Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 55 - elearning for healthcare
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Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 55

Rachel Gowland, 18 March 2022
Stakeholder Briefing

We hope this bulletin will be helpful and provides you with a summative overview of all information, documentation, and announcements made by HEE and our partners.

We will be updating this bulletin as further information, documentation, and announcements occur.

Key Messages and links to 17 March 2022

Welcome to Health Education England’s regular stakeholder bulletin. In this bulletin we will provide:

  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news

HEE COVID-19 latest updates

We have created a COVID-19 update webpage that provides guidance and information from HEE, which applies to all students and trainees. This webpage also includes HEE COVID-19 surge guidance.

To keep up to date with plans for medical training recovery, visit HEE COVID-19 webpages.

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


Training in the independent sector for NHS doctors

HEE has launched new communications tools to raise awareness of the option for doctors in training to gain additional practical experience within an independent sector provider, whilst caring for NHS patients.  The NHS is committed to the training of its workforce and with the COVID-19 pandemic, this is more important than ever. Training recovery and education need to be flexible.

These opportunities are open to all doctors in training within a recognised specialty training programme but will be of particular interest for surgical, medical, ophthalmology and anaesthesia doctors in training. An animation and infographic give details of how to gain access and explains educational governance, accountability and indemnity. You can view the new resources on the independent sector pages of the HEE website.

enhance: Enhancing Generalist Skills

Health Education England has recently launched the enhance: Enhancing Generalist Skills programme. This programme details how HEE will deliver the recommendations from the Future Doctor report and build on learning from the pandemic. The programme will help doctors preserve and develop their generalist skills, supporting ‘whole person’ care for complex patients with multiple chronic conditions, and applying knowledge and learning to reduce health inequalities to address local health priorities.

Our programme handbook outlines the background to the work, and, expectations of participants, with a structure to guide learning activities that can meet the programme’s outcomes.

You can find out more about the programme and download our handbook here:


“Continue the Conversation” campaign for the Allied Health Professions’ Research and Innovation Strategy for England

For AHPs of all career stages – join us for this lunchtime webinar. Part of a series, this event aims to focus on a more in-depth reflection of the aims and objectives of the national strategy that was published in January 2022. This first session will focus on transformation of AHP professional identities, culture and roles. Registration information is available on our website.

Mental health

Developing Practice-Based Learning in Mental Health and Learning Disability Settings for the Allied Health Professions

This guide highlights the benefits and opportunities of practice-based learning (PBL) through placements in mental health and learning disability settings for Allied Health Professions (AHP) students, focusing particularly on the professions most common in these settings.

The ideas and examples show how placements have been developed in these settings and highlight the benefits to students, education and placement providers. Ultimately, these placements offer most benefit to patients, service users and families who receive holistic support for their health and care needs offered by the different Allied Health Professions. Read more and access the guide on the HEE website.


Foundation training year: e-portfolio orientation workshops

As part of ongoing engagement with trainee pharmacists and their supervisors, we continue to run workshops across England to provide an overview of the new foundation training year e-portfolio functionalities with a Q&A session. Please see the upcoming dates on our website and click the link to join. Recordings from past webinars are available on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society website.  

Mental health specialist pathway

In 2019, HEE launched a scheme which, as part of a multi-disciplinary community based mental health team, aims to train 260 Specialist Mental Health Pharmacists by 2024. The first 50 pharmacists will begin a year-long training to become specialist mental health pharmacists at University of Bradford in the Spring of 2022. The Pharmaceutical Journal published earlier this month provides further information.

A webinar on Opportunities for Specialist Mental Health Pharmacists in Community Mental Health took place on 25 January 2022. The slides and recording have now been uploaded to the NHS Future Collaboration platform. To gain access to the platform, please email

Workforce and education initiatives

Shared commitment to maximise digital knowledge resources for the NHS in England
To create a future-ready NHS we need to bridge the gap between evidence, knowledge and frontline care. Healthcare is a knowledge-intensive industry so using the right evidence at the right time is critical for patient care and productivity.

Spearheaded by HEE, health and care Arm’s Length Bodies in England which take a leading role in producing and publishing evidence, information and knowledge, have agreed a concordat. This complements the partnership agreements which already exist between our organisations.

Year of the Digital Profession

NHS England and NHS Improvement has launched the Year of the Digital Profession, an initiative committed to building a workforce of informatics experts in health and social care to meet the demands of the sector. A key moment for the year is the launch of the Digital and Data Awards which will recognise the achievements of individuals who work within a digital, data, technology or informatics role, either as their appointed role or as part of their clinical or professional role working in health and care.  The awards are open to clinicians and professionals. Celebrate your colleague’s work and enter here.

Still time to apply for Cohort 5 of the Digital Health Leadership Programme

The NHS Digital Academy’s Digital Health Leadership Programme is a fully accredited 12-month Postgraduate Diploma delivered by Imperial College London. Applications from those employed in England are open from 22 February to 24 March for the next cohort of digital leaders. Learn more about the application process and apply.

Help us ‘level up’ digital leadership development support for independent community health service (CHS) providers

NHS England and Improvement, HEE, The Independent Healthcare Providers Network and Social Enterprise UK are working together to understand the challenges to digital leadership development and explore solutions such as the delivery of a bespoke offer for CHS leaders. To share your views please complete this questionnaire before 23 March.

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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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