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Interactive and Immersive Pharmacy Careers VR360 Videos launch on World Pharmacists’ Day

Posted on: September 22nd, 2023 by Nicola Kipling No Comments

Interactive and Immersive Pharmacy Careers VR360 Videos launch on World Pharmacists’ Day

The NHS England Technology Enhanced Learning team has developed ‘Pharmacy a Day in the Life’ the first interactive and immersive series of pharmacy VR360 career videos for 14-to-18-year-old learners.  The videos provide an opportunity to learn about different careers options and pathways by allowing an inside view of the day to day working world of pharmacy teams.

Shane Costigan, Pharmacy Dean – Regional Head of Pharmacy WT&E NHS England – South East said: “People, I think, have an idea in their mind as to what pharmacy really is, and actually what we wanted to do through this programme is to open people’s eyes up to the world of opportunities available across all different sectors of the health service.”

The videos have been developed with support from professionals at the Simulation Centre Canterbury Christ Church University, Greenlight Pharmacy (Euston), Barts Health NHS Trust Healthcare Horizons team, Inspiring Futures and East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.

The interactive videos are launching on World Pharmacists’ Day (Monday 25 September 2023) and feature scenarios based on real life including pharmacy roles within the community, a hospital, and a GP setting.

The videos have been tested by students from UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, a school dedicated to educating young people in Computing, Sport Science, Health & Social Sciences and are accessible via an internet browser and to download on a VR headset or mobile phone.

 How to access Pharmacy: A Day in the Life

The videos can be accessed on an internet browser and to download on a VR headset or mobile phone.

  1. Create an account via
  2. Click the following link to access the pharmacy course.

Interventions guidance aims to support babies, children and young people

Posted on: August 9th, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new schedule of interventions tool has been added to the existing interactive pathways elearning programme.

The resource aims to help local commissioners and service providers navigate current guidance and materials within the Healthy Child Programme – the national public health framework for babies, children and young people.

These schedules bring together evidence, guidance, information and resources to describe local prevention and early intervention and ongoing care activities from preconception to adulthood.

It includes information about preconception care, promoting child development, improving child health outcomes and ensuring that families at risk are identified at the earliest opportunity.

Local authorities, the NHS and other partners can use the tool to inform the commissioning and provision of good quality services for children, young people and families at every level of need, from community and universal to targeted and specialist.

For more information and to access the new resource, please visit the Interactive Pathways programme page.

New NHS elearning programme supports improved patient access to general practice

Posted on: June 15th, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

NHS England’s elearning for healthcare and London regional team have worked with Londonwide LMCs, the EQUIP team, and system partners to develop a 2-hour elearning programme to improve understanding of how general practice can adapt local access systems to provide the best experience to patients and staff within available resources.

Freely available to all NHS and general practice staff, the elearning consists of 5 20-minute sessions, based on the London General Practice Access Guide and Manual.

It will be a helpful resource when considering local responses to the recent delivery plan for recovering access to primary care. The programme is aimed at the whole general practice team, including clinical and non-clinical staff, and outlines latest research, best practice, case studies, tips and practical quality improvement projects that have led to improvements in services and patient experience.

General practices, service planners, commissioners and wider primary care staff are encouraged to embed this elearning in local staff learning systems, and support staff undertake this learning. CPD Accreditation has been sought from the Royal College of General Practitioners.

For further information and to access the programme, please visit the General Practice Access webpage.

Healthy eating session now added to All Our Health

Posted on: June 13th, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

An elearning session on healthy eating has now been added to the All Our Health programme.

Developed by NHS England elearning for healthcare and the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, the resource is aimed at the general population and healthcare professionals whose role includes supporting people to achieve a healthy balanced diet.

The session has been developed in response to evidence that most people in the UK do not meet government dietary recommendations. The most recent UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) data shows that population intakes of saturated fat, sugar, and salt are above the government recommendations and, on average, adults eat up to 300 more calories than the daily recommended amount required for a healthy body weight.

As a result, and to help the nation improve their diet, the Healthy Eating session aims to support colleagues in:

  • understanding specific activities and interventions that can prevent poor dietary health
  • thinking about the resources and services available in their area that can help people meet government dietary recommendations
  • being aware of where vitamin supplements are recommended at a population level

The elearning also features helpful tools and resources such as the UK’s national food model, the Eatwell Guide and the Healthier Families app.

For more information and to access the resource, please visit the Healthy Eating session within the All Our Health programme.

All Our Health features sessions on a wide range of public health issues including obesity, mental health and wellbeing, dementia, and alcohol. Each bitesize session helps health and care professionals prevent ill health and promote wellbeing as part of their everyday practice.

Improving confidence and developing staff capabilities across NHS mental health settings

Posted on: September 29th, 2017 by Andy Dowden No Comments

Health Education England funded: Breaking Down the Barriers
Improving confidence and developing staff capabilities across NHS mental health settings

Current Situation

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, 2016 highlighted that people with mental health problems have poorer physical health than the general population, often they are unable to access the physical healthcare they need and experience unnecessary health inequalities. People with a serious mental illness (SMI) accessing mental health services on an in/outpatient basis and settings do not always have their physical health needs identified, assessed, monitored, managed appropriately or receive timely information and support they need, to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Figures obtained from NHS England in 2016 found more than 8,000 serious incidents were reported by mental health trusts in England the previous year. There has been a steady increase in the numbers of incidents recorded by 58 mental health trusts in England from 6,074 to 8,139 from 2012-2015.

Some of the real challenges mental health trusts experience are competing training course priorities, poor uptake of training, unable to release staff to attend and/or deliver training sessions, trying to fit in training into an already packed programme. UCLPartners commissioned by Health Education England, north, central and east London (NCEL) conducted a needs assessment in 2014 across mental health settings through structured interviews focus groups, questionnaires and surveys to understand the training needs and requirements of staff in a mental health setting.

Key findings from the needs assessment report in relation to current existing and future training needs showed;

  • Over 50% of the doctors across mental health settings surveyed had received less than 2 hours training on managing physical health conditions in the past year
  • 95% of mental health nurses saw physical health related responsibilities as part of their duty, and a majority were currently providing some form of physical health care, despite not having had much training in this area;
  • Nearly 56% of the mental health nurses surveyed were not aware of any training courses on physical health run locally at the trust;
  • 57% of those who had accessed education in physical health during their pre-registration did not feel that it had prepared them to look after the physical health of their patients.

Mental health and mental health and multidisciplinary staff who undertook the needs assessment, highlighted an urgent need for a physical health awareness training every 6 months; preferably of a minimum half day, targeted, face to face training sessions twice a year. The challenge was to provide appropriate and relevant physical health awareness training, resources and delivery modes for mental health staff that met their day to day operational, clinical needs and management of patients with complex care.

What have we done so far?

With the main emphasis on upskilling mental health professionals, UCLPartners facilitated the development of Breaking Down the Barriers (BDtB), the co-creation and delivery of six free, adaptable physical awareness training modules for use across mental health settings and higher education institutes. BDtB physical health training aims to increase overall awareness, improve early identification, assessment management, timely sign-posting and referrals of patients with complex mental and physical health needs. BDtB physical awareness training has been created for delivery in bite sizes, classroom Training is through a mixture of presentations, practical exercises, videos tutorials, case studies, scenarios, quizzes including discussions.

Positive practice: Increasing knowledge and developing capability

Breaking Down the Barriers_Latest News

Dr Sergio Sawh, Emergency Medicine Specialist, Registrar & ED simulation fellow at University College Hospital London, has delivered the highest number of training sessions to clinical and non-clinical staffacross mental health trusts within the NCEL geographical region. Following the success of the training, there has also been a high demand for training from other localities, most recently from South Kensington & Chelsea mental health centre. BDtB training simulation scenarios include the management of the collapsed patient, over-sedation and the practical use of Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation (SBAR) communication tool.

Seeing results: what attendees have said following physical awareness training by Dr Sergio Sawh:

“This type of training needs to happen regularly and everyone who is patient-facing should have this training.”

“Training was very eye-opening and made me realise just how much more there is to learn if I am to become confident in managing a patient who has collapsed in my care and at my trust. However, I now feel that I am capable.”

“I enjoyed the scenarios and practical involvement, it has highlighted areas in my practice area where we require essential equipment to deal with medical emergencies.”

“Overall, it’s been a great learning experience as we sometimes get rusty as psychiatrists.”

The diagram below shows pre-and post measurements on knowledge, confidence and practical skill levels of mental health and multidisciplinary staff who attended training.

Breaking Down the Barriers_Latest NewsMental health professionals and multidisciplinary staff are in unique positions to help and empower people with an SMI to improve their physical health. BDtB physical health awareness resources aim to support staff by building on existing skills and knowledge to help reduce risk factors known to adversely affect the physical health of people with an SMI.

Ronke Adejolu, Programme Manager, UCLPartners said “Breaking Down the Barriers is proving reciprocal and collaborative training approach can help build and develop capabilities of staff, hereby reducing serious incidences across mental health trusts.

To access BDtB downloadable training resources please visit; For more information, contact Ellen Nelson

e-Learning to promote best practice in continence and catheter care

Posted on: September 29th, 2017 by Andy Dowden No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare has worked with Oxford Academic Health Science Network, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Health Education England Thames Valley to develop an elearning programme to promote excellence in continence and catheter care.

Providing high quality continence care is an essential part of nursing care but it is an area that is often not well understood. Urinary incontinence can have a profound impact on a person’s life, often leading to social isolation which can lead to a deterioration in physical and mental health. Poor continence care can exacerbate this. Nursing staff should be able to recognise those who are at risk of being incontinent and support them to maintain their continence. Nurses should also support patients who are incontinent to regain their continence.

This programme, for nursing staff and health care assistants across all settings, aims to improve knowledge and awareness of all aspects of continence and catheter care. The programme includes the different types of incontinence and the therapies and treatments that can be offered to patients. Emphasis will be placed on avoiding catheterisation and on strategies for reducing the risk of catheter acquired urinary tract infection (CAUTI) in situations where catheterisation is unavoidable.

The elearning programme comprises two sessions: “Promoting best practice in continence care” and “Promoting best practice in catheter care”.

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