COVID-19 update for w/c 18 May 2020 - elearning for healthcare
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COVID-19 update for w/c 18 May 2020

Alex Drinkall, 27 May 2020

HEE elearning for healthcare’s (elfh) COVID-19 elearning 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 elfh COVID-19 elearning programme continues to be well used by health and care professionals responding to the pandemic. The programme has been live since mid-March and we are proud to report that it has now been launched more than 1,000,000 times.

The COVID-19 programme 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

19 May: The elfh COVID-19 elearning programme is still being well used by many of the health and care workforce responding to the pandemic. There have now been more than 1,100,000 session launches since the programme went live in mid-March.

A new learning path called: “Nightingale Hospital – Essential Learning for Non-Critical Care Staff” has been added to the elearning programme. The resources cover topics including airway management, end of life care, managing the deteriorating patient, invasive ventilation and oxygen therapy and can be accessed here.

Resources from Cancer Research UK have been added to the Resources for Primary and Social Care Setting folder. The resources are: Safety Netting Cancer Patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Best Practice Guide and Safety Netting during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Summary of Recommendations.

For more information about the programme select here.

Free online resources for unpaid carers

Health Education England’s elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) team has worked with Carers UK to develop a free online resource to support the vital care that unpaid carers provide.

The Supporting Unpaid Carers elearning resource is for everyone who provides care and support to a family member or friend due to their disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem or other health and care needs.

The resource, which is available on HEE’s elfh website, offers a variety of elearning sessions, with expert advice from Carers UK, resources, guides and videos to support unpaid carers.

The resources include:

  • Links to organisations offering advice on topics relevant to the elearning sessions
  • A downloadable resource guide including information on rights to benefits, support for carers and caring for those with visual or hearing impairment
  • Access to Agylia Care resources
  • Specialised elearning content on topics including dementia, mental health, physical disability, infection control and end of life care
  • Information and advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for carers.

If you would like to share your thoughts on the resources and input into the evaluation of the Supporting Unpaid Carers elearning resource please visit our survey.

For more information about the resource, including details on how to access the content, visit

Learning Hub features

Health Education England’s (HEE) Technology Enhanced Learning team is releasing the Learning Hub at the end of May 2020 with core functionality 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.

As the Learning Hub is being designed based on users’ needs and developed using an agile, iterative approach new features will frequently be released in line with the original plan for the Learning Hub in its Beta phase. This agile approach means the users will have access to and experience the benefits of new features as quickly as possible to provide a comprehensive learning experience.

At the release of this phase of the Learning Hub users will be able to contribute digital resources including elearning, video, audio, images, web links and articles. elearning files will need to be downloaded and locally installed so they can be used on another learning management system. Users will be able to view resources they have added as the contributor, work on them in draft status, edit a published resource, unpublish a resource and view if one of their resources has been unpublished by a system administrator and the reason for this.

Learning Hub users may report a resource, for example, if there is an issue with copyright infringement, breach of personal data, factual inaccuracies, typing errors or safety concerns.  The type of issue will determine whether the resource is immediately removed from the platform or if the contributor is asked to make amendments to it.

Users will also be able to search for resources by using terms that match the title, description, keywords and author and there will be an information page for each resource contributed to the platform; the resources will also be discoverable via search engines.

As much of the focus of the Learning Hub is about being able to share content on a national platform and throughout their networks, users will be able to access the resources, and share them on social media and with colleagues.

There will also be a support site and a team to help users with any issues or questions they may have.  Users will also be able to provide feedback about the Learning Hub so the development team can learn more about what users want from the system and how it can be improved.

Users who have an existing eligible elearning for healthcare account will be able to sign into the Learning Hub using the same details, as the two platforms will be complementary: providing a wider learning opportunity for the health and care workforce.

The new HEE learning platform will be rolled out using a phased approach to groups of stakeholders so they can benefit from the system being live to meet the needs of the health and care workforce during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  The platform will continue to evolve and feedback from users experiencing the live system will be invaluable for its future development.

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.

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 elfh COVID-19 programme visit

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