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COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca e-learning sessions now available

Posted on: January 1st, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked in partnership with Public Health England and NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop the COVID-19 Vaccination e-learning programme.  The e-learning programme is designed to provide the health and care workforce involved in the national COVID-19 vaccination programme with the knowledge they need to confidently promote high uptake of the vaccine and deliver the vaccine programme effectively.

The programme consists of a core knowledge session, the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2 Pfizer-BioNTech session, the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca session and accompanying assessment sessions for each.

All those undertaking this e-learning should complete the core knowledge session as this is designed to provide essential knowledge about COVID-19 and the key principles of immunisation needed to deliver the vaccine.  Learners should then complete both vaccine specific sessions as these provide more detailed information including how the vaccine works, how it should be stored, prepared and administered and any contraindications, precautions and potential vaccine reactions. The assessment sessions should be completed after each session.

The e-learning sessions describe the national COVID-19 vaccination programme for England. Most of the information in the sessions will be relevant for those involved in the programme throughout the UK and Crown Dependencies. However, those undertaking the programme in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Crown Dependencies should be aware that some details as to how the programme will be delivered may be different. Vaccinators should therefore ensure that they refer to any country-specific information available, so they are familiar with the details of the programme for the country they are practising in.

This e-learning programme provides theoretical training.  Practical training in vaccine administration, and assessment and sign-off competency is also required before administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

For more information about the COVID-19 Vaccination programme, including details on how to access, visit the e-LfH website.

New e-learning programme will help physiotherapists treat patients with respiratory problems including COVID-19

Posted on: October 29th, 2020 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked in partnership with the University of Southampton, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust to develop a free Respiratory Physiotherapy e-learning programme to support physiotherapists treating patients with respiratory conditions, including COVID-19.

The sessions are designed to support existing and newly qualified physiotherapists who want to update their respiratory knowledge and skills to help prepare them for working in daily and emergency out of hours respiratory care.

The programme includes an introduction to respiratory assessment and the clinical reasoning process, plus more detailed modules about auscultation, chest x-rays and arterial blood gas analysis, which play a significant part in assessment and help to analyse a patient’s respiratory problems.

Further topics covered are:

  • Oxygen therapy
  • Humidification
  • Manual techniques
  • Active Cycle of Breathing Technique (ACBT)
  • Incentive spirometry
  • Suction
  • Tracheostomies
  • Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing (IPPB)
  • Mechanical insufflation: exsufflation MI:E cough assist
  • Non-invasive ventilation.

There is also a paediatric module which covers the differences in anatomy and physiology when assessing and treating an infant.

For more information about the programme, including details on how to access, please visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/respiratory-physiotherapy/.

New COVID-19 e-learning on recovery and rehabilitation available

Posted on: September 23rd, 2020 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues it is recognised that those who recover from the virus often continue to display a range of physical and psychological symptoms that require therapy and support.

This interactive e-learning programme aims to provide health and care staff, including Allied Health Professionals, fitness professionals and carers with strategies and techniques to manage key symptoms experienced by people recovering from COVID-19.

Four 20-minute e-learning sessions cover breathlessness, exercise, cough and fatigue, with knowledge checks occurring at key points. Although the sessions interconnect, they can be completed as individual modules.

On completion of the sessions, a certificate can be downloaded. The programme is also included in the continuing professional development (CPD) portfolio for health and care staff.

More information about the programme

This work was commissioned by Health Education England in collaboration with the Pulmonary Rehabilitation department at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

The authors bring wide and diverse knowledge and experience to the COVID-19 recovery and rehabilitation e-learning, which aided the development of a high-quality e-learning programme, that can be used by a variety of health and care staff including carers. It is an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to learning that fully encompasses the ethos of rehabilitation.

Accessing the e-learning

You can find the COVID-19 recovery and rehabilitation e-learning programme at: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/covid-19-recovery-and-rehabilitation/

COVID-19 e-learning programme update

Posted on: September 21st, 2020 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

The e-LfH COVID-19 programme has now had 2.2 million session launches since it was launched in March 2020.

The programme remains free to access by people working in the NHS, the healthcare sector, the independent sector and social care. Our online learning resources have proved invaluable to new and existing staff, particularly where traditional learning environments have been unavailable.

Modules related to Coronavirus vary by profession and include:

  • Essential Guidance from the NHS, Government and WHO and BMJ
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Public Health England – Personal Protection Equipment
  • Critical Care and Ward-Based Equipment Resources
  • Intensive Care Medicine
  • Resources for Primary and Social Care Setting, which includes Safety Netting Cancer Patients during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Information and advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for carers.
  • Resources for Staff Working in Primary Care and Community Setting
  • Resources for Staff Working in a Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Setting
  • Resources for Specific Professions, Support Workers and Volunteers
  • Resources for other Healthcare Staff Returning to Work
  • Resources for Volunteers supporting Health and Social Care
  • Staff Wellbeing and Resilience during COVID-19
  • Statutory and Mandatory Training

For more information about the programme, please visit: www.e-lfh.org.uk/coronavirus

New e-learning programme aims to boost pupil and teacher wellbeing in response to COVID-19

Posted on: September 9th, 2020 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked in partnership with the Department for Education to develop a new programme for teachers to support children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as they return to school and college from September 2020.

Wellbeing For Education Return – part of e-LfH’s MindEd programme – launched today (8 September 2020) following an investment of £8.2millon from the Government to provide schools and colleges across England with the knowledge and resources they need to support children and young people, who have experienced trauma and loss as a result of the pandemic.

It has been created with input from health partners, mental health experts, local authorities, schools and colleges. The programme will be offered to every school and college in England to help support pupil and student wellbeing, resilience and recovery in the context of COVID-19 and to prevent longer-term mental health problems developing, as well as helping to manage and support those who have pre-existing difficulties that may have been exacerbated by coronavirus.

The programme, which will be delivered to schools and colleges via Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, is aimed at education professionals working with children and young people aged 5-19 in education settings. This may include pastoral leads, senior mental health leads, Special Educational Needs Coordinators, school nurses, counsellors, educational psychologists, voluntary sector providers and mental health support team clinicians/practitioners.

To access the programme free of charge, please visit: https://www.minded.org.uk/Component/Details/662137

MindEd is a free educational resource for mental health support. The variety of free resources aims to provide adults, across professions and organisations and including parents and carers, with the knowledge to support wellbeing, the understanding to identify young and older people at risk of a mental health condition and the confidence to act on their concern and, if needed, signpost to services that can help.

For more information about MindEd visit: https://www.minded.org.uk/.

Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 17

Posted on: August 21st, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Key Messages and links to 19th August 2020

Welcome to Health Education England’s weekly stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Weekly message from the Chief Executive’s Office
  • Overview of HEE education and training news
  • An update from your regional office

Weekly message from Chief Executive, Professor Wendy Reid –

This week’s message focuses on working flexibly and differently in the future. Read the full message here. 

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

Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme: Registration is now live

Registration for the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme is now live. This new education and training programme has been established to support the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists whose training and registration have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also provides a unique opportunity to accelerate pharmacist early years’ education and training reform and supports delivery of the NHS People Plan for 2020/21.

This new Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme, known as IFPP, was officially launched on 3rd August. It is a HEE-funded 12- month education and training programme, starting in September 2020. The IFPP has three aims:

  • To support provisionally registered pharmacists in England transition to full General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registration and beyond.
  • To develop pharmacists’ ability to achieve high quality outcomes for patients, improve patient safety and reduce medication errors.
  • To inform the next stage of pharmacist education and reform.

The programme will run for 12 months, starting from September 2020, and will be available to all provisionally registered pharmacists providing NHS funded care and services in England.

This is a positive step towards delivering the recommendations from HEE’s Advancing Pharmacy Education and Training (APET), and meeting the ambitions of the NHS Long Term PlanNHS Interim People Plan and NHS People Plan for 2020/21.

Find out more on our dedicated IFPP web page, including FAQs and an eligibility and process flowchart. Join up to receive weekly updates from the programme team at: fpp@hee.nhs.uk.

Meeting the nursing workforce challenge – You can read what HEE’s Chief Nurse Mark Radford had to say about meeting the nursing workforce challenge in three opinion pieces published by the Nursing Times, Nursing in Practice and Public Sector Executive recently.

General Practice Nursing Specialty Training Programme up for HSJ award – HEE’s General Practice Nurse Specialty Training programme has been shortlisted for this September’s HSJ Awards in the category for System or Commissioner Led Service Redesign Initiative. The innovative programme was set up to address the difficulties registered nurses find when trying to embark on a career in general practice. Most employers prefer nurses with experience, but without experience there’s no job and without a job there’s no opportunity for experience. You can read more about the General Practice Nurse Specialty Training programme on our website.

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

Education and Training tariff for 2020/21 published – The Education and Training tariff guidance document, including the 2020/21 tariff rates, have now been published by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC). You can access the guidance document here.

ACP Virtual Conference 2020: Save the date and research poster competition – HEE’s national conference for ACP will be held online as a virtual event on Monday 9 November, and Thursday 12 November 2020. The conference will feature a mixture of live, pre-recorded, and interactive sessions available on demand. Conference registration will open at 09:00 on Monday 21 September 2020. For further information about the ACP Virtual Conference 2020, visit the conference webpage.

Advanced practitioners and trainees are also invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations of their research at the conference. For further information, visit the abstract submission webpage. The deadline for the receipt of abstract submissions is 12:00 on Wednesday 23 September 2020.

 New Roles in Primary Care Guidance – Health Education England has developed the New Roles in Primary Care Guidance.  Available through your local training hub or download from the e-learning for healthcare (e-LfH ) hub, https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/new-roles-in-primary-care/ , you will now have access to additional information about the Primary Care Networks Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme (ARRS) outlined in the GP Contract as well as other new roles and advanced level of practice.

The guidance (reviewed quarterly) includes –

  • An overview of the role
  • Funding
  • Training and development
  • Activities undertaken
  • Skills and competencies
  • Supervision requirements
  • Educator providers
  • Approved ARRS and other job descriptions
  • Case study examples

Any questions? We can put you in touch with your local training hub lead. Email traininghubs@hee.nhs.uk

Improved understanding equals improved health – Did you know that 1.7 million adults in the UK read and write at or below the level of a 9 year old? Or that 43% adults do not understand written health information, rising to 61% not understanding when we add numbers?

As HEE’s national library and knowledge services leads, we are sharing our expertise in health literacy with NHS colleagues. We are also beginning to collaborate with information workers across sectors to increase the health literacy skills, underpinned by digital literacy skills, of the general public. This is so that future citizens have the skills to engage with digital-first health and care services.

To help share the learning, we are training local NHS library and knowledge services staff to deliver a suite of health literacy training resources. We also worked in collaboration with NHS Education for Scotland to develop health literacy e-learning that is freely available on the e-Learning for Healthcare platform. Do promote the e-learning, particularly ahead of international Health Literacy Awareness month in October.  – for more information on our health literacy work contact KFH.england@hee.nhs.uk

Innovation and Transformation on LinkedIn – The Innovation and Transformation Directorate brings together a range of programmes and services to support systems to address their workforce transformation challenges and help develop a more technically enabled, digitally skilled workforce, able to access training and upskill through new and innovative methods.

Responding to key elements of We are the NHS: People Plan 2020/21 the Digital Transformation chapter of the NHS Long-term Plan and recommendations in the Topol Review ‘Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future’, the directorate is in place to enable the innovative and transformational change needed across health education.

To help showcase our work, sharing news, gathering your opinion and stimulating debate we have launched a LinkedIn showcase page.

Please follow us and join the conversation. HEE Innovation and Transformation

BMJ Best Practice – an award-winning resource now free to all NHS staff – BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision-making support tool providing the latest evidence-based information to use at the point of care. Funded by Health Education England (HEE), it is free to all NHS healthcare professionals in England.

Rated as one of the best support tools worldwide, BMJ Best Practice includes step by step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention as well as medical calculators, how-to videos and patient information leaflets.  Content includes clinical expertise from over 1,600 international authors an 2,500 peer reviewers which means users have up to date references available at their fingertips, anywhere, any time of day or night.

All NHS staff in England can access BMJ Best Practice by going to bmj.com/hee where they can register using their NHS OpenAthens username and password (instructions here). Once registered they can also download and use it via an app on a mobile device.

New HEE Non-Executive Director – Health Education England is pleased to welcome Dr Harpreet Sood as a Non-Executive Director (NED). Previously an associate NED with HEE, he works as an NHS GP in London and is a digital health expert with a wealth of experience at the interface of health care and digital technology. Read more here.

Topol Programme for Digital Fellowships in Healthcare – Recruitment for Cohort 2 of the Topol Programme for Digital Fellowships in Healthcare will begin in September. The fellowship programme provides fellows with time and support to design and deliver digital health projects and initiatives in their trusts and a programme of workshops and mentoring to stimulate and support fellows to lead digital health transformations for NHS staff and patients. This will be an exciting opportunity for NHS clinical staff, including doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, dentists, healthcare scientists, pharmacists and others, to shape and accelerate the NHS digital revolution. Read more.

The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) are pleased to partner with HEE to increase the number of Topol Fellowships available to Dermatology. These posts are intended to develop successful applicants in digital leadership and technological literacy. Projects are invited for digital innovation in a dermatology setting. These proposals should describe the unmet need, local support for it and an outline of the proposed project delivery.  All proposals should focus on any aspect of AI or digital medicine as applicable to bioinformatics, diagnostics and pathway/training re-design and delivery. These fellowships are open to all members of the BAD and are intended for delivery over 2 or 3 days a week for a 12-month period.  Block periods of study are not possible. Successful candidates will be appointed in line with the Topol scheme and benefit from the cross-specialty and multi-professional working that this offers.  Appointed fellows in dermatology will also be part of the technology workstream part of the Education Unit at the British Association of Dermatologists. It is hoped that successful individuals will be the future digital champions of the specialty.

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

The Learning Hub – Did you know …

  • The Learning Hub is a new digital platform that provides easy access to a wide range of education and training resources for the health and care workforce. Organisations and users can contribute and share resources for those in health and care to access.
  • You can contribute a wide range of educational resources to the Learning Hub, from infographics to videos, simulation scenarios to remote teaching sessions?
  • You can generate and share links via social media or via a direct web link to the resource to widen the reach to audiences across the health and care workforce? (See attached image). 
  • You can search for, access and rate a resource and your learning activity is recorded.

There are many exciting features and additional functionality currently being developed that will be released to users regularly.  This is just the beginning of the journey.

The Learning Hub team is currently working on the development of catalogues, which will enable organisations to have their own area on the Learning Hub; offering a home page with branding capability and a place for resources to be made available under an organisation’s own identity.  The first release of catalogues will be available soon and enhanced with more functionality over time in line with the Learning Hub roadmap.

Come and take a look at what the Learning Hub has to offer and how this could support your organisation in sharing and accessing learning resources: https://learninghub.nhs.uk. If you would like further information about the catalogues or uploading content please email: enquiries@learninghub.nhs.uk.

For more information about the Learning Hub follow us on Twitter: @HEE_TEL and visit our blog to read about our journey so far.

Toolkit outlines safe return to simulation training – HEE’s TEL team has produced a toolkit for learners to safely return to face-to-face simulation training.

‘COVID-19 toolkit for safe simulation in health and care’ was produced with support from experts in the field and highlights the five areas that need to be considered before returning to face-to-face training with suggestions as to how this might be done.

The topics covered are:

  • Engaging with stakeholders including commissioners, professional bodies, patient groups and employers while seeking expert advice from local infection prevention and occupational health teams
  • Assess risks with groups including learners, technicians and simulated patients and measure outcomes
  • Environmental factors, such as assessing the number of people in a simulated training space and introducing local guidance for cleaning equipment
  • Face-to-face simulation activities with advice on mitigating risk such as registering attendance and providing access to appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Remote access to training by developing and enhancing access to shared online resources and providing remote observation of simulation activity.

The toolkit also features a key note on evaluation and learning which will be vital in encouraging future development and delivery of simulation training. The toolkit is available here.

Flu Immunisation e-learning programme updated for the new season – HEE e-LfH has worked with Public Health England (PHE) to update the Flu Immunisation e-learning programme to ensure it is up to date for the 2020/21 flu season.

With the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever that this year’s annual flu vaccination programme is safely and effectively delivered to as many of those eligible as possible to protect those at risk. It is therefore crucial that those giving flu vaccines are confident, competent and have up to date knowledge about the vaccine(s) they are giving. The Flu Immunisation e-learning resource is designed to provide all healthcare practitioners involved in delivering the national flu immunisation programme with the knowledge they need to confidently promote high uptake of flu vaccination and administer the flu vaccines to those who need them.

For more information about the programme, including details on how to access, visit: www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/flu-immunisation/.

We are supporting digital readiness across the workforce:

Digital Workforce Planning – The Digital Readiness team, in partnership with the North West Informatics Skills Development Network, held a webinar on July 31st to promote the workforce planning activities for determining the current and future workforce in health informatics and the digital workforce. The webinar explained the purpose of the data collection exercises. A recording of the webinar is available.

Please get involved and help us create the future digital workforce! These people are critical to plan for in delivering a high-quality data driven NHS…

NHS Digital Technology and Health Informatics – Workforce Demand Forecasting Exercise – Health Education England (HEE) is looking for help from CIOs, CCIOs, CNIOs and other senior digital leaders in the NHS in shaping the future digital technology and health informatics’ workforce. We would like digital leaders to take part in an exercise forecasting the size of the different areas of the workforce and the skills required in 2030. The forecasts made should be within the context of two alternative, but plausible scenarios developed by HEE of what the future might look like for this workforce. Undertaking the exercise will require engagement and discussions with colleagues and should be a thought-provoking and stimulating one. The estimates submitted will help HEE in developing a national workforce plan for this sector.

The background to this forecasting exercise and further information can be found in a DigitalHealth.Net presentation (20:38 onwards).

To take part please register your interest – Once registered we will send you the instructions and a demand forecasting toolkit. Alternatively, contact Don Liu – don.liu@hee.nhs.uk – at HEE for further details.

NHS Gradate Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Scheme – The Digital Readiness funded Digital Graduates scheme is continuing to fund the rollout of this innovative recruitment programme. The NHS Graduate DDaT Scheme not only increases the number of individuals coming into the health care system with digital, data & technology skills but increases quality of graduates, while addressing the diversity ratios for females in Digital, Data & Technology, BAME, regional variations and career changers. Supported by high quality development pathways this will create a long-term pipeline of fast track entry level staff within Digital, Data & Technology into senior roles, support succession planning and meet increasing technological demands.

The scheme is now recruiting for organisations in the North West, Yorkshire & Humberside, South East, London and the South West. Further details, including contacts, are available on the Graduates into Health website.

Please share the link with networks and colleagues in these regions, particularly in HRD, OD and Health Informatics to enable them to make the most of this great opportunity in getting high quality digital professionals into the NHS.

Have your say on the future vision for the expansion of the NHS Digital Academy – A project is currently underway to determine what the NHS Digital Academy should be going forwards and how it can become the home of all digital learning and development for our workforce. The initial offering, the Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Health Leadership (delivered by Imperial College London and partners for 3 cohorts of 100 participants) has been well received but is also oversubscribed and meets a particular need. We want to build on this success to support a wider range of individuals in different roles and professions at different levels of seniority.

Please check out the engagement platform where you can download the emerging vision and submit feedback through a variety of mechanisms. This phase of the project is open until Monday 14th September. Diversity and increased opportunities for all is at the heart of this future vision, allowing individuals to make more informed choices. We are exploring how this could benefit all roles at all levels of seniority and be delivered in a variety of formats to support different personal needs, work needs and learning styles. Throughout the Autumn we will be sharing updates including a refined vision and draft implementation plan so there will be further opportunities to get involved.

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 16

Posted on: August 5th, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Key Messages and links to 5th August 2020

Welcome to Health Education England’s weekly stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Weekly message from the Chief Executive’s Office
  • Overview of HEE education and training news

Weekly message from Professor Sheona MacLeod, Acting Director of Education and Quality and Executive Medical Director –

This week’s message is written by Professor Sheona MacLeod and focuses on the importance of working together to restart careers, building hope for the future and confidence in education and training. Read the full message here.

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

AHP Mental Health Framework – Health Education England is developing an ACP-Mental Health framework to grow the new Mental Health workforce.  We want to hear your views. Please complete the survey here.

Student placement expansion and innovation webinar – Friday 7 Aug 10am – Over June and July the Allied Health Profession team has been engaging with the sector through a series of online workshops, forums and webinars. Following the engagement with over 2,000 educators, practitioners and students from across the four nations we will be holding a webinar on Friday morning to provide an update on our findings and outline next steps.

Agenda:

  • Reporting on AHP student placement online forum and workshop with 150 Leaders. Presented by Char Hobbs, AHP Student Placement, HEE and Janice St John-Matthews, Deputy Head of Department (AHP), UWE, Bristol
  • Innovative placement solutions; crowd-sourced learning from practice. Presented by David Marsden, Regional AHP Lead across the North East and Yorkshire
  • Round up of work with regulators and Professional Bodies – presented by Ruth Allarton, HE Advisor
  • Close and next steps. Presented by Beverley Harden, National Lead for AHP, HEE

Join using this link

To find out more about HEE’s work in to support the essential supply of AHPs to the health and care workforce, visit their webpage and sign up for updates.  Visit the webpage and join the mailing list here

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

Pharmacist Education and Training Reform – On 23 July 2020, Health Education England with NHS England and NHS Improvement published a joint letter setting out the context for accelerating the reform of pharmacist education. This letter also announced that Health Education England, in partnership with key stakeholders, is establishing an Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme to help provisionally registered pharmacists’ transition to full registration and beyond. This is because the training and registration of the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first phase of the reform and the purpose of the Interim Foundation Programme is to provide provisionally registered pharmacists with the foundation training support they need. This new Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme, known as IFPP, is a HEE-funded 12- month education and training programme, starting in September 2020.

The IFPP has three aims:

  • To support provisionally registered pharmacists in England transition to full General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registration and beyond.
  • To develop pharmacists’ ability to achieve high quality outcomes for patients, improve patient safety and reduce medication errors. • To inform the next stage of pharmacist education and reform.

A joint letter from Health Education England and NHS England and NHS Improvement was shared on 22 July with key stakeholders, outlining the context for Pharmacist Education and Training Reform. The letter is available at this link.

A letter from Health Education England was also shared with the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists, announcing the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme (IFPP). This letter was also cascaded widely with key partners and stakeholders and is available at this link.

Find out more about the IFPP in the press release published on 3rd August.

We anticipate there will be many questions about the new programme. The programme team will be sending weekly updates about the IFPP. We encourage you to subscribe to these updates by emailing fpp@hee.nhs.uk, stating ‘IFPP Updates’ in the subject header.

Maternity Support Worker Fund – Reminder that the closing date for applications and expressions of interest for the Maternity Support Worker fund is 16 August 2020. For more information view our webinar here. This is a one-off opportunity for Local Maternity Services to bid for funding. For full details about the simple application follow this link.

Mental Health Nurse Leadership Programme – Apply now to Mental Health Nurse Leadership Programme with the Florence Nightingale Foundation on this link. Deadline: 14th August 2020

Medical trainee webinars – In July, we held two webinars for medical trainees, the first focussing on training in the private sector and inclusion issues and the second on out of programme pause. The recordings for these webinars have now been uploaded to our YouTube channel and can be accessed through the following links:

Training in the private sector and inclusion issues

Out of programme pause

Decision support tool, available free to all NHS health professionals – An online tool and app which provides the latest evidence-based health information at the point of care has been made available to all health professionals in England, for free, thanks to Health Education England (HEE).

The British Medical Journal’s (BMJ) Best Practice tool, rated as one of the best clinical decision support tools for health professionals worldwide, provides the user with the latest evidence-based information including step by step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention, whenever and wherever they need it.

Because medical advice and guidance changes rapidly it gives healthcare professionals quick and easy access to authoritative information to underpin diagnosis and treatment decisions, updated daily and using the latest expert option and available data.

BMJ/BP is available online and as an app – which also works offline.  Staff can visit bmj.com/hee to register and then download the app from their usual app store

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

National Breast Imaging Academy – In May 2020, the National Breast Imaging Academy (NBIA), in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH), launched their e-learning programme for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians.

e-Learning sessions are part of the NBIA’s aim to provide online learning to complement face-to-face clinical training. The sessions are designed to support trainees in breast imaging and to provide valuable continuing professional development (CPD) resources for all qualified staff.

The full programme of e-learning sessions is due to launch in Autumn 2020, but many sessions are available now, to support your training needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What’s new in July 2020?

There are now 64 e-learning sessions available on the e-LfH Hub.

New sessions added recently include:
Ultrasound Interpretation – Cysts and Collections
Clinical Evaluation and Management of Male Breast Disease
Epidemiology of Breast Cancer
Other Malignant Breast Disease

Additional sessions will be added to the e-learning catalogue as soon as they are ready. For more information about the programme, including details on how to access the NBIA e-learning sessions, please visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/national-breast-imaging-academy/


 

New Internal Medicine Training e-learning programme launched – Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board to launch a new e-learning programme, Internal Medicine Training.

The programme aims to set out how to write a meaningful and effective Educational Supervisor Report (ESR) for Internal Medicine training. This module sets out how to prepare to write an ESR, considered by the Annual Review of Competency Progression (ARCP) panel when assessing a trainee’s progress, starting with the initial meeting with the trainee, planning the training year and gives examples of good report writing.

This e-learning package is aimed at educational supervisors of internal medicine trainees and covers the following areas:

  • The ESR
  • Capabilities in Practice (CiPs)
  • Evidence
  • Setting up the Training Year
  • Some elements of the ARCP

For more information about the programme, including access details, visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/internal-medicine-training/.

The Learning Hub – Catalogues are coming soon 

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. Organisations and users can contribute and share resources for those in health and care to access.

The Learning Hub team is currently working on the development of catalogues, which will enable organisations to have their own area on the Learning Hub; offering a home page with branding capability and a place for resources to be made available under an organisation’s own identity. An organisation can also nominate users to administer their catalogue. The first release of catalogues will be available soon and enhanced with more functionality over time, in line with the agile, iterative development of the platform.

For more information about the Learning Hub follow us on Twitter: @HEE_TEL and visit our blog to read about our journey so far. To access the Learning Hub visit: https://learninghub.nhs.uk

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

NHS People Plan 2020-2021 – The NHS People Plan published on the 30th July aims to put NHS staff wellbeing at its heart with a new recruitment, retention and support package. It sets out practical support for well-being such as safe spaces to rest and recuperate, well-being guardians and support to keep staff physically safe and healthy. The People Plan builds on the innovations driven by staff during the pandemic and sets out how the NHS can embed them. Read more here.

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 15

Posted on: July 22nd, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Key Messages and links to 22nd July 2020

Welcome to Health Education England’s fortnightly stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Weekly message from the Chief Executive’s Office
  • Overview of HEE education and training news

Weekly message from Professor Wendy Reid, Interim Chief Executive –

This week’s message focuses on the importance of welcoming new students and trainees into the NHS offering them support and encouragement in an uncertain world – Being the role model we all would like to be is even more important this year. Read the full message here.

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

GP specialty training acceptances continues to break records – highest number ever seen in the NHS – After the initial rounds of recruitment, there have been 3441 acceptances, the highest ever figure for this stage in the recruitment process and the highest number of trainees entering general practice speciality training that the NHS has ever seen at this point. This is up 15% from 2019 when there were 2891 acceptances and an increase in numbers for a third year in a row.

HEE is still recruiting to general practice this year and the next round opens at the end of this month. The final overall total for this year will be known in the autumn. The published Round 1 and Round 1A figures also highlight good increases in fill rates across other key specialities including core psychiatry which has seen a 100% fill rate. Read more here.

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

Future Doctor Report Published – The Covid-19 global pandemic brought into sharp focus how crucial generalist skills are in enabling doctors to manage complex patient care across different specialities. HEE’s Future Doctor report published this week sets out a vision for future clinical teams and how education and training can evolve so that our future doctors are equipped with the right skills to deliver care in an ever-changing health care landscape. This vision for the future doctor outlines how we can reform medical education so doctors better understand population needs, develop generalist skills and work effectively in multi-professional teams. Read more here.

Webinar – Out of Programme Pause – Save the date! Webinar for medical trainees on Out of Programme Pause, Tuesday 28 July. Ask your questions in advance here. Link to join on the night here

Webinar out of programme pause

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

The Learning Hub – the start of an exciting journey – The Learning Hub is a new digital platform that provides easy access to a wide range of education and training resources for the health and care workforce. Organisations and users can contribute and share resources for those in health and care to access.  The Learning Hub was released into public Beta on 29 May 2020, but what does that really mean for the platform and its users?

To read more visit our blog.

Come and take a look at what the Learning Hub has to offer and provide us with your feedback: https://learninghub.nhs.uk.

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

Dysphagia Guide e-learning resource now live – Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked in partnership with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, National Institute for Health Research Devices for Dignity MedTech and In vitro diagnostic Co-operatives and industry experts to develop the Dysphagia Guide e-learning resource for those working with people living with dysphagia.

Dysphagia, which is difficulties chewing and/or swallowing food and drinks, has serious implications for a person’s health and well-being with increased likelihood of chest infections, malnutrition, dehydration, choking incidents and hospitalisations.

The resource, which was co-developed with care home staff and is relevant to others in the health and care workforce, informal carers and people with dysphagia themselves, can be used to support people working in care to gain the relevant level of competency for their role as outlined in the Eating, Drinking and Swallowing Competency Framework. This resource is also a useful guide for managers in policy and workforce development.

The Dysphagia Guide e-learning resource, which has been adapted by HEE e-LfH, is made up of five sessions that cover the following topics:

  • Essentials
  • Food
  • Quality and Safety
  • Training and Resources
  • Workforce

For more information about the e-learning resource, including access details, please visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/dysphagia/.

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

Free online COVID-19 resilience support – With support from Health Education England and NHS England and NHS Improvement, MindEd, one of e-LfH’s programmes, launched an online resource for the health and care workforce to help build mental health and well-being resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This free to access resource has been developed following close collaboration with MindEd’s panel of international subject matter experts and provides advice and support for the health and care workforce to help manage the different situations being experienced.

Content includes:

  • Helping each other
  • Tips for managers and team leaders
  • Stress and fear
  • Trauma and distress
  • End of life and bereavement
  • Further resources

For more information visit http://covid.minded.org.uk/, it is free to access with no requirement to register.

For more on how MindEd can help provide everyday guidance and support on the mental health, well-being and development of children and young people, visit the MindEd e-learning programme: www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/minded/.

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 14

Posted on: July 21st, 2020 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

Key Messages and links to 15th July 2020

Welcome to Health Education England’s weekly stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Weekly message from the Chief Executive’s Office
  • Overview of HEE education and training news, and our continued response to COVID-19

Weekly message from Professor Wendy Reid, Interim Chief Executive –

This week’s message focuses on how important it is that we build a reflective approach even more strongly into our culture and the way we do business. It would be great to see a fundamental shift in how we engage with our current and future workforce, and patients to ensure we are always listening and learning, and our developing experience of responding to the pandemic is already showing how vital these reflections are to the future.   Read the full message here.

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

Applications for nursing degrees have risen by 15 per cent in the last year to reach 58,500. Interest, and subsequently applications, have risen considerably during the coronavirus pandemic, which is testament to the respect and admiration people have for our health and care workforce generally and the opportunities that nursing careers offer.

We will be working with universities to ensure applications result in acceptances this year.  It is vital that new students have a high-quality education and placement experience to progress through their course and graduate into the health and care workforce in the future. We are investing an additional £10m into systems for placements, rolling out the RePAIR program to reduce course attrition. Clearing also represents an increasingly important route into nursing, and we will continue to promote nursing careers to ensure we meet patients’ needs.

Maternity Support Worker Funding – £1m funding has been made available to boost delivery of the HEE National Maternity Support Worker competence, education and career framework. Local Maternity Services (LMS) from the across the country are invited to bid for funding to support the education, training and development of Maternity Support Workers (MSW) in their area. Local Maternity Services can apply for up to £7350 per maternity unit to cover the costs of scoping work such as reviewing their current maternity support workforce and assessing staff training needs. Read more here.

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

Medical Trainee Webinar – More than 1,200 trainees took part in this week’s webinar hosted by HEE, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the General Medical Council. There were a number of questions around shielding which is a significant concern to many trainees around the country. We are currently collecting data from each region so we have accurate numbers of the trainees and specialties affected, and we are working with partners including NHS Employers to ensure that both employment and training issues are addressed and that we have consensus on the definitions with regard to shielding and the implications for individual trainees.

We will also be making sure that Postgraduate Deans can use local flexibility to manage individual trainee needs. In the meantime, if any trainee has concerns about a current placement they should be encouraged to speak to their employer and educational supervisor. Any concerns about a future placement, should be directed to both Training Programme Director as well as future employer.

 AHP Blog – Leading in partnership – training students in the pandemic, from our National Allied Health Professions Lead, Beverley Harden. Read the full blog here.

Responding to COVID-19 – AHP Student Story – Third-year Physiotherapy student Zahra offers insight into her experience working at Evington Centre Community Hospital as part of the COVID-19 response – “Working through the pandemic has made me reflect on the kind of clinician I would like to be.” Read more here

Alternative Models of AHP Student Supervision – If you were not able to join our webinar around alternative models of student supervision the recording is now available to view here.

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

Oliver McGowan Mandatory Learning Disability and Autism training – Mandatory training for all health and social care staff who support patients with learning disabilities and autism moved a step closer with the announcement of the partners who will design, develop trial and evaluate the training.

Health Education England, Skills for Care and the Department of Health and Social care have selected British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD), Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Mencap Society/National Autistic Society and Pathways Associates CIC and the National Development Team for inclusion have been selected as the evaluation partner. Read more here.

The Learning Hub – how do you rate its resources? – It is now possible to rate resources on the Learning Hub, HEE’s new digital platform.

The Learning Hub is a new digital platform that provides easy access to a wide range of education and training resources for the health and care workforce.  Organisations and users can contribute and share resources for those in health and care to access.

The Learning Hub team has developed a new ratings functionality, enabling users to rate a resource by awarding an overall score of between 1 and 5. Users can view a resource rating and the total number of ratings that a resource has received, along with the scores. This new functionality helps users to see, at a glance, how a resource has been rated by others and will inform whether they choose to access it.  As well as using the ratings to inform their own resource selection, users are encouraged to rate each resource they access to share their ratings with other Learning Hub users.

The platform was released into public Beta six weeks ago, meaning that a minimum viable product (MVP) is available which includes core functionality. This enables users to access the system and try it out; providing feedback to help improve it to meet their needs. This is only the start of the journey and new features will be frequently released, in line with the product roadmap, to provide a comprehensive learning experience for users.

Come and take a look at what the Learning Hub has to offer and rate a resource yourself: https://learninghub.nhs.uk.

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

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

New Midwifery Continuity of Carer programme launched – HEE, in partnership with The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and NHS England and NHS Improvement, have collaborated to develop a new, free e-learning programme supporting midwifery professionals.

The Midwifery Continuity of Carer programme has been designed for student midwives, lecturers, managers, practising clinical midwives and maternity support workers in the UK who want to understand more about a maternity model based around continuity of carer. The course provides short, easy to understand summaries of current research evidence on this topic together with brief overviews of the current national maternity policies that recommend continuity of carer.

Commenting on the resource The RCM said: The Royal College of Midwives supports the aim of Midwifery Continuity of Carer as a positive, evidence-based model of midwifery care. Midwives and managers may find these learning resources helpful for planning for future implementation in the post-pandemic period.”

HEE’s Lead Midwife, Sally Ashton May, said: “Our new continuity of carer resource has been developed for the midwifery community to understand more about a maternity model based around continuity of carer. This free online resource, developed in collaboration with the Royal College of Midwives includes interactive resources to bust some myths as well as lessons from service to support learning from earlier successes and challenges.”

For more information about the programme, including details of how to access, visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/midwifery-continuity-of-carer/.

Social Prescribing – Learning for Link Workers now live

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare has developed an e-learning resource to support link workers to deliver social prescribing.

Social prescribing enables all primary care staff and local agencies to refer people to a link worker. Link workers give people time and focus on what matters to the person as identified through shared decision making or personalised care and support planning. They connect people to community groups and agencies for practical and emotional support. They collaborate with local partners to support community groups to be accessible and sustainable and help people to start new groups.

The NHS Long Term Plan commits to embedding social prescribing link workers within every primary care network (PCN) as part of a wider shift towards universal personalised care. The aim is for at least 900,000 people to be referred to social prescribing schemes by 2023/24.

The e-learning includes the core elements and skills required to do the job and deliver social prescribing as part of a PCN multi-disciplinary team.

The six sessions are:

1. Introduction to the social prescribing link worker role
2. Developing personalised care and support plans with people
3. Developing partnerships
4. Introducing people to community groups and VCSE organisations
5. Safeguarding vulnerable people
6. Keeping records and measuring impact

For more information about the programme, including details of how to access, please visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/social-prescribing/

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

Free online COVID-19 resilience support – With support from Health Education England and NHS England and NHS Improvement, MindEd, one of e-LfH’s programmes, launched an online resource for the health and care workforce to help build mental health and wellbeing resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This free to access resource has been developed following close collaboration with MindEd’s panel of international subject matter experts and provides advice and support for the health and care workforce to help manage the different situations being experienced.

Content includes:

  • Helping each other
  • Tips for managers and team leaders
  • Stress and fear
  • Trauma and distress
  • End of life and bereavement
  • Further resources

For more information visit http://covid.minded.org.uk/, it is free to access with no requirement to register.

For more on how MindEd can help provide everyday guidance and support on the mental health, wellbeing and development of children and young people, visit the MindEd e-learning programme: www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/minded/.

 

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.

 

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