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New elearning offers hot weather guidance for carers

Posted on: July 4th, 2023 by Vanessa Bassnett No Comments

Hot weather can pose a range of health threats to elderly and vulnerable people so new elearning has launched increase carers’ awareness of the risks and show how to protect themselves and those they care for.

Older people and those with underlying medical conditions are particularly vulnerable to the effects of high temperatures which include increased risk of heart attack, stroke, lung problems and even death. This means people living in care homes, those who are unable to care for themselves or those who require support in their day-to-day lives are more at risk becoming unwell in hot weather.

The elearning has been created in collaboration with NHS England, the Department of Health and Social Care and the UK Health Security Agency and is hosted on the Learning Hub.

It is intended for front line carers who are supporting elderly and vulnerable people both in domestic and care settings. The modules explain the health risks of excess and extreme heat in care settings and demonstrate quick and simple measures to reduce the health risk.

Modules include:

  • Heat exhaustion and heatstroke
  • How to cool down a home or care home
  • Prevent dehydration
  • Protection from the sun
  • Further precautions

The session is based on guidance published by the UKHSA on hot weather and health.

To access the training visit the webpage:

Effective teamwork across the health and care system: Foundation update (May 2023)

Posted on: May 15th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

Welcome to your May 2023 update from the Foundation elearning programme.

Effective teamwork will play a significant role throughout your career, and this includes crossing traditional boundaries to collaborate with teams across the health and care system. The following sessions cover working with teams across primary, secondary and social care boundaries and include key topic areas such as referrals, effective handover and patient safety.


The sessions cover key areas in your curriculum on:

FPC 2: Clinical Prioritisation

FPC 3: Holistic Planning

FPC 4: Communication and Care

FPC 5: Continuity of Care

FPC 6: Sharing the Vision

The Foundation elearning programme has been developed specifically for Foundation doctors by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in partnership with NHS England elearning for healthcare (NHSE elfh), and is approved by the UK Foundation Programme (UKFPO).

The Foundation programme has a range of other sessions that might help you. Please log in to the programme page to view more.

You can sign on to the elearning with your login supplied by elearning for healthcare at any time during your foundation training:

HORUS and TURAS have deep links to elearning for healthcare sessions from the Foundation Curriculum and are therefore accessible to all trainees, making it quicker and easier to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.

New Care Certificate scenarios ensure training is inclusive of all healthcare professions

Posted on: May 10th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

Support workers can now access scenarios set within inpatient rehabilitation and critical care workplaces, supporting them to apply the principles behind the Care Certificate.

The 2 new scenarios may be of particular interest to Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) and help to ensure that the Care Certificate elearning programme has context for all professions across the health and care system.

A short animation has also been published, explaining what the Care Certificate is, who it is for and why is it so important – watch it now to learn how the Care Certificate is used by health and care professionals across the country.

The Care Certificate is needed now as much as ever, providing a framework to ensure that all support workers have the same introductory skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate, safe and high-quality care in their workplace settings.

Each new scenario uses patient case studies and examples from the working environment to help colleagues apply the Care Certificate Standards within their work setting. The scenarios cover key aspects including preparing for a shift, handover meetings, and examples of clients and factors of their care to consider. Learners then experience supporting the clients through a particular session and updating their care plan or patient notes afterwards.

All scenarios within the Care Certificate elearning programme depict individual care settings to enhance workplace knowledge and to help assessors in the practice of assessing learners in their place of work. They are a great way of enhancing a person’s overall knowledge of the health and care system and are a valuable resource to all healthcare professions.

The interactive sessions also support colleagues to have conversations with their assessor around any observations and decisions made during the session.

Care Certificate Leads across England are encouraged to get involved in the Care Certificate through the Care Certificate Leads network. The network has facilitated the design and implementation of additional resources for the Care Certificate, including updated assessor guidance and the development of new Assessor Modules and linked Functional Skills/lifelong learning skills.

Accessing the training

The 2 new scenarios can be accessed within the Care Certificate elearning programme:

To find out more and to access the full Care Certificate elearning programme, please visit the programme page on the elearning for healthcare hub.

New social care information sharing session now available

Posted on: December 14th, 2022 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked with NHS Transformation Directorate to develop a new elearning session to help social care staff better understand the principles of sharing information.

Social care professionals have a legal duty to share information to support individual care. It helps them to make informed decisions, ensures that people receive safe care, enables the smooth transition of people between different care settings and enhances the effectiveness and efficiency of the service.

The Information Sharing programme is aimed at colleagues who work in social care settings and their supervisors who have responsibility for managing and/or sharing personal information.

The resource will help learners to understand the principles behind information sharing, show them how to apply the principles in practice and build confidence in using and sharing information.

At the end of the session learners will be able to explain the key principles to consider when deciding whether to share information and identify the circumstances in which staff should seek further advice.

For more information and to access the programme, please visit the Information Sharing session.

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