Female Genital Mutilation - e-Learning for Healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • Health Education England
  • Department of Health
  • CPHVA
  • School and Public Health Nurses Association
  • Royal College of General Pracitioners
  • The Royal College of Midwives
  • Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecoloists
  • RCPCH

About the Female Genital Mutilation programme

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there are an estimated 130 million women and girls living with FGM worldwide. Most of these women are located in 29 African countries. In the UK, FGM is increasingly identified amongst migrants from FGM-practising countries. There are an estimated 137 000 women in the UK affected by FGM.

In July 2014, the UK hosted the first Girl Summit which emphasised the need to end the practice of FGM within a generation. Health Education England (HEE) is committed to training frontline healthcare professionals to recognise and support women and girls who may have undergone FGM.

The e-FGM educational programme has been developed by HEE e-Learning for Healthcare and is provided free to all healthcare professionals, including school nurses, practice nurses, health visitors and GPs. Developed in collaboration with key stakeholders, and supported by the Department of Health’s FGM Prevention team, the material deals with the issues posed by FGM at all stages of a girl or woman’s life.

More information

The Female Genital Mutilation programme (e-FGM) is made up of five 20 to 30 minute e-learning sessions which are designed to improve the knowledge and awareness amongst healthcare professionals of some of the issues which FGM has on women and children.

The programme covers the following topics:

  • An Introduction to FGM
  • Communication Skills for FGM consultations
  • Legal and Safeguarding Issues regarding FGM in the UK
  • FGM: Issues, presentation and management in children and young women
  • FGM: Issues, presentation and management in women and around pregnancy
  • The Psychological Impact of FGM

The project is supported by a number of key stakeholder organisations:

  • Health Education England (HEE)
  • Department of Health (DH)
  • Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association (CPHVA)
  • School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA)
  • Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)
  • Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)

Project team

  • Sveta Alladi

    Dr. Sveta Alladi

    Clinical Lead, Health Education England
  • Jonathan Guy

    Project Manager, Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Karen Walker - ID

    Karen Walker

    Lead Instructional Designer, Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare

e-learning sessions

  • An Introduction to FGM – Prof Sarah Creighton, Dr. Dan Reisel
  • Legal issues regarding FGM in the UK – Dr. Judy Shakespeare, Lynne Townley, Dr. Deborah Hodes
  • FGM: Issues, presentation and management in women and around pregnancy – Mrs Pallavi Latthe, Janet Fyle, Alison Byrne
  • Communication Skills for FGM consultations – Dr. John Spicer, Obi Amadi
  • FGM: Issues, presentation and management in children and young women – Betsy Allen, Dr. Deborah Hodes
  • The Psychological Impact of FGM – Jennifer Bourne, Dr. Lih-Mei Liao, Dr. Sveta Alladi

How to access

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

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

How to license

In the event that you do not qualify for free access to the Female Genital Mutilation programme, you are able to license access through eIntegrity, a community-interest company established for this purpose.

For more information on the licensing options available for the Female Genital Mutilation programme, please visit the eIntegrity website.

NHS healthcare staff in England

The Female Genital Mutilation 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.

Presentation

Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) eFGM e-learning programme seeks to raise healthcare professionals’ awareness of the issues which affect women, children and families impacted by FGM. eFGM is available free of charge to UK healthcare staff. eFGM access can also be purchased by annual licence.

In addition, HEE e-LfH provides free, open access to a presentation that summarises the key messages in the five eFGM e-learning sessions. The presentation contains text, videos, illustrations and graphics, and takes around 30 minutes to complete. International users should note that any legal content refers to UK legislation.

Select the Play button below to open the presentation.

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