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Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 33

Posted on: April 1st, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Key Messages and links to 1 April 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news

HEE COVID-19 LATEST UPDATES:

We have created a COVID-19 update webpage. It provides guidance and information from HEE, which applies to all students and trainees. This webpage also includes HEE COVID-19 Surge Guidance.

 

Extra support for new generation of UK doctors

HEE has announced that medical graduates can now have an extra five days shadowing in their first year of Foundation School. This additional paid commitment is to help compensate for some disrupted learning and experiences arising from the impact of the pandemic.

This is in addition to the usual period of shadowing that is offered to trainee doctors, which enables new FY1 doctors to fully adapt to their new surroundings and colleagues and develop their confidence. The extra period of shadowing, to be organised through the UK Foundation Schools, will also be helpful to those who have graduated overseas who will be unfamiliar with the NHS. The funding has been supported by the Departments of Health in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland 

Attendance at the extra shadowing period will not be mandatory, but UK Foundation School Directors strongly recommend that new FY1 doctors take the opportunities provided, so that they get to know senior medical colleagues in their team, meet the other healthcare professionals in their new workplace, and become familiar with their new clinical environment.

For further info https://foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/

 

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

Data Driven Healthcare in 2030: Transformation Requirements of the NHS Digital Technology and Health Informatics Workforce

This report was commissioned by HEE’s Digital Readiness programme to identify the capacity and capability challenges facing the NHS digital technology and informatics workforce (the ‘digital workforce’) in the next 10 years.

Information from the exercise was used to model projected demand, and data from the NHS Electronic Staff Record used to model projected supply, for the digital workforce for the period 2020 to 2030. Particular attention was paid to workforce demand and the job roles and skills needed in a scenario called the Data Driven Future.

 

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

Big increase in students taking NETS survey

The National Education and Training Survey (NETS) 2020 campaign has seen an increase of 20 per cent in responses on the previous year, with almost 37,000 recorded. Find out more about the NETS survey.

 

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

Applications for cohort four of the NHS Digital Academy’s Digital Health Leadership Programme open on 1 April

The application window for Cohort 4 of the NHS Digital Academy Digital Health Leadership Programme opens on 1 April 2021, closing on Friday 30 April, with the Cohort starting in September 2021.

You will find the latest updates on the NHS Digital Academy website, including support throughout the application process, top tips, case studies and access to webinars, and by following the Digital Readiness Twitter account.

 

New guide to building a digital strategy

NHS Providers have launched this brand new Digital Boards guide is the third in its series, focusing on how NHS trusts can build a successful digital strategy. The guide is produced in collaboration with Public Digital and supported by Health Education England and NHSX, as part of their Digital Readiness Programme.

 

Digital competency framework for Allied Health Professionals

This AHP digital competency framework has been developed to support the enhancement of digital competence (knowledge and skills associated with digital technology in practice) for all allied health professions from band 3 to band 9. It is intended to be a developmental and supportive tool that can enable all staff to meet their digital potential.

The framework was developed by Chris Tack, a Topol Digital Fellow and will be developed into an interactive profession specific self-assessment tool in the future.

 

New opportunities to gain project support for innovation and education in anticipatory care through the National CLEAR Programme

HEE is offering support to local projects that developing local anticipatory care models. This is a chance for primary care networks and integrated care systems to accelerate local initiatives in anticipatory care, to improve patient care, population health and help to relieve pressures on primary care.

What is the National CLEAR Programme? CLEAR (Clinically-Led workforcE and Activity Redesign) is a work-based learning programme sponsored by HEE. It supports projects with innovation expertise, data analysis and service modelling; but also delivers in-depth education for local clinicians equipping them with data, tools and techniques for service and workforce transformation.

How to access this opportunity:

  • Attend a webinar on Wednesday 7 April from 1.30 – 2.00pm to gain more information about what is involved, how the programme works and the benefits for primary care networks. Register by emailing team@hee.nhs.uk
  • Find out more about the National CLEAR Programme on the CLEAR websiteor CLEAR web pages on the HEE site.
  • Discuss your local needs in more detail by contacting team@hee.nhs.uk

 

Healthcare Scientist presentations

The National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) facilitates and supports the education, training and development of all Healthcare Scientists from apprentices to consultant grade. Once a month they invite one of our Healthcare Science trainees to give a presentation on their role in the NHS, projects they have delivered, challenges of their training and why they love their role, followed by questions from the audience. Confirmed dates are:

  • Tuesday 6 April – Genomic Counselling
  • Tuesday 11 May – Physics

Please email katie.foster@hee.nhs.uk to find out more about the dates and receive the meeting link.

 

Updates to End of Life Care (e-ELCA)

A new session on the AMBER care bundle has been added to the End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) e-learning programme. This new session describes what the care bundle is, why it was developed and how to use it in clinical practice. It also explains how the resource will help colleagues to provide high quality care for patients who are facing uncertain recovery and may be approaching the end of life.

 

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 32

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

Key Messages and links to 17 March 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news
  • An update from your regional office

HEE COVID-19 LATEST UPDATES:

We have created a COVID-19 update webpage for October 2020 onwards. It will provide guidance and information from HEE, which applies to all students and trainees. This webpage also includes HEE COVID-19 Surge Guidance.

 

The Learning Hub – Long COVID educational resources – call for content 

The Learning Hub is a digital platform that provides easy access to a wide range of education and training resources for the health and care workforce.

Colleagues across health and care have been contributing resources and there are now over 950 resources available to access and share with colleagues.  These resources include videos and webinar recordings, e-learning, slide presentations, Q&A packs, simulation scripts, posters, lesson plans and web links.

Contributions to the Learning Hub offer and support a wide range of training subject areas, including resources to support and deliver the current pandemic response and recovery, virtual training delivery and to support re-deployment.  As efforts shift towards pandemic recovery, the TEL team would like to encourage the sharing of educational resources particularly to increase knowledge in managing long-term effects of Coronavirus (long COVID) in patients.

It only takes a few minutes to contribute a resource to the Learning Hub, so if you or your organisation has resources to share and contribute to the Learning Hub please visit: https://learninghub.nhs.uk and select “Contribute a resource”.  You can sign into the Learning Hub either using an e-Learning for Healthcare username and password or by creating an account on the Learning Hub and using those details.

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

 

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

Increase in Scientist Training Programme applications

Applications to the National School of Healthcare Science Scientist Training Programme (STP) increased by 15 per cent from last year. The role of the healthcare scientists has proven to be particularly vital to efforts against COVID-19 in the UK. For more information visit our website www.nshcs.hee.nhs.uk

ARCP webinar

A webinar on ARCPs is being held for doctors in training on Tuesday 23 March at 19:00. The webinar will provide an update on ARCP guidance and processes, training recovery and live Q&As.

The webinar will be led by Dr Phil Bright – Head of School Medicine, Prof. Adrian Brooke – Deputy Medical Director and Professor Jane Mamelok – North West Regional Postgraduate Dean.

Questions can be submitted in advance for answering on the webinar.

Link to webinar

Ask questions in advance

Foundation ARCP webinar

In addition to the webinar on Tuesday 23 March, a second webinar is being held for doctors in training on Thursday 25 March at 19.00, focusing in particular on Foundation ARCP guidance, processes and live Q&As.

The webinar will be led by Dr Mike Masding, Co-Chair UKFPO, Dr Fiona Cameron and Dr Clare van Hamel, who are both Foundation School Directors.

Questions can be submitted in advance for answering on the webinar.

Link to webinar

Ask questions in advance

Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme update

Provisionally registered pharmacists who took the delayed registration assessment on 17 and 18 March will get their result on 29 April. Now that the March assessment dates are over, the focus of the programme will shift to re-engaging with foundation practice, while continuing to support those who have opted to sit the Summer assessment. Find out more about the Summer and Autumn assessment dates on the General Pharmaceutical Council website.

Registration for the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme closes on 10 May. We encourage all provisionally registered pharmacists to sign up for the programme to benefit from all the support available. Find out more on the IFPP website.

Those working in community pharmacy, primary care and Health in Justice can further benefit by joining the Foundation Pharmacist Pathway 2020/21 as part of the programme. Find out more on the CPPE website. 

 

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

2020 National Education and Training Survey Results

The results for the recent HEE NETS are out now. NETS is aimed at all healthcare trainees and students across all clinical learning environments. The final number of responses received was 36,686, which is a 20% increase on the 2019 survey.

The interactive NETS Reporting Tool is now available on our website alongside a suite of regional and professional reports. These aim to provide an overview of the survey response data and offer a high-level analysis from the perspective of an NHS Region or professional group. The NETS Reporting Tool provides a granular level of information and includes a series of filterable options to enable the user to view relevant response data and create bespoke reports.

Together, the tool and reports illustrate the experience of students and trainees and offer a valuable insight into the wellbeing of learners during the pandemic.  This information can be triangulated with existing quality indicators, data sources and clinical and professional insights and intelligence to form a comprehensive picture of the clinical learning environment.

Joint plan for inclusive pharmacy practice

A joint plan for inclusive pharmacy was published last week. We are working collaboratively with NHS England and NHS Improvement, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK to develop and embed inclusive pharmacy professional practice into everyday care for patients and members of the public, to support the prevention of ill-health and address health inequalities within our diverse communities. Find out more here.

Applications for Cohort 4 of the NHS Digital Academy’s Digital Health Leadership Programme to open on 1st April

We are pleased to announce that the application window for Cohort 4 of the Digital Health Leadership Programme (NHS Digital Academy) will open on 1st April 2021, closing on Friday 30th April, with the Cohort starting in September 2021.

You will find the latest updates on the NHS Digital Academy website, including support throughout the application process, top tips, case studies and access to webinars, and by following the Digital Readiness Twitter account. The website also includes our future vision for increasing access to a greater number of individuals.

Establishing the NHS Digital Academy is a workstream within the HEE Digital Readiness Programme. This programme is commissioned by NHSX.

HEE Star: proven to workforce redesign

The HEE Star is a definitive tool for any workforce redesign programme and Health Education England (HEE) has spent three years researching, building and refining the Star methodology and a set of accompanying resources to become the highly effective solution it has become today.

HEE commissioned health economists, Economics By Design, to qualify and quantify the value to providers and systems of applying the HEE Star methodology to planning workforce redesign. Evidence drawn from multiple examples of use illustrate greater results in a shorter time period – saving time for senior leaders and clinicians, as well as generating the potential for faster and more wide-spread change, given the efficiency and breadth of the design process.

 

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

Updates to End of Life Care (e-ELCA)

A new session on the AMBER care bundle has been added to the End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) e-learning programme.

This new session describes what the care bundle is, why it was developed and how to use it in clinical practice. It also explains how the resource will help colleagues to provide high quality care for patients who are facing uncertain recovery and may be approaching the end of life.

Eleven sessions have also been updated within the programme. These sessions are:

 

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 31

Posted on: March 8th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Key Messages and links to 4 March 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Messages from our Chief Executive’s Office
  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news

Weekly messages from HEE:

Read recent messages from Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive, HEE.

Last week Navina Evans welcomed the proposed legislation contained in the Government’s white paper. Read Navina’s full statement on the recently published government white paper on our website.

HEE COVID-19 LATEST UPDATES:

We have created a COVID-19 update webpage for October 2020 onwards. It will provide guidance and information from HEE, which applies to all students and trainees. This webpage also includes HEE COVID-19 Surge Guidance.

Nursing student support guidance has now been updated

Nursing student support guidance during COVID-19 has been updated. This clarifies that healthcare students are included on the list of eligible individuals covered by the NHS & Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme. Read the full document here.

HEE’s e-LfH COVID-19 vaccination programme passes 2 million

HEE’s e-LfH COVID-19 vaccination programme has passed the milestone of 2 million session launches since going live.  The programme continues to be an essential part of the vaccination recruitment and training process and 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. More details about the vaccination content can be found on the e-LfH COVID-19 vaccination programme page.

 

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

Video updates for medical and dental trainees

We have created a series of videos for medical and dental trainees during the current pandemic. In the latest update, Professor Jane Mamelok, Regional Postgraduate Dean for North West, gives an update on assessment and progression.

Record increase in applications for nursing degrees

New figures out last week showed a record rise in the number of university applications to become nurses. By 29 January – the deadline to start degrees this autumn – a total of 60,130 people across the UK had applied for nursing courses. This was up 32% on last year. Read more about the record increase in applications for nursing degrees on our website.

Recruitment webinar for dental trainees

A webinar is being held on Thursday 11 March at 7pm on recruitment for dental trainees. The webinar will include updates on recruitment into core and specialty.

We are taking questions in advance of the webinar, which will be answered on the night.

Link to ask questions in advance

Link to join the webinar on the night

HEE launches new roadmap for paramedic careers

HEE has developed a new pathway to help paramedics advance their careers.

The ‘roadmap to practice’ outlines the skills and attributes needed to help paramedics become first contact practitioners or advanced practitioners. Read more about the new roadmap for paramedic careers on our website.

Career Change to AHP

HEE recently released a video aimed at people who may consider changing their current role to that of one of the many allied health professions. Read more about the Career Change to AHP video on our website.

Second anniversary of Nursing Associates joining the NMC register

In the two years since the role of Nursing Associate was introduced, over 2,700 have joined the NMC register. Read more about the second anniversary of Nursing Associates on our website.

Supporting recruitment to primary care

Guidance and tools to support the planning for, recruiting and embedding of new roles under the additional roles reimbursement scheme (ARRS) are continuously being uploaded to a dedicated space on FutureNHS. This includes information about each of the roles, job descriptions and case studies.

It has recently been updated with guidance on alternative employment models and an example SLA, and support for PCNs on providing clinical supervision. If you are not a member of the workspace you can join by emailing P_C_N-manager@future.nhs.uk using an NHS or similar work email address.

 

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

NHS Education Contract implementation 

As planned, regional teams are now working hard to carry out their implementation plans for the new NHS Education Contract by the 1 April introduction date. Due to the volume of activity required to introduce the contract for all our education and healthcare service partners, and the complexities for certain categories of provider, HEE regional teams may have chosen to stagger the introduction for primary care, private, independent and voluntary organisations over a longer period (to continue after 1 April 2021).

The HEE website now includes a copy of the final standard NHS Education Contract, approved for use and including all the standard template Schedules and Tri-Partite Agreements that sit under it (including the new Tri-Partite Agreement for Undergraduate Medical Education). The webpage also hosts a new ‘Supporting Guide’ to help inform partners who are entering into the new contract with HEE, as a well as a Frequently Asked Questions document (now version 3).

Assuming responsibility for Healthcare Education and Training Tariff

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has requested HEE assume responsibility for the development and implementation of the Healthcare Education and Training Tariff payment mechanism from April 2021. In total, the tariff system paid £2bn to placement providers in the 2019/20 financial year (placement tariff and postgraduate salary support). Historically the development of proposed changes to the tariffs (including price changes, extensions to scope etc.) has been undertaken annually by DHSC, who confirm any changes as part of their annual tariff guidance document.

The new Education Funding Function (Hazel Smith) will be responsible for the work as part of wider Funding policy development. For any initial discussions about HEE’s new responsibilities, any issues around the current tariffs, including guidance queries and operational issues, or for further information on tariffs and their coverage please contact educationfunding@hee.nhs.uk.

New tri-partite agreement for undergraduate medical funding

From April 2021, HEE will be introducing an Undergraduate Medical Education Tri-Partite Agreement (UGME TPA) as a schedule of the new NHS Education Contract. The TPA will provide a consistent, nationwide framework for managing the financial arrangements for providing undergraduate medical education between Medical Schools, NHS placement providers (secondary care and GP) and HEE. It will also align to governance structures that HEE has already introduced comprising of Regional and Local Medical School Liaison Committees. For more information about this work, please contact Diane Hart, Senior Education Commissioner Undergraduate Medicine and Dental, at diane.hart@hee.nhs.uk.

HEE welcomes publication of new training standards for pharmacists

HEE has welcomed new education and training standards for pharmacists, published this week by the General Pharmaceutical Council. Read more about the new training standards for pharmacists on our website.

The Topol Review two years on: Roundtable discussions

In February 2019 Health Education England published the Topol Review which underpins the innovative and transformational change needed across health education. Dr Eric Topol brought together a remarkable cross-disciplinary team of experts, including clinicians, educators, engineers, ethicists, and economists alongside leaders in digital healthcare development.

We have gathered some of the original authors who played a key role in delivering this ground-breaking report to discuss progress on the findings two years on including their thoughts on AI and robotics, genomics, digital medicine, and medical education. Watch now on the HEE website.

The first session takes place with some of the Topol Review Board members, chaired by Professor Lionel Tarassenko with Professor Berne Ferry, Professor Rose Luckin, Elizabeth Manero, Harpreet Sood, Patrick Mitchell and Henrietta Mbeah-Bankas.

In the second session members of the project team and Clinical Fellows carry on the conversation, chaired by Sue Lacey Bryant with Henrietta Mbeah-Bankas, Dr Jes Maimaris, Dr David Cox, Dr Matt Hammerton and Dr Sangeetha Sornalinga. The films are also available on YouTube

 

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

The Learning Hub – Rapid training and education resources for critical care

To support staff being redeployed into critical care during the pandemic, the London Transformation and Learning Collaborative (LTLC) has worked in partnership with HEE to develop a range of resources. As part of this work the LTLC has created a toolkit, compiling guidance and resources to support interprofessional cross-skilling and safe, rapid redeployment of the workforce.  The toolkit has been added to the Learning Hub to make it easily accessible to members of the health and care workforce throughout the UK: A Toolkit for rapid cross-skilling, supporting safe redeployment.

The toolkit has been developed to highlight the most important skills for non-registered support staff to hold before starting work on a critical care unit, as identified by senior critical care nurses and educators across London.  The resources in the toolkit are also relevant for registered support clinicians, healthcare scientists and paediatric staff. More detail is available on the LTLC page on the e-LfH website.

It only takes a few minutes to contribute a resource to the Learning Hub. You can sign into the Learning Hub either using an e-Learning for Healthcare username and password or NHS OpenAthens user account details. For more information about the Learning Hub follow us on Twitter: @HEE_TEL and visit the Learning Hub website to read about our journey so far.

Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme update – Getting ‘exam ready’

With the delayed GPhC registration assessment taking place on 17 and 18 March, the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme continues to help learners to develop their practice. The focus right now is on getting ‘exam ready’.

Three video sessions are now available via the Learning Hub to help learners to create a good study plan and to manage their nerves. A new video by Pharmacist Support includes a range of tips and techniques to help manage feelings of unease, to help learners overcome feelings of stress, pressure and anxiety.

Learners will also find an updated section on the IFPP website, called ‘Getting ready for the GPhC registration assessment’. This is intended to help them find the right information quickly and signpost them to sources of help, including the new resources highlighted above.

We encourage all provisionally registered pharmacists to sign up for the programme to benefit from all the support available. The closing deadline has been extended until 10 May 2021 and you can find out more on the IFPP website.

Those working in community pharmacy, primary care and Health in Justice can further benefit by joining the Foundation Pharmacist Pathway 2020/21 as part of the programme. Find out more on the CPPE website.

New video group clinics e-learning programme available

HEE, in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, ELC Works and Redmoor Health have launched the new Video Group Clinics (VGC) programme which includes new e-learning resources and a toolkit developed for GPs, practice nurses, health and care professionals in community settings and care homes.

The e-learning resources support the introduction of in different settings by providing learners with an overview and working knowledge of video group clinics and consultations: including the benefits, delivery principles and outcomes of introducing this practice.

Leading Effective Teams webinar

Join our interactive webinar Leading Effective Teams on Wednesday, 3 March 2021 from 1pm to 3pm.

This is the fourth instalment of the Learning to Lead in Health and Care series, run by NHS England and NHS Improvement, in partnership with the Council of Deans of Health, to support university and clinical educators in delivering leadership learning.

In this session you will be introduced to the latest thinking on team leadership in healthcare and have the opportunity to hear about innovative practice in the teaching of team leadership at Keele University, the University of Huddersfield and the University of Dundee – to help you get fresh ideas and perspectives for teaching leadership and teamwork.

The webinar will be delivered on Microsoft Teams and you can register here.

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 30

Posted on: February 18th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Key Messages and links to 17th February 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Messages from our Chief Executive’s Office
  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news

Weekly messages from HEE:

Read recent messages from Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive, HEE.

350 Careers. One NHS. Your Future – The impact of COVID

HSJ: NHS leaders ‘making fewer excuses’ for poor diversity says national workforce chief

HEE COVID-19 LATEST UPDATES:

We have created a COVID-19 update webpage for October 2020 onwards. It will provide guidance and information from HEE, which applies to all students and trainees. This webpage also includes HEE COVID-19 Surge Guidance.

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

Update for doctors, dentists, and public health trainees

In a series of regular updates Dr Gary Wares (Postgraduate Dean) provides the latest information during Covid-19.

Allied Health Professional student bank employment

For student AHPs seeking more information following the letter from Suzanne Rastrick OBE (10 Feb 21), we advise you seek approval from your university or education provider before signing up for bank hours to ensure this will not disrupt your learning, which remains your priority

For any queries about signing up for additional employment (opportunities, payment, when, where and how) please direct these to your NHS organisation. All of these optional, additional hours are provided through local bank arrangements.

The NHS BME Network looking for BAME volunteers to participate in focus groups

The NHS BME Network is looking for Black and Minority Ethnic volunteers who are employed in the NHS or Social Care in ‘lower paid roles’ (jobs that pay £10 per hour or less (£10.85 in London) to participate in a focus group session with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). The network, which is independent, is open to all Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people, including staff, patients, service users and carers and you can find out more on its website.

The EHRC inquiry into racial inequality in health and social care workplaces will consider how BME health and social care workers’ treatment during the pandemic has been influenced by their:

  • Race
  • Employment status
  • Immigration status
  • Working conditions

If you are willing to participate please email nhsbmenetworkuk@gmail.com.

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

Topol cohort two launched this month

Wednesday 3 February 2020 saw the launch of cohort two of the Topol Digital Fellowship. This cohort consist of 35 clinicians from across the NHS in a wide variety or professions and specialties. It also includes five fellows who are sponsored by the British Association of Dermatologists in a new partnership that will hopefully be the start of a sustainable funding model for the fellowship. Cohort two will be delivered in collaboration with FutureGov through a series of workshops, lunch and learn sessions and an online community for support and soft touch coaching. In addition to this there will be a machine learning online course with the University of Manchester and access to a series of Topol Alumni masterclasses that will be available to the current cohort and all previous alumni.

Q&A webinar for potential applicants to the Scientist Training Programme

The National School of Healthcare Science hosted a webinar on Thursday 28 January 2021 that gave potential applicants to the Scientist Training Programme the opportunity to ask questions about applications, how the programme works and careers after qualifying as a clinical healthcare scientist. Staff from the school included Professor Berne Ferry (Head of School), Andrew Williams (Head of Admissions) and Jane Lynch and Namir Al Hasso (STP Training Programme Directors).

New resources showcase global radiologist programme

A new animation and set of case studies highlighting the Global Radiologist programme which aims to attract and recruit radiologists from overseas for trusts in England was launched at the end of January by HEE. The resources set out how the process around becoming a global radiologist or a host organisation for the radiologist works and outline the benefits of the programme. The programme enables radiologists to support NHS radiology departments whilst learning specialist skills, as part of a three-year earn, learn and return scheme.

Assuming responsibility for Healthcare Education and Training Tariff

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has requested HEE assume responsibility for the development and implementation of the Healthcare Education and Training Tariff payment mechanism from April 2021. In total, the tariff system paid £2bn to placement providers in the 2019/20 financial year (placement tariff and postgraduate salary support). Historically the development of proposed changes to the tariffs (including price changes, extensions to scope etc.) has been undertaken annually by DHSC, who confirm any changes as part of their annual tariff guidance document.

The new Education Funding Function will be responsible for the work as part of wider Funding policy development. For any initial discussions about HEE’s new responsibilities, any issues around the current tariffs, including guidance queries and operational issues, or for further information on tariffs and their coverage please contact educationfunding@hee.nhs.uk.

Consultation for draft standards for the foot health workforce

This consultation for draft standards for the foot health workforce seeks the views of stakeholders on a draft set of standards for the foot health practitioner and podiatry support workforce developed by HEE. The consultation opened on 23 November and will run until 15 February 2021.

New tri-partite agreement for undergraduate medical funding

From April 2021, HEE will be introducing an Undergraduate Medical Education Tri-Partite Agreement (UGME TPA) as a schedule of the new NHS Education Contract. The TPA will provide a consistent, nationwide framework for managing the financial arrangements for providing undergraduate medical education between Medical Schools, NHS placement providers (secondary care and GP) and HEE. It will also align to governance structures that HEE has already introduced comprising of Regional and Local Medical School Liaison Committees. For more information about this work, please contact Diane Hart, Senior Education Commissioner Undergraduate Medicine and Dental, at diane.hart@hee.nhs.uk.

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

Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme update – Preparing for the GPhC registration assessment

The Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme continues to help learners to develop their practice and prepare for the delayed registration assessment.

The programme team has developed a series of resources to help learners get ‘exam ready’. These resources aim to focus your revision by helping learners to create a good study plan and provide practical solutions to manage their nerves. Video sessions are available via the Learning Hub and can also be listened to as a podcast. Login to the Learning Hub and type ‘IFPP’ in the search bar.

Learners will also find a new section on our website, called ‘Getting ready for the GPhC registration assessment’. This is intended to help them find the right information quickly and signpost them to sources of help, including the new resources highlighted above.

We encourage all provisionally registered pharmacists to sign up for the programme to benefit from all the support available. The closing deadline has been extended until 10th May 2021 and you can find out more on the IFPP website.

Those working in community pharmacy, primary care and Health in Justice can further benefit by joining the Foundation Pharmacist Pathway 2020/21. Cohort 2 opened last month, and you can find out more on the CPPE website.

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 29

Posted on: February 4th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Key Messages and links to 3 February 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Messages from our Chief Executive’s Office
  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news

Weekly messages from HEE:

Read recent messages from Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive, HEE.

My priority is our people – those working with us now and in the future

Coming together to weather the storm – the cultural impact of COVID

HEE COVID-19 LATEST UPDATES:

We have created a COVID-19 update webpage for October 2020 onwards. It will provide guidance and information from HEE, which applies to all students and trainees. This webpage also includes HEE COVID-19 Surge Guidance.

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

Supporting trainees through the pandemic

Health Education England (HEE) is continuing to support the collective response to this pandemic. We are working to support the wider system in delivering vital services, but also need to fulfil our responsibility to look after our trainees and meet their educational and training needs to become the future specialist workforce.

We are all aware of the tremendous work done by doctors during the pandemic, many of them have had their training disrupted as they provide support to patients suffering from Covid and as routine services have been affected. HEE is working closely with medical royal colleges, the GMC, NHSE &I, hospitals and trainees themselves to ensure that we get training back on track as we come out of the pandemic.

View our latest update for medical and dental trainees from Professor Simon Gregory.

The impact of COVID-19 on the future of advanced and consultant practice

In May 2020, Health Education England (HEE) commissioned a two-week, crowdsourcing, online workshop to generate insight into the lived experiences of advanced and consultant practitioners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Key findings: Advanced Practitioners skills and abilities were recognised and trusted, they were used to their full capability and potential and were able to embrace the challenge of COVID-19. But more needed to be done to ensure their skills are recognised and unleashed across the board.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Students’ Survey

HEE’s RePAIR (Reducing Pre-registration Attrition and Improving Retention) team have published the results of a survey to capture the experience of pre-registration nurses, midwives and AHPs (Allied Health Professionals) during wave one of the pandemic. Read The Impact of COVID-19 on Students’ Survey – Key Findings

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

Dental RCP webinar

A webinar was held on Wednesday 27 January on RCPs for dental trainees. The webinar included updates on foundation, core, specialty and wellbeing. The recording and Q&As can be found on our Dental Covid-19 webpage.

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

Learning resources to support the workforce in responding to the pandemic

The HEE e-Learning for Healthcare Coronavirus e-learning programme was launched in March 2020 and includes resources for all members of the health and care workforce.  To date it has seen over 4million session launches.

Three animations have recently been added to the Coronavirus programme.  The animations are designed to support care home staff in preventing future outbreaks of COVID-19 in care homes.   The videos are designed to be used by social care staff from a variety of backgrounds.  The videos contain clear simple messaging around PPE, the NHS Test and Trace processes and keeping safe while getting to and from work.

The animations can be accessed in the Resources for Health and Care Home Staff in Care Home Settings area of the programme.

Rapid training and education resources for critical care 

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

This includes:

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.

Please share these resources with those who may find it helpful – whether that’s individuals who have been or may be redeployed and those supporting them.

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 vaccination e-learning resources

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 currently 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.  Additional sessions will be added as new vaccines are approved.

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.

To date there have been more than 1.6million session launches of the e-LfH COVID-19 vaccination programme with more than 43,000 nursing and midwifery professionals and over 34,000 medical and dental professionals already completed the e-learning sessions.

For more information about the COVID-19 Vaccination programme, including details on how to access, visit the COVID-19 vaccination programme page.

Updates that have been made to the vaccination e-learning programme content since they were launched will be available on the e-LfH website.

The Learning Hub – A guide to compassionate care and communication during the pandemic now available

The Learning Hub is a 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 guide, Talking to relatives – COVID-19 compassionate phone communication is now available on the Learning Hub and provides health and care professionals with a simple framework for communicating concepts including uncertain recovery as well as tips for compassionate conversations.

During the COVID-19 pandemic there has been, and continues to be, a need to support health and care staff with compassionate care and communication with each other, patients and their relatives.  The guide has been developed by Dr Antonia Field-Smith and Dr Louise Robinson from the Palliative Care Team, West Middlesex Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.  As palliative medicine physicians, Drs Field-Smith and Robinson wanted to share a simple framework for health and care professionals and support those who may have been deployed to a setting this is unfamiliar to them and who may not be so experienced in these conversations.

It only takes a few minutes to contribute a resource to the Learning Hub. You can sign into the Learning Hub either using an e-Learning for Healthcare username and password or NHS OpenAthens user account details or by creating an account on the Learning Hub and using those details. Select “Contribute a new resource” and populate the form with details including the resource title, type, description and author details.

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

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

Join us at HETT Reset

Kick-start the new year with complimentary CPD-certified e-learning HETT Reset, (08-12 February 2021), a digital health and healthtech event designed for healthcare professionals, by healthcare professionals.

With healthcare organisations seeking to lock in the gains and progress made by the sudden and unprecedented transformation in the use of digital health services in response to COVID-19, it will cover topics critical to the successful adoption and integration of technology in all healthcare settings.

We are proud to be supporting HETT Reset and have some exciting sessions planned over the 5-day event including:

Health Education England: Shaping the workforce that Spearheads the NHS Digital Revolution, with Patrick Mitchell, Director of Innovation and Transformation, Chris Munsch, Senior Clinical Advisor, TEL Programme and Hatim Abdulhussein, Clinical Fellow AI and Robotics programme.

Other HEE speakers include James Freed – CIO, Sue Lacey Bryant National – Lead for NHS Library and Knowledge Services, Dr Neil Ralph – Head of Technology Enhanced Learning, Henrietta Mbeah-Bankas – Head of Blended Learning and Digital Literacy, Harpreet Sood – NED, and Mark Nicholas – Chief Social Worker, NHS Digital and Health Education England.

See the full agenda and register free on the HETT Reset website. 

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 28

Posted on: January 25th, 2021 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Key Messages and links to 20 January 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Messages from our Chief Executive’s Office
  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news

Weekly messages from HEE:

Read recent messages from Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive, HEE.

There is so much happening behind the scenes

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures

HEE COVID-19 LATEST UPDATES:

We have created a COVID-19 update webpage for October 2020 onwards. It will provide guidance and information from HEE, which applies to all students and trainees. This webpage also includes HEE COVID-19 Surge Guidance.

Nursing Student Support guidance during COVID-19

Following a request from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has introduced a set of emergency standards that enables final year nursing students (not including those in their final year of a two-year postgraduate diploma programme) to undertake up to 100 percent of their time in clinical practice while that standard remains in effect.

Student guidance has been produced with the aim to provide information to all nursing students in England as to what this means for them during this time. The guidance is focused on how students can support the health and care system during this time of emergency and how we will support their health and wellbeing and their education.

Latest update on 2021 specialty recruitment – release of candidates and doctors in postgraduate training for recruitment and assessments.

The four statutory Education Bodies have worked closely together to agree contingency arrangements for postgraduate medical education and training during the COVID-19 outbreak. Joint statements are available here.

Healthcare Learners’ Coronavirus Advice Guide

The Healthcare Learners Coronavirus Advice Guide aims to serve as an aid to healthcare learners to provide them with useful hints, tips and advice to use during the current COVID-19 pandemic and to protect against other infections. The advice given in this document has been collated from questions posed to HEE and experiences shared by healthcare learners working on the front line.

Webinar on the Covid-19 vaccine and options for cancer patients

GatewayC, a free online cancer education platform developed for primary care professionals across England, is funded by Health Education England and helps users to identify, refer and support patients with symptoms on a suspected cancer pathway. GatewayC’s latest webinar – COVID-19 Vaccine for Cancer Patients – is on Wednesday 27 January (13:00 – 13:30).

HEE TRAINING AND EDUCATION CORE PRIORITY UPDATES –

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

Latest figures show welcome rise in university acceptances to study for the allied health professions

University acceptances to study for the allied health professions (AHPs) in England rose by an encouraging 17.5 per cent last year compared with 2019, latest figures reveal.

Acceptances rose in all regions, and for all the AHP subjects except one, where the numbers remained static.

It follows a concerted campaign by Health Education England involving a number of initiatives to drive recruitment to the AHP professions. These include raising the profile of the AHPs in the armed forces, in association with Step into Health, and teaming up with the online WoW (World of Work) Show to inspire young people about their future careers.

Applications for the Scientist Training Programme (STP)

The National School of Healthcare Science is delighted to announce that applications for the 2021 Scientist Training Programme (STP) open on Monday 25th January.

The Scientist Training Programme (STP) is a three-year training programme that includes work-based and academic learning. Whilst on the programme trainees will also complete a part-time master’s degree at the university offering the chosen specialism.

Trainees will complete the programme and be employed at a local level by an NHS Trust in England on a fixed term training contract salaried at AfC band 6.

The number of positions available varies each year, this year we are planning to offer jobs to over 300 successful applicants.

Anyone interested in applying to the programme can join our Q&A webinar on Thursday 28 January at 2:00pm. Click here for further details.

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

RCP Dental Webinar – Wednesday 27 January at 7pm

Join us for a webinar on Review of Competency Progression for dental. Including updates on foundation, core and specialty as well as answering questions on the night.

Ask questions in advance

Link to join the webinar on the night

New initial education and training standards for pharmacists published by the General Pharmaceutical Council

HEE has welcomed the new initial education and training standards for pharmacists published by the General Pharmaceutical Council. These standards will ensure that skilled pharmacists will play an integral part in the future healthcare workforce.

HEE will work with partners to provide a programme to realise the new standards. Changes will include the current pre-registration year evolving into a Foundation year and will be informed by the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme. This will entail evolving support for trainees and supervisors.

Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme update – New “Getting exam ready” resources

The Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme is helping learners to develop their practice and prepare for the delayed registration assessment. The programme offers access to educational supervision, a bespoke library of resources, learning events and more.

Learners are currently focused on the delayed registration assessment, with the GPhC confirming March dates. The programme team is developing a series of resources to help learners get ‘exam ready’. The first session aims to focus learners’ revision by helping them to create a good study plan and calm down their nerves. This first video session is available via the Learning Hub and can also be listened to as a podcast.

We encourage all provisionally registered pharmacists to sign up for the programme to benefit from all the support available. The closing deadline has been extended until 10th May 2021 and you can find out more on the IFPP website.

Those working in community pharmacy, primary care and Health in Justice can further benefit by joining the Foundation Pharmacist Pathway 2020/21. Cohort 2 opened this month, and you can find out more on the CPPE website.

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

New e-learning sessions available for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians

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.  This is the ninth update about the programme.

The full programme of e-learning sessions is due to be completed in 2021 to support your training needs.

What’s new?

There are 90 e-learning sessions available on the e-LfH Hub.  The latest sessions to be added include:

  • Correlating Ultrasound and Mammography
  • Clinical Relevance of Breast Density Measurement in the UK
  • Interpreting Digital Breast Tomosynthesis
  • Medicolegal Considerations in Breast Imaging.
  • Standard Mammographic Views

Additional sessions will be added to the e-learning catalogue as soon as they are ready. For further information about the NBIA please visit: www.nationalbreastimagingacademy.org.

More information, accessing the sessions and providing feedback

For more information about the programme, including access to the e-learning sessions, please visit the NBIA programme page.

Respiratory Physiotherapy programme author wins Dean’s Award

Congratulation to Debbie Thackray, author of Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH)’s Respiratory Physiotherapy e-learning programme, for winning the Faculty of Environmental Life Sciences (FELS) Dean’s Award for outstanding contribution in education for 2019/20.

Additional learning resources, including case studies, will be added to the Respiratory Physiotherapy programme in early 2021. For more information or to access the programme, visit the Respiratory Physiotherapy programme page.

The Learning Hub – suite of resources for midwives available to access

The Learning Hub is a 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.

Colleagues across health and care have been uploading resources and there are now 850 resources available to access and share with colleagues. The resources cover a variety of subjects including role specific content, mental health, COVID-19 resources (including self-swabbing) and how technology is being used to support simulation-based education and remote teaching during the pandemic.

Existing contributions of content to the Learning Hub include a suite of resources for hospital and community-based midwives from the West Midlands Neonatal Operational Delivery Network:

Managing respiratory tract secretions in self-ventilating babies

Community midwives poster

Keeping babies warm

Use of donor breast milk

The success of the Learning Hub relies on new resources being added

Hundreds of colleagues working across health and care have contributed resources to the Learning Hub to enable other colleagues to learn from and enhance the learning experience the Learning Hub can provide. The success of the Learning Hub relies on new resources being added and the Learning Hub team is grateful to those who have already contributed content and is keen to encourage more people to share their resources.

It only takes a few minutes to contribute a resource to the Learning Hub. You can sign into the Learning Hub either using an e-Learning for Healthcare username and password or NHS OpenAthens user account details or by creating an account on the Learning Hub and using those details. Select “Contribute a new resource” and populate the form with details including the resource title, type, description and author details.

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

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

The AI in Health and Care Survey 2021

Want to have your say on the adoption of AI in health and care? The 2021 AI in Health and Care Survey is now live and asking for input from digital health innovators, developers and those procuring and implementing AI-driven technologies for health and care.

The survey, from the NHS AI Lab (NHSX) with the support of the AHSN Network, will identify key developments within AI space, understand the settings that AI-driven technologies are being developed for, as well as the importance of education, medical classification, ethics and wider system support for the deployment of these technologies. Complete the survey now.

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 27

Posted on: January 8th, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Key Messages and links to 6th January 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news
  • An update from your regional office

HEE COVID-19 LATEST UPDATES:

We have created a COVID-19 update webpage for October 2020 onwards. It will provide guidance and information from HEE, which applies to all students and trainees. This webpage also includes HEE COVID-19 Surge Guidance.

COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca e-learning sessions now available

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare 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.

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

To date there have been more than 770,000 session launches of the e-LfH COVID-19 vaccination programme with more than 28,000 nursing and midwifery professionals, over 21,000 medical and dental professionals and over 7,000 students already completed the e-learning sessions.

Vaccination of frontline health and social care workers including students and trainees on placement

The healthcare worker operational guidance with standard operating procedure has now been published, Coronavirus >> Operational Guidance: vaccination of frontline health and social care workers. Please note this includes temporary, locum or ‘bank’ staff, including those working in the COVID-19 vaccination programme, students, trainees, and volunteers who are working with patients. 

Healthcare Learners’ Coronavirus Advice Guide

The Healthcare Learners Coronavirus Advice Guide aims to serve as an aid to healthcare learners to provide them with useful hints, tips and advice to use during the current COVID-19 pandemic and to protect against other infections. The advice given in this document has been collated from questions posed to HEE and experiences shared by healthcare learners working on the front line

HEE TRAINING AND EDUCATION CORE PRIORITY UPDATES –

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

New initial education and training standards for pharmacists approved by the General Pharmaceutical Council

HEE has welcomed the new initial education and training standards for pharmacists recently approved by the General Pharmaceutical Council. These standards will ensure that skilled pharmacists will play an integral part in the future healthcare workforce.

Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme update – Extension of application deadline

The Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme launched in Autumn 2020 to support pre-registration pharmacists whose training and registration have been disrupted by the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. This programme is also helping to accelerate pharmacist early years’ education and training reform, in line with the NHS People Plan for 2020/21 and with the new initial education and training standards for pharmacists recently approved by the General Pharmaceutical Council (see above).

The programme has been designed to ensure that most of the learning happens in the workplace while providing a host of online resources, to help participants balance their personal development with their work commitments, and to prepare for the delayed GPhC assessment. The GPhC has recently confirmed that the assessment dates will be in March 2021 and in the Summer.

All participants are given access to OpenAthens, the SCRIPT e-learning programme for Foundation Pharmacists and a library of resources on the NHS Learning Hub.

We are happy to announce that the closing deadline has been extended until 10th May 2021: Please encourage provisionally registered pharmacists to register for the programme and find out more on the IFPP website.

In addition, the Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) will have two further cohorts of the Foundation Pharmacist Pathway, starting in January and April 2021, to support provisionally registered pharmacists who work in community pharmacy, primary care and Health in Justice. More information can be found on the CPPE website: https://www.cppe.ac.uk/career/fpp20-21/foundation-pharmacist-programme

Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme – New Lunchtime Q&A drop-in sessions

We will be running lunchtime Q&A drop-in sessions for provisionally registered pharmacists and their educational supervisors starting this month:

IFPP Drop-in session for provisionally registered pharmacists
Tuesday 12 January 1-2pm
Join via MS Teams on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting

IFPP Drop-in session for educational supervisors
Tuesday 19 January 1-2pm
Join via MS Teams on your computer or mobile app
Click here to join the meeting

The programme team is sending regular 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.

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

BMJ and Health Education England shortlisted for the HSJ Partnership Awards 2021

BMJ & Health Education England is delighted to announce that “Evidence on Demand: Best Practice Bring Evidence to the Bedside” has been shortlisted for Best Educational Programme for the NHS at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2021, recognising their outstanding dedication to improving healthcare and effective collaboration with the NHS.

Following the most testing period for the healthcare sector in recent history, this year’s awards reinstate the essential role of private and third sector organisations in strengthening the healthcare system. Being shortlisted for a Partnership Award has ensured that our lifesaving project is nationally recognised, learned from and upscaled.

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

Medical Problems in Pregnancy e-learning updated

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with the Wellbeing of Women charity to update the Medical Problems in Pregnancy e-learning programme.

The programme is primarily designed for internal medicine trainees but will also be of use to others in ACCS (Acute Care Common Stem), obstetrics and anaesthesia and allied health professionals.

Every year a small number of women in the UK die in pregnancy or the puerperium. The main causes of maternal death are medical complications including cardiac disease, neurological disease and sepsis.

Trainee physicians only encounter pregnant women occasionally and may not have a working knowledge of either the dynamic physiology of pregnancy or the effect this has on interpretation of examination findings and laboratory investigations. This may lead to a delay in the timely and appropriate management of the acutely unwell pregnant women.

The six sessions within the module have been reviewed and updated to represent current knowledge and guidelines. They are:

  • The physiology of pregnancy
  • Medical disorders complicating pregnancy
  • Prescribing safely in pregnancy
  • Clinical assessment of the pregnant patient
  • Communication and co-ordination of care for the complex obstetric patient
  • Common and important clinical scenarios: sepsis and thromboembolism

Each session includes interactive exercises, case examples and short videos.

More information and access details are available on the Medical Problems in Pregnancy programme page.

The programme evaluation survey is now live and available within the updated sessions.

Updates to End of Life Care (e-ELCA)

A new session on The Management of diabetes at the end of life has been added to the HEE e-LfH End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) e-learning programme.

This new session explores the prevalence of diabetes, therapeutic approaches and practical decision making in patients who are approaching the end of life.

Five sessions have also been updated within the programme.

These sessions are:

New All Our Health Population Screening session now available

HEE e-LfH has worked in partnership with Public Health England Screening to develop a new population screening session as part of the All Our Health e-learning programme.

Population Screening covers the basics of screening, highlighting its importance and benefits, and gives health and care professionals information on the following NHS screening programmes:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • Bowel cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical
  • Diabetic Eye
  • Pregnant women and newborn babies:
    • Sickle cell and thalassemia
    • Infectious diseases in pregnancy
    • Fetal anomaly
    • Newborn an infant physical examination
    • Newborn bloodspot
    • Newborn hearing
  • Young Person and Adult (YPA)

The bite-sized session also encourages colleagues to actively raise awareness of screening to individuals and gives advice on reducing screening inequalities by making individuals aware of the NHS screening programmes and supporting them to make informed choices about screening.

Colleagues are also signposted to other relevant resources and tools such as an introduction to population screening which is also available via e-Learning for Healthcare.

For more information or to access the free e-learning session, visit the All Our Health programme page. 

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

“We must share knowledge more to allow digital transformation”

Faculty of Clinical Informatics – webinar on knowledge sharing – 14 January 2021 12-1.30pm

The session, presented by Ben Bridgewater (CEO at the Health Innovation Manchester, an Academic Health Sciences Network), and Chaired by Sue Lacey Bryant, (National Lead for NHS Library and Knowledge Services, directorate of Innovation and Transformation at Health Education England), will explore the enablers and barriers to sharing know-how and why it holds the key to achieving digital transformation in order to improve outcomes for patients.

If you’d like to attend, please sign up via Eventbrite.

View upcoming webinars scheduled for 2021 or what recordings of previous sessions on the FCI platform.

Is your organisation in the South looking to develop your Digital, Data & Tech talent pipeline?

Come and join our webinar on 4th Feb for NHS organisations and NHS managers who are interested in finding out more about the NHS Graduate Digital, Data, Technology Scheme (DDaT).

DDaT has been designed for high potential graduates interested in a fast-track career in Digital, Data and Technology space. The purpose of the scheme is to develop the NHS Digital, Data and Technology leaders of the future. Register here. 

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 26

Posted on: December 23rd, 2020 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Key Messages and links to 21st December 2020

Welcome to Health Education England’s stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Messages from our Chief Executive’s Office
  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news
  • An update from your regional office

Weekly messages from HEE:

Read recent messages from Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive, HEE.

Biggest week in NHS history – workforce matters

Seasons Greetings – things I didn’t know about HEE

HEE COVID-19 LATEST UPDATES:

We have created a COVID-19 update webpage for October 2020 onwards. It will provide guidance and information from HEE, which applies to all students and trainees. This webpage also includes HEE COVID-19 Surge Guidance.

COVID-19 Vaccination Delivery

Colleagues across Health Education England, NHS England and NHS Improvement and other partners have made amazing strides in just a few weeks supporting the health and care system to roll out the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

So, when Damian Rowland, a consultant paediatrician at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, tweeted about his daughter’s idea about how we deliver all the COVID-19 vaccine, our vaccination workforce workstream got straight in touch with Santa to ensure Bella got a personal response courtesy of the comms team and Head Elf (and workstream lead) Mark Radford.Stakeholder Briefing 16_TwitterCoronavirus e-learning programme

The HEE e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) Coronavirus e-learning has now seen more than 3 million session launches since it was launched in March 2020.

New resources have recently been added to the programme for returning doctors and clinicians supporting the COVID-19 111 service:

Returning Doctors in Primary Care

Returning clinicians

COVID-19 vaccination e-learning programme

The e-LfH vaccination e-learning programme is being widely used by the health and care workforce supporting the COVID-19 vaccination roll out.

The e-LfH vaccination programme consists of a core knowledge session and a vaccine-specific session with accompanying assessment sessions for each. More vaccine-specific sessions will be added as and when more COVID-19 vaccines become available and authorised for supply in the UK.

To date, more than 46,000 doctors, nurses and other professionals have completed the additional training needed to join the vaccination effort, with many more expected to follow over the coming days.

Since the resources went live earlier this month, over 57,000 clinicians, including over 18,000 nurses and midwives, have clocked up more than 133,000 hours of learning online.

For more information about the e-LfH COVID-19 vaccination programme please visit the e-LfH website.

Healthcare Learners’ Coronavirus Advice Guide

The Healthcare Learners Coronavirus Advice Guide aims to serve as an aid to healthcare learners to provide them with useful hints, tips and advice to use during the current COVID-19 pandemic and to protect against other infections. The advice given in this document has been collated from questions posed to HEE and experiences shared by healthcare learners working on the front line

HEE TRAINING AND EDUCATION CORE PRIORITY UPDATES –

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

Strong performance in medical specialty training fill rates

Figures released by Health Education England in December show good fill rates across most specialties this year including in Core Psychiatry, Paedatrics, Pallative Medicine, Gastroenterology and Haemotology which have all achieved a 100% fill rate.

They also show that applications for medical specialty training for next year are up 35% compared to this year.

This news follows November’s announcement of the highest ever number of GPs entering training with 3,793 posts accepted, exceeding the mandated target of 3,250.

Record rise in nursing students

Record numbers of nursing students have been accepted onto university courses following a concerted recruitment campaign by Health Education England and NHS England and Improvement.

Figures released today by UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, show the number of nursing applicants winning places at English universities in 2020 rose by 25.9 per cent compared with 2019, up from 23,630 to 29,740.

The number of successful mature applicants aged 35 and over rose by 43.6 per cent compared with the previous year, while the number of male students winning places was up by 36 per cent in 2020 compared with 8.5 per cent in 2019.

Placements for 18-year-old school leavers rose by 25 per cent.

Overall, there were steep increases for every age group in the number of students winning nursing places, with a clear trend towards older applicants attaining places.

Ambassadors fly the flag for nursing associate roles

40 Nursing Associates and Trainee Nursing Associates from across the country have volunteered to support Health Education England to promote, raise awareness and improve understanding of the Nursing Associate (NA) role.

The Ambassadors will share their stories, knowledge and experiences through social media, at regional and national events and across other channels. They will be part of HEE’s Trainee Nursing Associate and Nursing Associate (TNA/NA) Ambassador scheme and support the ambition to grow the Nursing Associate workforce.

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

Enhancing the future doctor workforce

Health Education England has been building upon the findings of the Future Doctor engagement programme to embed ‘generalism’ within medical education.

HEE working with stakeholder partners are developing a wraparound professional development offer to enhance current specialty training. Proposals to enhance generalism are being developed regionally and will complement current training, across the first five years of Postgraduate Medical Education.

The aim is to embed generalist skills early in training to support future doctors to deliver high quality care and meet the ever-changing complex demands of the health and care landscape.

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

e-Learning for Healthcare launches hit 20 million for 2020

Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) Hub has passed the milestone of 20 million content launches so far this year.  Over the last 14 years there have been 50 million session launches on the e-LfH Hub with 20 million of those being in just the last 12 months.

The health and care workforce have engaged with e-learning and the growth in usage of e-LfH resources indicates there is great demand for a blended approach to learning across the health and care workforce.

HEE e-LfH, which is part of the Technology Enhanced Learning team, supports patient care by developing e-learning resources to educate and train the health and care workforce. Currently more than 400 e-learning programmes are available, or being developed, in collaboration with organisations including Royal Colleges, Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement and Public Health England.

HEE e-LfH’s programmes cover subjects from audiology to anaesthesia, dentistry to dermatology, electronic fetal monitoring to end of life care, primary care to prescribing, safeguarding children to statutory and mandatory training.

For more information about e-LfH visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/.

Professional development team sessions have been refreshed within the Educator Training Resource Programme

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with the Professional Development Team at HEE London and South East (LaSE) to review existing e-learning sessions, aimed at educators and supervisors of doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, pharmacists, allied health professionals and healthcare scientists.

All 20 sessions have been revised and reflect current policy updates and procedures.  These modules are linked to the Professional Development Framework for Educators.

The Professional Development Team (LaSE) e-learning sessions are part of the Educator Training Resource Programme, accessible via the Educator Hub.

If you would like to know more about the programme, including how to access the e-learning sessions, visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/educator-hub/.

The Professional development team e-learning programme is also available to the health and care workforce via AICC and the Electronic Staff Record (ESR).

New HCSW2020 Accelerated Care Certificate e-Learning programme now available

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, Indeed and Skills for Care to develop the HCSW2020 Accelerated Care Certificate e-learning programme.

To meet the needs of staff as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the HCSW2020 (Health Care Support Worker) recruitment programme has been established. This aims to accelerate HCSW supply and reduce vacancies across mental health, acute care, community, primary care, midwifery, learning disabilities, and children and young people services.

This e-learning will support the induction of HCSWs and uses a mix of existing e-LfH resources and practical competency-based learning. Due to the demands of the pandemic, the Care Certificate will be accelerated to deliver an induction programme and training for colleagues. This model of delivery will not affect the high quality of the Care Certificate.

For more information about the e-learning programme and to access the sessions, please visit the HCSW2020 Accelerated Care Certificate e-learning programme page.

Care Certificate shortlisted for HSJ Award

The Care Certificate e-learning programme has been shortlisted for a HSJ Partnership Award 2021 in the Best Educational Programme for the NHS category.

The next round of judging takes place in February with winners announced in June 2021.

New sessions added to Intensive Care Medicine e-learning programme

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked with the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine to develop 6 sessions for the Intensive Care Medicine e-learning programme.

The sessions take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete and comprise the following topics:

  • Care of the Collapsed Pregnant Patient
  • General Aspects of Obstetric Critical Care
  • Decision-making Surrounding Escalation of Treatment
  • Introduction to Intensive Care Medicine
  • Long-term Outcomes of Critical Illness.

There is also a specific COVID-19 session on decision-making surrounding escalation of critical care which is available in the Coronavirus e-learning programme.

The e-Learning for Intensive Care Medicine (e-ICM) programme provides 9 modules of resources (e-learning sessions, links to open access review articles, guidelines and multiple-choice questions) covering the syllabus for training in intensive care medicine.

While the resources will be particularly useful for trainees undertaking training in intensive care medicine, they will also be of interest to anyone caring for critically ill patients.

To access the sessions, please visit the Intensive Care Medicine programme page.

Further information about the project is also available via the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine website.

New Telephone Assessment for Colorectal STT e-learning now available

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has developed a new e-learning programme on the Telephone Assessment for Colorectal Straight-to-test pathway (STT).

The NHS England Rapid cancer diagnostic and assessment pathways guidance features nurse-led assessment as a core element of the colorectal cancer STT pathway. This assessment can be carried out via a telephone consultation and the e-learning prepares nurses to undertake this role.

The training is suitable for experienced colorectal nurses or endoscopists who will be undertaking telephone assessment for colorectal cancer STT pathways as part of their clinical role.

To complete the course, learners need to complete both the above modules and undertake observed triaged phone calls which will be approved by a supervisor from their own department. This e-learning course includes downloadable guidance for learners and departments as well as documentation for learners to record their progress.

More information, including access details, is available on the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

 New Pharmacy in Primary Care e-learning programme now available

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) have worked in partnership with Health Education England’s London and South East Pharmacy Team to develop a new, free e-learning programme to support pre-registration pharmacists in training.

The Pharmacy in Primary Care e-learning modules have been designed for hospital-based pre-registration pharmacists to aid in their learning of the Community Pharmacy contract and provision of unscheduled care in the community. A final module in development will introduce trainees to the role of the General Practice (GP) Pharmacist.

The Pharmacy in Primary Care modules are available to the health and care workforce via the e-Learning for Healthcare Hub.

You can learn more about the e-learning on the Pharmacy in Primary Care programme page.

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

Connected Communities discovery report published

The Digital Readiness Team have published the findings of a short user research (discovery) piece to rapidly understand the needs of health informatics professionals (bodies, groups and individuals) and how best to engage with them and understand their participation and involvement in networks, in order to improve professional and service development in the future.

Read the Connected communities for supporting informatics professionals report to learn about the 5 themes emerging from our research and see recommendations for how we better support our health and care informatics networks and communities.

NHS Digital Academy inclusive recruitment surveys

The NHS Digital Academy team are seeking to understand the views of previous applicants to Cohorts 1, 2 and 3, on the application process, whether they were successful or not in gaining a place. They would also like to hear from those who have never applied, to better understand why this might be.

By completing one of these surveys, you will be supporting the development of what aims to be a more inclusive and transparent process that will attract, educate, and empower future digital health leaders, with additional information available to support potential candidates.

The Digital Readiness Team on Twitter

To keep up to date with the latest news on our work uplifting digital skills, knowledge, understanding and awareness across the health and care workforce follow @HEE_DigiReady on Twitter.

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 25

Posted on: December 14th, 2020 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Key Messages and links to 9th December 2020

Welcome to Health Education England’s weekly stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Messages from our Chief Executive’s Office
  • COVID-19 latest updates
  • Overview of HEE education and training news

Weekly messages from HEE:

Read recent messages from Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive, HEE.

During such a challenging economic time, we welcome continued investment in the NHS workforce

An immense national endeavour

HEE COVID-19 LATEST UPDATES:

We have created a COVID-19 update webpage for October 2020 onwards. It will provide guidance and information from HEE, which applies to all students and trainees. This webpage also includes HEE COVID-19 Surge Guidance.

COVID-19 Vaccination Delivery

HEE is continuing to support the national COVID-19 vaccination programme. Our Chief Nurse, Professor Mark Radford, is leading on workforce for the vaccination national rollout.

Our Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team has worked with Public Health England to provide learning resources for healthcare professionals to administer the vaccine on the e-Learning for Healthcare Hub. The training package has been completed by over 16,000 clinical professionals have completed the additional training needed to join the vaccination effort, with thousands more expected to follow over the coming days. We have also worked with NHS Test and Trace to produce a self-swab instruction video. The instructional film is hosted on the Learning Hub and supported by written instructions. To date the film has been viewed over 275,000 times.

Healthcare Learners’ Coronavirus Advice Guide

The Healthcare Learners Coronavirus Advice Guide aims to serve as an aid to healthcare learners to provide them with useful hints, tips and advice to use during the current COVID-19 pandemic and to protect against other infections. The advice given in this document has been collated from questions posed to HEE and experiences shared by healthcare learners working on the front line

HEE TRAINING AND EDUCATION CORE PRIORITY UPDATES –

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

Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme update

We continue to encourage all eligible pharmacists to sign up for the Interim Foundation Programme (IFPP). This is especially relevant now that the GPhC registration assessment dates have been published. Clarity over the assessment dates will allow provisional pharmacists to plan their revision and their foundation learning with employers.

The IFPP is designed to support provisional pharmacists bridge the transition from pre-registration training to independent practice. This includes access to high quality learning and revision content including events, and access to educational supervision support for those in employment.

On 4 December, we delivered the first IFPP learning event: Using human factors to support clinical decision making in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. We also encourage provisional pharmacists and their education supervisors to book on new online sessions with the RPS this month, to learn more about how to use the E-portfolio to support development through the IFPP.

It’s not too late to sign up for the IFPP. Please encourage provisionally registered pharmacists to register for the programme and find out more on the IFPP website.

The programme team is sending regular 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.

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

ARCP Webinar

A webinar on ARCPs (Annual Review of Competency Progression) is being held for doctors in training on Wednesday 16 December. The webinar will provide feedback on the ARCP experience survey undertaken during the first wave of the pandemic, an update on latest guidance and processes and live Q&As.

New NHS Education Funding Guide (2020/21)

HEE has now published its first national NHS Education Funding Guide, covering the current (2020/21) financial year.

The Guide describes HEE’s funding offers to learners, educational institutions, employers and placement providers in support of the education and training of professional roles. It supports HEE’s drive to increase transparency and understanding of the funding that flows into the educational environment to support the development of the future NHS workforce. Systems/placement providers/employers can reference the Guide in discussions about where education and training funding flows within their own local systems, and as a tool to support considerations of how this money can be maximised to support learners/trainees and the learning environment.

You can view the Guide here. A new version of the Guide will be prepared to detail the funding offer for the 2021/22 financial year. If you have any questions or comments to consider for the next version, please send them through to educationfunding@hee.nhs.uk

A national library discovery service for the NHS in England: Health Education England (HEE) partners with EBSCO Information Services

HEE is committed to enabling all NHS staff and learners to freely access library and knowledge services, so that they can use the best available knowledge and evidence to deliver excellent healthcare. We can now announce that HEE will be working with EBSCO Information Services to provide a national gateway to high-quality knowledge resources and the trusted expertise of local library and knowledge services staff. Using EBSCO’s Discovery Service™ (EDS) customisable solution, NHS staff and learners will get fast, easy access to the information they need.
After a thorough competitive tendering process, work starts now with a view to launch in early autumn 2021 https://lnkd.in/dAfFR5s

Discover the HEE Star

Our The national Workforce Transformation team has just released their new animation explaining the #HEEStar journey to faster, more effective NHS workforce redesign giving a more accessible and concise description of the innovative model.

COVID-19 response in England: the role of HEE funded BMJ Best Practice for NHS staff

During the first wave of the pandemic, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust had to make changes to how it managed clinical practice, to create capacity to take in patients with COVID-19. For some of the trust’s medical staff, this also included moving to respiratory care and the new COVID-19 wards. However, as medical staff of all grades and students prepared to meet this challenge, they needed education and support to help them in their new roles. HEE’s Library and Knowledge Services have had a direct impact using the team’s expertise and using BMJ Best Practice to support their frontline colleagues during the pandemic and beyond.

HEE Star training success leads to a further, system-based roll out

Following the successful delivery of training in the HEE Star to those with expertise across the AHSN Network, a further offer has now been developed for colleagues leading workforce redesign in local health and care systems.

In We Are the NHS: People Plan 2020/21, HEE committed to training up to 50% of STP/ICS workforce leads in the Star methodology. Between November this year and March 2021, 126 nominated delegates from systems across the country will be trained in the established methodology, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to lead a structured approach to workforce redesign at local provider and system level.

In addition to this, an optional ‘train the trainer’ programme is in development and will be available as a further module for attendees, allowing spread of the learning within organisations and across systems.

In the meantime, organisations can contact their regional HEE Workforce Transformation teams for support and guidance.

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

e-Learning sessions support paramedics caring for mother and baby

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) worked with the College of Paramedics to develop ten bite-sized sessions to develop paramedics’ knowledge of childbirth, maternal emergencies and care of newborn babies.

Written and edited by paramedic-midwife, Aimee Yarrington, each session in the maternity and newborn care for paramedics’ module was designed to build confidence and competence in experienced paramedics, students and assistant practitioners when caring for mother and baby in a wide range of scenarios such as normal birth, breech birth, peripartum haemorrhage and newborn life support.

The module covers the following topics:

  • Ante-partum haemorrhage
  • Birth
  • Breech birth
  • Care of the newborn
  • Cord prolapse
  • Maternal resuscitation
  • Newborn life support
  • Post-partum haemorrhage
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension and pre-eclampsia
  • Shoulder dystocia

Each interactive session can be accessed on a variety of mobile devices and lasts approximately 20 minutes.

To register for this e-learning module or for more information, please visit the e-LfH website.

Newborn Hearing Screening Programme updated

HEE e-LfH has worked with Public Health England to update the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP).

The newborn hearing screening test helps to identify babies who have permanent hearing loss as early as possible. This means that parents can get the advice and support they need as soon as possible after birth.

The new screening sessions within the e-learning are:

Unit 1 – Introduction to the NHSP and informed choice

Unit 2 – The ear and hearing

Unit 3 – The NHSP care pathway and quality assurance

Unit 4 – The screening tests

Unit 5 – Screening outcomes

Unit 6 – The NHSP national IT system (S4H) and screening equipment

Unit 7 – NHSP knowledge update

For more information about the e-learning programme and to access the sessions, please visit the NHS screening programme page.

Delivering sensory health services e-learning programme now live

HEE has worked in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement to create an interactive e-learning resource to help healthcare professionals deliver sensory health checks to children and young people with learning disabilities and autism.

The Delivering sensory health services e-learning programme is designed to support dentists and their teams, eye care specialists (including opticians and optometrists, and supporting staff) and audiologists who carry out these sensory health checks.

Some children and young people with learning disabilities and autism can have difficulties understanding, receiving, and responding to information and may experience sensory processing difficulties.  People with these issues may have an adverse reaction to anything that under or overstimulates their senses, such as light, sound, touch, taste, or smell. This can affect their behaviour and ability to interact with other people making it more difficult for them to access health checks.

The programme outlines:

  • What to consider when communicating with children and young people and their families in these schools or colleges
  • How to work with other professionals to help support whilst in situ and provide this support
  • To help prepare beforehand in order to understand how a particular school or college works.
  • Specific topics on autism and behaviours that can be a challenge and what sensory impairment means to the patient.
  • How to reduce/avoid this sensory overload whilst caring for the individual.

The resource may also be useful for other health and care professionals working in these settings for the first time.

Other organisations who supported the development of the resource include:  The National Association of Special Schools, Challenging Behaviour Foundation, Seeability, University College London and University College Hospital.

Access the Delivering sensory health services programme.

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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