Healthcare Waste Management and Disposal - elearning for healthcare
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  • Anenta logo
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  • Independent Safety Services logo

About the programme

In the advent of COVID-19, along with NHS Net Zero objectives and pressures within the disposal industry, healthcare waste management is entering an important phase of transition across England.

With greater emphasis being placed on compliance with regulations and reducing environmental impact, it is important to increase your awareness and management of all waste types.

The Healthcare Waste Management and Disposal elearning programme supports healthcare staff to:

  • explain the need for effective segregation to prevent the mixing of waste types
  • distinguish between the containment types and colour coding, depending on the waste type generated
  • reduce complexity in operational and administrative processes surrounding waste management
  • achieve the aim of implementing sustainable procurement, and reducing waste volumes by 15%, by 2030
  • understand how the waste hierarchy ranks waste management options according to what is best for the environment.

Primary and secondary audiences

This is applicable to all healthcare workers who deal with waste management and/or produce waste, including (but not limited to) pharmacists, doctors, nurses, administration staff, cleaners and porters.

Meet the team

  • Matthew Boycott

    Matthew Boycott

    Senior Programme Lead, GP Commissioning / PC Ancillary services
  • Graham Flynn

    Graham Flynn

    Managing Director, Anenta Ltd
  • Kim Ormsby

    Kim Ormsby

    Assistant Director, Anenta Ltd
  • Dr Anne C Woolridge

    Dr Anne Woolridge

    Chief Operating Officer, Independent Safety Services

Project Team

  • andi blackmore

    Andi Blackmore

    Programme Manager, Health Education elearning for healthcare
  • Dave Beardmore

    Dave Beardmore

    Project Manager, Health Education elearning for healthcare
  • elfh staff - Paul Kelly

    Paul Kelly

    Learning Designer, Health Education elearning for healthcare
  • Catherine Moran

    Catherine Moran

    Graphic Designer, Health Education elearning for healthcare
  • Kieron_Bradshaw_80x80

    Kieron Bradshaw

    Communications 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 Healthcare Waste Management and Disposal 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 Healthcare Waste Management and Disposal 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 Healthcare Waste Management and Disposal 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 Healthcare Waste Management and Disposal 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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