000 times.

The COVID-19 programme now includes:

  • Essential Guidance from the NHS, UK Government, WHO and BMJ
  • Public Health England – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Minimum Requirements for Staff Returning to the NHS
  • Critical Care and Ward-Based Equipment Guides
  • Resources for Staff Working in Critical Care Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in Acute Hospital Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in Primary Care and Community Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in a Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Setting
  • Resources for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs Returning to work, being Redeployed or Up-Skilled
  • Resources to support staff with difficult conversations and end of life care
  • Resources for Specific Professions, Support Workers and Volunteers
  • Staff Wellbeing and Resilience during COVID-19

 

Daily content updates

4 May: Session launches for the COVID-19 e-learning programme have now passed the 925,000 mark. We are starting to look at the usage statistics from different professional groups as the early part of the evaluation work on the programme.

Six of the headline metrics on session launches are:

  • Students – 181,738
  • Nursing and midwifery – 168,880
  • Medical – 147,732
  • AHPs – 63,109
  • Social care – 44,701
  • Public health – 3,417

New content is still being added to the programme and we now have a new learning path called “Resources for Cabin Crew Supporting Delivery of Direct Patient Care”. This content is for redeployed cabin crew providing direct patient care supporting nursing and healthcare assistant staff. The resource can be accessed here.

For more information about the programme including a drop down list of resources available by role select here.

7 May: There have been more than 960,000 session launches on the e-LfH COVID-19 e-learning programme.

A new learning path for health and care staff working in a care home setting has recently been added. The resources can be accessed here.

New resources for radiographers have also been added to the programme. The content includes minimising risk using PPE and infection control, how to safely use mobile equipment and optimising image quality. The resources can be accessed here.

For more information about the programme select here.

Learning Hub update

Health Education England’s (HEE) Technology Enhanced Learning team will be releasing the Learning Hub, with core functionality, at the end of May 2020.  The Learning Hub is being released to support the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response by enabling the health and care workforce to share and access resources during the pandemic.

The Learning Hub will be a new digital platform that will provide easy access to a wide range of resources that are pertinent to education and training in health and care.  Users will be able to contribute digital resources (including video, audio, images, documents, web links, articles etc) and search and access the variety of learning resources that will have been contributed by stakeholders and the health and care workforce to support system readiness and recovery from the pandemic.  New features will frequently be released in line with the original plan for the functionality of the Learning Hub in its Beta phase.

The Learning Hub will add to HEE’s existing suite of platforms and complements the major role the e-Learning for Healthcare Hub is playing as part of the COVID-19 response.

If you would like to know more about this release of the Learning Hub follow @HEE_TEL on Twitter, read the blog and look out for regular updates over the next few weeks.

HEE update

HEE is producing a weekly bulletin with updates about its work as part of the COVID-19 response.  This week’s issue can be accessed here.

For more information and to access the HEE e-LfH COVID-19 programme visit https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/coronavirus/.

Foundation Fast Track e-learning programme

Posted on: May 1st, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

As part of the COVID-19 response a new programme was created for interim foundation Year 1 doctors who are being fast tracked into their Foundation Training.

This programme has been launched 53,161 times since it went live earlier this month with more than 4700 e-LfH accounts created.

The Foundation Fast Track e-learning programme contains essential learning for Interim Foundation Year 1 (FiY1) doctors who are being fast tracked into their Foundation Training to support the workforce in responding to the pandemic.

The courses include a cut down version of the Statutory and Mandatory programme focusing on the key requirements for FiY1 doctors, and the Doctors in Training Induction scenarios, each of which contains a related assessment. Users will meet patients in each of the scenarios and follow their journeys. Each scenario covers relevant learning objectives and allows users to focus on key professional skills that they will need in their role as a Foundation Doctor.

The following courses from the Foundation learning programme are also included and are aimed at the key areas relating to the treatment of patients during the Coronavirus pandemic:

  • Professional capabilities 9: Recognises, assesses and initiates management of the acutely ill patient (FiY1)
  • Professional capabilities 11: Obtains history, performs clinical examination, formulates differential diagnosis and management (FiY1)
  • Professional capabilities 13: Prescribes safely

To access the Foundation Fast Track e-learning programme visit https://portal.e-lfh.org.uk/Component/Details/611029.

Domestic Violence and Abuse e-learning - New sessions available

Posted on: April 27th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Dear colleagues

Please find below details about new sessions available on the Domestic Violence and Abuse e-learning programme to support health visitors and nurses working with those affected by domestic violence and abuse.

I would be grateful if you would share it among your networks to advise that it is now available via Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare.

New content added to the Domestic Violence and Abuse e-learning programme

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has been working with the Institute of Health Visiting to add new content to the Domestic Violence and Abuse e-learning programme.

The planned updates to the existing e-learning programme are particularly timely due to the expected rise in domestic violence and abuse cases as a result of the considerable social and economic challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A leading domestic abuse charity in the UK has already reported a 25% increase in contacts after the start of the COVID-19 lockdown.

The Domestic Violence and Abuse e-learning package aims to equip health visitors and nurses with the skills and knowledge to enable them to provide a proactive, responsive and safe service to families experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

The new content covers four new introductory modules to complement the existing sessions. The e-learning has been developed following a refresh of the evidence, policy and legislation on domestic violence and abuse. Each of the four e-learning modules last around 30-45 minutes.

The following sessions are now available:

  • Understanding domestic violence and abuse
  • Identification of domestic violence and abuse
  • Risk assessment for victims of domestic violence and abuse
  • Safety planning and support for families

For more information about the Domestic Violence and Abuse programme, including details of how to access, please visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/domestic-violence-and-abuse-e-learning-for-health-visitors-and-nurses/.

COVID-19 update for w/c 27 April 2020

Posted on: April 27th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare’s (e-LfH) COVID-19 e-learning programme is free to access, with no requirement to log in, for the entire UK health and care workforce, including the NHS, independent sector and social care.

The HEE e-LfH COVID-19 e-learning programme continues to be well used by health and care professionals responding to the pandemic. The programme has been live since mid-March and it has now been launched 884,928 times.

The COVID-19 programme now includes:

  • Essential Guidance from the NHS, UK Government, WHO and BMJ
  • Public Health England – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Minimum Requirements for Staff Returning to the NHS
  • Critical Care and Ward-Based Equipment Guides
  • Resources for Staff Working in Critical Care Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in Acute Hospital Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in Primary Care and Community Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in a Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Setting
  • Resources for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs Returning to work, being Redeployed or Up-Skilled
  • Resources to support staff with difficult conversations and end of life care
  • Resources for Specific Professions, Support Workers and Volunteers
  • Staff Wellbeing and Resilience during COVID-19

 

Daily content updates

28 April: The COVID-19 e-learning programme is still being well used by the health and care workforce.  It has been launched 850,549 times since it went live mid-March 2020.

We have recently added a new webinar for pharmacists supporting 111 via the Returning Clinicians (excluding GPs) programme.  This resource can be accessed here.

For more information about the programme including a drop down list of resources available by role select here.

30 April: The health and care workforce continues to find the COVID-19 e-learning programme useful and we’re receiving positive feedback from a range of professional groups. It has been launched 884,928 times since it went live mid-March 2020.

We have added dental resources to the Returning Clinicians programme which you can find here.

We have also added a new learning path for nurses who have been deployed into primary and community care. The learning path can be accessed here.

We have recently added a new webinar for pharmacists supporting 111 via the Returning Clinicians (excluding GPs) programme.  This resource can be accessed here.

For more information about the programme including a drop down list of resources available by role select here.

For more information and to access the HEE e-LfH COVID-19 programme visit https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/coronavirus/.

Health Education England Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 3

Posted on: April 24th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Key Messages and links to 21 April 2020

HEE is working with partners to support the system-wide response to COVID-19. Our priority is to ensure trainees and learners are kept informed of immediate changes to their training and recruitment, as well as to support returners to the NHS.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Overview of HEE and our partner’s national response to COVID-19
  • An update from your regional office
  • Signposting to useful resources and contact information

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

As at 21st April 2020, HEE has supported around 20,000 nurses and midwives, 3,000 doctors and over 400 AHPs (data collection ongoing) to join the NHS front line. We also estimate that around 2,200 medical students from years 1-4 are volunteering in a variety of ways. Collectively that is around 25,000 students and trainees either directly deployed or volunteering.

Healthcare Scientists – Supporting over 50% of the final year Scientist Training Programme (STP) cohort on to the HCPC temporary register to allow them to use their skills differently to their normal working day. Trainees on the Higher Specialist Scientist Training Programme (HSST) have also been offered a pause in training while they focus on COVID-19 work.

Physician Associates – As part of our work to ensure a consistent, safe approach to the rapid deployment of student clinicians into the front line we have worked with the Faculty of Physician Associates at the Royal College of Physicians and regional teams to prepare model role descriptors for the PA workforce. The Faculty of Physician Associates have set up a COVID-19 special temporary register for graduate student PAs who have completed their University programmes but have yet to pass the PA national exam. More information here.

Supported Return to Training – If you missed our knowledge refresher and wellbeing webinars for doctors returning to training – you can now watch them online.

Nursing and Midwifery Students – If you missed our webinar last Friday with Chief Nurse, Mark Radford and Jess Sainsbury, Chair of the Royal College of Nursing Students Committee, you can view a recording here.

Continuation of academic study and supervision in practice was a prime consideration in developing plans for students with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and other partners. We have more sessions coming too, so do look out for these.

Allied Health Professionals – Health Education England is asking universities to contact their eligible Allied Health Professional (AHP) students to discuss their options for using their education programme to help with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic – you can find the Student Support Guidance and joint AHP leads letter on under the Student Support Guidance during COVID-19 drop down here .

Pharmacy – Joint guidance on facilitating the deployment of pharmacy undergraduate students to support the pharmacy workforce is available here.

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

Several changes have been introduced for ARCPs scheduled to take place before August 2020, to enable as many trainees to progress to the next stage in their training as possible. Find out more about these changes here under the Training drop down here.

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

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) – The COVID-19 programme is still being used extensively by the health and care workforce responding to the pandemic. To date it has been launched over 800,000 since it went live last month. The content is also being accessed in 98 countries across the world via eIntegrity.

In response to feedback from users you can now access content on the COVID-19 programme by selecting your role from a drop-down box on the e-LfH website. Short “how to” videos to help users with the registration process and accessing content are also now available.

There are now resources for most members of the health and care workforce working in a range of settings including resources for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs Returning to work, being Redeployed or Up-Skilled including pathways for those who are internationally trained, from the independent sector and students who have opted into a revised programme structure.

Select here for more information and to access the programme and follow @HEE_TEL on Twitter.

Supporting the wellbeing of the NHS workforce by:

Implementing a Wellness Induction for all Interim Foundation Year 1 doctors. The induction aims to help maintain wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides personal guidance and signposting to services and resources. We’re also investigating how to adapt it for other parts of the workforce.

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 HEEs webpages, please let us know by submitting your question to the HEE Q&A helpdesk.

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