Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation - elearning for healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • Campaign to end loneliness
  • NHS England partnership logo
  • Office for Health Improvement and Disparities

About the Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation programme

There is evidence that having a lack of social connections significantly increases the risk of premature mortality. The risk to health that chronic loneliness can bring is greater than those associated with many factors that currently receive substantial public health attention and resources.

The Learning and Social Isolation (LSI) course is focussed on highlighting the impact of chronic loneliness as a serious health concern and how we can all help to tackle loneliness with the interactions we have with patients and the public. It supports the call to action from the Jo Cox Commission to ‘equip people with information about the potential triggers for loneliness and ensure they know where to go for support’ and consists of e-learning, two animations, two podcasts and a resource guide.

Who is it aimed at?

It is relevant to all health and care staff and the wider public health workforces.

How learners will benefit from doing this course

The learner will:

  • understand the importance of loneliness and social isolation (LSI) as a risk factor for negative health outcomes.
  • be able to recognise people within their practice at risk of LSI through an understanding of the risk factors and key risk groups.
  • be able to have conversations with people, in order to identify if an individual is likely to be at risk of, or experiencing, LSI.
  • have knowledge of the available range of evidence-based interventions for loneliness, and know how to refer or signpost those identified at risk of LSI.
  • be able to have ongoing interactions with clients with LSI to ensure ongoing care where it is relevant to their role.


  • David is a single gay man in his 60s.  This is his story.

  • Aisha moved to the UK 4 years ago and has recently had a baby. This is her story.

More information

Resource guide

This guide provides categorised information and links to policies, training resources, articles and blogs, and useful contact information.

LSI elearning

In this session you will learn how you can recognise risk factors, risk groups, and apply simple interventions that can make a positive impact. Access through the link at the bottom of the page.

  • Podcast – Supporting You

  • Podcast – Supporting Others

Meet the team

  • Dr Kalpa Kharicha

    Dr Kalpa Kharicha

    Head of Research, Policy and Practice, Campaign to End Loneliness
  • Robin Hewings

    Robin Hewings

    Programme Director, Campaign to End Loneliness
  • Chris Sharp

    Chris Sharp

    Workforce Development Lead, Public Health England Y&H
  • Val Barker

    Val Barker

    Head of School of Public Health, Health Education England Y&H
  • Hayley Lamb and Louise Harris

    Haylo Theatre

    Hayley Lamb and Louise Harris of Haylo Theatre
  • Antonio-De-Gregorio

    Antonio De Gregorio

    Project Manager, Population Health and Prevention
  • Margit Veveris

    Margit Veveris

    Senior Project Manager – Long Term Conditions and Prevention Programme
  • Heidi Breed

    Programme Manager - Workforce Training and Education, NHS England
  • Holly Potton

    Project Manager – Long Term Conditions and Prevention Programme, on secondment from the Civil Service Fast Streamer Programme
  • Libby Potter

    Head of Portfolio for national teams, Workforce, Training and Education (WT&E) at NHSE covering Long term Conditions and prevention, Maternity, Neonatal, Children and Young People and Cancer workforce reform ACCEND
  • Dr Helen MacIntyre

    Head of Evidence, Campaign to End Loneliness
  • Mhairi Grant

    Engagement and Comms Lead, Campaign to End Loneliness
  • Rashmi Chavda

    Rashmi Chavda

    Graphic Designer, Technology Enhanced Learning, NHS England
  • Scott Tyrrell

    Learning Design Animator, Technology Enhanced Learning, NHS England
  • Hannah Denness

    Hannah Denness

    Stakeholder Officer, Technology Enhanced Learning, NHS England

How to Access

In order to access the Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation  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 Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation  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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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 Tackling Loneliness and Social Isolation programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

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