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Stakeholder Briefing – Issue 45

Posted on: October 19th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Key Messages and links to 15 October 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s regular stakeholder bulletin. In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Latest messages from our Chief Executive
  • 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:

Reflections one year on

HEE COVID-19 latest updates

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

To keep up to date with plans for medical training recovery, visit HEE COVID-19 webpages.

Covid-19 Training Recovery Programme
This week Health Education England (HEE) has published an interim report which outlines the approach being taken, across the system, to define, manage and reduce the risks to the wellbeing, numbers, and future supply of the medical workforce.

The purpose of three phases – reset, recover and reform – respectively, has been to:

  • minimise the initial impact of the pandemic on training and progression
  • support trainees and educators with wellbeing and training recovery and
  • lock in the innovations developed during the first two phases, to deliver long-term improvements in PGME and build future resilience into the medical education pipeline.

As well as outlining the approach being taken to manage the current position, the COVID-19 Training Recovery Programme Interim Report also sets out the joint commitments for continuing to build upon and embed the progress that has been made to facilitate training recovery and secure future improvements to PGME.

The pandemic has impacted every trainee differently which is seeing each region needing to approach the recovery in a different way based on their local need.  To demonstrate the different approaches a catalogue of case studies, that include local and regional initiatives to support training recovery and address the learning impact of COVID-19 on doctors in training, has been added to the Learning Hub.

New programme to boost critical care workforce launches

More Nurses and Allied Health Professionals will receive specialist training in critical care as a new blended learning package, aimed at strengthening the workforce in intensive care units, is rolled out across England.

Health Education England (HEE) secured £10m to deliver this specialist training which will support as many as 10,500 nursing staff to further their careers in critical care. It will be delivered as a blended learning course, offering more flexible access to participants so they are able to balance commitments such as having a family, being a carer or not being able to travel. Read more on the HEE website

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

Medical

Report published on reasons why doctors leave the NHS

Views of doctors who have stopped practising in the UK, why they left and what might encourage them to return has been published and is available on the GMC website. You can read Sheona MacLeod’s quote here.

Health Education England launches new medical degree pilot as part of Blended Learning programme

Prospective medical students in England will soon be able to choose to study flexibly thanks to a new pilot scheme launched by Health Education England and delivered by Queen Mary University of London. Read more here

CLEAR week

CLEAR is a nationwide programme, supported by HEE, placing clinicians at the heart of healthcare decision making and innovation. #CLEARweek will be hosting sessions on a range of topics, from deep dives about the unique CLEAR methodology, data visualisation and analytics to Wardopoly, special guest speakers and networking events.

From 8 – 12 November 2021, the National CLEAR Programme will be hosting a week of events, guest speakers, workshops and interactive sessions around healthcare activity and workforce redesign. You can find out more and register your interest in attending sessions #CLEARweek will be hosting, visit the CLEAR website clearprogramme.org.uk

Nursing and Midwifery

Nurses and midwives offered an increased incentive to return to practice

Former nurses and midwives wishing to re-join the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register and return to practice will be offered £1,000 to help with studying and living expenses, Health Education England announced today. All information required for all routes of Return to Practice are available on the Return to Practice Health Careers website.

Workforce and education initiatives

Training launched for CYP keyworkers supporting people who have a learning disability, are autistic or both.

Read more and access the training here

New Global Learning Opportunities Website

NHS staff can now find out more about global learning opportunities on a new easy to use website.

The site which was launched on 5 October can be found here https://global-learning-opportunities.hee.nhs.uk/ and is a one stop shop for information about virtual and overseas learning opportunities, providing practical information on what staff can contribute and learn, how they can apply and case studies.

Global Learning Opportunities Survey

Health Education England and Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YHAHSN) have teamed up to find out more about those who have undertaken an international element to their Health and Care work or course and those who would like to.

A survey has been extended and will now close on October 22nd. Please fill in the survey here https://www.sircsurveys.com/f/41576636/e08b/

Global Learning Provision

Health Education England and Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YHAHSN) are working together to gather information from all NHS secondary care provider organisations and higher education institutions to understand current attitudes toward and provision of global health activities for current and future NHS staff.

A survey has been compiled which will be open until October 22nd and we would be grateful if those responsible for global health activities in OD, Business Management or HR department take the time to complete it. The survey can be found here: https://www.sircsurveys.com/f/41570156/1253/

A short course for a big health impact
Aimed at everyone working or studying in health and care, Health Education England has developed a free, 35minute, online health literacy course. Designed for people who work regularly with patients, families and carers. The course can help staff and students quickly learn easy-to-use techniques to improve communication. As a result, patients, families and carers will be able to make better health and wellbeing choices. You can read more about the course or access the course directly.

Find out who Freedom to Speak Up Guardian is during Speak Up Month

October is national Speak Up Month. Speaking up protects patient and is also the first step in organisations learning lessons to improve care and treatment.

Health Education England is encouraging health and care staff and learners to ensure they know who their Freedom to Speak Up Guardian is, they can find out by visiting the National Guardian’s office website https://nationalguardian.org.uk/speaking-up/find-my-ftsu-guardian/

elearning for healthcare

Keep up to date with all the latest additions to the elfh platform 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 44

Posted on: October 5th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Key Messages and links to 01 October 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s regular stakeholder bulletin. In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Latest messages from our Chief Executive
  • 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:

I am incredibly proud of my colleagues in HEE for their work during a uniquely difficult year

As Navina approaches her first anniversary as Chief Executive at Health Education England (HEE), she reflects on what we and the wider NHS have faced due to the impact of COVID-19 on services, our people, and of course patients. HEE’s people played their role by helping over 40,000 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 eLearning for Healthcare COVID-19 programme, free of charge, with over 4.5million session launches across the world. Read Navina’s blog in full here.

Re-appointment for HEE Chair and board members

Sir David Behan, chair of HEE and his non-executive colleagues on the board, Dr Liz Mear and Professor Andrew George, have been appointed for another term by the Department of Health and Social Care. They will continue in their roles until 2024. To read the full announcement visit Gov.uk

HEE COVID-19 latest updates

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

To keep up to date with plans for medical training recovery, visit HEE COVID-19 webpages.

If we want doctors tomorrow, we must continue to train and support them today

In Prof Sheona MacLeod’s latest training recovery update, she recognises the impact the waves of the pandemic have had on the education and  training of healthcare learners including postgraduate doctors in training – and why HEE has  refreshed the guidance on managing the training workforce. This reaffirms the need to retain learners on programmes and maintain training wherever possible and it has updated processes for decisions about deployment into service. Read Sheona’s full update here.

New Respiratory Surge in Children programme now available

Health Education England, supported by NHS England and NHS Improvement Paediatric Critical Care Operational Delivery Networks and the Paediatric Critical Care Society, has launched a new programme for all NHS healthcare staff who care for unwell children in preparation for the anticipated surge in respiratory infections in 2021-22.

The Respiratory Surge in Children programme is a digital repository of training resources for self-directed learning, as well as for trainers and educators, to support the cross-skilling of the workforce to increase capacity and enhance capability in response to the expected and experienced increase in prevalence of respiratory illnesses in children.

The programme presents e-learning as a mix of short videos, narrated presentations, PDFs and links to blogs and webinars – all designed to let the leaner access the content they need, in an educational form that suits them. The team continues to seek additional content, and feedback, on the work so far to co-create a programme that meets the needs of the workforce. You can get in touch to discuss specific needs, provide feedback, or share resources by emailing LTLC@hee.nhs.uk.

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

Nursing

HEE welcomes NMC recommendations for education reform

HEE has welcomed the news from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) that it is making recommendations to modernise pre-registration education programme standards which will be discussed at the next board meeting on 29 September. Read the full statement from HEE’s Chief Nurse, Mark Radford.

Midwifery

Explore genomics in midwifery

Genomics is fundamental to midwifery practice. It allows midwives to predict and prepare for situations in pregnancy to better protect and care for the parent and child. To help midwives recognise the significance of genomics in their practice, the Genomics Education Programme (GEP) has created a new resource in the Genomics in Healthcare series: Genomics in Midwifery. The webpage brings together tips and tools to support midwives at any point of their career and at any stage of their genomics learning journey.

The resource brings together a variety of learning opportunities, including an introductory animation highlighting the importance of genomics in midwifery practice, a pregnancy touchpoint walkthrough with good practice tips and a case study that explores why early information about family history can have such a big impact on care. View the resource on our website.

Dental

New plans for dental training reform in England to tackle inequalities in patient oral health

HEE has published an ambitious four-year plan to develop a workforce more able to address oral health inequalities across the population by reforming dental education and training. The Advancing Dental Care (ADC) Review report concludes a three-year review to identify and develop a future dental education and training infrastructure that produces a skilled multi-professional oral health workforce, which can support patient and population needs within the NHS. Read the full story here.

Mental health

Mental health crisis learning guides

Crisis Tools is relevant to anyone who may find themselves supporting a young person in crisis including parents, carers and professionals. Access the unique, co-produced learning guides to increase knowledge and confidence for anyone supporting young people in a mental health crisis at crisistools.org.uk.

The Crisis Tools website features a resource-sharing hub and bite-sized learning guides aimed at improving your knowledge and understanding of young people’s experiences when getting help in a crisis. Co-designed and delivered by young people with lived experience, these unique learning guides will cover key themes including attitudes, communication, practical strategies and complexities when delivering care remotely.

Healthy Teen Minds young advisor Jo, has shared how to have compassionate and supportive mental health crisis conversations with them.

Workforce and education initiatives

Independent evaluation of the Global Digital Exemplar programme

An independent evaluation of the Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) programme has been published by Edinburgh University.

The evaluation report indicates that the GDE programme achieved what it set out to do, namely stimulating digitally enabled transformation and the sharing of knowledge between participating provider organisations and programme managers. These were the twin goals of the programme.

An executive summary of the report is available on the NHSX website. You can also read a blog post by NHSX Director of Frontline Digitisation Dermot Ryan on how the findings of the report align with ongoing support for frontline digitisation.

Virtual and Hybrid Learning Faculty launch 

HEE’s Technology Enhanced Learning (HEE TEL) team is expanding the Virtual Instructor Led Learning (VILL) project which aims to support the health and care education community to increase their confidence and capability as they transition to designing, developing and delivering learning and education virtually and in a hybrid way.

As part of the project to support educators and the education community, HEE TEL has developed a Virtual and Hybrid Learning Faculty (VHLF). The faculty is a place for educators, and those involved within the health and care education community, to access useful on-demand resources, guides, elearning and technical support when designing, developing and delivering virtual and hybrid learning. It will showcase best practice principles, learning opportunities and offer advice on how to get involved in the community, giving educators the opportunity to support colleagues and find out the latest news.  The faculty is now live on the Learning Hub, a digital platform enabling the health and care workforce to contribute and share a wide variety of learning resources.

NHSX would like your feedback

NHSX would like your feedback on how you think they are doing to digitally transform the NHS and social care. They’d like to hear from those working in health technology and digital services across the NHS and social care, or leaders or managers in clinical and non-clinical roles. The research is conducted independently and fully anonymous, it’s open until 8 October 2021.

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Keep up to date with all the latest additions to the eLfH platform 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 40

Posted on: August 10th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Key Messages and links to 5 August 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s regular stakeholder bulletin. In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Latest messages from our Chief Executive
  • 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:

Navina welcomes Amanda

Read Navina’s welcome message to Amanda Pritchard, NHS England’s new Chief Executive.

HEE COVID-19 latest updates

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

To keep up to date with plans for medical training recovery, visit HEE COVID-19 webpages.

For the NHS to have consultants and GPs tomorrow, we must train them today

Read Prof Sheona MacLeod’s latest update on the recovery of training. HEE’s Deputy Medical Director discusses the ever-growing number of solutions educators are finding to support training recovery, which we have made available on the HEE website here.

Students encouraged to have both COVID jabs this summer

HEE is encouraging all health and care students and learners and those starting programmes in September, to ensure they have had both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine unless they are medically exempt.

Professor Mark Radford, HEE’s Chief Nurse, is leading HEE’s drive to encourage student vaccinations which will protect them, their families and those patients they may be caring for and enable them to take part in their clinical learning placements. This follows government guidance advising that those working in social care must be fully vaccinated and a number of NHS trusts are now requiring this from all patient-facing health and care staff. Read the full update here.

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

Medical

HEE responds to GMC survey with support for doctors in training
The General Medical Council (GMC) has published its National Training Survey 2021 which provides comprehensive data and insight into learning opportunities and training progression for doctors in training; their workloads and workplace experiences; and how training has adapted to the pandemic. Over 63,000 doctors took part in this year’s survey which gathers data for all of the UK.

The survey gives doctors in training a platform to be frank and open about their experiences. HEE will be working with the GMC, and our other partners, to review this valuable feedback and see where we can act to improve training further. Read the full update here.

Rise in doctors from BME backgrounds working in the NHS welcomed
HEE has welcomed the findings of the Medical Workforce Race Equality Standard (MWRES) 2020 report the first of its kind to explore race equality among England’s doctors.

The report has found that last year more than 53,000 doctors working in the NHS were from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background, up by more than 9,000, a rise of around one-fifth, since 2017. It also highlighted that BME doctors currently remain underrepresented in senior positions, including at consultant grade roles and in academic positions.

HEE provides OUP medical and nursing handbooks
Newly qualified doctors and junior doctors can tap into two invaluable resources as begin their transition during August rotation. Clinicians can get online access to 130 medical handbooks published by Oxford University Press (OUP) as well as Oxford Handbooks in Nursing and the ‘Emergencies In…’ series along with several key textbooks including the Oxford Textbook of Medicine.

Funded by HEE’s national NHS Knowledge and Library Services means the resource is free to the NHS in England and can be accessed 24/7 via the HEE/OUP site using their NHS OpenAthens account. To find out more, email us at knowledgeforhealthcare.england@hee.nhs.uk

Nursing

New research on perceptions of the postgraduate route into nursing
Research providing insights into the postgraduate pre-registration route to a nursing degree, including how to better engage with potential applicants and raise the profile of this route, has been published by HEE.

The research takes an in-depth look at a range of issues including the motivations for applying to postgraduate preregistration nursing programmes, potential barriers to applying and how these programmes can be effectively promoted at both a national and local level. The research also highlights the impact that the current pandemic has had for some in considering changing career, in part because of the value that health and social care have to society at this time.

Meet the nursing associates animation

Nursing associates bridge the gap between healthcare support workers and registered nurses to deliver hands-on, person-centred care as part of the nursing team. They work with people of all ages in a variety of settings in health and social care.

Our new animation showcases the role of nursing associates across different settings giving practical examples of the duties being carried out and the benefits they bring to employers. These benefits include improved service delivery and patient care, improved staff retention through career progression and contribution to widening participation.

Watch our new animation to find out more.

Allied health professions

AHP strategic workforce plan

The pre-pandemic NHS People Plan workforce planning illustrated that a minimum of 27,000 additional Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) will be needed by 2024 to meet future AHP workforce demand. This requires specific attention to AHP workforce planning at system level. HEE has received funding as part of a one-year Comprehensive Spending Review settlement to support and build AHP workforce supply across the health systems.

To support senior AHP leadership of this work within provider trusts, system and region we have written to provider trusts to offer a modest non-recurrent funding allocation in 2021/22 to build their organisation’s part of an AHP strategic workforce plan (including the support workforce) and to establish initiatives within the organisation to support workforce priorities across the 14 Allied Health Professions and to work with systems through the AHP Councils to build system thinking. The intended legacy of this investment is to provide organisations, systems and regions with dedicated insight into 14 AHP specific workforce issues and solutions.

AHPs represent the third largest workforce in the NHS, and include 14 distinct occupations including; art therapists, dietitians, dramatherapists, music therapists, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, osteopaths, paramedics, physiotherapists, podiatrists, prosthetists and orthotists, diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers, speech and language therapists.

For support or more information about AHPs please contact:

 

London

Laura Leadsford

laura.leadsford@hee.nhs.uk

South East

Rebecca Tyrell

Rebecca.tyrell@hee.nhs.uk

 

South West
Carrie Biddlecarrie.biddle@nhs.net
Midlands
Helen MarriottHelen.Marriott@hee.nhs.uk
East of England

Sara Ennew

Sara.Ennew@hee.nhs.uk

 

North West
Naomi McVeynaomi.mcvey@hee.nhs.uk
North East, Yorkshire and Humber
David MarsdenDavid.marsden@hee.nhs.uk

 

Mental health

New multi-disciplinary mental health framework – Children and Young People Mental Health Inpatient Competence Framework

The Children and Young People (CYP) Mental Health Inpatient Competence Framework outlines the core competencies required for all staff working in CYP MH inpatients services. It provides a standardised, evidence-based, and compassionate approach to support the workforce to provide high-quality care for children, young people, and their families.

The project has been developed based upon extensive involvement and consultation with experts by experience, parents, carers, and families.

The NHSE/I Quality Taskforce worked with HEE to commission the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health working in partnership with UCL to deliver this project.

Please share this framework widely with your children and young people’s mental health networks. In the upcoming months, we will support further discussions to inform high-quality practice using this framework.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please email mentalhealth@hee.nhs.uk or visit HEE CYP Mental Health webpages.

Workforce and education initiatives

Publication of the future of work experience discovery report

Work experience provides unique insights into NHS careers – the interactions, schedules, emotions, sensations and outcomes associated with the jobs on offer. The report recommends ways in which health and care provider organisations can use work experience to help achieve their recruitment objectives whilst making work experience opportunities more visible and the process of obtaining them easier and more equitable.

The recommended options outlined in the report are ambitious, including the development of a national work experience digital platform and service similar to NHS jobs. HEE will publish its official response to The Future of Healthcare Work Experience Discovery Report in the autumn. To read the report, go to http://www.hee.nhs.uk/workexperience.

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 39

Posted on: July 23rd, 2021 by Leanne Hargreaves No Comments

Key messages and links to 23 July 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s regular stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Latest messages from our Chief Executive
  • 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:

HEE looking to the future for the health and social care workforce
HEE has been commissioned by the Minister of State for Care, Helen Whately, to work with our partners and review long term strategic trends for the health and social care workforce.

This will review, renew and update the existing long term strategic framework for the health workforce, HEE’s Framework 15, to help ensure we have the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours to deliver world leading clinical services and continued high standards of patient care. For the first time ever, the framework will also include registered professionals working in social care, like nurses and occupational therapists.

Make sure your voice is heard

HEE has launched its formal ‘Call for Evidence’ aimed at developing a shared understanding of the future of the health and care workforce. We want to hear from as many stakeholders and partners as possible, including people who need care and support, patients, carers, members of the workforce, as well as students and trainees. Please complete the survey today.

This Call for Evidence will support the development of a long term strategic framework for health and social care workforce planning. This will review, renew and update the existing 15-year strategic framework for workforce planning, Framework 15. While Framework 15 focused on health only, this update will extend into social care, encompassing regulated professionals in social care for the first time.

 

HEE COVID-19 latest updates

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

To keep up to date with plans for medical training recovery, visit HEE COVID-19 webpages.

Minimising disruption and avoidable extensions caused by COVID-19’

In the second of a series of regular updates on the recovery of training, HEE’s Deputy Medical Director Sheona MacLeod, discusses how HEE is supporting educators to meet with doctors in training and understand their individual competence gaps and to mitigate the number and length of extensions to training.

We are collating a wide range of training intervention case studies from across the country. These will be added to over the next few weeks, and we are keen to encourage all employers, educators, and trainees to consider whether any of these solutions will help training progression for them individually or within their local area or region. Also, please share your training recovery suggestions with us at policyandregulation@hee.nhs.uk.

Read the full update on how HEE is working with the system to fund and support doctors to progress through training.   

 

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

Medical

Enhancing Junior Doctors’ Working Lives
Trainee doctors have shared their views on their training, working lives and wellbeing in a report, published today by Health Education England (HEE).

Enhancing Junior Doctors Working Lives (EJDWL) is a detailed look at how HEE has supported its trainee doctors over the last year. During 2020, many of them have had their education impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. HEE would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone involved: trainees and trainers, HEE and system colleagues, and the front-line NHS who form the pillar of the NHS community.

Flexible working options, more dynamic recruitment rounds, and a review of the assessment and progression process are some of the positive actions recognised by trainees in this year’s report. HEE has committed to embed the lessons learned from the COVID pandemic into everyday working, and to integrate new processes and approaches to support education and training in the future.

 

Pharmacy

The Trainee Pharmacist Foundation Year Programme

Over 500 pharmacy employers, education leads and training providers joined our webinars with NHSE/I and the General Pharmaceutical Council earlier this month, to focus on the implementation of the 2021/22 foundation training year.

This system-wide approach was a great opportunity to explain the key changes to education and training initiated by the regulator earlier this year, and to showcase brand new resources available to help support the changes.

You can find out more on our trainee pharmacist foundation year website.

Download the webinar resources from our dedicated designated supervisor page.  If you have any questions about the initial education and training of pharmacists and foundation training, please contact traineepharmacist@hee.nhs.uk.

 

Mental health

New Individual Placement Support mental health career resources to share – employment specialist role

We are pleased to launch a new Individual Placement Support (IPS) career resource, hosted on the elearning for healthcare website, to raise awareness of the IPS employment specialist role.

These animated videos support IPS evidence-based services in promoting roles that provide employment support services integrated within community mental health teams for people who experience severe mental health conditions.

The NHS Long Term Plan is committed to supporting an additional 35,000 people with severe mental illnesses where this is a personal goal to find and retain employment by 2023/24. To help us achieve this commitment, please share these resources with your networks to attract people to work in this rewarding role.

This animation is part of a series of workforce initiatives and will complement the emerging IPS recruitment hub launching August 2021. If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please email mentalhealth@hee.nhs.uk or visit the Individual Placement Support programme elearning for healthcare webpage. 

 

Workforce and education initiatives

HEE wins award at the ‘Oscars’ of the apprenticeship world

The Talent for Care National Apprenticeship Team are celebrating winning a national award for their work supporting employers to deliver apprenticeship programmes.

The team have been awarded ‘the outstanding contribution to the development’ in the employer’s category at the FE Week and Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) Apprenticeship Awards 2021. This is the second year running the HEE’s work with apprenticeships has been recognised.

The awards are a celebration of excellence in apprenticeship delivery in the UK and provide an opportunity to recognise the contribution of employers and providers.

 

The Future of Clinical Bioinformaticians in the NHS: An Assessment Report and Recommendations to Build and Boost the Future Workforce

HEE’s Digital Readiness Programme has commissioned a report to evaluate the current situation and shape the future of the clinical bioinformatics workforce in the NHS.

Clinical bioinformatics is the application of bioinformatics in clinical settings to improve the delivery of patient care. Clinical bioinformaticians are already an important workforce in the NHS and with the proliferation of digital technologies, their importance is set to increase. This two-phase project aims to assess the retention and utilization of clinical bioinformaticians in the NHS trusts, as well as to develop and implement necessary strategies for improvement. Read the report and provide feedback on the 10 recommendations that have been developed to improve the future of clinical bioinformatics as a profession in the NHS

 

Professional communities and networking for Health & Social Care informatics specialists: Consultation report

In 2020, HEE commissioned a discovery project to understand the needs of health and social care informatics professionals and their participation and involvement in networks, to improve professional and service development in the future. Through this work five recommendations were developed.

However, there were some gaps in this engagement from people early on in their careers and within certain sectors of the NHS and Social Care. In view of this, HEE decided to further test the recommendations with those that had not had an opportunity to input in the discovery project and this report gives an overview of these additional findings.


Resources developed to help reduce the impact of antibiotic resistance

We have launched two new videos to help support health and care staff in a variety of settings to understand and prevent the threats posed by antimicrobial resistance.

These video resources have been developed by HEE in collaboration with Public Health England (PHE), NHS England and NHS Improvement, Care Quality Commission and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. They can be found on HEE’s YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/wgqgqZIv8n4 and https://youtu.be/ONAivOFFV4A.

 

HEE provides two invaluable resources for clinicians in training

Newly qualified and junior doctors along with trainee pharmacists can tap into two invaluable resources as begin their transition during August rotation.

Our NHS Knowledge and Library Services team funds online access to over 130 medical handbooks published by Oxford University Press (OUP) and the clinical decision-making tool, BMJ Best Practice.

Both resources give clinicians an additional boost to their professional expertise and reassuring them they are making the right decisions backed by trusted evidence 24/7. All titles in the Oxford Medical Handbooks series as well as Oxford Handbooks in Nursing and the ‘Emergencies In…’ series are included while BMJ Best Practice provides step by step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention as well as medical calculators, how-to videos and patient information leaflets.

Get the handbooks at HEE/OUP site and BMJ Best Practice at bmj.com/hee . Both available via NHS OpenAthens (instructions here) or if you need help getting access please ask your Trust library team – they’ll be happy to guide you!

 

Opportunity to join Health Education England as the Head of Digital Transformation

Are you an established leader with expertise in agile principles and large whole-organisational change? Our Head of Digital Transformation will deliver the people, process and cultural changes to enable HEE to be a Digital First organisation.

Find out more about the role and apply.

 

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 38

Posted on: July 12th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Key Messages and links to 08 July 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s regular stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Latest messages from our Chief Executive
  • 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.
It has been, without doubt, one of the toughest years in the history of the NHS – and yet, where would we be without it?

Dr Navina Evans marks NHS73 birthday with special thank you message to NHS staff

HEE COVID-19 latest updates

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

To keep up to date with plans for medical training recovery, visit HEE COVID-19 webpages.

We must unite training and service recovery

In the first of a series of regular updates on the recovery of training, HEE’s Deputy Medical Director Sheona MacLeod, highlights the positive impact of unifying service and training recovery both now, and for the future.

Following the intense winter with COVID we are all acutely aware of the impact of the pandemic on all NHS clinical services. However, perhaps a less talked about, but equally significant issue for short-term recovery and the longer-term sustainability of these services, is the urgent need to get the training back on track for large numbers of postgraduate medical trainees. Read the full update on how HEE is working with the system to fund and support doctors to progress through training.

 Building a more supportive culture for returning trainees

HEE has launched a new video to encourage a positive training environment for trainees returning to training after time away. The film features an array of people promotion a supporting culture for returning trainees: from trainees themselves to consultants, academics such as Professor Michael West, and NHS leaders, including HEE’s Dr Navina Evans and NHS England and Improvement’s Prerana Issar.

The SuppoRTT (Supported Return to Training) programme recognises that every trainee will have different needs when they return to training and provides tools and resources to enable all trainees to feel confident, supported and prepared to return to training, whatever their formal training programme. This promotes trainee wellbeing and safe, high quality patient care.

By encouraging a supportive culture at every level, we want to ensure that every trainee is able to explain where they are up to and what specific support they need.

Find out more and watch the video.

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


National Education and Training Survey is live
HEE’s 2021 National Education and Training Survey (NETS) is live, giving students from across the country the chance to provide feedback on their clinical placement experience.  The survey will run until midnight on Friday 23 July 2021. To take part in the survey go to https://poll.hee.nhs.uk/s/netsjune21/

Medical

Record numbers of doctors join NHS specialty training

New data from HEE shows record numbers of doctors joining NHS specialty training programmes with more applicants, more posts and the highest ever fill rate, which is positive news for patients and the NHS.

The 2021 fill rate for England is 99.18 per cent across all specialties showing year on year improvement for four years running. 7846 doctors, an increase of 282 doctors over 2020, have accepted posts despite the challenges of the pandemic in delivering the recruitment exercises. The data shows recruitment for posts in England starting in August 2021, across all medical specialities.

 

Pharmacy

The Trainee Pharmacist Foundation Year Programme

Don’t miss our joint webinars with NHS England and NHS Improvement and the General Pharmaceutical Council. These webinars explore how the Initial Education and Training reform programme will be implemented in the 2021/2022 foundation training year (the new name for the pharmacist pre-registration training year). We were delighted to meet employers in primary care, hospital and education leads on 1 July. We now look forward to meeting community pharmacy employers, leads and training providers on Tuesday 13 July. Please save the date and join on Teams:

Community Pharmacy Workforce Survey (CPWS)

The CPWS closed on Friday 25 June. Our research partners are now starting data cleansing and analysis, with a final report due out in Autumn 2021. Please contact pharmacyteam@hee.nhs.uk for more information.

Workforce and education initiatives

HEE has launched a dedicated website for Advanced Practice

Building a recognised and visible advanced practitioner workforce is a priority for the NHS; there is a clear and identified need for highly experienced clinicians who are trained to an advanced level of practice.

HEE established the Centre for Advancing Practice to oversee the workforce transformation of advanced level practice, by establishing and monitoring standards for education and training, accrediting advanced level programmes, supporting and recognising practitioners, and growing and embedding the advanced and consultant practice workforce.

Blending across continents

The Blended Learning programme team is co-ordinating a series of three international roundtables with colleagues in California. Bringing together nursing leaders, subject matter experts and influencers ‘Sharing thoughts on simulation, regulation and workforce management’ will allow the invited participants to share ideas, data, experience and expertise to increase the impact of research. The series will result in the joint publication of a report (whitepaper) from the discussions and learning after the last event in November.

The first meeting took place on 30 June and focused of the impact of emerging technologies and simulation in the education and training of the current and future workforce. It was fully attended by all invitees with a lot of enthusiasm and drive to progress this agenda for nursing education and overall healthcare education.

Future round tables will look at ‘How can assurance be provided to regulators when using emerging technologies and simulation in education and training to meet required regulatory standards/ outcomes?’ and finally ‘How will emerging technologies, simulation and regulation impact the workforce in relation to new roles, new ways of working, recruitment, retention, upskilling and shortages?’

Estates and facilities apprenticeships employer engagement event
HEE will host an estates and facilities apprenticeships employer engagement event on the afternoon of 12 July.

The event will deliver useful information and discuss practical steps for employers that are considering using apprenticeships within NHS Estates and Facilities directorates. The event will provide the opportunity to discuss a wide range of apprenticeships applicable to Estates and Facilities including cleaning, hospitality, leadership, painting and decorating, joinery and engineering.

To register for the event please click here.

New County Lines Exploitation session added to All Our Health programme
A new elearning session to help health and care professionals protect vulnerable children from exploitation has been developed by HEE elfh and Public Health England.

The UK Government defines County Lines as a term used to describe gangs and organised criminal networks involved in exporting illegal drugs into one or more importing areas within the UK, using dedicated mobile phone lines or other form of ‘deal line’.

This new bite-sized resource, part of the All Our Health programme, helps health and care professionals to improve their knowledge of County Lines activity and offers advice on how they can support families and young people at risk of exploitation. For more information and to access the free County Lines Exploitation session, visit the All Our Health programme page.

SCRIPT: supporting safer prescribing practices in primary care
The SCRIPT elearning portfolio for the primary care workforce includes 24 modules in 4 categories, developed for GPs, GP trainees and other prescribing staff in primary care settings. The modules cover a range of therapeutic topics relating to prescribing and medicines safety in primary care settings, including:

  • Principles of Prescribing
  • Therapeutic Groups
  • Prescribing in Medical Emergencies
  • Prescribing in Special Circumstances

You can learn more about the SCRIPT elearning programme by visiting the SCRIPT website.

Learning Hub – roadmap published
HEE’s TEL team has published the roadmap for the Learning Hub to show the features and functionality that are planned for the digital platform in the coming months.

The Learning Hub is a digital platform that provides easy access to a wide range of education and training resources for the health and care workforce. Organisations and users can contribute and share resources for those in health and care to access.  The success of the Learning Hub relies on new resources being added.  It is encouraging to see more content being contributed and it would be great if even more people shared their resources for other colleagues to benefit from.

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. If you have any questions or would like to explore how the Learning Hub could support you and colleagues email enquiries@learninghub.nhs.uk.

Keep up to date with the latest additions to the elearning for healthcare platform here.

Thank you song for the NHS scoops top prize in HEE’s schools competition

A 10 year-old pupil from Bury is the overall winner of  HEE’s Step into the NHS competition after wowing judges with his catchy ‘Thank You’ song for the NHS, performed to the tune of the Traditional Wellerman sea shanty song.

 

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 37

Posted on: June 28th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Key Messages and links to 24 June 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s regular stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

  • Latest messages from our Chief Executive
  • 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.

Reset, recovery and reform

‘Throughout history, it has often taken a crisis to drive such rapid evolution’

HEE COVID-19 latest updates

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

HEE recently published a series of short animations to help keep doctors in training up to date with training recovery and explain how we are getting training back on track, flexible training opportunities available, and wellbeing resources. To keep up to date with plans for medical training recovery, visit HEE COVID-19 webpages.

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

National Education and Training Survey is now live
HEE’s 2021 National Education and Training Survey (NETS) is now live, giving students from across the country the chance to provide feedback on their clinical placement experience.

NETS collects opinions from students about their time in clinical placements to capture information on their learning experiences, what they thought worked well and what they think could be improved.  First piloted in 2018 and run twice a year, the survey is the only one of its type to cover multiple professions and the survey results provide vital feedback used to improve the quality of clinical placements across England.

The survey will run until midnight on Friday  23 July 2021. To take part in the survey go to https://poll.hee.nhs.uk/s/netsjune21/

Medical

Medical trainees join senior leaders to discuss tackling health inequalities

HEE learners and doctors in training were given the opportunity to put questions to Chief Medical Officer for England, Dr Chris Whitty, and Director of Education and Quality and Medical Director at HEE, Professor Wendy Reid, at the National Trainee Engagement Forum (NTEF) Insight Event on 9 June, 2021.

Find out more on Dr Raees Lunat and Dr Vidushi Golash, NTEF co-chairs and clinical fellows to the Medical Director at HEE, as they reflect on the event here.

Nursing

Expansion of clinical placements gets £15m boost

We have pledged £15m to fund additional clinical placements across nursing, midwifery, allied health professionals (AHPs) and healthcare science, in 2021/22.

This funding will increase the number of placements offered to nursing, midwifery AHP, and healthcare students from September 2021, and will enable HEE to deliver the future health and care workforce in sufficient numbers and with the skills the NHS needs.

Education providers are anticipating a significant growth in student numbers this year across the healthcare professions. Applications in England have risen by 34% for nursing and 27% for AHPs and the expansion of clinical placements will enable providers to meet this demand.

Maternity

HEE adds new midwifery degree to blended learning programme

The introduction of a new blended learning degree in midwifery has moved a step closer as we announced four universities who will deliver the degree by March 2022.

The midwifery degree is the latest qualification to be included in HEE’s blended programme. It joins the nursing degree that was announced in July last year to help boost the nursing workforce and support the vision to open up the nursing profession to a much wider group of people. Students will emerge with a Bachelor’s degree in midwifery after 20 months to three years training depending on the chosen pathway.

Pharmacy

Community Pharmacy Workforce Survey (CPWS)

The deadline for the CPWS has been extended to Friday 25 June to ensure that we receive the maximum number of responses possible. This survey will help us to raise visibility of the community pharmacy workforce and help us to target education and training support to where it is most needed. Direct communications have been sent to pharmacy contractors to advise them of the extended deadline and encourage them to complete the survey. Please contact our research partners on CPWS2021-queries@manchester.ac.uk for more information.

Pharmacy Technicians – 10-year anniversary as a registered profession
Registration for pharmacy technicians with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) became mandatory in July 2011. In October 2020 there were 20,372 pharmacy technicians in England on the GPhC register (Source GPhC).

Thursday, 1 July 2021 marks 10 years of pharmacy technicians becoming a registered profession. We are working with key stakeholders to raise awareness on social media using #pharmtechreg10 and supporting the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK (APTUK) with their virtual event.

The Trainee Pharmacist Foundation Year Programme

We are running joint webinars with NHS England and NHS Improvement and the General Pharmaceutical Council to explore how the Initial Education and Training reform programme will be implemented in the 2021/2022 Foundation Training Year (the new name for the pre-registration training year).

Please save the date and join on Teams:

Contact the HEE National Pharmacy Team at traineepharmacist@hee.nhs.uk with any questions.

AHPs

AHP student practice-based learning programme webinar

Earlier this week, the AHP student practice-based learning programme held a webinar to celebrate 12 months of innovation and launched a new animation. The animation outlines what practice-based learning is and what are the benefits to student Allied Health Professional students? It describes how Health Education England is working across the sector to support and build practice-based learning opportunities to enhance student learning.

The webinar shared gold standard innovation in TECS, simulation, non-clinical examples of practice-based learning. It was held as a celebration and to say thank you to everyone for their willingness to adapt quickly to a changing world and embrace the opportunity to lead the way with innovative projects. Visit our practice-based learning resource page for more event recordings, slides, guides and videos here and view the animations here.

Workforce and education initiatives

New NHS training aims to address loneliness and social isolation

Staff across the NHS, care and voluntary sectors will have access to a range of interventions and information about how to refer or signpost people who may be at risk of loneliness and social isolation.

A new elearning resource has been developed in collaboration with Public Health England and the Campaign to End Loneliness. It provides information to help health and care learners to recognise people who may be at risk from loneliness and social isolation and understand the potential negative outcomes this may have on their health.

A week to champion genomics in healthcare

Join HEE’s Genomics Education Programme (GEP) on Monday 28th June 2021 as they launch their #GenomicsConversation week of action campaign. Aimed at the nursing, midwifery and health visiting community, the week is an opportunity for the programme to demonstrate how relevant genomics is in practice today.

Free online activities will be available throughout the week, tailored to reflect each day’s theme. This year the GEP are pleased to launch several new podcast interviews, related resources and blogs that will be published as part of our range of curated content. In partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement the GEP is also co-hosting the first of three educational webinars. A calendar of activities will shortly be available to download. With just over a week to go. follow the GEP on social media or check out their webpage for news and updates on the week.

Partnership offers free e-leaning resource for UK NHS organisations

HEE has boosted its elearning portfolio for the health and care workforce, by partnering with FutureLearn.com to provide short courses to the NHS for free.

The partnership means fees are waived for all NHS-authored courses on FutureLearn. HEE is the lead partner, though all NHS organisations in the UK have the option to create courses and then make these available via the FutureLearn platform.The new partnership consolidates several existing partnerships between different NHS organisations and FutureLearn, to provide a unified experience for learners and making it easier for health and care organisations to create courses.

The courses which are currently eligible as part of the partnership are available on the Learning Hub: https://learninghub.nhs.uk/catalogue/futurelearn

An introduction to the HEE Star: accelerating workforce redesign

Do you have a role or interest in health and care workforce redesign, transformation or planning? Have you heard about the HEE Star and want to know more?

We are hosting short, one-hour webinars to raise awareness and enhance understanding about the HEE Star – a proven methodology designed to tackle a broad range of health and care workforce challenges.

Whether you’re part of an ICS/STP or primary care network, in a CCG, CSU or Trust or an arms-length body, the HEE Star is applicable. The webinar will give you a general overview and understanding of the HEE Star methodology demonstrating how and where it can be effectively used, and highlighting the benefits to your organisation and workforce.

There are two dates available:

  • 10-11am Tuesday 13 July 2021
  • 10-11am Wednesday 22 September 2021

To book your place please complete this short registration form

Stroke training offers health professionals the support they need

HEE has launched its first multi-professional Stroke Training Guide in a bid to improve health and social care workers’ understanding and response to the condition.

A digitised version of the guide, the Stroke Toolkit, is now available. It offers consistent, credible, and helpful resources relating to stroke. This is underpinned by the Fundamentals of Acute Care and Treatment in Stroke (FACTS) elearning modules, which are linked to the Stroke Specific Education Framework (SSEF).

This has been launched alongside six rehabilitation videos, which cover possible cognitive and communication problems, functional independence, how a person’s mood may be affected, swallowing and appropriate positioning after stroke. Find out more on our Long Term Conditions programme page. 

 

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 36

Posted on: June 12th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Key Messages and links to 11th June 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s regular stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

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

HEE COVID-19 latest updates

We have created a COVID-19 update webpage from 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.

HEE training recovery animations released

HEE recently published a series of short animations to help keep doctors in training up to date with training recovery and explain how we are getting training back on track, flexible training opportunities available, and wellbeing resources. To keep up to date with plans for medical training recovery, visit HEE COVID-19 webpages.

The second impact of COVID-19 survey is now live – please share with nursing, midwifery, and allied health professional (AHP) students

The second student impact of COVID-19 survey is now live and closes on Friday 18 June. This short survey has been designed to gather nursing, midwifery, and AHP student’s experience during the period November 2020– April 2021.

It builds on the first Impact of COVID-19 survey that took place in June 2020. The findings from this survey will be compared with those from 2020 and will help us to further understand the impact of COVID-19 on academic study and clinical learning outcomes. The survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete.

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

Medical

Funding boost to medical training

Doctors currently in training will be supported with funding from the government to help address the impact of the pandemic and ensure the NHS has access to the skills it needs to help tackle the training backlog.

We are working closely with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the General Medical Council, NHSE/I, NHS Employers and individual college leads to get training back on track. To find out more, read the medical funding boost news story.

New UK Foundation programme curriculum 2021

The Foundation Programme curriculum, which underpins the training and professional development of newly graduated doctors, relaunches for the first time in five years this summer.

The UKFPO put together a series of resources that will help trainees, trainers and foundation schools to understand what the new curriculum means for them. To access these resources and for information on how to keep up with the UKFPO, please visit the UKFPO website.

Nursing

HEE and NHSE/I learning disability nursing celebration online event

Join us on Wednesday 21 July 10:00-16:00, to celebrate the contribution of students, newly registered learning disability nurses and nursing associates. To attend, complete the webinar registration form.

Nursing associate opportunities within Learning Disability webinar

Our upcoming webinar on 16 June, 12:30-14:00 will explore the role of the nursing associate within the learning disability sector. It will provide insights both from an employer and nursing associates perspective. To attend, complete the webinar registration form.

Retention masterclass – supporting our newly qualified nurses

On 5 July, 16:00-17:00 join the MS Teams Live masterclass session to learn how we can better retain our newly qualified nurses. To join the session, register for a place on the retention master class booking form.

New nursing associates case studies

We have published additional nursing associate case studies which highlight the experiences of registered and trainee roles in older adults community mental health, primary care, and a nursing home for adults with physical disabilities.

New qualification to boost critical care workforce on track for roll out from September

We recently published an update on the progress with the recently announced new qualification for staff working in critical care.  The qualification for nurses announced in March has been released for tender with education providers and system providers invited to bid to run a standardised critical care training programme from as early as September 2021.

Maternity

Student midwife Expansion workshop

On Tuesday 6 July 9:00-12.00, we are holding a workshop to collaborate, share good practices, and develop ways to expand the number of student midwives across the region.

There will also be an opportunity to discuss Future Midwife NMC standards with Dr Jacqui Williams and HEE Lead Midwife Sally Ashton May. Other topics for the session include RePAIR, Return to Practice, and Apprenticeships. You can attend the workshop on the day by using this link.

HEE launches maternity support worker level 3 curriculum

We have launched the maternity support worker (MSW) Competency, Education and Career Development Framework in 2019 as part of a project to develop the role of support workers. Access the full maternity support worker level 3 curriculum.

Maternity high impact areas webinar series – supporting health weight before, during and between pregnancies

We would like to invite you to the PHE Supporting healthy weight before, during and between pregnancies webinar, taking place online via Microsoft Teams Live Events on Tuesday 29 June 2021 from 14:00 to 15:30. To see full details about the programme and register to attend, please visit the webinar website. 

Perinatal mental health survey on transforming training and educational resources available to staff

We are running a perinatal mental health survey to better understand how we need to help health and care professionals develop their skills to provide perinatal mental health services in line with the aspirations in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Pharmacy

New resources launched to support pharmacy careers

We have launched a new set of online resources to advise people who are considering a career in pharmacy. A Health Careers animation and interactive PDF can be found on the HEE website and include a range of useful information for anyone considering a pharmacy career.

Call for community pharmacies to take part in workforce survey

We encourage all community pharmacies to take part in a survey to help plan our future investment in education and training. The community pharmacies workforce survey launched earlier this month and is being carried out by the University of Manchester. It will help HEE and partners better understand the make-up of the community pharmacy workforce and inform future planning and system investment decisions.

AHPs

Student physiotherapy placement innovations showcased in new films

film series launched by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy showcases innovative approaches to practice placements in ways that benefit both educators and learners.

Guide to practice based learning for AHP Students in Leadership

This guide details the possibilities and benefits of offering practice based learning (PBL) in leadership for AHP students. It includes key examples that we hope will help enable you to host leadership PBL for AHP students, to achieve their learning outcomes and enhance their professional skills and employability.

Dietetic roadmap consultation – Please share with networks

A First Contact Practitioner (FCP) is a diagnostic clinician working in Primary Care at the top of their clinical scope of practice. We are currently working with the British Dietetic Association to develop the First Contact Practitioner to Advanced Practitioner in Primary Care dietetic roadmap and looking for feedback by 20 June 2021.

HCPC Return to Practice – myth busting

The Return to Practice team for AHPs, healthcare scientists, and practising psychologists have selected the top questions they receive and answered in this campaign to bust the top myths around the programme, while proving useful answers aimed specifically at those thinking about returning to practice.

Developing the role of AHP Support Workers

We recently established an AHP support workforce programme to provide national leadership and support for recognising, developing and expanding the non-registered AHP workforce.

A draft AHP Support Worker Competency, Education and Career Development Framework is now being consulted until Friday 2 July 2021. We’re encouraging and inviting organisations, rather than individuals to respond via the online survey. You can find out more about the AHP Support Worker programme by visiting the  HEE website.

Chief Allied Health Professions Officer’s Awards are now open

Applications for the 2021 Chief AHPs Officer’s Awards are now open. The Chief AHPs Officers Awards highlight and celebrate the outstanding contribution made by AHP to improving health, care, and wellbeing for citizens and communities.  The application closes at midnight on Friday 31 July 2021. Please contact england.cahpo@nhs.net for any queries.

Workforce and education initiatives

Offering trainees full grants for clinical endoscopist training

We are offering students and endoscopy services a flexible way to train healthcare professionals to perform safe endoscopic procedures. These fully funded 30 and 40-week blended learning programmes are run jointly with a trust. They provide clinical supervision, and all academic content is delivered online.

New national wound care core capabilities framework

We have published a new England-wide multi-professional framework that sets out the knowledge and skills needed by all levels of the health and social care workforce to deliver high quality, consistent wound care across all settings, improving healing rates and patient outcomes.

Study into the impact of emerging technology on the information profession

NHS Knowledge and Library Services in England has welcomed the publication of an independent report outlining ‘The impact of Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, automation and robotics on the information professions.’ To find out more, read the emerging technology news story.

Co-designing an Artificial Intelligence capability framework for health and care

A number of high-profile organisations are collaborating with Health Education England and the University of Manchester to help shape the future of education and training in Artificial Intelligence.

Attendees including Babylon HealthBarclaysGoogle Health and Bupa recently came together to take part in a virtual workshop to help shape an AI capability framework, which will outline the knowledge, skills, behaviours and professional attributes that are needed by clinical professionals working in health and care.

Read more about the workshop and HEE’s Digital, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Technologies in Education (DART-Ed) programme, which is delivered with key partners, including NHSX.

Graduates into Health programme looking for NHS managers to help mentor future leaders in digital, data and technology

The Health Innovation Network’s Graduates into Health team has recruited over 70 graduates into 27 NHS organisations nationally through its NHS Graduate Digital, Data & Technology (DDaT) scheme and will be recruiting hundreds more in the next couple of years.

As part of the two-year scheme, commissioned by Health Education England and supported by NHSX, each graduate receives a mentor to help shape their development. The team is seeking NHS managers from a wide range of backgrounds (e.g., informatics, clinical, operational management) – to get involved contact lianne.onslow1@nhs.net.

There’s still chance to apply for forward thinking digital futures programme

HEE working in partnership with Yale University, USA are looking for the digital leaders of tomorrow who want to explore health and social care on an international scale to enable them to collaborate more effectively to deliver better outcomes for the populations they serve.

The programme is aimed at groups of senior leaders and each team should include a Local Authority lead, a senior educationalist and a senior clinician or manager from within a local health and social care system.

Apply today for this unique international digital leadership programme.

The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in Learning Disabilities and Autism

The training is named after Oliver McGowan, whose death shone a light on the need for health and social care staff to have better training.

The training will ensure staff working in health and social care receive learning disability and autism training, at the right level for their role. They will have a better understanding of people’s needs, resulting in better services and improved health and wellbeing outcomes.

Health Education England is marking Care Month and Learning Disability Awareness week 14-20th June to highlight the training and to also share information from the webpages.

Please take a look at the video of Oliver’s story https://youtu.be/MG_qK5R1_as and if you would like to find out more, you can register for the next public stakeholder event on Zoom on 6th July registration is now open.  This event is open for everyone, including carers and their families.

Updates from elearning for healthcare (elfh)  

Recent updates on the elfh platform include:

 

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 35

Posted on: June 1st, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Key Messages and links to 27 May 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s regular stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

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

HEE COVID-19 LATEST UPDATES:

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

 

Post-graduate medical education training recovery
HEE has produced a short video by Prof. Sheona MacLeod, to help keep doctors in training up to date for training recovery, along with three short animations to explain how we are getting training back on track, flexible training opportunities available and wellbeing resources for trainees. Find out more on our website.

 

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

New curriculum for foundation doctors launches this summer

The Foundation Programme (FP) curriculum, which underpins the training and professional development of newly graduated doctors, relaunches for the first time in five years this summer.

The curriculum sets out a holistic approach to care including physical health, mental health and social health and the skills required to manage this in both acute and community settings and for patients with chronic conditions.

Foundation doctors must demonstrate that they are competent in the traditional elements of medical training but also in areas such as communication and consultation skills, patient safety and teamwork. The curriculum provides a framework for educational progression that will help them achieve these skills and supports them through the first two years of professional development after graduation from medical school.

High standards of support and the importance of direct observation in the workplace feature strongly in the 2021 curriculum. It has a reduced number of higher-level outcomes and professional capabilities which means it is easier to follow and provides a more streamlined approach. There are also changes for clinical and educational supervisors, who are required to have a better understanding of equality and diversity issues and have up to date CPD in foundation training.

HEE supports study into impact of emerging technology on the information profession

HEE has welcomed publication of an independent report outlining ‘The impact of AI, machine learning, automation and robotics on the information professions.’

The independent research study was published this week and was undertaken by Dr. Andrew Cox from Sheffield University to understand how AI, machine learning, process automation and robotics impact on the work of information professionals. The full research report is published by CILIP, the library and information association with the support of HEE. It sets out a detailed and methodical analysis of the challenges and opportunities presented by this new generation of technologies.

 

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

HEE call for Community Pharmacies to take part in national workforce survey

Pharmacies across the country are today being urged to take part in HEE’s national survey which looks at the size and shape of the community pharmacy sector workforce.

The Community Pharmacies workforce survey which was launched earlier this month will help HEE and partners to better understand the make-up of the community pharmacy workforce and inform its future planning and system investment decisions.

The survey collects information on staff numbers, recruitment experiences and working patterns of staff employed in each community pharmacy premises. It has been sent to pharmacies across the country – from independent community pharmacies to multiple chains such as Asda, Boots, Lloyds, Morrison’s, Rowlands, Superdrug, Tesco and Well. This is the second time the survey has been conducted across England and HEE is working towards making this an annual survey from 2022.  The closing date for responses is Friday 18 June 2021.

For more information on the survey please read our FAQs.

 

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

New qualification to boost critical care workforce on track for roll out from September

HEE has provided an update on progress with the recently announced new qualification for staff working in critical care.

The qualification for nurses announced in March has been released for tender with Education providers and system providers invited to bid to run a standardised critical care training programme from as early as September 2021.

HEE wants to support a standardised blended learning training course which will offer participants greater flexibility of access particularly those who will have to balance commitments such as having a young family or a caring role, challenges in relation to travel and will be available 7 days a week. Training for the standardised qualification is expected to take between 6 to 12 months and will provide a nationally recognised pathway for a career in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) whether that is becoming a pod or shift leader, becoming a clinical educator or leading nursing research.

HEE has secured £10m funding to deliver this key training which is aimed nurses working in critical care as well as Allied Health Professionals. The funding will support as many as 10,500 nursing staff in furthering their careers in ICU.

 

NHS Knowledge and Library Services Awareness Week, 14 – 18 June

NHS Knowledge and Library Services Awareness Week will profile the positive impact of the work undertaken by NHS knowledge and library specialists.  These teams work closely with healthcare staff and learners to drive informed decision making and evidence-based care from board to bedside in all areas of clinical and operational healthcare.

This celebration will launch the Knowledge for Healthcare strategy, Health Education England’s ambition is for all NHS staff and learners benefit equally from high-quality knowledge services and for the NHS to optimise the expertise of knowledge and library teams.

This is an opportunity to shine a light on the benefits that NHS knowledge and library services deliver, working with colleagues in every speciality – there for every member of the NHS.

Taking the ‘heavy lifting’ out of bringing reliable, up to date evidence to healthcare, library teams free up the time of their colleagues. Knowledge specialists and librarians deliver the right information enabling multidisciplinary teams to make informed decisions at the right time, at the point of need.

Join us to celebrate and find out more and download promotional resources NHS Knowledge and Library Services Awareness Week

 

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 34

Posted on: May 17th, 2021 by Rachel Gowland No Comments

Key Messages and links to 14 May 2021

Welcome to Health Education England’s regular stakeholder bulletin.

In this bulletin we will provide:

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

HEE COVID-19 LATEST UPDATES:

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

 

Post-graduate medical education training recovery
Following the major disruption to postgraduate medical education during the last year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Education England (HEE) is working with the Department of Health and Social Care, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the General Medical Council and NHS England and Improvement to support training recovery as an urgent priority. Many trainees were redeployed to COVID-facing settings or had elective learning opportunities cancelled, resulting in substantial impact on experiential learning and curriculum attainment.

Our focus is now on implementing a carefully developed collaborative training recovery plan. This will minimise the number of trainees with learning gaps significant enough to require training extensions, and will maintain the quality of training opportunities to ensure as many trainees as possible are able to safely progress and get their training back on track.

We accept that some trainees will still require an increase in training time; however, with successful recovery processes to support training outcomes, this will not be a universal requirement. Furthermore, without a robust recovery plan, extensions to training time alone are unlikely to lead to comprehensive acquisition of the required skills and knowledge.

This is a complex programme, and together we are working closely with partner organisations, employers, and educators to ensure training reset, recovery and reform remains at the heart of service recovery across the NHS in England.

Solutions for training recovery will vary between regions, providers and specialities and there will be a range of training recovery solutions, tailored to individual trainees’ needs, to support their wellbeing and ensure that quality remains at the heart of training and service delivery.

To help devise these individualised recovery plans, we are asking trainees to speak with their educational supervisor or training programme director in a one-to-one conversation. These conversations are an initial opportunity for trainees and educators to reflect on the past year, think about learning and wellbeing needs, and plan for their training recovery.

We recognise that these plans require significant investment both in time and resource at local level. To support this HEE has secured specific funding through the Department of Health and Social Care for the successful implementation of the recovery plan. This dedicated fund will support employers to deliver these training recovery conversations, collate trainees’ learning needs, support trainees with their individual training recovery plans and develop trust-level recovery solutions.

It is our shared aim that the combination of a robust plan and the resource to deliver it will effectively support trainees and allow postgraduate medical education to get back on track.

You can find more information to support one-to-one conversations and training recovery here.

 

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

Delivering greater flexibility through less than full time training

HEE is working with partners to build greater flexibility in training and is committed to increasing flexibility in postgraduate medical training. As a part of HEE’s work to Enhance Junior Doctors Working Lives several initiatives have been developed with partners to increase flexibility within Post Graduate Medical Education. Feedback from trainees indicate that many trainees would appreciate the opportunity to pursue a more flexible approach to their training. Less Than Full Time (LTFT) Training Category 3 allows trainees to request the opportunity to undertake a period of less than full time training for personal choice and was initially made available in Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Find out more here.

 

Pharmacy update

We continue to work with system partners to implement the review of pharmacy education and training recommendations, in line with the NHS Long Term Plan and NHS People Plan.

A major reform programme is under way to start aligning pharmacists’ Initial Education and Training (IET) with newly revised learning outcomes. These will provide newly qualified pharmacists with the necessary consultation skills and confidence to provide the clinical services expected by patients and the NHS, working across health systems. You can find out more about the reforms and our role here.

The Community Pharmacy Workforce Survey 2021 launched on 7 May. This aims to provide an up-to-date picture of the size and shape of the community pharmacy workforce (including locums). The survey will be conducted this spring, with the findings published in the autumn. Find out more on our website.

Registration for the Interim Foundation Pharmacist Programme (IFPP) is now closed. The programme will continue to support learners to develop their foundation practice. It will also continue to support learners working towards a summer registration assessment. Find out more about the programme on the IFPP website.

 

Virtual learning is here to stay – shape the support that will help you drive excellence

If you are involved in virtual learning then we need your help. HEE’s Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team is working on supporting educators to deliver best practice virtual learning, building on what we have already done.

The Virtual Instructor Led Learning (VILL) project aims to:

  • Increase the confidence and capability of health and care educators when teaching virtually
  • Support educators to apply best practice VILL principles when designing and delivering their teaching virtually
  • Drive excellence as we move to a ‘Digital first’ future

We would like to understand your key issues, opportunities and priorities regarding delivering virtual learning so we can focus on providing a portfolio of solutions that will support the needs of the educators community.

Take the short (10-15 minute) survey which will close at midnight on Sunday 23 May 2021 to have your say, or get in touch directly with vicki.tinkler@hee.nhs.uk.

 

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

The Oliver McGowan mandatory training in learning disability and autism

HEE has recently produced a 20-minute video telling Oliver’s story which is told by Paula McGowan, Oliver’s mum.  This video will form part of the partner trial training and explains why the training is so important and how Oliver died.

You can also find out more about Oliver’s campaign and story by visiting our HEE webpages.  There is also an up-to-date frequently asked questions document which will tell you more.

We are planning to hold another stakeholder event on 6 July 2021 between 10am -12noon and the registration link will be live on our website this month for people to join.  We will once again hear how our partners are progressing and an opportunity to ask questions. If you’d like to find out more, you can email information.team@skillsforcare.org.uk or on Twitter at #Oliverscampaign

 

Digital Futures Programme – “Using Education to Prepare the Clinical Workforce to Deliver the Digital Future”

Working in partnership with Yale University, USA, this international digital leadership programme will offer a unique and comprehensive learning experience that includes experiential learning, access to vast curricular resources, interaction with top-tier academic and practitioner faculty from both the UK and US, and culmination in a certificate from a world-class university.

Teams are made up of representatives from Health, Care and Local Government in each ICS/STP to expand thinking from local to global, explore and look for solutions to health and social care problems outside of the ‘local system,’ and broaden perspectives on the importance of digital. For more information and to apply for the programme see the HEE website.

 

New NHS Patient Safety Syllabus

HEE has published the first NHS-wide Patient Safety Syllabus which applies to all NHS employees and will result in all NHS employees receiving enhanced patient safety training.

The new National Patient Safety Syllabus, which was produced in partnership with NHS England and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, outlines a new approach to patient safety emphasising a proactive approach to identifying risks to safe care while also including systems thinking and human factors.

Level one and two learning materials will be available on the elearning for Health platform for staff to access and complete from August and September 2021.

To view the syllabus and find out more visit https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/patient-safety.

 

National Inclusivity and Diversity in Volunteering conference

On Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 June, during National Volunteers Week (1 – 7 June 2021), HEE will host a national conference to showcase and highlight the significance of volunteering within health and social care.

The conference will highlight, among other things, the importance of inclusive and diverse volunteering and discuss how barriers to taking part in volunteering opportunities and social action can be broken down. Additionally, the conference will focus on employer supported volunteering, the benefits, how we learn from other sectors and address the ‘big questions’ for the future of volunteering.

During the conference we will hear from volunteers about their experiences of inclusivity and diversity within volunteering, and how to create inclusive opportunities, offer a toolkit to genuine involvement and foster a culture of worthwhile, valuable experience.

To attend the conference, please register at: https://registration.volunteering2021.com/future-of-volunteering

 

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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