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Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 11

Posted on: June 26th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Key Messages and links to 24th June 2020

Welcome to Health Education England’s weekly stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Weekly message and blog from Interim Chief Executive, Professor Wendy Reid
  • Overview of HEE education and training news, and our continued response to COVID-19

Weekly message from Interim Chief Executive, Professor Wendy Reid –

Despite the inevitable delay COVID-19 has had on publishing the NHS People Plan, it strikes me that all the values we wanted to demonstrate as part of the People Plan have been seen and amplified in our collective response to COVID-19. Read the full message here.

This month, Wendy has also written a blog focusing on the rapid two day mobilisation of our e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) Covid-19 programme, which ensured individuals supporting the effort – from allied health professionals coming back from retirement to third year student nurses and medical students graduating early – could quickly access the information they needed to provide evidence-based, high quality care during the pandemic. Read the blog here. 

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

Chat BotNew chatbot for Covid-19 FAQs now live

We’ve made it easier to find answers to Covid-19 questions.

A new chatbot function has been added to our medical, dental and pharmacy website pages.

Give it a go on our Covid-19 FAQ page.

 

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

Choose GP – The next round of GP specialty training applications opens from 28 July – 13 August (for a February 2021 start). Follow ‘Choose GP’ on Facebook or find case studies, FAQs and career information on the GP National Recruitment Office (GP NRO) website.

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

The e-LfH COVID-19 programme is continuing to be well-used by the health and care workforce and has now been launched more than 1.5 million times since it was launched in mid-March 2020.

Resources recently added to the programme include:

Nursing, midwives and AHPs:

Support for Supervisors

Supporting Student Nurses in General Practice.

Critical Care Setting:

An ICU Quick Reference Guide – Generic

Bedside Guide – Ventilator Emergency Care for COVID-19 patients.

For dentists:

Rubber Dam Isolation – Video (from Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust).

Resources for paramedics have moved here: Paramedics

Video consultation resources:

Principles of safe video consulting in general practice during COVID-19 – guidance (from RCGP and NHS England & NHS Improvement)

Video consulting with your NHS – YouTube Video:

Video consulting with your NHS – A quick guide for patients

Video consultation information for NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts

Video consulting with your patients FAQs

Video consulting with your patients – A quick guide for clinicians

Video consultation information for GPs

Video consulting with your NHS – FAQs for patients.

Returning Doctors:

CCAS Clinical Queries webinar 4

BMJ Best Practice Article – Interpreting Covid-19 Test Results

Government guidance – if you get Coronavirus symptoms again

NICE Rapid Guidelines

Addisons Self Help Support Group Website and HCP Guidelines

European Society of Endocrinology – Management of Adrenal Insufficiency

Renal Association Position Statements on ACE-is/A2RBs.

Learning Hub – the platform to share your resources

HEE’s Technology Enhanced Learning team released the Learning Hub, with core functionality, at the end of May 2020 and would like to encourage more organisations with resources to share and contribute to the platform.

Visit our blog for more information.

Supporting the well-being of the health and care workforce –

Psychological First Aid training course now available – The Department of Health and Social Care has announced the Psychological First Aid training course developed by Public Health England, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I), and HEE will be freely available for frontline staff and volunteers. This training course aims to equip staff and volunteers to provide support and recognise people at risk of distress and follows a globally recommended model for supporting people during emergencies, tailored to the specific challenges of COVID-19.

To access the training visit the Future Learn website, or to find out more, read the recent Psychological First Aid training news article.

FURTHER INFORMATION

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.

 

Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 10

Posted on: June 24th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Key Messages and links to 17th June 2020

Welcome to Health Education England’s weekly stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Weekly message from Interim Chief Executive, Professor Wendy Reid
  • Overview of HEE education and training news, and our continued response to COVID-19

Weekly message from Interim Chief Executive, Professor Wendy Reid –

To safeguard our future workforce supply, we need to minimise disruption to training and get it back on track. Read the full message here.

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

ARCP webinar

On 3 June, we hosted a webinar for medical trainees on ARCPs. The recording of the webinar is now available on the HEE YouTube channel.

Student Placements – We would like to thank all those students who were able to come forward to support the NHS at this challenging time. It has been hugely appreciated. To be clear it is absolutely untrue to suggest that student nurses and midwives are being made redundant, all student nurses and midwives are required to complete placements during their training. These placements are normally unpaid but to recognise the special circumstances and as part of the response to Covid-19 these hours have been paid and will be until the end of summer. NHS England has been provided with the funding for student salaries as part of the response to Covid.

Year 3 students will be paid till 31st of July and if they have completed hours and assessments can qualify and be paid as full registered nurses. They will move from Band 4 to Band 5 and therefore increase their pay. Any Year 3 student who has hours to complete will be paid until September to allow them to do this. Any year 2 students on placement till July 31st will be paid and after this normal non-paid placements will be re-introduced along with Year 1 students. We committed at the outset of the pandemic to ensure that these students complete their training and are able to qualify. It was always made clear to students who opted into paid placements the arrangements would need to come to an end at an appropriate point so that students could return to their supernumerary status to complete their registered nursing qualifications as quickly as possible to permanently enter the NHS workforce.

It was agreed by all partners, including the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and Council of Deans (CoD) and unions, to support these arrangements. This means any final year student who has been working in the NHS will receive funding until they complete their programme and then they will be able to register with the NMC and apply for a permanent role as a registered Nurse.

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

Choose GP

The next round of GP specialty training applications opens from 28 July – 13 August (for a February 2021 start).

Follow ‘Choose GP’ on Facebook or find case studies, FAQs and career information on the GP National Recruitment Office (GP NRO) website.

Enhancing Junior Doctors’ Working Lives – update report 2020

Enhancing Junior Doctors’ Working Lives

 

At a time of challenging service and workforce pressures, HEE has remained committed to supporting junior doctors. COVID-19 has impacted all of us in ways we could have never imagined but has shown more than ever that the strength of the NHS is its workforce, which has shown incredible depth of compassion, strength, and adaptability.

The Enhancing Junior Doctors’ Working Lives progress report 2020 provides an update on achievements over the past year.

 

 

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

e-Learning for Healthcare – The e-LfH COVID-19 programme has now seen 1.45m session launches since it went live in March 2020.  The programme is free to access and the requirement to register has been removed to make it as easy as possible for the health and care workforce to access the range of resources to support them responding to the pandemic.  For more information please visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/coronavirus/

Learning Hub live – how it can help you share and collaborate

The Learning Hub is a new digital platform, developed by Health Education England, that provides easy access to a wide range of resources that are pertinent to education and training in health and care. New features will be frequently released to provide a comprehensive learning experience for users.

Since the launch of the Learning Hub at the end of May 2020, there have been over 500 learning resources contributed by stakeholders on the platform.  Resources have been contributed by medical schools, operational delivery networks, training hubs, clinical commissioning groups, professional bodies, simulation networks, charities and social care organisations.  These contributions offer and support a wide range of training delivery from videos and webinar recordings, e-learning, slide presentations, Q&A packs, simulation scripts, lesson plans to web links.

Read our latest case study from the London Training Hubs on how the Learning Hub is helping them to share resources and work collaboratively across primary, secondary and social care.

If your organisation has resources you wish to share and contribute to the platform please email enquiries@learninghub.nhs.uk.

You can sign in to the Learning Hub (https://learninghub.nhs.uk) either using your e-Learning for Healthcare Hub username and password or by creating an account on the Learning Hub and using those details.

For more information about the Learning Hub follow us on Twitter: @HEE_TEL, visit: telblog.hee.nhs.uk to read blogs about our journey so far or visit: www.hee.nhs.uk/tel.

Supporting the well-being of the health and care workforce –

Survey of students and learners exploring impact of Covid-19 – HEE’s RePAIR (Reducing Pre-registration Attrition and Improving Retention) team is exploring the impact of changes to education-provision as a result of Covid-19 on attrition and retention of students and learners. The first step of this work is a survey, which is being supported by the national quality team, and uses questions drawn from previous National Education and Training Survey and RePAIR surveys. This launched on 1 June and has gone out to all student nurses, midwives, AHPs, medical and dental students and physicians associates, and undergraduate students studying the health care sciences.  Foundation in year 1 doctors are also asked to complete the survey.

11,807 responses have been received so far. We ask that all learners are encouraged to participate until the closing date on 30 June 2020. https://poll.hee.nhs.uk/s/2KX1WC/?route=opt2

FURTHER INFORMATION

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.

Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 9

Posted on: June 16th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Key Messages and links to 10th June 2020

Welcome to Health Education England’s weekly COVID-19 stakeholder bulletin.

HEE is working with partners to support the system-wide response to COVID-19. Our priority is to ensure trainees and learners are kept informed of immediate changes to their training and recruitment, as well as to support returners to the NHS.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Weekly message from Interim Chief Executive, Professor Wendy Reid
  • Overview of HEE and our partner’s national response to COVID-19
  • An update from your regional office

Weekly message from Interim Chief Executive, Professor Wendy Reid –

In this week’s message we focus on exploring the impact that the current pandemic has, and continues to have, on vulnerable populations and on wellness and healthy living. Read the full message here. 

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

Medical rotations webinar

We held a webinar on 26 May on medical rotations for trainees. The webinar was hosted by Prof. Sheona MacLeod, Prof. Adrian Brooke and Prof. Simon Gregory. The recording of this webinar has now been uploaded to our YouTube channel.

National nursing team shares student midwife case study

This week we shared the story of student midwife Alicia Shirley Burnett from the University of West London. She tells us how it felt to have to opt out of the extended placement when a family member was shielding, why she started a blog for midwifery students and what she’s learning about leadership and teamwork during COVID-19.

Alicia says: “Whether you opted in or out you’re still a student midwife. You’re not alone. Know who your sources of support are and how to access them. It’s okay to ask for support; it doesn’t make you weak, in fact, it’s pretty wise.”

Read the case study or view her video clip on Twitter

Impact of COVID-19 on students survey – On Monday 1 June, HEE launched the Impact of COVID-19 on Students Survey (ICONS), which will remain open for four weeks. The survey will help HEE understand the experience of medical, dental, nursing, allied health professional (AHP) and healthcare science learners, whether they have stepped into clinical practice, into new environments to support frontline clinical services or have opted to continue with their academic studies.

The survey will focus on the support provided to learners during the pandemic key areas, such as induction, clinical supervision, and academic supervision. Importantly, the survey will provide an opportunity to hear from healthcare learners currently working or studying and will inform our approach to supporting these learners now and in the future.

If you have any general queries about the survey, please contact Quality@hee.nhs.uk.

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

Increasing training places for NHS Clinical Psychologists and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists – HEE has recently announced plans to expand the number of training places for NHS Clinical Psychologists and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists, from September 2020. During 2020/21, HEE also intends to increase the education and training commissions for both professional roles by 25% nationally (an increase of 140). The roles will contribute to the design, leadership, research, development, supervision, and delivery of psychological and psychotherapeutic care and treatment, for people of all ages.

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

e-Learning for Healthcare – The e-LfH COVID-19 programme has now been launched more than 1.4 million times since it was launched in mid-March 2020.

Recent additions to the programme include:

    • Health and Social Care Interventions: Children and Young People
    • Health and Social Care Interventions: Adults
    • Learning Disabilities and Physical Health.
  • A second learning path for staff working in primary care and community settings called “Supporting Patient Mental Health for the whole workforce” is now available. The learning path includes resources for those supporting adults and children with learning disabilities.
  • A learning path aimed at nurses, midwives and AHPs – but is also relevant for other members of the workforce with a supervisory role. The “Support for Supervisors” learning path includes resources to guide supervisors on how to provide effective feedback and support those who are being supervised.
  • A learning path to support student nurses undertaking a general practice placement as part of the COVID-19 response.
  • An ICU quick reference guide.

For more information about the programme select here.

NHS Test and Trace – Colleagues at Public Health England working on the recently launched NHS Test and Trace service asked e-LfH to host the training resources for the staff working on the app.  Due to the scale and pace of its roll out the usage on the programme has been incredible.  Since the programme went live on 14 May 2020 there have been 1.34 million session launches. 

e-LfH usage – Due to usage of the COVID-19 and Test and Trace programmes and an increase in usage on programmes including Care Certificate and End of Life Care, e-LfH has seen a new record number of session launches during one month.  During May 2020 there were 2,491,975 session launches.

Learning Hub live – Since HEE’s Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team released the Learning Hub at the end of May 2020, over 500 resources have been contributed by the health and care workforce – many in response to the COVID-19 efforts to support the sector.

The Learning Hub is a new digital platform that provides easy access to a wide range of learning resources including videos, webinars, slide presentations, Q&A packs, simulation scripts, lesson plans and web links to support system readiness, recovery and beyond.  New features will be frequently released to provide a comprehensive learning experience for users.

Many stakeholders from across the health and care workforce, including clinical commissioning groups, social care, professional bodies, charities and the simulation community, have already contributed a range of learning resources.

You are invited to access the Learning Hub (https://learninghub.nhs.uk) either using eligible e-Learning for Healthcare log in details or by creating a Learning Hub account.

If you have any questions or require further support, contact the Learning Hub team: enquiries@learninghub.nhs.uk.

Supporting the well-being of the health and care workforce –

HEE podcasts - HEE’s Professional Support Unit (PSU) has released a new professional development and SuppoRTT podcasts to support trainees during COVID-19. The most recent podcast episode is:

  • Human Factors in the pandemic (Part 1 and 2).

To find out more or to listen to the podcasts, visit either HEE’s anchor.fm profile here or HEE’s Spotify profile here

FURTHER INFORMATION

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.

 

 

Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 8

Posted on: June 4th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Key Messages and links to 3rd June 2020

Welcome to Health Education England’s weekly COVID-19 stakeholder bulletin.

HEE is working with partners to support the system-wide response to COVID-19. Our priority is to ensure trainees and learners are kept informed of immediate changes to their training and recruitment, as well as to support returners to the NHS.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Weekly message from Interim Chief Executive, Professor Wendy Reid
  • Overview of HEE and our partner’s national response to COVID-19
  • An update from your regional office

Weekly message from Interim Chief Executive, Professor Wendy Reid –

In this week’s message we focus on revolutionising our workforce’s contribution, both in the immediate and longer-term by building teams focussed on skills required, not professional backgrounds. Read the full message here

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

Student nurses – The nursing & midwifery team continues to develop and share case studies that tell the stories of the student deployment over the COVID-19 period.

Student nurse Samantha Stratton was due to graduate from Lincoln University in September 2019 but went on maternity leave before she had undertaken her management placement. Organised through Lincoln University and Lincolnshire Training Hub, Sam has been supported to start and continue her management placement at Abbey Medical Practice, including throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Samantha Stratton and Lisa Freeman, Director of Nursing at Lincolnshire Training Hub tell us more.

Bringing the employer perspective, Jo Marinas, Head of Professional & Practice Development at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust explains how the trust has deployed and supported student nurses during the pandemic.

Feedback Sessions for Healthcare Learners – Health Education England has sent a call to healthcare learners deployed during COVID; to include student AHPs, nurses, midwives and Interim Foundation Doctors. We are running the virtual feedback sessions on Thursday 4 and Monday 8 June; to specifically capture learners experiences around support and training.

ICONS – The Impact of COVID-19 on Students Survey (ICONS) launched this week (Monday 1 June) and will remain open for four weeks. The survey will understand the experience of medical, dental, nursing, allied health professional and healthcare science learners, whether they have stepped into clinical practice, into new environments to support frontline clinical services or have opted to continue with their academic studies. The questionnaire will focus on the support provided to learners during the pandemic in particular key areas, such as induction, clinical supervision and academic supervision. Importantly, the survey will provide an opportunity to hear from healthcare learners currently working or studying and will inform our approach to supporting these learners now and in the future.

Occupational Therapy Virtual Practice Placement – Case Study – The University of East Anglia developed and implemented a virtual practice placement for Occupational Therapy 2nd Year BSc students, using the virtual learning environment Blackboard.

As a result of Covid-19, the 2nd year Occupational Therapy students had their usual face-to-face placements suspended. The Occupational Therapy academic team at the University of East Anglia looked at a virtual alternative allowing their students to continue their learning to achieve their placement outcomes in line with statutory and professional body requirements and to progress on their course.

In the Blackboard learning environment, students took responsibility for a virtual caseload, with a mix of group and individual working; they conducted interviews with ‘patients’, completed their guided reflections in their handbook. They worked through the occupational therapy process with each of the six cases, using their professional reasoning. Occupational therapy theory and practice were interwoven through the practical and written activities in their handbooks, through the student’s learning contracts and their case presentations.

This case study will be added to the chapter: ‘Enhancing the quality and capacity of the learning environment’ in the HEE Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).  

Read the full case study here

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

Health Careers Winners of Step into the NHS competition announced – Now in its 11th year of running, the competition helps to raise career aspirations and awareness of 350 NHS careers.

Over 3,180 Year 7-9 students from 126 schools across England took part. Each chose an NHS role, wrote the ideal job description and created an advert that would appeal to their peers.

Our national winners, students from The Belvedere Academy in Liverpool, created a fun and informative video to advertise the role of an NHS innovation consultant. Chosen from a total of 1,784 submitted entries, each student receives a certificate, a £50 Amazon voucher and a class prize.

A panel of judges from across the health and education chose the overall winner. Trainee GP Dr Tom Watchman said of the winning video: “The animation was fun, exciting, upbeat and innovative!”

This year’s competition saw 66 new schools entering, with the majority of teachers saying that their primary motivator for taking part was to support and raise the career aspirations of young people. 94% of teachers said the competition developed students’ job seeking skills, and 60% of students would now consider a career in the NHS.

Step into the NHS also runs a primary schools competition, which has had its deadline extended to 19 June. It asks Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) pupils to explore the wide range of opportunities in the NHS, by creating a ‘thank you’ to NHS staff, which could be a poem, piece of street art or a creative video.

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

Letter and ARCP update from the four Statutory Education Bodies sent to all trainees, 3 June 2020

This letter states that to maintain the essential pipeline of trained medical staff, resumption of training must be given full support and a very high priority as services are planned and reintroduced. Read the letter in full.

e-Learning for Healthcare – The e-LfH COVID-19 programme has now seen over 1.25million launches since it went live in the middle of March 2020.

Supporting student nurses in general practice

e-Learning for Healthcare has just released a new learning path to support student nurses undertaking a general practice placement as part of the COVID-19 response. Offered as part of the programme entitled ‘Resources for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs Returning to work, being Redeployed or Up-Skilled’, the training is intended to equip student nurses with the basics and complement local training. You can access ‘Supporting student nurses in general practice’ here

Learning Hub Beta launch – System now live

HEE’s Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team released the Learning Hub on Friday (29 May 2020).

The Learning Hub is a new digital platform that provides easy access to a wide range of resources that are pertinent to education and training in health and care.  New features will be frequently released to provide a comprehensive learning experience for users.

The resources shared on the platform play a pivotal role in its success, in its vision for collaboration and supporting learners.  Many stakeholders from across the health and care workforce, including clinical commissioning groups, social care, professional bodies, charities, and the simulation community, have already contributed a range of quality learning resources.  Many of the resources are in response to the COVID-19 efforts to support the health and care workforce.  These resources include videos, webinars, slide presentations, Q&A packs, simulation scripts, lesson plans and web links to support system readiness, recovery and beyond.

Do you or your networks have resources to share?  By contributing resources, you are supporting both the growth of the system and the evolving communities of learners that will use the Learning Hub.

You are invited to access the Learning Hub (https://learninghub.nhs.uk) either using eligible e-Learning for Healthcare log in details or by creating a Learning Hub account.

If you have any questions or require further support, contact the Learning Hub team: enquiries@learninghub.nhs.uk.

FURTHER INFORMATION

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.

Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 7

Posted on: June 1st, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Key Messages and links to 27th May 2020

Welcome to Health Education England’s weekly COVID-19 stakeholder bulletin.

HEE is working with partners to support the system-wide response to COVID-19. Our priority is to ensure trainees and learners are kept informed of immediate changes to their training and recruitment, as well as to support returners to the NHS.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Overview of HEE and our partner’s national response to COVID-19
  • An update from your regional office
  • Signposting to useful resources and contact information

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

Medical Training – The medical training rotations webinar took place on Tuesday 26 May. The session covered the background to the Covid-19 response so far and an overview of plans for August rotations. The recording of the session will be available in due course on YouTube.

The next webinar will take place on Wednesday 3 June 7pm, the focus of this webinar will be ARCP and will be led by Professor Sheona MacLeod, Acting Director of Education and Quality and Executive Medical Director and guest speakers will include representatives from the GMC and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. The link to join the session will be shared on HEEs social media channels nearer the date.

Feedback Sessions for Healthcare Learners – Health Education England has sent a call to healthcare learners deployed during COVID; to include student AHPs, nurses, midwives and Interim Foundation Doctors. We are running the virtual feedback sessions on Thursday 4 and Monday 8 June; to specifically capture learners experiences around support and training.

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

COVID-19 Patient Information for Vulnerable Groups – As we all know it is vital that we and the healthcare workforce can communicate with all our audiences effectively. During the Coronavirus pandemic the need to do so is even more acute.

HEE’s Library and Knowledge Services  team has developed a website which contains high quality patient information that meets the information needs of specific patient groups, and for people that require or prefer information in accessible formats such as easy read, sign language, and Makaton. This enables frontline health and care staff who directly work with patient, clients, and families to find, share and use reliable COVID-19 information. The website at https://library.nhs.uk/coronavirus-resources/ includes material on the following:

The team will be adding further sections with resources for different patient groups and updating the site as new resources are published.

We would like to ask that you promote the website through your own networks. A communications toolkit has been circulated to HEE’s stakeholders including communications colleagues in trusts, CCGs, and ICS/STPs requesting that they promote the website through their channels to those working on the front line, and the organisations and agencies with whom they work locally, to the benefit of patients and the public. It is expected that staff in across health, social care and the third sector will find this content useful. To view the communications toolkit, click here using the password LKSResources.

If there are other strands of public and patient information about COVID-19 that you would like to see covered, please forward your suggestions to KFH.England@hee.nhs.uk. 

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

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) – COVID-19 e-learning programme –

The e-LfH programme is still be used by lots of the health and care workforce and has now seen more than 1,200,000 session launches. The e-LfH team is continuing to add new content to the programme based on the needs of the workforce responding to the pandemic.

A new learning path called “Physical Healthcare for Staff in Mental Health Settings” is now available.  The learning path includes the following content:

  • Health and Social Care Interventions: Children and Young People
  • Health and Social Care Interventions: Adults
  • Learning Disabilities and Physical Health and can be accessed here

A second learning path for staff working in primary care and community settings called “Supporting Patient Mental Health for the whole workforce” is now available.  The learning path includes resources for those supporting adults and children with learning disabilities and can be viewed here

A learning path aimed at nurses, midwives and AHPs – but is also relevant for other members of the workforce with a supervisory role – is also now available.  The “Support for Supervisors” learning path includes resources to guide supervisors on how to provide effective feedback and support those who are being supervised.  The resources can be accessed here

For more information about the e-LfH COVID-19 programme select here.

e-Learning sessions for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians now live – The National Breast Imaging Academy (NBIA) project is a collaborative, national, multidisciplinary initiative which encompasses a range of solutions to address the workforce shortage in breast imaging services.  These solutions include the establishment of a national centre of excellence for training, an innovative, online technology-enhanced learning platform, the NBIA Online and the development of high-quality training programmes for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians.

Due to the current pressures on the health and care workforce responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19) the NBIA team recognises the impact this is having on trainees and face to face learning.  Therefore, in response to this challenge the NBIA team has worked with e-LfH and accelerated the launch of some of the e-learning sessions to support the learning for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians.

For more information about the sessions, including details on how to access the NBIA e-learning programme, please click here

FURTHER INFORMATION

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.

 

HEE TEL update – 27 May 2020

Posted on: May 28th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) e-learning programme

The e-LfH programme is still be used by lots of the health and care workforce and has now seen more than 1,200,000 session launches.

The e-LfH team is continuing to add new content to the programme based on the needs of the workforce responding to the pandemic.

A new learning path called “Physical Healthcare for Staff in Mental Health Settings” is now available.  The learning path includes the following content:

A second learning path for staff working in primary care and community settings called “Supporting Patient Mental Health for the whole workforce” is now available.  The learning path includes resources for those supporting adults and children with learning disabilities and can be viewed here: https://portal.e-lfh.org.uk/Component/Details/621531.

A learning path aimed at nurses, midwives and AHPs – but is also relevant for other members of the workforce with a supervisory role – is also now available.  The “Support for Supervisors” learning path includes resources to guide supervisors on how to provide effective feedback and support those who are being supervised.  The resources can be accessed here: https://portal.e-lfh.org.uk/Component/Details/641899.

For more information about the e-LfH COVID-19 programme select here.

e-Learning sessions for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians now live

The National Breast Imaging Academy (NBIA) project is a collaborative, national, multidisciplinary initiative which encompasses a range of solutions to address the workforce shortage in breast imaging services.  These solutions include the establishment of a national centre of excellence for training, an innovative, online technology-enhanced learning platform, the NBIA Online and the development of high-quality training programmes for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians.

Due to the current pressures on the health and care workforce responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19) the NBIA team recognises the impact this is having on trainees and face to face learning.  Therefore, in response to this challenge the NBIA team has worked with e-LfH and accelerated the launch of some of the e-learning sessions to support the learning for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians.

For more information about the sessions, including details on how to access the NBIA e-learning programme, please visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/national-breast-imaging-academy/.

 

COVID-19 update for w/c 18 May 2020

Posted on: May 27th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare’s (e-LfH) COVID-19 e-learning programme is free to access, with no requirement to log in, for the entire UK health and care workforce, including the NHS, independent sector and social care.

The HEE e-LfH COVID-19 e-learning programme continues to be well used by health and care professionals responding to the pandemic. The programme has been live since mid-March and we are proud to report that it has now been launched more than 1,000,000 times.

The COVID-19 programme includes:

  • Essential Guidance from the NHS, UK Government, WHO and BMJ
  • Public Health England – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Minimum Requirements for Staff Returning to the NHS
  • Critical Care and Ward-Based Equipment Guides
  • Resources for Staff Working in Critical Care Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in Acute Hospital Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in Primary Care and Community Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in a Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Setting
  • Resources for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs Returning to work, being Redeployed or Up-Skilled
  • Resources to support staff with difficult conversations and end of life care
  • Resources for Specific Professions, Support Workers and Volunteers
  • Staff Wellbeing and Resilience during COVID-19

Daily content updates

19 May: The e-LfH COVID-19 e-learning programme is still being well used by many of the health and care workforce responding to the pandemic. There have now been more than 1,100,000 session launches since the programme went live in mid-March.

A new learning path called: “Nightingale Hospital – Essential Learning for Non-Critical Care Staff” has been added to the e-learning programme. The resources cover topics including airway management, end of life care, managing the deteriorating patient, invasive ventilation and oxygen therapy and can be accessed here.

Resources from Cancer Research UK have been added to the Resources for Primary and Social Care Setting folder. The resources are: Safety Netting Cancer Patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Best Practice Guide and Safety Netting during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Summary of Recommendations.

For more information about the programme select here.

Free online resources for unpaid carers

Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) team has worked with Carers UK to develop a free online resource to support the vital care that unpaid carers provide.

The Supporting Unpaid Carers e-learning resource is for everyone who provides care and support to a family member or friend due to their disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem or other health and care needs.

The resource, which is available on HEE’s e-LfH website, offers a variety of e-learning sessions, with expert advice from Carers UK, resources, guides and videos to support unpaid carers.

The resources include:

  • Links to organisations offering advice on topics relevant to the e-learning sessions
  • A downloadable resource guide including information on rights to benefits, support for carers and caring for those with visual or hearing impairment
  • Access to Agylia Care resources
  • Specialised e-learning content on topics including dementia, mental health, physical disability, infection control and end of life care
  • Information and advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for carers.

If you would like to share your thoughts on the resources and input into the evaluation of the Supporting Unpaid Carers e-learning resource please visit our survey.

For more information about the resource, including details on how to access the content, visit https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/supporting-unpaid-carers/.

Learning Hub features

Health Education England’s (HEE) Technology Enhanced Learning team is releasing the Learning Hub at the end of May 2020 with core functionality to support the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response by enabling the health and care workforce to share and access resources during the pandemic.

The Learning Hub will be a new digital platform that will provide easy access to a wide range of resources that are pertinent to education and training in health and care.

As the Learning Hub is being designed based on users’ needs and developed using an agile, iterative approach new features will frequently be released in line with the original plan for the Learning Hub in its Beta phase. This agile approach means the users will have access to and experience the benefits of new features as quickly as possible to provide a comprehensive learning experience.

At the release of this phase of the Learning Hub users will be able to contribute digital resources including e-learning, video, audio, images, web links and articles. e-Learning files will need to be downloaded and locally installed so they can be used on another learning management system. Users will be able to view resources they have added as the contributor, work on them in draft status, edit a published resource, unpublish a resource and view if one of their resources has been unpublished by a system administrator and the reason for this.

Learning Hub users may report a resource, for example, if there is an issue with copyright infringement, breach of personal data, factual inaccuracies, typing errors or safety concerns.  The type of issue will determine whether the resource is immediately removed from the platform or if the contributor is asked to make amendments to it.

Users will also be able to search for resources by using terms that match the title, description, keywords and author and there will be an information page for each resource contributed to the platform; the resources will also be discoverable via search engines.

As much of the focus of the Learning Hub is about being able to share content on a national platform and throughout their networks, users will be able to access the resources, and share them on social media and with colleagues.

There will also be a support site and a team to help users with any issues or questions they may have.  Users will also be able to provide feedback about the Learning Hub so the development team can learn more about what users want from the system and how it can be improved.

Users who have an existing eligible e-Learning for Healthcare account will be able to sign into the Learning Hub using the same details, as the two platforms will be complementary: providing a wider learning opportunity for the health and care workforce.

The new HEE learning platform will be rolled out using a phased approach to groups of stakeholders so they can benefit from the system being live to meet the needs of the health and care workforce during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  The platform will continue to evolve and feedback from users experiencing the live system will be invaluable for its future development.

If you would like to know more about this release of the Learning Hub follow @HEE_TEL on Twitter, read the blog and look out for regular updates.

HEE update

HEE is producing a weekly bulletin with updates about its work as part of the COVID-19 response.  This week’s issue can be accessed here.

For more information and to access the HEE e-LfH COVID-19 programme visit https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/coronavirus/.

Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 6

Posted on: May 27th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Key Messages and links to 20th May 2020

Welcome to Health Education England’s weekly COVID-19 stakeholder bulletin.

HEE is working with partners to support the system-wide response to COVID-19. Our priority is to ensure trainees and learners are kept informed of immediate changes to their training and recruitment, as well as to support returners to the NHS.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Overview of HEE and our partner’s national response to COVID-19
  • An update from your regional office
  • Signposting to useful resources and contact information

 

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

Medical Training Rotations – HEE has confirmed that medical training rotations will take place this summer. Planned rotations were cancelled for May, June and July as a result of COVID-19. All trainees in Foundation and Core posts will rotate as usual at the start of August.

Our priorities are to protect the education and training of our future workforce, to enable junior doctors and other staff to ensure the continued delivery  of healthcare services and to maintain the quality and safety of patient care during a summer period that is likely to be busier than usual.

We will be making the most of local knowledge and expertise and minimizing disruption to planned placements wherever possible. HEE offices can work with relevant colleagues locally to determine the pace and timing of rotational changes for existing trainees, facilitating discussions around geographical location, workload management and around induction.

The distance travelled by rotating trainees has been reducing over recent years and HEE has supported moves to minimise change and disruption for individuals.

HEE is also working with the Devolved Nations, General Medical Council (GMC) and medical Royal Colleges to enable trainees to progress by increasing the flexibility within training programmes at critical progression points and at the end of core training.

Doctors Returning to Training – If you missed our knowledge refresher and wellbeing webinars for doctors returning to training – you can now watch them online.

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

COVID-19 Patient Information for Vulnerable Groups – HEE’s national NHS Library and Knowledge Services team has collated trusted, accessible online patient information resources about COVID-19 for frontline staff across health, social care and voluntary organisations to share with the patients and family groups with whom they work. The team has liaised with PHE, NHSE/I and the Patient Information Forum on the development of this resource https://library.nhs.uk/coronavirus-resources/

Further material will be added to this resource, to meet the needs of a wider range of information groups. If you have thoughts on topics that you would like to see covered on Coronavirus, please contact KFH.England@hee.nhs.uk.

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

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) – the COVID-19 e-learning programme is still being well used by many of the health and care workforce responding to the pandemic.  There have now been more than 1,100,000 session launches since the programme went live in mid-March.

A new learning path called: “Nightingale Hospital – Essential Learning for Non-Critical Care Staff” has been added to the e-learning programme.  The resources cover topics including airway management, end of life care, managing the deteriorating patient, invasive ventilation and oxygen therapy and can be accessed here.

Resources from Cancer Research UK have been added to the Resources for Primary and Social Care Setting folder.  The resources are: Safety Netting Cancer Patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Best Practice Guide and Safety Netting during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Summary of Recommendations.

For more information about the programme select here.

Learning Hub COVID-19 release – share your resources – the HEE Technology Enhanced Learning team will be releasing the Learning Hub, with core functionality, at the end of May 2020 and would like to hear from organisations with resources to share and contribute to the platform.

The Learning Hub is being released to support the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response by enabling the health and care workforce to share and access resources during the pandemic.

The Learning Hub will be a new digital platform that will provide easy access to a wide range of resources that are pertinent to education and training in health and care.  Users will be able to contribute digital resources (including e-learning, video, audio, images, documents, web links, articles etc) and search and access the variety of learning resources that will have been contributed by stakeholders and the health and care workforce.

The Learning Hub team is working with existing and new stakeholders to bring resources to the initial release and beyond.  Guidance will be available to support stakeholders that are contributing resources to ensure good quality accompanying data, optimising the resource information and searchability in the Learning Hub

If your organisation has resources which you wish to share and contribute to the platform please email tel@hee.nhs.uk, to begin discussions in readiness for the launch of the Learning Hub.

If you would like to know more about this release of the Learning Hub follow @HEE_TEL on Twitter, read the blog and look out for regular updates over the next few weeks. 

FURTHER INFORMATION

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.

COVID-19 update for w/c 11 May 2020

Posted on: May 20th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare’s (e-LfH) COVID-19 e-learning programme is free to access, with no requirement to log in, for the entire UK health and care workforce, including the NHS, independent sector and social care.

The HEE e-LfH COVID-19 e-learning programme continues to be well used by health and care professionals responding to the pandemic. The programme has been live since mid-March and we are proud to report that it has now been launched more than 1,000,000 times.

The COVID-19 programme now includes:

  • Essential Guidance from the NHS, UK Government, WHO and BMJ
  • Public Health England – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Minimum Requirements for Staff Returning to the NHS
  • Critical Care and Ward-Based Equipment Guides
  • Resources for Staff Working in Critical Care Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in Acute Hospital Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in Primary Care and Community Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in a Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Setting
  • Resources for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs Returning to work, being Redeployed or Up-Skilled
  • Resources to support staff with difficult conversations and end of life care
  • Resources for Specific Professions, Support Workers and Volunteers
  • Staff Wellbeing and Resilience during COVID-19

Daily content updates

12 May: The e-LfH COVID-19 e-learning programme has reached the milestone of 1 million session launches since it went live in mid-March.

Three new training videos have also been added to the programme for staff working in a critical care setting, an acute hospital setting and to support staff with difficult conversations and end of life care.

Guidance for psychologists has been added to the programme: “Adaptations to psychological practice: Interim guidance during Covid-19 pandemic” can be accessed here.

Learning Hub COVID-19 release – share your resources

Health Education England’s (HEE) Technology Enhanced Learning team will be releasing the Learning Hub, with core functionality, at the end of May 2020 and would like to hear from organisations with resources to share and contribute to the platform.

The Learning Hub is being released to support the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response by enabling the health and care workforce to share and access resources during the pandemic.

The Learning Hub will be a new digital platform that will provide easy access to a wide range of resources that are pertinent to education and training in health and care.  Users will be able to contribute digital resources (including e-learning, video, audio, images, documents, web links, articles etc) and search and access the variety of learning resources that will have been contributed by stakeholders and the health and care workforce.

Dr Neil Ralph, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at HEE, said: “Users sharing content is the core of the Learning Hub and it is therefore critical that there is a diverse range of resources that reflect the broad spectrum of stakeholders and learners from across the health and care sector.

“The resources shared on the Learning Hub play a pivotal role in its success, in its vision for collaboration and supporting learners.”

The Learning Hub team is working with existing and new stakeholders to bring resources to the initial release and beyond.  Guidance will be available to support stakeholders that are contributing resources to ensure good quality accompanying data, optimising the resource information and searchability in the Learning Hub

If your organisation has resources you wish to share and contribute to the platform please email tel@hee.nhs.uk, to begin discussions in readiness for the launch of the Learning Hub.

If you would like to know more about this release of the Learning Hub follow @HEE_TEL on Twitter, read the blog and look out for regular updates over the next few weeks.

HEE update

HEE is producing a weekly bulletin with updates about its work as part of the COVID-19 response.  This week’s issue can be accessed here.

For more information and to access the HEE e-LfH COVID-19 programme visit https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/coronavirus/.

 

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