Hospital at Night - elearning for healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • Skills for Health
  • London Deanery

About the Hospital at Night programme

Hospital at NightHospital at Night (HaN) is a web-based resource targeted at HaN multidisciplinary teams. It has been developed by Health Education England elearning for healthcare in collaboration with Skills for Health Workforce Projects Team (WPT) and London Deanery’s Simulation and Technology-enhanced Learning Initiative (STeLI). The project is further supported by the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Nursing.

HaN is intended to be a key component of London Deanery’s and WPT’s overall vision to make HaN a mainstream component of the delivery of safe and effective clinical care to patients throughout the NHS. It will support the training of junior doctors, particularly those in foundation and core training programmes, and nursing staff, while providing a resource for others, such as consultant and managerial staff, involved in the delivery and support of out of hours care.

HaN includes around 20 sessions split into 2 courses:

  • Effective Hospital at Night
  • Top ten Clinical Calls at Night

More information

The Hospitals at Night (HaN) concept (as opposed to the HaN elearning programme) was initially developed as a response to the problems posed by the European Working Time Directive (EWTD). The focus of the HaN concept is to provide safer clinical care in the out of hours setting through one or more multi-professional teams who have the full range of skills and competences to meet the immediate needs of patients. It also supports better learning opportunities for doctors in training. The HaN programme was initiated by the Department of Health and London Deanery and piloted by the Modernisation Agency in 2004. Skills for Health WPT have led, in conjunction with the London Deanery, the implementation of HaN across the NHS since 2005, with the support of the Royal Colleges of the medical specialties and nursing and other professional organizations.

Pilots of Hospital at Night at several sites have been highly successful and more comprehensive research into the impact of Hospital at Night (‘The Case for Hospital at Night’) demonstrated improvements in patient safety and care, as well as suggesting an increase in overall hospital efficiency. Resources have been developed for Trusts to implement Hospital at Night, including the comprehensive guide, ‘Making Hospital at Night Mainstream’.

The concept is being implemented in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong with a number of other countries’ health services considering implementation. They too may see the need for H@N elearning training in the future.

Meet the team

  • Louella Vaughan

    Louella Vaughan

    Clinical Lead
  • Emma Nye

    Emma Nye

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Julia Moore

    National Director, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Alan Ryan

    National Programme Director, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Wendy Reid

    Wendy Reid

    Project Champion
  • Ian Curran

    Ian Curran

    Project Commissioner
  • Claire Blankley

    Claire Blankley

    Skills for Health
  • Winnie Wade

    Winnie Wade

    Royal College of Physicians
  • Andrew Goddard

    Andrew Goddard

    Royal College of Physicians
  • Gerry Bolger

    Gerry Bolger

    Royal College of Nursing

How to access

In order to access the Hospital at Night 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 Hospital at Night 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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NHS healthcare staff in England

The Hospital at Night programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this elearning 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 Hospital at Night 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.

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