IV Therapy Passport - elearning for healthcare
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  • Royal College of Nursing

About the IV Therapy Passport programme

The IV Therapy Passport programme of elearning has been developed to provide and develop the underpinning knowledge, required by healthcare professionals to administer intravenous medication (IV), as part of the IV Therapy Passport pathway.

Through collaborative working with stakeholders from organisations across London, one common approach to intravenous medication administration training and assessment has been agreed and developed by CapitalNurse – this is the IV Therapy Passport.

This passport will enable health care professionals to transfer, with their IV skills, between organisations in London without the need to retrain.

Although designed and developed in London, the pathway is of relevance nationally.

The key objectives of the passport include:

  • Reduction in variation in training and assessment. Practitioners are trained and assessed against the same standard in the delivery of IV Therapy
  • Portability – a passport that is accepted as evidence of skills to practice
  • Access for patients to skilled practitioners without delay
  • Reduction of duplication of effort and resource utilisation, bringing better staff experience.

Who is it aimed at

The pathway has been developed with representatives and subject matter experts from within the NHS, charitable and independent sectors and from higher education institutions (HEIs), from adult and children’s nursing and midwifery so that it meets the needs of all fields and in all healthcare settings.

The content of the elearning is aimed at health care professionals caring for infants, children, young people and adults whose role requires the administration of intravenous medication for patients.

Health care professionals may access the full pathway and passport from a variety of routes; after registration, as an international recruit, as a pre-registration nurse or midwife, or as an existing member of the workforce who already have IV therapy skills.

The IV Therapy Passport pathway

The pathway is comprised of three steps as illustrated below:

IV Therapy Passport

*Where organisations choose to deliver step 1 (learning) of the IV Therapy Passport pathway independently, the content of this must have been deemed equivalent through the CapitalNurse IV Therapy passport validation process. Please follow the link IV Therapy Passport for more information.  Learners are required to complete their eAssessment via elfh whichever way they access step 1.

Please note, currently step 3 of the pathway is only accessible within London.

Programme Content

The programme of elearning consists of seven knowledge sessions and seven corresponding eAssessments. They are ‘bite-sized’ interactive learning sessions that work well on a variety of mobile and static devices. The sessions are:

  • IV Medication Administration – a complex process
  • The IV Route
  • Vascular Access Devices
  • Risks and Complications of IV Therapy
  • Fluids and Electrolytes in IV Therapy
  • Preparation and Administration of IV Medication
  • Drug Calculations in IV Therapy

Each session takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and the eAssessment approximately 20 minutes, with the exception of the drug calculations eAssessment which may take longer.

All sessions must be completed and the eAssessments passed before learners can begin their supervised practice learning and assessment.

On completion of all of these sessions and corresponding eAssessments, learners will need to provide evidence of completion, in the form of a downloadable certificate or by demonstrating their elfh learning record, to their line manager, clinical practice educator or supervising university lecturer within their organisation.

In London completion of step 1 and 2 will enable the healthcare professional to progress through the pathway to supervised practice learning and assessment using the IV Therapy Practice Learning and Assessment Document (IV PLAD), and ultimately to achieve the IV Therapy Passport.

For full information on the IV Therapy Passport and each step of the pathway, please visit the IV Therapy Passport.

This elearning resource is endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing until June 2021 as a free resource.


The IV Therapy Passport - Video

  • Here Susie Scott, the IV Project lead for CapitalNurse, talks about the IV Therapy Passport

  • Here Susie Scott, the IV Project Lead for CapitalNurse talks about the impacts of the IV Therapy Passport

More information

Development of the IV Therapy Passport

CapitalNurse’s shared vision to ‘get nursing right for London; ensuring that London has the right number of nurses, with the right skills in the right place, working to deliver excellent nursing wherever it is needed by the people of London’ was the catalyst for the work alongside stakeholder feedback on the challenges around staff transferring with IV skills and the frequent requirement for retraining.

The project was ambitious in engaging widely with London’s healthcare providers (the NHS, charitable and independent sector) and higher education institutions (HEIs), alongside CapitalMidwife, to ensure broad stakeholder representation and to engage experts in the field. With such broad engagement, the project has been able to consider and meet the needs of all adult and children’s nurses and midwives in all healthcare settings.

From this engagement, an IV Therapy pathway was shaped from the evaluation of stakeholders’ requirements and recommendations. Four workstreams were established, enabling stakeholders, all of whom were involved in IV Therapy training and education in their organisation, to contribute to components of the pathway where they had expertise.

From these workstreams, authors, editors and reviewers were identified. These subject matter experts have shaped and created the programme of elearning, the practice learning and assessment document and the entire pathway.

Two phases of testing were implemented to test both the elearning content and functionality and the practice learning and assessment document with nurses and midwives in hospital and community settings across London.

Simultaneously, a steering group and senior leadership sponsors for the project were identified to promote and to provide governance for the work.

Meet the team

  • Susie Scott

    Susie Scott

    IV Project Lead, CapitalNurse, Health Education England and Critical Care Clinical Practice Educator, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Chris Hill

    Chris Hill

    Clinical Practice Educator, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust; Nurse Lead, NENC London Critical Care Network
  • Jacqueline Robinson-Rouse

    Jacqueline Robinson-Rouse

    Clinical Lead, CapitalNurse, Health Education England
  • Emma Nye

    Emma Nye

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Angelina Montinaro

    Angelina Montinaro

    Lead Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Sonali Gupta

    Sonali Gupta

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Runam Prasad

    Runam Prasad

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • elfh-staff-Alex-Drinkall-learning-profile

    Alex Drinkall

    Stakeholder Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare

With special thanks to:

  • Michelle Johnson, Executive Project Sponsor and Chair of IV Project Steering Group, Chief Nurse, The Whittington Hospital
  • Sarah Hayes, Project Sponsor and Assistant Chief Nurse at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Sarah Langfield, Project Sponsor and Assistant Chief Nurse at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust



With thanks to the following organisations who have contributed either to the content, design and development of the elearning and the pathway, or as a test site for piloting elearning and the practice component of the pathway. This collaboration has been essential in ensuring  success in developing the IV Therapy Passport.

  • Ashford and St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • BUPA Cromwell Hospital
  • CapitalMidwife
  • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • CLIC Sargent
  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
  • Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Evelina London Children’s Healthcare, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
  • Greenwich University
  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Haringey and Islington CCG
  • Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
  • London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Middlesex University
  • North Middlesex University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  • St Georges University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Whittington Health NHS Trust

How to access

In order to access the IV Therapy Passport 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 IV Therapy Passport 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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Access for social care organisations

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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 IV Therapy Passport 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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