Step to Work - elearning for healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • Canterbury Uni
  • Kent and Midway AHP Faculty
  • Health Education England_New logo 2021

About the programme

Moving from the role of Allied Health Professional (AHP) student to the roles of registrant and employee marks an important, and often challenging, transition along both a professional and personal journey. Preceptorship programmes are provided by the NHS and other employers to help newly registered staff make sense of their new status, usually after they have begun work.

Step to Work has been produced as an additional support for AHPs before they begin their transition from education to employment in  health and social care settings. The need for this additional support became clear during the COVID-19 pandemic as theoretical and practice learning was disrupted.

This programme consists of 8 learning sessions, together with an introductory briefing to the programme and an evaluation activity. The aim of Step to Work is to provide AHPs with guidance, support, and practical tools to help them  reflect on the experiences and knowledge they  have already gained to help them in their future roles.

The sessions are:

  • Positive appraisal of learning
  • Personal wellbeing at work
  • Characteristics of everyday work as an Allied Health Professional
  • Understanding the different systems that shape everyday work
  • Ethics, accountability and decision making
  • Developing and working in an inclusive environment
  • Building positive relationships with patients
  • Sustaining change and responsiveness

Primary and secondary audiences

  • Newly qualified Allied Health Professionals
  • Final year Allied Health Professional students.

More information

We would like to recognise and offer our appreciation to the steering group to supported and enabled this programme.

Claire Casarotto, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Teresa Buchan, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

Caroline Mcbride,  Kent and Medway CCG

Wendy Kennedy, Medway Community Healthcare

Sarah Elliott Medway, NHS Foundation Trust

Marcela Summoogum, Medway Community Healthcare

Wendy Winpenny, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust

Belinda Swain, Kent County Council

Jane Duffy, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Nathan Pascall-Smith, NHS Kent and Medway CCG

Meet the team

  • Maria Mitchell, South East AHP Workforce programme Lead

    Maria Mitchell

    South East AHP Workforce programme Lead, Health Education England
  • Chris Burton, Canterbury Christ Church University

    Chris Burton

    Professor of Health Services Research / Head of School, Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Mark Windsor, School Research Assistant

    Mark Windsor

    Mark Windsor, School Research Assistant Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Clair Guy

    Clair Guy

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for Healthcare
  • Robin Pollard

    Rob Pollard

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for Healthcare
  • Catherine Moran

    Catherine Moran

    Graphic Designer, HEE elearning for Healthcare
  • Hannah Denness

    Hannah Denness

    Communications Officer, HEE elearning for healthcare,

How to access

To view the Step to Work 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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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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If you already have an account with elfh, then you can enrol on to the Step to Work 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.

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 Step to Work 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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