Essentials of Digital Clinical Safety - elearning for healthcare
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About the programme

Healthcare provision and delivery within the NHS today is highly dependent on information technology, which includes sophisticated systems and services.  Healthcare is an integrated and complex “system of systems”, with a patient’s care pathway supported by technology and different services. Whilst the use of health IT can deliver significant healthcare benefits, failure or unintended use of health IT systems has the potential to introduce hazards and associated patient harm.

This elearning programme was developed with the NHS Digital Clinical Safety team and aims to support a culture of digital clinical safety across NHS organisations. It is designed to support health and social care organisations and manufacturers of Health IT to ensure that all members of staff within the organisation have an awareness of digital clinical safety.

Those working within digital clinical safety, including clinicians, staff in administrative roles, project managers and testers may find the programme useful. Learners can expect an interactive learning experience, with questions to assess their knowledge. A certificate will be available to download and print after completing the elearning programme.

The programme is also available via the Electronic Staff Register (ESR) and AICC.

More information

You can read more about Digital Clinical Safety on the NHS Digital website.

You can read the Digital Clinical Safety Strategy on the Transformation Directorate website.

NHS Digital Clinical Safety Team Authors

  • Rudi Redford-Brown

    NHS Digital, Lead Safety Engineer
  • Sean White

    NHS Digital, Principal Safety Engineer
  • Andy Carr

    Andy Carr

    NHS Digital, Clinical Safety Officer

NHSEI Digital Clinical Safety Team Authors

  • Rahul Khamar

    Rahul Khamar

    National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow, NHS England

Reviewers from the clinical safety team

  • Hannah Mccann, NHS Digital, Lead Safety Engineer
  • Shakir Laher, NHS Digital, Lead Safety Engineer
  • Ian Tomlinson, NHS Digital, Lead Safety Engineer
  • Mike Anderson, NHS Digital, Principle Safety Engineer
  • Sebastian Alexander, NHS Digital, Strategic Clinical Lead for Patient Safety
  • Manpreet Pujara, NHS Digital, Clinical Director for Patient Safety
  • Charles Olowosuko, NHS Digital, Lead Safety Engineer
  • Bruno Tchek, NHS Digital, Lead Safety Engineer
  • Zak Bickhan, NHS Digital, Clinical Safety Officer

HEE Project Team

  • andi blackmore

    Andi Blackmore

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Dave Beardmore

    Dave Beardmore

    Project Manager, Health Education elearning for healthcare
  • Runam Prasad

    Runam Prasad

    Learning Designer, Health Education elearning for healthcare
  • NAOMI KNIGHT

    Naomi Knight

    Graphics Designer, Health Education elearning for healthcare
  • Rachel Gowland

    Rachel Gowland

    Stakeholder Officer, Health Education 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 Digital Clinical Safety 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 Digital Clinical Safety 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 Digital Clinical Safety 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 Digital Clinical Safety 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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