Dictionary of Medicines + Devices - elearning for healthcare
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About the dictionary of medicines and devices programme

On 11th December 2023, the current Dictionary of Medicines and Devices Programme elearning resource will move from the elfh Hub to the NHSE Learning Hub as part of a planned upgrade of our learning platforms.

The Learning Hub is a national digital learning platform providing easy access to a wide range of educational resources and support for the health and care workforce and educators. You are auto enrolled on the Learning Hub with your elfh account and new users can sign up for free.

What you need to do

If you have started this programme on the elfh Hub and require a certificate, please complete all relevant programme resources before 09:00am 11th December 2023. After this date, a record of your activity on the elfh Hub will still be available in the ‘My Activity’ area in your elfh account, including any certificates.

If you are unable to complete the programme by 09:00am 11th December 2023, you can wait and complete it from the 13th December 2023 on the NHSE Learning Hub. Your activity on the NHSE Learning Hub is recorded in the ‘My Learning’ section, including any certificates.

We will issue a notification and a link to the resource once it is live on the NHSE Learning Hub. This link will also feature on the programme webpage from the 13th December 2023

This elearning programme was developed to explain what the dictionary of medicines and devices (dm+d) standard is, the benefits of using it, and how dm+d can be implemented in secondary care, including hospitals, clinics and community care settings across England.

The animated elearning sessions cover key areas related to the dm+d standards.

  1. What is dm+d: introduces the dm+d standard in non-technical terms and outlines what is provided, its purpose, and benefits for patient safety. This session is for clinical and non-clinical staff.
  2. Why you should adopt the dm+d standard: outlines the benefits of implementing dm+d and explains who needs to be involved. This session is for clinical staff.
  3. How to adopt the dm+d standard: provides relevant information, including NHS Blueprinting and requirements to embed dm+d. This session is for organisations who are about to implement dm+d and those who want to further their understanding for what it means to be compliant with the dm+d standard.

Each of the sessions takes approximately 25 minutes to complete and contributes to your continuing professional development. A certificate can be downloaded on completion of each session.

dm+d is part of a new Information Standard (DAPB 4013) that has been published which requires all IT systems that transfer medication information to be compliant by 31 March 2023. [DAPB4013: Medicine and Allergy/Intolerance Data Transfer – NHS Digital]

Further resources to help with the implementation of dm+d are available on the Interoperable Medicines webpages [Resources for health and care services, and developers – NHS Digital]

To keep informed about further developments, support and events relating to this area, please subscribe to the Digital and Interoperable Medicines Bulletin [Customer Self-Service (digital.nhs.uk)]

More information

In January 2020, the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellows in collaboration with NHSX and NHS England and Improvement, launched a project exploring the challenges of implementing the dictionary of medicines and devices (dm+d) standard. This elearning programme aims to support the workforce in understanding and implementing the dm+d standard across secondary care in England.

Meet the team

  • Sarah Cahill – Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s Clinical Fellow, NHSX
  • Chris O’ Brien – Programme Manager, Digital Medicines, NHSX
  • Andrew Pritchard – Programme Manager, NHS Digital
  • Mat Wilkinson – Senior Project Manager, NHS Digital
  • Paul Butler – Senior Communications Business Partner (Manager), NHS Digital
  • Ann Slee – Associate CCIO (Medicines), NHSX
  • Rupesh Thakkar – Implementation Lead, NHSX
  • Jo Goulding – Consultant Terminology Specialist – Pharmacy, NHS Digital
  • Guy Jepson – Senior Specialist Pharmacist, NHS BSA
  • Chan Fung – Senior Specialist Pharmacist, NHS BSA
  • Kate Blush – Senior Media and Campaigns Officer, NHS BSA
  • Samantha Murphy – Media and Campaigns Officer, NHS BSA
  • Sandra Oliver – Informatics Pharmacist, EMIS Health
  • Kirstie Taylor – Director of Communications and Engagement, Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria

Health Education England elearning for healthcare team

  • andi blackmore

    Andi Blackmore

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Robin Pollard

    Rob Pollard

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Karen Walker - ID

    Karen Walker

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Rachel Gowland

    Rachel Gowland

    Communications and Stakeholder Officer, HEE elearning for healthcare, Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Rashmi Chavda

    Rashmi Chavda

    Graphic Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare

How to access

In order to access the Dictionary of Medicines + Devices 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 Dictionary of Medicines + Devices 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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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 Dictionary of Medicines + Devices 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

Please select the following link for more information on how to use the elfh Hub.

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