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Changes to the e-LfH hub and Internet Explorer

Posted on: April 9th, 2018 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) resources are no longer supported by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer versions 8, 9 and 10.

This decision will bring e-LfH’s browser policy in line with other NHS organisations, including Electronic Staff Record (ESR).

The current version of Internet Explorer, version 11, and Microsoft’s Edge will continue to be supported.

Over the last few years the usage of these older versions of browsers has reduced significantly to less than 2% of all e-LfH accessed sessions. If your organisation still uses these older Internet Explorer versions, please note that alternative browsers such as Chrome or Firefox can be used. Please refer to your local IT department for assistance in using a different browser.

Ceasing support of the older versions of Internet Explorer will enable e-LfH to develop and test new functionality, without the restrictions of considering aging technologies.

e-LfH is still supporting the following browsers:

PC

  • IE11
  • Edge (latest version)
  • Chrome (latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)

Mac

  • Chrome (latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari (latest version)

Android

  • Chrome (latest version)

iOS

  • Safari (latest version)

If you have any questions about this change please contact the e-LfH helpdesk: Support Form

HEE Learning Solution – Alpha phase complete and service assessment passed

Posted on: January 12th, 2018 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England’s (HEE) Learning Solution project has reached a new milestone by completing the alpha phase of the development. This phase culminated in passing all aspects of the service assessment giving permission for it to move onto the next part of the process, which is the beta development phase.

Many people have been asking us what the differences will be between the e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) Hub and the Learning Solution and how this will affect their learning.

HEE’s Learning Solution will provide access to a full range of resources, guidance and educational innovations across the NHS, social care and higher education which can also be shared, signposted, evaluated and developed. Examples could include sharing simulation equipment and scripts, podcasts, e-learning resources or informal materials such as a YouTube video. As well as helping to drive up quality, the Learning Solution will help promote and harness innovation and draw on the best practice, talent and projects within and beyond the NHS.

Research has confirmed that there are opportunities to use technology to enhance the provision of education through the implementation of a learning solution, which allows users to:

  • Upload and share learning resources they have developed
  • Easily access learning resources available via the learning solution
  • Rate, review and discuss learning resources
  • Collaborate within communities of practice

 

An overview of what the differences are between the e-LfH Hub and the Learning Solution is below:

e-LfH Hub HEE Learning Solution
Mainly delivers e-learning Will provide access (directly or via signposting) to all types of learning resources
Has a Learning Management System (LMS) which records learner activity Will not be a LMS, however we are exploring the option of a Learner Record Store (LRS)
Delivers nationally quality-assured e-learning Will offer national/regional content but will also enable users to upload content they have developed
Includes functionality to rate content (and feedback to e-LfH team) Will include functionality to rate, review, discuss and collaborate

 

The intention is to provide integration between the e-LfH Hub and the HEE Learning Solution. We will be involving a sample of e-LfH users in user needs research to inform the requirements for the level of integration between the two systems.

 

The report from the 18 point Digital Service Standard assessment, which provides feedback and recommendations for the beta phase, can be found on the Digital Health blog.

For more information about the Learning Solution project visit www.hee.nhs.uk/tel.

New Year Honour for clinical lead

Posted on: January 2nd, 2018 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Congratulations to Dorothy Keane on her appointment as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year 2018 Honours List, for her services to radiography. Dorothy is the clinical lead for Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare Image Interpretation programme.

For more information about the Image Interpretation programme please visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/image-interpretation/

Improving confidence and developing staff capabilities across NHS mental health settings

Posted on: September 29th, 2017 by Andy Dowden No Comments

Health Education England funded: Breaking Down the Barriers
Improving confidence and developing staff capabilities across NHS mental health settings

Current Situation

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, 2016 highlighted that people with mental health problems have poorer physical health than the general population, often they are unable to access the physical healthcare they need and experience unnecessary health inequalities. People with a serious mental illness (SMI) accessing mental health services on an in/outpatient basis and settings do not always have their physical health needs identified, assessed, monitored, managed appropriately or receive timely information and support they need, to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Figures obtained from NHS England in 2016 found more than 8,000 serious incidents were reported by mental health trusts in England the previous year. There has been a steady increase in the numbers of incidents recorded by 58 mental health trusts in England from 6,074 to 8,139 from 2012-2015.

Some of the real challenges mental health trusts experience are competing training course priorities, poor uptake of training, unable to release staff to attend and/or deliver training sessions, trying to fit in training into an already packed programme. UCLPartners commissioned by Health Education England, north, central and east London (NCEL) conducted a needs assessment in 2014 across mental health settings through structured interviews focus groups, questionnaires and surveys to understand the training needs and requirements of staff in a mental health setting.

Key findings from the needs assessment report in relation to current existing and future training needs showed;

  • Over 50% of the doctors across mental health settings surveyed had received less than 2 hours training on managing physical health conditions in the past year
  • 95% of mental health nurses saw physical health related responsibilities as part of their duty, and a majority were currently providing some form of physical health care, despite not having had much training in this area;
  • Nearly 56% of the mental health nurses surveyed were not aware of any training courses on physical health run locally at the trust;
  • 57% of those who had accessed education in physical health during their pre-registration did not feel that it had prepared them to look after the physical health of their patients.

Mental health and mental health and multidisciplinary staff who undertook the needs assessment, highlighted an urgent need for a physical health awareness training every 6 months; preferably of a minimum half day, targeted, face to face training sessions twice a year. The challenge was to provide appropriate and relevant physical health awareness training, resources and delivery modes for mental health staff that met their day to day operational, clinical needs and management of patients with complex care.

What have we done so far?

With the main emphasis on upskilling mental health professionals, UCLPartners facilitated the development of Breaking Down the Barriers (BDtB), the co-creation and delivery of six free, adaptable physical awareness training modules for use across mental health settings and higher education institutes. BDtB physical health training aims to increase overall awareness, improve early identification, assessment management, timely sign-posting and referrals of patients with complex mental and physical health needs. BDtB physical awareness training has been created for delivery in bite sizes, classroom Training is through a mixture of presentations, practical exercises, videos tutorials, case studies, scenarios, quizzes including discussions.

Positive practice: Increasing knowledge and developing capability

Breaking Down the Barriers_Latest News

Dr Sergio Sawh, Emergency Medicine Specialist, Registrar & ED simulation fellow at University College Hospital London, has delivered the highest number of training sessions to clinical and non-clinical staffacross mental health trusts within the NCEL geographical region. Following the success of the training, there has also been a high demand for training from other localities, most recently from South Kensington & Chelsea mental health centre. BDtB training simulation scenarios include the management of the collapsed patient, over-sedation and the practical use of Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation (SBAR) communication tool.

Seeing results: what attendees have said following physical awareness training by Dr Sergio Sawh:

“This type of training needs to happen regularly and everyone who is patient-facing should have this training.”

“Training was very eye-opening and made me realise just how much more there is to learn if I am to become confident in managing a patient who has collapsed in my care and at my trust. However, I now feel that I am capable.”

“I enjoyed the scenarios and practical involvement, it has highlighted areas in my practice area where we require essential equipment to deal with medical emergencies.”

“Overall, it’s been a great learning experience as we sometimes get rusty as psychiatrists.”

The diagram below shows pre-and post measurements on knowledge, confidence and practical skill levels of mental health and multidisciplinary staff who attended training.

Breaking Down the Barriers_Latest NewsMental health professionals and multidisciplinary staff are in unique positions to help and empower people with an SMI to improve their physical health. BDtB physical health awareness resources aim to support staff by building on existing skills and knowledge to help reduce risk factors known to adversely affect the physical health of people with an SMI.

Ronke Adejolu, Programme Manager, UCLPartners said “Breaking Down the Barriers is proving reciprocal and collaborative training approach can help build and develop capabilities of staff, hereby reducing serious incidences across mental health trusts.

To access BDtB downloadable training resources please visit; https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/breaking-downthe-barriers/. For more information, contact Ellen Nelson Ellen.Nelson@uclpartners.com

Updated and refreshed statutory and mandatory e-learning

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England (HEE) has updated and refreshed the e-learning training sessions for the ten core statutory and mandatory topics as defined in the UK Core Skills Training Framework for the health and social care workforce.

The e-learning sessions, which can be accessed free of charge via HEE’s e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) hub and via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR), have been updated with content provided by subject matter experts across the ten topics which include:

  • Conflict Resolution (L1)
  • Equality, Diversity and Human Rights (L1)
  • Fire Safety (L1)
  • Health, Safety and Welfare (L1)
  • Infection Prevention and Control (L1)
  • Moving and Handling (L1)
  • Preventing Radicalisation (L1)
  • Resuscitation (L1)
  • The e-learning sessions on Safeguarding Children, Safeguarding Adults, Information Governance and level 2 sessions will be updated and available by end of June 2017.The existing e-learning sessions for these topics will remain available on the e-LfH hub and ESR for staff to access.

Alan Ryan, Director of National Programmes, HEE said: “The updated suite of core statutory and mandatory e-learning sessions will ensure consistency in quality and the definition and delivery of such training. This will also make the completion of statutory and mandatory training more efficient thanks to the centralised approach for both learners and trainers, especially as the e-learning is available to the whole health and social care workforce, including students on placement.”

In addition to including updated content the sessions also have more graphically rich and engaging content as the programme has been redeveloped using a new authoring tool, Adapt, which allows greater interactivity to reinforce learning.

The short and high-impact sessions have been developed to allow learners to complete the training and then progress to the assessment. There is also the option for learners to proceed straight to the assessment without completing the training, if they are confident in the subject area.

To access the free e-learning sessions select this link or visit the Electronic Staff Record.

NHS Screening Programmes e-learning launched

Posted on: April 4th, 2017 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England has worked in partnership with Public Health England to transfer the NHS Screening Programmes’ e-learning modules on to the e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) online platform.

There are 11 NHS Screening Programmes in England. These programmes are commissioned and managed based on the recommendations provided by UK National Screening Committee.

Screening is a way of identifying people who are at higher risk of a health problem, so that treatment can be offered or information given to help them make personalised informed decisions about their care.

Healthcare professionals use e-learning as part of their training and continuing professional development and the new platform allows them to have all their NHS e-learning training in one place.

The e-learning, which was previously available on the CPD Screening website, is regularly updated to reflect national standards.

This e-learning offers comprehensive training for healthcare professionals who offer screening to:

* pregnant women
* newborn babies
* adults (abdominal aortic aneurysm).

It does not currently include e-learning for Cancer Screening or Diabetic Eye Screening, but will in future.

Access the e-learning modules on the e-Learning for Healthcare website.

Interoperability link – AICC

Posted on: August 30th, 2016 by Andy Dowden No Comments

The interoperability link from Health Education England has been vital to our continued development of Technology Enhanced Learning at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals.

We use Moodle as our Learning Management System which hosts all of our e-learning and induction modules and we build the majority of these modules ourselves, with the support of Subject Matter Experts. Safer Use of Insulin was an external package we used, but had its limitations. We weren’t able to host this on our platform and simply provided a link for users to register their details on an external site. We then had to run a special report to capture all completions.

With the help of Health Education England, not only can we use their e-learning content for this course, but we can also track all completions and the user can even download a certificate of completion, all within the Moodle platform.

From an administration perspective, it couldn’t be easier to add this course to our platform as the instructions are simple and anyone familiar with Moodle can utilise this AICC facility.

Over 2,500 members of staff are required to complete this module, and it is also included within the Medical Induction that users complete before they start at the Trust.

For more information contact David Spinks, Technology Enhanced Learning Manager, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS by emailing David.Spinks@btuh.nhs.uk or Charlotte Teager, Professional Advisor for Technology Enhanced Learning, Health Education England in the East of England by emailing Charlotte.Teager@nhs.net

Hub Release 1.016

Posted on: May 6th, 2016 by admin No Comments

Work included in the Hub release dated 28/01/2016

  • Correct Advanced Search for eIntegrity customers
  • Improve the performance and presentation of the Enrolment screen
  • Additional registration option for users working in University Dental Schools
  • Update the style templates for administration reports
  • Bug fixed relating to eFM Certificates throwing a javascript error
  • Improve the message to users trying to “refresh” session window
  • Improve management of system icons
  • Refinements to administration reporting
  • Bug fixed relating to statuses not updating correctly for non-scorm content
  • Improve account security when using the browser “back” button
  • Introduce Log In Wizard rules to improve user account maintenance

Hub Release 1.017

Posted on: May 6th, 2016 by admin No Comments

Work included in the Hub release dated 01/03/2016

  • Bug fixed to stop registration emails from being blocked from NHS sites
  • Bug fixed relating to the Hub links to eIntegrity website
  • Bug fixed relating to My Activity reporting and programme selection
  • Improve message to users when a session times out
  • Improve search results for eIntegrity users
  • Bug fixed with eIntegrity Hub showing e-LfH Hub styling
  • Bug fixed relating to Reporting Permissions screen display
  • Bug fixed relating to NHS registration form and the job role
  • Improve formatting for description fields in administration reporting
  • Bug fixed for My e-Learning timing out and trying to play a session
  • Improve performance of My e-Learning Expanded View
  • Bug fixed to correct the display of Updated Date on Session Component Information page
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