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Primary care patient safety elearning now live

Posted on: November 15th, 2023 by Vanessa Bassnett No Comments

Primary Care professionals in health and care can access new modules of the Patient Safety Syllabus training elearning sessions on the elfh portal which have been tailored to the specific needs of their profession.

The training supports thinking differently about what patient safety means and making healthcare even safer with patient safety case studies covering good practice, human factors, risk, systems thinking and safety culture. There is a certificate of completion for each case study.

Content for both Levels 1 and 2 of the syllabus training have been updated and include improvements to usability, interactivity, and navigation and a certificate of completion and five sector specific patient safety case studies in total for Mental Health, Maternity, Healthcare mangers and administrative staff care, Primary Care and Acute Care.

All updates to the content and functionality have been made in response to feedback from users. There is also a self-assessment for the Access to Practice module which learners must pass to move on to the sector-specific sessions and a Certificate of completion for each case study area.

Patient safety is a collective responsibility and a key priority for health and care. This training is available to anyone NHS and Health care staff and supports the NHS Patient Safety Strategy, emphasising a proactive approach to identifying risks to safe care.

Primary Care session content covers:

  • What is primary care?
  • Is primary care safe?
  • Where does it go wrong for patients in primary care?
  • Systems thinking in primary care – making local safety improvements
  • Risk management in primary care – are we proactive or reactive?
  • Human factors in primary care – staff well-being and a look at safe communications
  • Safety culture in primary care – get a conversation started

More information about the Patient Safety Syllabus training and how to access to the elearning modules can be found here:

SCRIPT programme launches Medicines Use in Competitive Sport

Posted on: November 24th, 2022 by Vanessa Bassnett No Comments

Prescribers working with athletes or sporting professionals who are subject to the World Anti-Doping Code can access online training to understand the principles to consider and apply when prescribing or providing advice for athletes.

Medicines Use in Competitive Sport provides information on prescribing or making recommendations to manage asthma, hayfever and glucocorticoid medicines for patients who are involved in competitive sports which are subject to the World Anti-Doping Code.

The module also covers the principles to consider and apply across other medical conditions when prescribing or providing advice for athletes. Completing the course will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Recognise how working with competitive athletes who may be bound by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code may affect prescribing decisions or recommendations.
  • Explain the principle of ‘strict liability’.
  • Describe the potential need for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) in the management of competitive athletes.
  • Identify and use resources available to support prescribing and providing advice to competitive athlete populations presenting to primary care.

The course gives an oversight of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List and advice for prescribers on the principle of ‘Strict Liability’ which applies across sport. It also includes advice on therapeutic use exemption (TUE) and some of the substances which are permitted or prohibited

Medicines Use in Competitive Sport is part of the SCRIPT learning portfolio. This module can be accessed through our SCRIPT Primary Care Portfolio here:

New resource supports community pharmacy to help identify possible cancer symptoms

Posted on: September 23rd, 2022 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new elearning programme to help community pharmacists identify and respond to patients’ possible cancer symptoms is now available on Health Education England elearning for healthcare’s (HEE elfh) Hub.

The NHS Long-Term Plan sets out a new ambition that, by 2028, the proportion of cancers diagnosed at stages 1 and 2 will rise from around half now to 3 quarters of cancer patients. Achieving this will mean that, from 2028, 55,000 more people each year will survive their cancer for at least 5 years after diagnosis.

Let’s Communicate Cancer focuses on the contribution of community pharmacy to the early diagnosis of cancer, where patients come to the pharmacy for help in managing symptoms that they do not realise may be cancer, such as diarrhoea or a long-standing cough. Pharmacies can advise when it might be something more serious and where it is best to get them checked out.

The programme, developed by the British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA), features 4 modules which cover the following topics:

  • early diagnosis and prevention
  • what is cancer?
  • treatment for cancer
  • supporting your patients with cancer

There is also a resource bank within the programme which features links to some lead cancer organisations such as British Oncology Pharmacy Association, Cancer Research UK and Macmillan, published articles and posters, and cancer campaign materials and several quizzes to test learners’ knowledge.

On completion of the programme, learners will be more familiar and aware of symptoms that may be suggestive of cancer and understand how lifestyle factors contribute to cancer. The programme also provides useful hints and tips to support conversations with patients, encouraging referral to the GP where appropriate.

For more information and to access the resource, please visit the Let’s Communicate Cancer programme page.

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