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New COVID-19 community contact tracing programme now available

Posted on: May 20th, 2021 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the University of Salford to develop a new e-learning programme on contact tracing.

This important public health tool is used to control the spread of a variety of infectious diseases. During the Coronavirus pandemic, it has helped to break the chain of transmission within communities across the country and around the world.

To support this work, COVID-19: Contact Tracing at the Community Level has been designed to help colleagues and organisations, that are likely to be involved with contact tracing but may have little experience of how it works, understand the role of community-enabled contact tracing.

On a community level, COVID-19 has presented a range of unique challenges to the Greater Manchester population, due to the housing, employment and social geographic landscape of the city region, including how daily lives involve more mixing than other areas. In response to these challenges, Greater Manchester has been at the forefront of establishing a local contact tracing function as part of the delivery of Level 1 of the national NHS Test and Trace arrangements. Part of this response focused on health education and promotion.

The e-learning programme aims to improve the effectiveness of this response within Greater Manchester but can be applied to any community across the UK. The resource comprises the following 2 modules:

  • Introduction to Contact Tracing
  • Introduction to Infection Control

On completion of the modules, colleagues should have a good understanding of contact tracing, infection prevention and control. They should also be able to consider the role of contact tracing in a variety of settings.

For more information and to access the programme, visit the COVID-19: Contact Tracing at the Community Level programme page.

New e-learning module to support detection of early deterioration of patients with COVID-19

Posted on: May 19th, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked in partnership with other NHS organisations, the West of England Academic Health Science Network, the Wessex Local Medical Committee and the TEL programme simulation and immersive technology team, to develop 2 free e-learning resources to support detection of early deterioration of patients with COVID-19.

The NHS @home e-learning programme consists of the COVID-19 Oximetry @home and COVID-19 Virtual Wards pathways, offering e-learning resources to enable people to be confidently monitored in community settings such as care homes.

 

New COVID Oximetry module

The NHS @home e-learning programme provides an overview of pulse oximetry and explains how to monitor oxygen levels at home or in a care home setting.

It is designed to be used alongside the NHS pulse oximetry documents.

People at high risk of becoming seriously unwell from Coronavirus are being provided with a pulse oximeter to monitor the oxygen levels in their blood at home for up to 14 days. This includes people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus and includes people living in care homes.

A pulse oximeter is a small medical device that is put on the tip of the finger. By regularly monitoring oxygen levels it can be easier to spot if Coronavirus symptoms are getting worse and whether people need treatment or support.

People with COVID-19 may become very unwell if their oxygen levels fall too far. This e-learning provides an overview of pulse oximetry for carers, including how to take the measurements and how to tell others if they are worried.

More information, including access details, is available on the programme page.

 

New NHS COVID Virtual Wards e-learning module

The new COVID Virtual Wards (CVWs) e-learning module has been developed to support the non-registered workforce with monitoring of patients on CVWs in community settings.

The COVID Virtual Ward – introduction to monitoring e-learning resource explains who the patients are, how they are admitted, why monitoring is important, their role in monitoring, further considerations are also explored.  It is designed to be used alongside call scripts.

 

It is likely that systems will adopt their own approach in terms of delivery of care and as such this learning should be used in conjunction with local training and policies.

More information, including access details, is available on the NHS @home programme page.

 

COVID-19 e-learning programme: 1 Year review

Posted on: March 19th, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

18 March 2021 marks 1 year since the HEE e-LfH Coronavirus e-learning programme went live.

12 months on, and the wealth of COVID-19 resources available on the programme, including the vaccination e-learning, continues to be a valuable resource for the health and care workforce and over 4.6 million sessions have now been launched.

The content remains free to access by people working in the NHS, the healthcare sector, the independent sector and social care and can be accessed on the HEE e-LfH Coronavirus e-learning programme page.

The timeline below highlights a few key milestones from the last year.

COVID-19 programme 1 year review V4

HEE e-LfH COVID-19 vaccination programme launches hit 2 million

Posted on: March 4th, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) COVID-19 Vaccination programme has passed the milestone of 2 million session launches since going live.

The e-LfH COVID-19 vaccination e-learning programme continues to be an essential part of the vaccination recruitment and training process.  Health and care colleagues are using the resource to develop the knowledge needed to confidently promote high uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine and deliver the vaccination 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.  New e-learning sessions will be added as each new vaccine becomes available.

Since the COVID-19 vaccination programme went live, the content has been updated and amended as more information about the vaccines and the vaccine programme has become available. Further details about the recent updates can be found on the e-LfH news page.

The wealth of COVID-19 resources available on e-LfH, including the vaccination e-learning, remain free to access by people working in the NHS, the healthcare sector, the independent sector and social care. The online learning resources have proved invaluable to new, existing and returning staff, particularly where traditional learning environments have been unavailable.

More details about the vaccination content can be found on the e-LfH COVID-19 vaccination programme page.

Rapid COVID-19 training and education resources for critical care

Posted on: February 2nd, 2021 by Alex Drinkall No Comments

To support staff being redeployed into critical care during the pandemic, the London Transformation and Learning Collaborative (LTLC) has worked in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) to develop a range of resources to support staff.

This includes:

  • 360-degree virtual ICU bed space
  • Toolkit for rapid cross-skilling
  • Just-in-time training for deployed staff
  • Skills passports for registered support clinicians and non-registered support staff (currently London only)
  • Short films on moral injury, preparing for deployment and more

Follow the links above to access each resource and visit the LTLC page on the e-LfH website for further support.

The website includes key resources to help individuals, educators and systems prepare for and work during surges in capacity. In recognition of the time pressure staff are under, these are designed to be short bite-sized learning that can be read or watched in advance, on the move or on the ward. The resources are for all staff, regardless of profession, and can be undertaken as self-directed learning or delivered by educators or trainers.

The LTLC was established in 2020, aimed at increasing the capacity of the critical care workforce in London to help prepare for a second surge in COVID-19 cases in the capital. If you need to get in touch, email ltlc@hee.nhs.uk. 

COVID-19 e-learning module available for paramedics

Posted on: January 25th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) and the College of Paramedics developed an e-learning module which provides educational support for paramedics and emergency responders.

Supporting Paramedic Practice During COVID-19 is available within the paramedics e-learning programme and includes interactive learning experiences that are accessible on mobile devices.

Supporting paramedic practice during COVID-19

Written by experienced paramedic e-learning authors for the College of Paramedics, the module includes 5 sessions of varied lengths which learners can select individually, or complete as a whole module.

The sessions include:

  • the assessment and management of COVID-19 patients for paramedics
  • paramedic wellbeing during a pandemic
  • mechanical ventilators used in prehospital care
  • paramedic use of PPE
  • COVID-19 additional guidance for paramedics

By completing the module, you will achieve a greater understanding of virus transmission, assessment and management of COVID-19 patients and contribute to your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Learners have found the COVID-19 module to be “a very good source of information”, “all very relevant and interesting” and commented that the e-learning is “very clear and easy to understand” and they “will recommend it to colleagues”.

Other modules in the paramedics programme include:

  • clinical decision making for paramedics
  • mental health for paramedics
  • pain management for paramedics

Your feedback and accessing the module

As knowledge of the effects and management of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, we welcome your feedback.

You will be invited to rate and leave a comment at the end of each session. Leaving free-text comments helps us to develop learning resources which are relevant to you and your colleagues.

Visit the paramedics programme page for more information about the e-learning modules.

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/

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