Congenital Heart Disease - elearning for healthcare
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About the congenital heart disease programme

With advances in antenatal diagnosis and paediatric care, more patients are surviving with congenital heart disease (CHD) with ever increasing complexity. The numbers of adults with CHD now outweighs children by 2 to 1.

The Congenital Heart Disease programme has been developed by experts from within the field of CHD and it has been endorsed by the British Congenital Cardiac Association (BCCA), the Congenital Cardiac Nurses Association (CCNA), The Children’s Heart Federation (CHF) and the Somerville Heart Foundation

The programme provides a basic but essential overview of this condition and highlights the advances in paediatric care that have resulted in increasing numbers of patients surviving into adult life.

The programme takes approximately 2 hours to complete and consists of 3 eLearning sessions:

  • An introduction to congenital heart disease
  • An introduction to the neonate or Infant with congenital Heart Disease
  • Acute presentations in Adult Congenital Heart Disease

On completion of the programme, learners will gain a good understanding of this type of heart disease and know how to contact their nearest network and helplines.

The programme is aimed at all clinical healthcare staff who are not specialists in this subject but may need to care for patients with CHD in their current role. The resource will also be useful for all other clinical colleagues to understand the implications of congenital heart disease, as patients will access other services within the NHS throughout their lifetime.


We would like to thank the following CHD networks for their help and support in the creation of this material.

GSTT Evelina London Network

North East and North Cumbria CHD Network (Newcastle)

Yorkshire and Humber CHD Network (Leeds)

Royal Brompton Hospital CHD Network

Scottish Adult Congenital Cardiac Service (SACCS)

Great Ormond Street & Barts (One Heart)

South West and South Wales CHD Network

Meet the author team

  • Dr Louise Coats Consultant ACHD Cardiologist, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne & ACHD Lead, North East & North Cumbria CHD Network.
  • Adrienne Cottam Lead Nurse CHD, One Heart CHD Operational Delivery Network, GOSH and BARTS.
  • Michael Cumper President – Somerville Heart Foundation
  • Susana De Sousa Lead Nurse Congenital Heart Disease Network – Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Guy’s and St. Thomas’s Foundation Trust
  • Susie Gage Lead Paediatric Pharmacist for Cardiac Services. Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Network Pharmacist, South West and South Wales Congenital Heart Disease Network.
  • Joanna Heath Project Manager – Children’s Heart Federation
  • Sindhoora Kotha PhD research fellow. Cardiologist in training (ST5) – Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jessica Hughes Lead Nurse CHD Network – South West & South Wales.
  • Dr Petra Jenkins ACHD Cardiologist and ACHD-PH lead NW CHD Partnership Liverpool heart and chest. NHS FT ACHD rep BCCA/NHSE CHD Clinical reference group.
  • Dr Abbas Khushnood Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist/Transplant Physician Freeman Hospital, Newcastle; Paediatric CHD Network Lead North East & North Cumbria; National NCHDA-NICOR Lead, UK
  • Linda Griffiths Lead Nurse, CHD Network , NW, IoM & North Wales.
  • Di Robertshaw Practice Educator CHD Network. Heart and Lung Directorate Walrus Cardiac investigation Areas and Cardiac Day Care – Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHSFT.
  • Maggie  Simpson Advanced Clinical Nurse Specilaist CHD Network – Scottish Adult Congenital Cardiac Service / British Adult Congenital Cardiac Nurse Association.
  • Hannah Swift Specialist Nurse in Adult Congenital Heart Disease – Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trust
  • Kaye Walsh Lead Nurse CHD Network – North East and North Cumbria.
  • Kenny Ward Project Manager CHD Network – North West, Isle of Man and North Wales
  • Alison Wood Cardiac Nurse Educator – Bristol Royal Hospital for Children


Meet the HEE elfh project team

  • Emma Nye – Programme manager – HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Laura Pope – Project manager – HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Paula Casey – Lead learning designer – HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Alex Cleary – Learning designer – HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Alan Campbell – Graphic designer – HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Louise Garrahan – Stakeholder officer – HEE elearning for healthcare

How to access

In order to access any elfh programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the congenital heart disease programme, select the View button below.  If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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If you already have an account with elfh, then you can enrol on to the congenital heart disease programme by logging in to the elfh Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

NHS healthcare staff in England – ESR

The congenital heart disease programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the congenital heart disease programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

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