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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.

Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 23

Posted on: November 12th, 2020 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Key Messages and links to 12th November 2020

Welcome to Health Education England’s weekly stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Weekly messages from the Chief Executive’s Office
  • 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.

Our need to increase representation of BAME senior leaders at HEE is clear in our workforce profiling

Despite COVID, we recognise that we must continue to deliver manifesto and mandated priorities

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

HEE COVID-19 Surge Guidance 

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. Please note that this guidance will be updated weekly, on a Thursday morning. It is not the intention to send on email every week so please continue to check the page for updates.

One career endless opportunities #Choose GP

Applications for Round 1 2021 GP specialty training open on the 2 November – 1 December 2020. Please ‘like’ and follow the #Choose GP Facebook page to keep up to date with news and views and please forward this information to any doctors who may be thinking about career options. Find out more about the GP National Recruitment Office (GPNRO). We also have a number of GPs and trainees who are able to help with local or general enquiries – Please email Daryl Barrett at gprecruitment@hee.nhs.uk to be put in touch.

Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme to support GP trainees

The Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme (TERS) is an initiative that will offer a one-off payment of £20,000 to GP Specialty Trainees committed to working in a select number of training locations in England that either have a past history of under-recruitment or are in under-doctored or deprived areas. HEE, in partnership with NHSE/I, has agreed to provide 500 places across England for 2021/22, the largest number of places offered so far under the scheme. Find out more about the Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme on our website.

Speciality recruitment webinar

A webinar was held on 21 October on the changes to specialty recruitment this year. Almost 3,000 trainees joined the webinar and we received in excess of 230 questions on the night.

The webinar recording is now available on the specialty training website along with answers to questions received on the night and individual specialty recruitment plans.

New blended training programme 

HEE and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) have worked together to create the first blended training programme for occupational therapists in perinatal mental health. 

Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme update

The Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme launched this autumn to support pre-registration pharmacists whose training and registration have been disrupted by the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. This programme will also help to accelerate pharmacist early years’ education and training reform, in line with the NHS People Plan for 2020/21.

A key challenge for provisional pharmacists is to balance adapting to their new role in the workplace alongside preparing for the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) registration assessment. The programme has therefore 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.

We are determined to give provisional pharmacists access to quality, evidence-based information as part of the IFPP. 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.

Please encourage provisionally registered pharmacists to register for the programme and find out more on the IFPP website.

The programme team is sending weekly 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:

New NHS Education Contract – moving towards implementation

Through the summer, HEE ran an engagement exercise to seek the views and advice of partners to help with the development of the new NHS Education Contract. This concluded in September and we have now entered into a new ‘Implementation phase’, leading up to the introduction of the new contract for 1 April 2021. To help with implementation, a new ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document has been added to the HEE website to address the most common questions you may have about the new contract. This will be reviewed regularly, and if you have a question that is not answered in this document then please email it to educationcontract@hee.nhs.uk for a response.

New national arrangements for the payment of relocation and expenses for doctors in training have come into force.

The new national arrangements for the payment of relocation and expenses for doctors in training took effect on 1 November and apply to all new starters from August 2020. Working closely with the BMA and other stakeholders, the policy aims to bring a single, consistent approach to relocation and expenses payments. This policy will replace the existing 13 individual funding arrangements that currently exist across the country. Find out more about the new national arrangements for the payment of relocation and expenses for doctors in training.

HEE National Education and Training Survey

The HEE National Education and Training Survey (NETS) runs from 3 – 30 November with a new strapline – Let’s talk – and we need your help promoting it to healthcare trainees and students. Find out more about the National Education and Training Survey.

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 relevant expertise across the AHSN Network, a further training 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; a workforce redesign process developed to systematically address the numerous and varied workforce challenges facing providers.

Between November this year and March 2021, 126 nominated delegates from systems across the country will be trained in the established Star 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.

Attendance is being coordinated at system-level with the support of HEE regional transformation leads, to ensure all systems have the opportunity to benefit from the training and are able to prioritise representatives to attend.

Engagement with the offer has been overwhelming, with almost 200 nominations for training received to date and requests for additional training places going forward.  All cohorts originally scheduled for this year are now fully reserved with over 70% of systems already registered. In response to this fantastic level of interest, 72 extra training places will be added to meet demand between December 2020 and June 2020, with a commitment to schedule additional cohorts if required – helping to build the collective capacity and expertise alongside AHSN colleagues, to go further and faster to meet the workforce redesign challenge. In the meantime, organisations can contact their regional HEE Workforce Transformation teams for support and guidance.

New framework to strengthen mental health support services 

HEE has published new guidance to help expand and boost the quality of mental health support services. The new competence framework aims to strengthen training and help drive recruitment and diversity within the mental health peer support workforce, in line with the NHS Long Term Plan and People Plan.

Genomics 101: Understand the role of genomics in healthcare 

The use of genomics within healthcare is expanding, moving out of specialist areas and into routine care through the introduction of the Genomic Medicine Service in England (GMS). As a result, more healthcare professionals and their patients will encounter it than ever before.

The Genomics Education Programme has launched a collection of nine introductory courses as part of its Genomics 101 series, which aims to provide an overview of the fundamentals of genomics and its applications in healthcare. Created for those with little or no previous knowledge of the subject, each course focuses on a key aspect of genomics and its use in healthcare.

All nine Genomics 101 courses last 30-40 minutes each, are available through the e-LfH platform and are free to access for NHS staff and those within universities in the UK. A certificate of participation is available on completion of each course.

Please share far and wide especially across primary care networks as they would benefit the most from these courses.

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

New e-learning on Perinatal Post-mortem Consent

HEE e-LfH has worked with University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust and Keele University to develop a new e-learning resource to support health professionals who are required to discuss perinatal post-mortem consent with bereaved families.

Losing a baby is a most difficult time for parents and it can be challenging for health professionals to support parents adequately at this time of intense grief. Health professionals may find discussing a post-mortem with families particularly difficult.

This e-learning programme aims to improve the knowledge and confidence of health professionals speaking to parents which will enable parents to make a well-informed decision.

All content within this e-learning module has been mapped against the learning outcomes stipulated by the Human Tissue Authority and Sands for perinatal post-mortem consent training.

Upon completion of the e-learning package professionals who will be obtaining perinatal post-mortem consent will:

  • Understand the law and legal requirements in England and Wales
  • Understand the benefits, both present and future, for the bereaved family of having a post-mortem investigation
  • Be proficient with the process of taking consent for a hospital post-mortem
  • Explain what happens at a post-mortem examination and the options available to parents
  • Understand the importance of sensitive communication skills.

Visit the Perinatal Post-mortem Consent programme page for more information about the programme, including access details.

e-Learning programme to support the transition of families from neonatal units to home

The Institute of Health Visiting and Tiny Lives Trust have worked in partnership with HEE e-LfH to develop a new e-learning session for health visitors working with families to transition from neonatal units to home.

The e-learning session aims to raise awareness of the health visitor’s role in supporting sick and preterm babies. It is intended to complement existing e-Learning for Healthcare training programmes, which are referred to during the session.

The resource was coproduced in partnership with parents of babies who have been on neonatal units.

For more information about the resources, including access details, please visit the e-LfH website.

Learning Hub – Microsoft Teams guidance for remote teaching

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.  There are now over 700 resources available for the health and care workforce to access and share with colleagues.

As a result of the pandemic there has been a closure of physical learning spaces and the difficulty to conduct face to face teaching saw a need arise to provide the NHS workforce with a more flexible and blended approach to education now and in the future.  Health Education England (HEE) has contributed a suite of training resources to the Learning Hub on the adoption of Microsoft Teams to deliver effective collaborative working and online training delivery during the pandemic and beyond.

The Learning Hub is a platform that enables rapid dissemination and widens reach across the health and care sector, increasing adoption of useful learning resources.

Take a look:

Using Microsoft Teams for remote teaching and virtual classrooms.  This resource includes a Microsoft Quick Start Guide and other resources to get started.

Training resources for trainers using Microsoft Teams to deliver remote teaching days.

Contributing a resource is a really easy process and only takes a few minutes.  The resource can then be shared with and accessed by thousands of colleagues working across the sector.

If you have a resource to share, contribute it by logging in to the Learning Hub.  You can sign into the Learning Hub either using your existing e-Learning for Healthcare or NHS OpenAthens username and password or by creating an account on the Learning Hub and using those details.

If you would like further information about uploading content, please contact the Learning Hub team.

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.

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 22

Posted on: November 3rd, 2020 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Key Messages and links to 2nd November 2020

Welcome to Health Education England’s weekly stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Weekly messages from the Chief Executive’s Office
  • 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.

There is a future beyond COVID-19 and we have to be ready for it

Listening and learning

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

 HEE COVID-19 Surge Guidance 

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. Please note that this guidance will be updated weekly, on a Thursday morning. It is not the intention to send on email every week so please continue to check the page for updates.

One career endless opportunities #Choose GP

Applications for Round 1 2021 GP specialty training open on the 2 November – 1 December 2020. Please ‘like’ and follow the #Choose GP Facebook page to keep up to date with news and views and please forward this information to any doctors who may be thinking about career options. Find out more about the GP National Recruitment Office (GPNRO). We also have a number of GPs and trainees who are able to help with local or general enquiries – Please email Daryl Barrett at gprecruitment@hee.nhs.uk to be put in touch.

Dr You campaign launch

Health Education England has launched a new campaign to raise the aspirations of young people to consider becoming a doctor. Resources include videos and other information and provide a useful guide for young people.

Resources include videos of doctors from different backgrounds reflecting on how they got into a medical career, and information aimed at the students themselves, their families, and teachers. Take a look at the Dr You campaign

HEE appoints four influential nurse leaders

Health Education England (HEE) is delighted to announce the appointments of four regional Heads of Nursing and Midwifery, they are:

  • Carol Love-Mecrow who will head of the Nursing and Midwifery team in the Midlands
  • Christian Brailsford who will lead the Nursing and Midwifery team in the South West
  • Professor Laura Serrant who will lead the Nursing and Midwifery team in the North East and Yorkshire
  • Nichole McIntosh who will head the Nursing and Midwifery team in London.

Working closely with HEE’s Chief Nurse, Mark Radford they will play a key role in the development of Nursing and Midwifery policy for this priority area and work to support the Government ambition to recruit 50,000 nurses.

A further step toward an alternative route into nursing 

Health Education England’s (HEE) Blended Learning Nursing Degree, an innovative national programme to train nurses of the future, has moved to the next stage.

Using a mix of technologies to study with important practice experience, this degree will provide opportunities to more people who have the right aptitude and values but need to study flexibly, pursue a career in nursing.

At a collaborative event last week/month [25/9/2020] a partnership of seven universities, HEE and others discussed the next steps to delivery of the programme, while beginning to build a network for knowledge sharing and best practice.

Universities are working towards the first students starting their courses from early 2021.  HEE Blended Learning

Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme update

We are really encouraged by the number of provisional registrants that have signed up to the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme (IFPP) at this stage, and new registrations continue to roll in. The IFPP is a new HEE-funded education and training programme, designed to support the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists whose training and registration have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme also provides a unique opportunity to accelerate pharmacist early years’ education and training reform and supports delivery of the NHS People Plan for 2020/21.

HEE-funded resources are being developed and shared, to prepare all eligible participants for their regulatory assessment in the first quarter of 2021 and to support their professional development. The IFPP library of resources is now live on the NHS Learning Hub, while access to NHS OpenAthens has been secured for all participants. This library is available to all, irrespective of their employment status

We are also providing free access to the RPS Provisional Registrations Service Support Line. This is a dedicated support line for provisionally registered pharmacists, staffed by the RPS professional support team.

Another key benefit of the IFPP is access to education supervision for those who do not have access to established foundation training programmes through their employer.

More information including FAQs and the registration form are published on the IFPP website.

Please encourage provisionally registered pharmacists to register for the programme.

The programme team is sending weekly 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.

HEE Annual Report

The HEE annual report is now published and so we can look back at some of our key success of the last year. It has been an unprecedented time in the NHS in the last few months due to the impact of COVID-19 on services, the workforce and of course patients. HEE’s people played their role by helping over 30,000 students and trainees offer their services to the front line. We have worked in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, the Department of Health and Social Care, HEIs, employers and professional regulators to support the system when it needed it most. We also provided global education through our HEE-e-Learning for Healthcare Covid-19 programme, free of charge. 

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

Students on placement – ‘essential worker’ status and access to COVID tests

The DHSC has updated its guidance to make it explicit that students on placement should be regarded as essential workers and be given the same priority access to COVID tests as other healthcare workers. This guidance may help if a student needs a test and there are issues gaining access to one.

Funding through COVID – recap

At the outbreak of the pandemic, HEE committed to continuing to provide its education and training payments irrespective of how that education and training is delivered.

From 1 September (and 1 August in some cases), we went back to making payments based on the volume and type of activity that is undertaken. Activity driven payments are now, and will continue to be, HEE’s default funding approach as we continue to support providers through the pandemic response.

For full information about the financial arrangements, please visit the Funding section of the HEE website.

National Education and Training Survey (NETS)

The HEE National Education and Training Survey (NETS) 2020 runs throughout November (3rd-30th). This is the only national survey open to all healthcare trainees and students across all clinical learning environments The NETS gathers opinions from students about their time in clinical placements, asking them to provide feedback on what worked well and what they think could be improved. Survey results offer universities, colleges, healthcare placement providers and HEE further insight into the quality of the clinical learning environment.

This year, as students may be undertaking clinical placements during pandemic surges, the survey provides an additional opportunity to understand their experience and any impact on the quality of training. Please help by promoting this to students and trainees – Complete the survey (Opens 3 November)

Step into the NHS competition winners

A 10-year-old girl from Devon has been named national winner in HEE’s annual contest designed to help primary school children learn about roles in the NHS. Lucy Stephenson used her creativity to create an inspiring song about some of the jobs within the NHS and scooped top prize. Find out more about Lucy’s Step into the NHS competition win.

Meanwhile in the competition for Secondary schools, Four pupils from The Belvedere Academy, Liverpool, have been named national winners in the contest designed to help young people consider a career in the NHS after creating a fun and informative video to showcase the role of an NHS innovation consultant. Find out more about the Step into the NHS secondary school competition winners.

Quality Strategy Refresh

During November HEE will be hosting several stakeholder workshop sessions to explore the key areas our Quality strategy and framework need to cover and to hear from you, our partners, about your own work in this space.

Our aim is to work collaboratively to ensure our approach to education and training is truly multi-professional, to engage as widely as possible, and ultimately, to co-create a Quality strategy and framework that supports high quality education and training in the learning environment.

Please let us know which virtual session you would like to attend by completing this short form.

New competence framework for mental health peer support workers

Health Education England has published new guidance to help expand and boost the quality of mental health support services. The new competence framework aims to strengthen training and help drive recruitment and diversity within the mental health peer support workforce, in line with the NHS Long Term Plan and People Plan.

Library and Knowledge specialist give health professionals the gift of time

Health professionals are being given an invaluable gift of time a report to and All-Party Parliamentary Group learned this week/month [Mon 2 Nov 2020] with the publication of a report clearly outlining the true value NHS Library and Knowledge Services.

Librarians and knowledge specialists make the gathering of information as easy as possible for healthcare professionals, relieving the burden of sourcing and synthesising evidence while enabling NHS organisations to meet their statutory obligations to get evidence into practice across the service.

Health Education England (HEE) commissioned the report Library and Knowledge Services Value Proposition: The Gift of Time. 

Looking to build your knowledge of genomics in healthcare?

The Genomics Education Programme has a limited number of funded Master’s-level CPPD courses and qualifications in genomics available through their partner universities. Open to all NHS employees in England, funding is available for courses that commence before 31st March 2021.You can find out more about the modules available, funding options and how to apply on the Genomics Education Programme website.

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

Care Certificate sessions re-designed to support mobile phone users

HEE e-LfH has worked with Care Certificate leads in Health Education England and Skills for Care to ensure the Care Certificate e-learning sessions are easy to access on a mobile phone. The re-design was initiated by feedback from learners and educational leads and reflects the different ways our users are now accessing learning.

The Care Certificate programme is a set of core standards that health and social care support workers adhere to during their daily working life.

The e-learning programme underpins the theoretical learning for each standard, and there are also scenarios which support its completion in a wide range of care settings.

Designed with the unregistered workforce in mind, the Care Certificate was developed to provide standardised, structured learning at the beginning of a career in care.   This aims to ensure that care workers have the same introduction to fundamental skills, knowledge and behaviours to support the provision of compassionate, safe, quality care to the individuals in their care.

The re-designed sessions include the same learning objectives and content as the previous versions and are suitable for learners accessing the resource on a desktop, laptop and tablet as well as on a mobile phone.

More information about the Care Certificate e-learning programme is available here.

SCRIPT – supporting safer prescribing practices in primary and secondary care settings

The SCRIPT e-learning programme provides portfolios of modules specifically for healthcare professionals working in primary and secondary care settings.

The European Association for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (EACPT) Working Group on education reviewed different types of digital learning used to teach rational prescribing and assessed their effect on learner-related and clinically relevant outcomes.

The EACPT working group concluded that: “e-learning is the most-used type of digital learning for safe and effective prescribing education and is efficacious in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate prescribers the required knowledge, skills, and attitudes.”

SCRIPT modules cover a range of topics relating to prescribing, therapeutics and medicines safety and are categorised into different themes. Modules are suitable for any prescriber or anybody in training to be a prescriber, for example. foundation trainees, undergraduate medical students, doctors and non-medical prescribers.

Themes include:

  • Principles of prescribing
  • Prescribing in medical emergencies
  • Prescribing in special circumstances
  • Therapeutic groups

Each module takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. All course materials have been authored by a team of expert healthcare professionals and are regularly reviewed and updated.

What are the benefits in using the SCRIPT e-learning programmes?

  • Safer prescribing
    SCRIPT enhances knowledge and confidence in prescribing correctly, improving patient safety, therapeutics and medicines management.
  • Professional development
    Certificates are made available on completion of a module, which can be used for online learning portfolios as evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Flexible learning
    SCRIPT is easily accessible and intuitive to use, allowing users to complete modules at their convenience and refer back to modules at any time.
  • Free to learners with an NHS.uk or NHS.net email address.

How do I access the e-learning?

You can access the SCRIPT e-learning programmes by visiting the SCRIPT website.

Updates to the Foundation e-learning programme

HEE e-LfH has worked with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to update three sessions within the Foundation e-learning programme.

The Foundation e-learning programme is a free e-learning resource for Foundation doctors.

All sessions are mapped directly to the 2016 Foundation Curriculum and the material is approved by UKFPO.

The following sessions have recently been updated:

  • An Underperforming Colleague – What To Do
  • Audit
  • Mental Health Act
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Stress – Bullying

For more information about the programme, including access details, visit the Foundation programme page.

New e-learning programme will help physiotherapists treat patients with respiratory problems including COVID-19

HEE e-LfH has worked in partnership with the University of Southampton, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust to develop a free Respiratory Physiotherapy e-learning programme to support physiotherapists treating patients with respiratory conditions, including COVID-19.

The sessions are designed to support existing and newly qualified physiotherapists who want to update their respiratory knowledge and skills to help prepare them for working in daily and emergency out of hours respiratory care.

The programme includes an introduction to respiratory assessment and the clinical reasoning process, plus more detailed modules about auscultation, chest x-rays and arterial blood gas analysis, which play a significant part in assessment and help to analyse a patient’s respiratory problems.

Further topics covered are:

  • Oxygen therapy
  • Humidification
  • Manual techniques
  • Active Cycle of Breathing Technique (ACBT)
  • Incentive spirometry
  • Suction
  • Tracheostomies
  • Intermittent Positive Pressure Breathing (IPPB)
  • Mechanical insufflation: exsufflation MI:E cough assist
  • Non-invasive ventilation.

There is also a paediatric module which covers the differences in anatomy and physiology when assessing and treating an infant.

For more information about the programme, including details on how to access, please visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/respiratory-physiotherapy/.

e-Learning programme available to support health and care colleagues in identifying and responding to child sexual exploitation

HEE e-LfH worked in partnership with Brook, the leading young person’s sexual health and wellbeing charity, to update existing e-learning resources designed to support educators, health and care professionals and community workers in identifying victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

The CSE e-learning programme aims to build the skills and confidence required by educators, health and care professionals and community workers to identify child victims of exploitation, respond to disclosures and take action if they suspect a young person is at risk.

e-Learning modules within the programme include:

  • Module 1: What is CSE?
  • Module 2: Spotting the signs
  • Module 3: Safeguarding young people.

On average, each CSE e-Learning module takes 15 minutes to complete, delivered in interactive formats.  You can also test your knowledge at the end of a module and gain access to a resource bank to support you in your work.

Learn more about the Child Sexual Exploitation e-learning programme.

The Child Sexual Exploitation Programme is also available to the health and care workforce via AICC and the Electronic Staff Record (ESR).

Learning Hub – mental health resources recently contributed

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.  There are now over 700 resources available for the health and care workforce to access and share with colleagues.

Health Education England’s mental health team has recently contributed a suite of resources to the Learning Hub including:

New Roles in Mental Health resources, products and tools

Multi professional approved clinician implementation pack

Good practice in new workforce roles

Transforming mental health social work

Contributing a resource is a really easy process and only takes a few minutes. The resource can then be shared with and accessed by thousands of colleagues working across the sector.

If you have a resource to share, contribute it by logging in to the Learning Hub.  You can sign into the Learning Hub either using your existing e-Learning for Healthcare or NHS OpenAthens username and password or by creating an account on the Learning Hub and using those details.

If you would like further information about uploading content, please contact the Learning Hub team.

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.

Feedback sought on Coronavirus programme

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare has created ten surveys to gather feedback from users on its Coronavirus e-learning programme.  The programme launched in March 2020 and is freely available to all colleagues working in the NHS, independent sector and social care. The surveys are aimed at all health and care professionals and take just five minutes to complete:

 

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 21

Posted on: October 20th, 2020 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Key Messages and links to 14th October 2020

Welcome to Health Education England’s weekly stakeholder bulletin.

Weekly messages from HEE:

Dr Navina Evans joined HEE in October as our Chief Executive. Read Navina’s first stakeholder message – HEE Chief Executive

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

Specialty recruitment webinar

A webinar is being held for doctors in training on Wednesday 21 October at 7pm to outline new guidance and timelines for specialty recruitment. The webinar will be hosted by Prof. Sheona MacLeod, Deputy Medical Director – Education Reform, Prof. Adrian Brooke, Deputy Medical Director – Workforce Alignment and National Speciality Recruitment Manager Clare Wright. Here’s the link to the webinar

Questions can be asked during the webinar through Slido, using event code #specialtywebinar

One career endless opportunities #Choose GP

Applications for Round 1 2021 GP specialty training open on the 2 November – 1 December 2020. Please ‘like’ and follow the #Choose GP Facebook page to keep up to date with news and views and please forward this information to any doctors who may be thinking about career options. Find out more about the GP National Recruitment Office (GPNRO). We also have a number of GPs and trainees who are able to help with local or general enquiries – Please email Daryl Barrett at gprecruitment@hee.nhs.uk to be put in touch.

Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme update

More resources are being added to the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme (IFPP). This is a new HEE-funded education and training programme, designed to support the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists whose training and registration have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme also provides a unique opportunity to accelerate pharmacist early years’ education and training reform and supports delivery of the NHS People Plan for 2020/21.

HEE is providing free access to the new RPS Provisional Registrations Service Support Line. This is a dedicated support line for provisionally registered pharmacists, staffed by the RPS professional support team.

There is more good news for provisionally registered pharmacists working in primary care and Health in Justice in England. As established foundation training programmes are not available through employers in primary care or Health in Justice, HEE is funding CPPE to provide a structured foundation training programme as part of the IFPP. This is to ensure that this group of pharmacists are not disadvantaged in their learning.

Please encourage provisionally registered pharmacists to register for the programme. More information including FAQs and the registration form are published on the IFPP website.

The programme team is sending weekly 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.

Widening Participation – Call for Evidence

An NHS workforce which is representative of the communities it serves is a workforce that understands those communities and is better placed to meet their needs. The NHS Long Term Plan and the NHS Interim People Plan have both recognised that more needs to be done to encourage people from the widest possible range of backgrounds to take up careers in health and care and to offer them satisfying and developing careers in the NHS.

Health Education England is aware that many examples of innovative work exist which are attracting people from underrepresented groups and communities to widen access and participation to take up study which will lead to a career in the NHS. In order to expand these approaches nationally we would like to hear what evaluation activity different organisations (Universities) have done to address access and participation issues to ensure  everyone regardless of  background feel they have the option to take up undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare education and a career in the NHS is open to them.

We would be grateful if you could visit our website and fill in the form. If you have any queries around this piece of work please do not hesitate to contact us on policyandregulation@hee.nhs.uk.

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

Students on placement – ‘essential worker’ status and access to COVID tests

The DHSC has updated its guidance to make it explicit that students on placement should be regarded as essential workers and be given the same priority access to COVID tests as other healthcare workers. This guidance may help if a student needs a test and there are issues gaining access to one.

Health Education England and the AHSN Network join forces to help support system partners in delivering innovation and transformation for the NHS workforce

An enterprising new partnership between Health Education England (HEE) and the AHSN Network is developing at pace. After successful discussions, HEE and the AHSN Network have agreed to share expertise and work together across several common priorities at national and regional level.

The AHSNs bring proven expertise in supporting and facilitating the spread and adoption of evidenced innovation across healthcare pathways, as well as their well-established, place-based relationships across the country.

HEE brings a greater awareness of the national strategic growth plan for workforce transformation enshrined in We Are the NHS: People Plan 2020/21, sharing a range of proven methodologies, tools and enabling programmes along with its own, regionally-based knowledge and expertise and the already well established partnerships in relation to digital readiness.

One of the first areas of partnership will be the usage of the Star methodology – HEE’s model for workforce transformation. AHSN colleagues, having been trained in the methodology will then use the model to help system partners better understand and explore the workforce challenges implicit in embedding innovations within their pathway transformation work.

Other common priority areas being pursued by the partnership for delivery to the system include Digital Readiness, Patient Safety, Technology Enhanced Learning and Genomics.

Learn about whole genome sequencing in healthcare

Whole genome sequencing has been in use behind the scenes for some time, but now it is becoming part of routine care with the introduction of the NHS Genomic Medicine Service. But when should it be used? How does it work? And what are the implications, both in healthcare and for families?

Join the Genomics Education Programme’s free, flexible online course on 2 November to learn from expert scientists, medics and researchers, as well as patients and families, how valuable this revolutionary test can be in a number of areas – most recently in the current fight against COVID-19.

The course is delivered through a range of articles, videos, animations and discussion forums facilitated by experts. Prior to enrolling on the course, join our Twitterchat on 22 October to find out why now is the time to learn about whole genome sequencing.

For more course info or to sign up, please visit the FutureLearn website.

Freedom to Speak Up Guardians

Freedom to Speak Up is about encouraging a positive culture where people feel they can speak up and their voices will be heard, and their suggestions acted upon. This animated film can be used in NHS Trust inductions, to inform new starters about how their local Freedom to Speak Up Guardian – an alternative route to normal channels for speaking up such as via line managers – can support them. Link to animation: Freedom to Speak Up

Better health through improved heath literacy

Providing reliable, easy-to-understand health information in accessible formats helps people make better decisions about their health. Being armed with greater knowledge can also have a huge impact on how people respond to treatment, recover from illness and manage a long-term condition while giving people the confidence to ask questions without feeling uncomfortable.

HEE’s national Library and Knowledge Services work with local NHS library and knowledge specialists to help them to share their expertise. Working with NHS Scotland, HEE has devised a free, online course for all to use on e-Learning for Healthcare  and throughout Health Literacy Month we are also supporting the year’s theme of Health Literacy Heroes.

HEE National Website Platform

HEE’s new digital service will replace the multiple website management systems across HEE with a single platform for all HEE websites, including national, regional, local and programme – similar to gov.uk. HEE continues to seek engagement with internal and external users and stakeholders.  Please get involved; register your interest, have your say, participate in user research and testing activities, and attend show and tell events.   Further, be an advocate, please share this information with people in your network who might want to get involved.  For more information or questions, please email parah.orakpo@hee.nhs.uk.

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

The Learning Hub – Did you know …

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.

Did you know…

  • It only takes a few minutes to contribute a resource to the Learning Hub that has the potential to be shared right across the health and care workforce? Select “Contribute a new resource” and populate the form with details including the resource title, type, description and author details.  Once contributed you can share the resource with health and care colleagues via social media or via a direct web link to the resource.

Did you know…

  • The allowed file size for uploaded resources has increased to 2GB? This means much larger audio and video files can be contributed to the Learning Hub.

Did you know…

  • You can sort and order search results on the Learning Hub? The resources can be sorted by relevance, alphabetically, by date authored or by rating.

Come and take a look at what the Learning Hub has to offer and how this could support your organisation in sharing and accessing learning resources. If you would like further information about uploading content please email: enquiries@learninghub.nhs.uk.

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.

SCRIPT – supporting safer prescribing practices by healthcare professionals

The SCRIPT programme was created in 2010 and developed into a collection of innovative e-learning portfolios designed to encourage safe and effective prescribing and medicines management among healthcare professionals.

SCRIPT was developed by the University of Birmingham and OCB Media and commissioned by Health Education England.

Each e-learning portfolio has been specifically designed for foundation doctors, foundation dentists, paediatric specialist trainees, nurses, general practitioners, pharmacists and other non-medical prescribers. The portfolios are also available to undergraduate medical, pharmacy and nursing students.

SCRIPT e-learning modules cover a wide range of therapeutic topics. A module usually takes approximately 1 hour to complete and does not have to be completed in one sitting. Content has been authored by a team of expert healthcare professionals and is reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

You can learn more about the SCRIPT e-learning programme by visiting the SCRIPT website.

Updates to Statutory and Mandatory Training Programme

HEE e-LfH is currently undertaking an annual review of the Statutory and Mandatory e-learning sessions.

The following sessions, and their associated assessments, have been updated:

  • Conflict Resolution – Level 1
  • Equality, Diversity & Human Rights
  • Infection Prevention and Control – Level 1
  • Infection Prevention and Control – Level 2
  • Resuscitation – Level 1
  • Resuscitation Adults – Level 2
  • Resuscitation Newborn – Level 2
  • Resuscitation Paediatric – Level 2

This year’s review has focused upon the following:

  • Ensuring that the sessions are fully aligned to the Core Skills Training Framework (UK v1.6) following a reviewing by the Skills for Health team.
  • Updating assessment questions using data from a thorough analysis of the effectiveness of the questions.
  • Updating with any further recommendations from a team of subject matter experts and in response to user feedback.

We intend to complete all updates by the end of October 2020.

More information about the Statutory and Mandatory Training programme can be found on the e-LfH Hub.

We are supporting digital readiness across the workforce:

Dr Navina Evans – what a new era of digital leadership could mean for the provider sector

HEE’s new Chief Executive Navina Evans has written a blog on what the future holds for digital transformation and its role in health and social care. Read it on the NHS Providers website.

NHS Graduate Digital Data & Technology scheme webinar – register today

Are you looking for high-quality candidates to fill crucial digital, data and technology roles within your trust? The NHS Graduate Digital, Data and Technology scheme, commissioned by Health Education England as part of its Digital Readiness programme, is a highly focused development pathway supporting graduates to become the next NHS middle managers and beyond.

The Health Innovation Network’s Graduates into Health team are hosting monthly webinars for NHS managers to learn more about the scheme and the programme’s bespoke ‘grow your own talent’ model. The next session is 29 October, 08:00 – 09:00 and you can register for the event here.

Join the Digital Readiness Team at the free HETT: Leading Healthcare Innovation Summit – 20-22 October

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven seismic shifts in transformation across the entire health and social care ecosystem. In association with the Digital Academy Alumni, Topol Fellows and Clinical Entrepreneurs, and supported by NHS England, Health Education England and NHSX, the HETT virtual summit ushers in a new era in which leaders of innovation are resetting their long term plans to address the needs of this new digital landscape.

Hear from an exciting line-up of Digital champions, leaders, and innovators, including author of the Topol Review Eric Topol MD, HEE’s Director of Innovation and Transformation Patrick Mitchell, HEE’s Chief Information Officer James Freed, NHS Digital Academy workstream lead Aasha Cowey, HEE/NHSX Chief Social Worker Mark Nicholas, and many more…

With 18+ hours of CPD-certified keynotes, panel discussions, case-studies, and roundtables on offer it’s FREE to those in the NHS, independent healthcare provision, the care sector, and the wider public sector. Find out more and RSVP.

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 Covid 19 webpages, please let us know by submitting your question to the HEE Q&A helpdesk.

Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 20

Posted on: October 1st, 2020 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Welcome to Health Education England’s (HEE) stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • A Weekly message from HEE
  • An overview of HEE education and training news
  • An update from your regional office

Weekly messages from HEE:

This week’s stakeholder message was guest-edited by Lee Whitehead, Director of People and Communications, covering Wendy Reid, our Interim Chief Executive. Lee highlights the programme to make HEE the Best Place to Work and welcoming Navina Evans, HEE’s new Chief Executive, on the 1 October. Read the weekly message on the HEE website.

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

A further step toward an alternative route into nursing

 HEE’s Blended Learning Nursing Degree, an innovative national programme to train nurses of the future, has moved to the next stage.

Using a mix of technologies to study with important practice experience, this degree will provide opportunities to more people who have the right aptitude and values but need to study flexibly, pursue a career in nursing.

At a collaborative event on 25 September, with seven universities, HEE and others discussed the next steps to delivery of the programme. Universities are working towards the first students starting their courses from early 2021.

New guide to help overseas nurses go beyond basic English skills 

Occupational English Test (OET), in collaboration with HEE, has launched the Living the Language: A nurse’s guide to English usage in British life and work. This new guide aims to help overseas nurses working in the UK healthcare system improve their English language skills.

The guide can be used to help overseas nurses move beyond basic English to become competent communicators at work and at home. It is packed with practical advice and focuses on the communication skills nurses need to adapt, integrate, and settle in faster.

The guide also includes practical advice and guidance on workplace and patient communication. This includes common challenges such as local accents and dialects, person-centred care, and active listening. It also includes tips on the everyday use of British English in social settings and provides help with settling into new multidisciplinary teams and professional cultures. To find out more, visit the OET Living the Language webpage.

Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme (IFPP) update

The IFPP that launched on 24 August, is progressing well and has recently received its 1000th registrant. This programme is aimed at the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists whose training and registration have been disrupted by COVID-19. The programme also provides a unique opportunity to accelerate pharmacists’ early years’ education and training reform and supports the delivery of the NHS People Plan for 2020/21.

The IFPP resources are also growing, and in addition to the handbooks have which to guide pharmacists and supervisors through the programme, a brand-new guide to Learning Opportunities has also been published. This guide provides provisionally registered pharmacists (and their supervisors) with links to free to access resources that are appropriate to support learning and development throughout the IFPP.

Registration for the IFPP is still open, and the IFPP programme webpage provides guidance on eligibility and how to register. The programme team also continues to send weekly updates and to subscribe to receive these, email mailto:fpp@hee.nhs.uk, stating IFPP Updates in the subject header.

The deadline for applications to the Topol Programme for Digital Fellowships in Healthcare extended

The deadline for applications for the Topol Programme for Digital Fellowships in Healthcare has been extended until, Monday 12 October, at 5pm. The decision was made as the NHS will be busy during the second wave of COVID-19, and we want to give as many people as possible a chance to become a Topol Digital Fellow.

If you have a strong interest in making digital health happen, or if you have recently contributed to your organisation’s new digital services, consider applying for a Topol Digital Fellow post on the Digital Health Fellowship Programme webpage.

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

NHS Providers Annual Conference

HEE’s new Chief Executive, from 1 October, Navina Evans, will participate in a plenary panel session at the NHS Providers Annual Conference on 7 October, between 10:40 and 11:20.

Navina will be focusing on the role of digital in the response to COVID-19 and how Trust leaders have accelerated the digital agenda from the board room. The session is aligned to NHS Providers’ Digital Boards programme, supported, and funded by both HEE and NHSX.

How the BMJ Best Practice decision-making tool can help the changing workload of clinicians

The award-winning BMJ Best Practice clinical decision-making tool is available to all NHS healthcare staff in England for free at the point of care thanks to a national subscription funded by HEE.

In recent a BMJ Best Practice blog, Prof Sheona MacLeod, HEE Interim Medical Director, and Dr Kieran Walsh, BMJ Clinical Director, discuss the importance of making up to date evidence-based medical information available to all healthcare professionals so that they can make the most informed decisions possible for the benefit of patients.

The blog also discusses how the workload of clinical staff has changed over the years, making taking time out to study and scrutinise the latest guidance was an impossibility. New technologies, which BMJ Best Practice harnesses, now enables the obtaining of new research and information to be slotted into the workflow of the modern clinician. The blog also highlights having the most up to date information using the decision-making tool can drive up the standard of care and treatment for patients and reduce the inequalities in the standard of care across different healthcare providers.

Further BMJ practice series blogs will be released on 5 and 12 October 2020.

Accessible information resources for use by front-line staff when working with people with different needs

As we see cases of COVID-19 in the community increase, we thought it may be useful to remind you of the HEE Library and Knowledge Services website. The website host information resources which front-line staff can use to help them communicate effectively with patients, clients, and their families around Coronavirus.

The website resources all meet the accessible information standard and include easy read, sign language, and Makaton formats as well as other communication guidance. To access these resources, visit the HEE Library and Knowledge Services website.

New Fellowship launched by the National School of Healthcare Science (NHSC) 

In collaboration with the NHSC, Office of the Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England and Improvement, the National Institute for Health Research, and the Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative are launching the Healthcare Science Innovation Fellowship scheme.

The Fellowship scheme will build system capacity to increase medical device regulatory and standards expertise and innovation capabilities for the introduction of appropriate technologies to benefit cancer patients in primary or secondary care settings. With the prevalence of cancer forecast to increase, the Cancer Workforce Plan has recognised the potential for scientific and technological innovations to transform care.

To find out more about the Fellowship, visit the Healthcare Science Innovation Fellowship scheme webpage.

Dive deep into our Allied Health Professions (AHP) 

Over September, we held a series of AHP webinars, each focusing on three AHPs. We looked at the current national challenges for each profession, along with the perspective of the professional bodies, and looked at profession-specific workforce data. This was a unique opportunity for a 360 look at each profession, that:

  • provided up to date AHP information and data on each profession
  • raised awareness, promote value, and optimise AHP skill utilisation within the system

The webinars delivered were:

  • AHP Workforce webinar 1: Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, and Art Therapy
  • AHP Workforce webinar 2: Physiotherapy, Operating Department Practitioners, and Orthoptists
  • AHP Workforce webinar 3: Dietetics, Drama Therapy, and Paramedics
  • AHP Workforce webinar 4: Speech and Language Therapy, Music, Therapy and Prosthetists, and Orthotists
  • AHP Workforce webinar 5: Diagnostic Radiography, Therapeutic Radiography, and Osteopaths

To watch the webinar recordings and access the slides, visit the AHP Faculty webpage, and scroll to the bottom of the webpage, and then click the + sign under AHP Workforce Webinars.

Nursing in Social Care

We are delighted and excited to release our new Nursing is Social Care video. The seven-minute video was filmed at Wren Hall and Landermeads nursing homes in Nottingham.

The film showcases the role of nursing in social care and we hope it will attract nurses and nursing associates who want to work in this rewarding sector. It also conveys the passion for what we do, the varied nature of the career, and how social care nursing is about supporting people in the long term, building relationships that are not always possible in the acute sector.

Participate in user research – HEE National Website Platform

HEE is developing a new National Website Platform digital service that aims to replace the multiple website management systems across HEE with a single platform for all HEE websites, including national, regional, local, and programme – similar to gov.uk. When the service becomes available, it will offer a better user experience and improved accessibility.

HEE is keen to provide a digital service that is fit for purpose and meets user and stakeholder needs. If you are a user of any HEE website, please get involved in user research and testing activities and subscribe to the National Website Platform Stakeholder Involvement Databank.

For further information and queries, email parah.orakpo@hee.nhs.uk.

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

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) updates

The e-LfH team, alongside key partners, have recently added and updated the following e-learning programmes:

The Learning Hub – what do resources look like on the platform? 

The Learning Hub is a digital platform that provides easy access to a wide range of resources that are pertinent to education and training in health and care. Various resource types can be contributed to the Learning Hub, but what do they look like when viewed by a user on the platform?

Organisations and users can contribute and share resources for those in health and care to access.  Users are also able to rate the resources they view which helps other users to see, at a glance, how a resource has been rated by others and can inform whether they choose to access it.

Almost 650 resources have already been contributed to the Learning Hub including, e-learning, video, audio, images, weblinks, documents, and articles on a range of subjects.  But when you contribute a resource, how does it appear to other users? Recently contributed content includes a series of tracheostomy videos to support health and care professionals treating COVID-19 positive patients, to see how these resources appear, visit the Learning Hub contribution resource webpage.

Contribute to the Learning Hub

If you or your organisation have resources to share and contribute to the Learning Hub, sign into the Learning Hub, and select the Contribute a resource webpage.

Please note, you can sign into the Learning Hub using your e-LfH Hub, NHS OpenAthens username and password, or by creating an account on the Learning Hub and using those details.

If you have any questions or want to find out more about contributing resources to the Learning Hub, email enquiries@learninghub.nhs.uk. For more information about the Learning Hub, follow @HEE_TEL on Twitter, and visit the Learning Hub blog.

HSJ win for ESCAPE-pain

Earlier this year HEE e-LfH worked with the Health Innovation Network and Academic Health Science Network to develop an ESCAPE-pain e-learning resource to support the ESCAPE-pain initiative. We are delighted to share the news that the ESCAPE-pain initiative won the MSK initiative of the year in the HSJ Value Awards.

ESCAPE-pain is an evidence-based and cost-effective group rehabilitation programme for people with chronic joint pain. The e-learning resources are aimed at helping interested providers determine how ESCAPE-pain may fit within their organisation and to begin the process towards implementation and professionals who plan to deliver the programme and become ESCAPE-pain facilitators.

To find out more, visit the e-LfH ESCAPE-pain webpage.

The return of face-to-face simulation training

HEE’s Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team recently announced the release of the COVID-19 toolkit for safe simulation in health and care. The second part of this guidance, National guidance for safe delivery of Simulation-Based Education, has now been published. This new document develops some of the ideas introduced in the toolkit.

The next phase of the return of face to face simulation work, #SimRestart, is now underway. The joint venture, between HEE’s TEL team and the Association of Simulated Practice in Healthcare, aims to create an open library of resources to help local education providers offer safe and effective face-to-face or remote access simulation-based learning.

We would like to hear from anyone who is building experience and expertise by using techniques, such as remote access live observation and feedback, video-assisted simulation activities, or other forms of immersive technology to enhance simulation-based learning. To get in touch, email tel@hee.nhs.uk using #SimRestart in the subject line.

Further information

By following @NHSHealthEdEng  on Twitter you can keep up to date with new information and resources as they are published. Most importantly, there are notifications of HEE webinars being broadcast during the week.

Right now, making sure we are communicating properly is incredibly important. If there is 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 19

Posted on: September 17th, 2020 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Key Messages and links to 16th September 2020

Welcome to Health Education England’s weekly stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Weekly messages from the Chief Executive’s Office
  • Overview of HEE education and training news
  • An update from your regional office

Weekly messages from HEE:

Messages guest edited by Professor Simon Gregory, Deputy Medical Director and Professor Mark Radford, Chief Nurse. Read the messages here:

Health and Wellbeing Matters

Supporting the NHS to continue to deliver safe and high-quality care

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

Funding boost for clinical placements growth and teaching – HEE has announced that £15m will be made available through its clinical placement expansion programme to increase clinical placements in the NHS and support growth in nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and all the other allied health professions. This represents a 50% increase in the funding previously pledged. These additional placements will expand the pipeline of our future NHS workforce across the health and social care system, meaning more healthcare professionals across the health and social care system.

Transforming Mental Health Social Work report launched – An interactive report on Transforming Mental Health Social Work has been launched by HEE. The document highlights the important roles that mental health social work and approved mental health professionals deliver across the NHS, local authorities, voluntary and independent sectors, ensuring the social model of mental health is at the core of our integrated services.

Population Health Fellowships restart in September – HEE will restart the first national Population Health Fellowship for NHS clinical staff in England on 15 September. This aims to develop and grow a workforce of professionals who will incorporate population health into their everyday jobs and is a full 12-month programme. Find further information here.

Applications still open for new HEE fellowships to help NHS staff shape the digital healthcare revolution – HEE is inviting candidates for 30 new digital health fellowships aimed at helping clinical professionals build digital health expertise into their careers in the second cohort of the Topol Programme for Digital Fellowships. Recruitment opened on September 1 and runs until September 30. Find further information on the fellowships programme and how to apply.

Updates from the National School of Healthcare Science – HEE’s National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS) and the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) have announced changes to the completion of the Scientist Training Programme, which leads to Clinical Scientist registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

As of September 2020:

  • The NSHCS will report directly to HCPC for the delivery of the Scientist Training Programme.
  • Trainees completing the programme will be awarded their Certificate of Completion by the School, which will entitle them to apply to the HCPC for registration.

Find further information on the completion of the Scientist Training Programme.

Meanwhile NSHCS and AHCS, along with the Institute of Biomedical Science, Royal College of Pathologists and Manchester Academy of Healthcare Scientist Education are widening the eligibility criteria for Higher Specialist Scientific Training. The new criteria will allow appropriately qualified senior Biomedical Scientists, who can demonstrate ability to work at Level 7, to apply to join the programme. Find further information on the new criteria for Higher Specialist Scientific Training.

Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme update – This new education and training programme, funded by HEE, has been established to support the 2019/20 cohort of pre-registration pharmacists whose training and registration have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also provides a unique opportunity to accelerate pharmacist early years’ education and training reform and supports delivery of the NHS People Plan for 2020/21.

Registration for the programme is live and our dedicated programme website provides guidance on eligibility and how to register.

Two new handbooks have recently been published to guide pharmacists and supervisors through the programme. These are now available on the IFPP website.

The programme team is sending weekly 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:

International Place-based Partnerships – HEE’s Interim Chief Executive Wendy Reid participated in our first international remote Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony recently. The MoU ceremony marks the formal launch of a partnership between HEE and the Consortium of Thai Medical Schools to create an international staff exchange programme for doctors and population health fellows.

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

New Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention in Adults module now available – HEE e-LfH added a new e-learning module on adult suicide and self-harm prevention to its MindEd programme.

The module, which is free to access, offers guidance and advice to anyone who is directly involved with caring for or in contact with those who have suicidal ideas, with or without self-harm, or those who self-harm, with or without current suicidal ideas. This could include health and care professionals, parents, carers and teachers.

The new adult module is available here: https://www.minded.org.uk/Component/Details/653238.

There are two existing modules also on suicide and self-harm to help teachers and others working with children and young people available.

For more information about MindEd visit: https://www.minded.org.uk/.

New e-learning programme aims to boost pupil and teacher wellbeing in response to COVID-19 – HEE e-LfH worked in partnership with the Department for Education to develop a new programme for teachers to support children affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as they return to school and college from September 2020.

Wellbeing For Education Return – part of e-LfH’s MindEd programme – launched following an investment of £8.2millon from the Government to provide schools and colleges across England with the knowledge and resources they need to support children and young people, who have experienced trauma and loss as a result of the pandemic.

The programme, which will be delivered to schools and colleges via Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, is aimed at education professionals working with children and young people aged 5-19 in education settings. This may include pastoral leads, senior mental health leads, Special Educational Needs Coordinators, school nurses, counsellors, educational psychologists, voluntary sector providers and mental health support team clinicians/practitioners.

To access the programme free of charge, please visit: https://www.minded.org.uk/Component/Details/662137.

The Learning Hub – new features and functionality now available – The Learning Hub team has created a new area on the platform that details service updates and the new – features and functionalities of each release, to keep users up to date with the platform’s development.

The service updates and releases area displays, in chronological order, information about what’s new on the Learning Hub, bug fixes that have been completed and background changes that have been made to the platform.

Since the Learning Hub was launched in May 2020 there have already been an additional eight releases which include functionality for users to be able to:

  • rate a resource by awarding an overall score of between 1 and 5
  • share their opinion on their search experience via a feedback form so the Learning Hub team can learn from users’ experiences and improve it in the future
  • mark a resource as containing potentially sensitive content when contributing; enabling other users to make an informed choice whether they wish to proceed with viewing the content.

As the Learning Hub is still in its Beta phase there is still so much more to come with many additional features and functionality to be delivered which will be released in line with the product roadmap, due to be published October 2020.

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

e-FACE e-learning programme launches new module on consent – Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) to develop a new e-learning module on consent.

Sessions within the module have been developed to demonstrate best practice and are aimed at Dental Core Trainees (DCTs) and specialty registrars in oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS).The module aims to tackle the limited consent knowledge many trainees have by providing consent process training and a certificate is awarded once the module is complete.

The new e-FACE module includes:

  • an introduction to consent that discusses the key principles of the consent process
  • a series of short clinical scenarios that focus on commonly-performed procedures.

The Consent module joins the existing 11 modules that cover the majority of the Dental Core Training Curriculum within the e-FACE programme. The programme is designed to support junior trainees working in OMFS departments. The content is also suitable as refresher material for those starting their speciality training.

For information about the e-learning programme and to access the session, visit: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/oral-and-maxillofacial-surgery/

Supporting the health and wellbeing of our workforce:

Animated Films Raise Awareness of Mental Health Support – Two new animated films have been produced by Health Education England in order to make health and care learners, as well as their supervisors, aware of the help that is available to them if they are struggling.

It is important that those experiencing mental ill health know they can talk about it and receive help if they need it. Those in a position of authority should also know what is required of them and how they can help if they are approached by someone who is experiencing mental ill health.

The two new films, one aimed at learners on healthcare courses and the other aimed at supervisors can be viewed here https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/supporting-your-mental-health-wellbeing.

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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