Venous Thromboembolism - e-Learning for Healthcare
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About the Venous Thromboembolism programme

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is a significant cause of mortality, long-term disability and chronic ill-health problems – many of which are avoidable. 1 in 20 people will have a VTE at some time in their life and the risk increases with age. It is estimated that as many as half of all cases of VTE are associated with hospitalisation for medical illness or surgery. VTE is an international patient safety issue and its prevention has been recognised as a clinical priority for the NHS in England.

Knowing the signs & symptoms of VTE can save lives

This video tells the story of former England International Goalkeeper Paul Robinson who developed a pulmonary embolism 5 days after having being admitted to hospital for a routine operation.

VTE prevention e-learning course

These resources have been developed in partnership with the NHS England National VTE Prevention Programme. The e-learning session for healthcare professionals in Secondary Care first published in 2010 and updated in 2013 is aimed at nurses, pharmacists and junior doctors to help them understand the concept of hospital-associated thrombosis and how to prevent it.

Three new sessions were developed in 2014.

The first is aimed at Primary Care to increase the awareness of healthcare-related VTE and enhance the quality of patient care with respect to VTE prevention prior to hospital admission and after discharge. It is designed for all healthcare professionals including GPs, nurses, health visitors, midwives and community pharmacists.

The second session has been developed for commissioners. This e-learning session provides a brief overview of venous thromboembolism as a condition and outlines the key role that commissioners have to play in ensuring that the delivery of acute care services across a range of medical & surgical specialties is underpinned by a high quality approach to VTE prevention in order to improve outcomes for patients.

The third e-learning session is aimed at undergraduates and is focused on the pathophysiology of VTE and pre-disposing risk factors, as well as outlining why prevention is so important in the context of the national programme.

Executive Group

  • Alan Ryan

    National Programme Director, e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Professor Roopen Arya

    Professor Roopen Arya

    Professor of Thrombosis & Haemostasis, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Director King’s Thrombosis Centre & Clinical Lead for the National VTE Prevention Programme 
  • Helen Morrison

    Helen Morrison

    National VTE Prevention Programme Manager, NHS England

Project Team

  • Professor Roopen Arya

    Professor Roopen Arya

    Professor of Thrombosis & Haemostasis, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Director King’s Thrombosis Centre & Clinical Lead for the National VTE Prevention Programme 
  • Dr Lara Roberts

    Dr Lara Roberts

    Consultant Haematologist, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Jignesh Patel

    Dr Jignesh Patel

    Senior Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy Practice & Honorary Consultant Pharmacist in Anticoagulation, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Julia Czuprynska

    Dr Julia Czuprynska

    Consultant Haematologist, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mark Millar

    Project Manager, e-Learning for Healthcare

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH 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 e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) programme by logging in to the e-LfH 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

The VTE 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.

Available to all

The programme is also available to access at www.e-vte.org.uk. Please note that your progress and completion of e-VTE via this site will not be recorded.

e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies