Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 30 - elearning for healthcare
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Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 30

Rachel Gowland, 18 February 2021

Key Messages and links to 17th February 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Messages from our Chief Executive’s Office
  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news

Weekly messages from HEE:

Read recent messages from Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive, HEE.

350 Careers. One NHS. Your Future – The impact of COVID

HSJ: NHS leaders ‘making fewer excuses’ for poor diversity says national workforce chief


We have created a COVID-19 update webpage for October 2020 onwards. It will provide guidance and information from HEE, which applies to all students and trainees. This webpage also includes HEE COVID-19 Surge Guidance.

We are supporting all professions to rapidly grow to meet the needs of patients by:

Update for doctors, dentists, and public health trainees

In a series of regular updates Dr Gary Wares (Postgraduate Dean) provides the latest information during Covid-19.

Allied Health Professional student bank employment

For student AHPs seeking more information following the letter from Suzanne Rastrick OBE (10 Feb 21), we advise you seek approval from your university or education provider before signing up for bank hours to ensure this will not disrupt your learning, which remains your priority

For any queries about signing up for additional employment (opportunities, payment, when, where and how) please direct these to your NHS organisation. All of these optional, additional hours are provided through local bank arrangements.

The NHS BME Network looking for BAME volunteers to participate in focus groups

The NHS BME Network is looking for Black and Minority Ethnic volunteers who are employed in the NHS or Social Care in ‘lower paid roles’ (jobs that pay £10 per hour or less (£10.85 in London) to participate in a focus group session with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The network, which is independent, is open to all Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people, including staff, patients, service users and carers and you can find out more on its website.

The EHRC inquiry into racial inequality in health and social care workplaces will consider how BME health and social care workers’ treatment during the pandemic has been influenced by their:

  • Race
  • Employment status
  • Immigration status
  • Working conditions

If you are willing to participate please email

We are ensuring core HEE work to support our NHS colleagues continues:

Topol cohort two launched this month

Wednesday 3 February 2020 saw the launch of cohort two of the Topol Digital Fellowship. This cohort consist of 35 clinicians from across the NHS in a wide variety or professions and specialties. It also includes five fellows who are sponsored by the British Association of Dermatologists in a new partnership that will hopefully be the start of a sustainable funding model for the fellowship. Cohort two will be delivered in collaboration with FutureGov through a series of workshops, lunch and learn sessions and an online community for support and soft touch coaching. In addition to this there will be a machine learning online course with the University of Manchester and access to a series of Topol Alumni masterclasses that will be available to the current cohort and all previous alumni.

Q&A webinar for potential applicants to the Scientist Training Programme

The National School of Healthcare Science hosted a webinar on Thursday 28 January 2021 that gave potential applicants to the Scientist Training Programme the opportunity to ask questions about applications, how the programme works and careers after qualifying as a clinical healthcare scientist. Staff from the school included Professor Berne Ferry (Head of School), Andrew Williams (Head of Admissions) and Jane Lynch and Namir Al Hasso (STP Training Programme Directors).

New resources showcase global radiologist programme

A new animation and set of case studies highlighting the Global Radiologist programme which aims to attract and recruit radiologists from overseas for trusts in England was launched at the end of January by HEE. The resources set out how the process around becoming a global radiologist or a host organisation for the radiologist works and outline the benefits of the programme. The programme enables radiologists to support NHS radiology departments whilst learning specialist skills, as part of a three-year earn, learn and return scheme.

Assuming responsibility for Healthcare Education and Training Tariff

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has requested HEE assume responsibility for the development and implementation of the Healthcare Education and Training Tariff payment mechanism from April 2021. In total, the tariff system paid £2bn to placement providers in the 2019/20 financial year (placement tariff and postgraduate salary support). Historically the development of proposed changes to the tariffs (including price changes, extensions to scope etc.) has been undertaken annually by DHSC, who confirm any changes as part of their annual tariff guidance document.

The new Education Funding Function will be responsible for the work as part of wider Funding policy development. For any initial discussions about HEE’s new responsibilities, any issues around the current tariffs, including guidance queries and operational issues, or for further information on tariffs and their coverage please contact

Consultation for draft standards for the foot health workforce

This consultation for draft standards for the foot health workforce seeks the views of stakeholders on a draft set of standards for the foot health practitioner and podiatry support workforce developed by HEE. The consultation opened on 23 November and will run until 15 February 2021.

New tri-partite agreement for undergraduate medical funding

From April 2021, HEE will be introducing an Undergraduate Medical Education Tri-Partite Agreement (UGME TPA) as a schedule of the new NHS Education Contract. The TPA will provide a consistent, nationwide framework for managing the financial arrangements for providing undergraduate medical education between Medical Schools, NHS placement providers (secondary care and GP) and HEE. It will also align to governance structures that HEE has already introduced comprising of Regional and Local Medical School Liaison Committees. For more information about this work, please contact Diane Hart, Senior Education Commissioner Undergraduate Medicine and Dental, at

We are making sure all professions have the training they need to make a difference:

Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme update – Preparing for the GPhC registration assessment

The Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme continues to help learners to develop their practice and prepare for the delayed registration assessment.

The programme team has developed a series of resources to help learners get ‘exam ready’. These resources aim to focus your revision by helping learners to create a good study plan and provide practical solutions to manage their nerves. Video sessions are available via the Learning Hub and can also be listened to as a podcast. Login to the Learning Hub and type ‘IFPP’ in the search bar.

Learners will also find a new section on our website, called ‘Getting ready for the GPhC registration assessment’. This is intended to help them find the right information quickly and signpost them to sources of help, including the new resources highlighted above.

We encourage all provisionally registered pharmacists to sign up for the programme to benefit from all the support available. The closing deadline has been extended until 10th May 2021 and you can find out more on the IFPP website.

Those working in community pharmacy, primary care and Health in Justice can further benefit by joining the Foundation Pharmacist Pathway 2020/21. Cohort 2 opened last month, and you can find out more on the CPPE website.


By following @NHS_HealthEdEng you can keep up to date with new information and resources as they are published. Most importantly are the notifications of webinars being broadcast during the week.

Right now, making sure we are communicating properly is obviously incredibly important. If there’s any information you think is missing on HEE’s webpages, please let us know by submitting your question to the HEE Q&A helpdesk.

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