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Clinical Imaging – latest updates

Posted on: October 19th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

It’s a busy time for the Clinical Imaging programme as we continue to create new content to help develop the skills of our workforce. Reviews and new development are, as always, our priority.

Dorothy Keane, Clinical Lead at the Society and College of Radiographers, gives a brief overview of updates that have been made to the resource.

Reminder: new Adult Pathology module

We recently launched our Adult Pathology module to enable recognition of bone or soft tissue changes on conventional radiographs. These sessions help you recognise a range of pathologies from arthritis, to gout, to malignant tumours. Our current development includes Paediatric Pathology, the importance of which is evident- identifying a malignant tumour early could save a life.

Coming soon

We are working on sessions which will support radiographers recognising pulmonary emboli in CT, sessions supporting overseas radiographers, and some covering latest developments in AI and inclusive practice in medical radiation safety.

We have always strived to focus unrelentingly on patients, keeping them at the centre of every decision we make. By developing the skills of radiographers we can be assured that patients receive care from professionals who have the required knowledge and skills to enhance and support the patient’s journey through the imaging department. By developing the skills of other health professionals who look at radiographs daily, be they junior doctors, nurses or allied health professionals, we further invest in patient care and safety.

Our regular reviews ensure that our sessions remain up to date to include new guidelines, procedures and protocols and current practice. This gives our programme the professional credibility which I’m sure is behind its success.

Accessing the training

To find out more and access the training, visit the Clinical Imaging programme page.

Reducing the risk of health deterioration for people with a learning disability

Posted on: October 17th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

People with a learning disability can often be reliant on health and care staff, including social prescribers and non-clinical colleagues, to help them manage their needs and support them to access services. They also experience greater health inequalities compared to the general population.

Healthcare staff including those in non-clinical roles can now access the Caring for People with Learning Disabilities elearning – a free online training programme that aims to reduce preventable causes of ill health, as well as the health inequalities that people with learning disabilities face.

Developed by the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership in collaboration with NHS England, this training comprises four sessions which have been selected as important areas of learning:

  1. Constipation: Constipation is a common health issue for people with learning disabilities for a number of reasons and this resource provides advice and support for carers about why this might be and how they can reduce this for the people they are supporting.
  2. ReSTORE: One of the issues highlighted for people with a learning disability or autism is that communication isn’t always good between a service user and a service. This can result in a person not being able to communicate their health status effectively or in a timely way. Supporting people to understand and inform the right person at the right time when someone with a learning disability is becoming unwell is one of the ways that we want to help colleagues. Carers can also use other things to support the information they give to a health professional; this is called ReSTORE2 mini project. Within this training module we can support you to understand how to use the pulse oximeter as a communication tool to get your concern across to a health professional to get the right support at the right time.
  3. Annual Health Check: Annual Health Check for people with a Learning Disability from the age of 14 is an opportunity to have a full, head to toe examination to make sure that there are no undiagnosed health issues.
  4. Reasonable Adjustments: Reasonable adjustments are required under the Equality Act to help ensure that people who have a disability get the right support to be able to access health services. This session will help carers to gain a good understanding of what reasonable adjustments are and what you can do to support people to get these put in place.

We are also pleased to advise that the elearning will soon be available for unpaid carers. We will share further information about this as it becomes available.

You can find out more by visiting the Caring for People with Learning Disabilities training pages on the NHS Learning Hub.

Adult Pathology and Orthopaedics updates to the Clinical Imaging elearning programme

Posted on: September 14th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

Dorothy Keane, Clinical Lead at the Society and College of Radiographers, gives a brief overview of updates that have been made to our Clinical Imaging elearning programme.

The online training is free to access for healthcare staff and is the ideal resource to support all imaging staff.

Adult Pathology Sessions

“As radiographers, you are constantly looking at images of patients who have been referred from the emergency department, ward, outpatients, or a GP. Having the knowledge to recognise and identify bony changes which may represent a pathology will enable you to ‘flag’ the images to allow a faster report and quicker referral to a specialist”. Dorothy Keane, Clinical Lead

A new module has been developed to complement our Clinical Imaging programme. We have created 12 new sessions which give a general outline of a wide range of conditions and diseases and the related pathophysiological changes encountered on radiographs. These pathologies are commonly seen on radiographs and a knowledge of how bone and soft tissue changes manifest on radiographs will be discussed using images and diagrams. There is an opportunity to assess learning throughout each session which consist of 4 introductory sessions and 8 which focus on specific anatomical regions and discuss specific pathologies related to those regions.

Clinical Imaging – Orthopaedics

Have you looked at the 2 orthopaedic modules in elfh’s Clinical Imaging programme?

Our Orthopaedic Imaging modules explore follow-up images post orthopaedic surgery. The introductory session explains the post-operative plan for patients who have undergone orthopaedic procedures and why imaging is essential to assess the interventions.

Further sessions cover procedures involving the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle and foot, hand and wrist, long bones, vertebral column (spine) and pelvis in both emergency trauma and elective surgery. Each procedure is described with accompanying photographs of the prosthetics and instrumentation. The rationale for carrying out the procedure is discussed. Images are used to demonstrate post-procedure appearances and describe post-operative complications such as loosening of metalwork and infection.

The 2nd module, Orthopaedic Intervention, introduces the operating theatre outlining the environment, equipment, sterile procedures, infection control and staff roles. Radiographers often rotate into theatre and may have limited experience of certain procedures – this can, and often does, create an atmosphere of tension within the operating theatre for both the radiographer and the orthopaedic surgeons. These sessions have been designed to help prepare radiographers for theatre work. It provides detailed advice on the position and movements of the image intendifier for a range of orthopaedic procedure involving the upper and lower limbs and the vertebral column.

Accessing the training

To find out more and access the training, visit the Clinical Imaging programme page.

A warm welcome to Foundation doctors from the elearning for healthcare hub

Posted on: August 7th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

As we welcome Foundation doctors to the new academic year, we are pleased to advise that first and second year trainees are able to access the official Foundation elearning programme via NHS England’s elearning for healthcare (elfh) hub.

The elearning programme covers the entire foundation curriculum and will provide evidence of a colleague’s learning to the General Medical Council, as well as being recorded in their ePortfolio.

Completing sessions early will help colleagues get more out of their attachments in the Foundation years, and the elearning will also help them to cover parts of the curriculum that they may otherwise not encounter.

May we take this opportunity to warmly welcome colleagues to the Foundation programme, and we hope that you enjoy using these training resources.

Accessing the elearning

All Foundation doctors have been automatically registered on the elearning and can access it at by clicking the ‘Log in to your elearning’ button in the top right hand corner of the page. Colleagues will need to link their ePortfolio to their elfh elearning activity and should refer to the email they have been sent from the elfh Registration Team for information on how to do this.

For more information on how to log in, access your elearning and technical checks, please visit elfh’s support pages.

An Introduction to Personal Health Budgets - revised elearning module

Posted on: July 12th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

The ‘introduction to personal health budgets’ elearning module has been updated. This online training is intended to support all staff who are involved in the delivery of personal health budgets. The module covers a variety of topics including: the legal right to have a PHB, budget management options, and what a PHB can and cannot be spent on. It also offers guidance on the steps involved in implementing and maintaining a PHB, and the key features that ensure people experience the best outcomes possible.

To find out more and access the revised elearning module, visit the Personal Health Budgets elearning page.

Getting the most out of Supervised Learning Events: Foundation update (July 2023)

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

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

Supervised learning events (SLEs) are an essential part of your learning in your 2 foundation years. Even if you think you know how to get the best out of them, you could still get more by doing the SLE elearning sessions whilst you are at the start of the academic year.

The following sessions cover the principles of assessment, through to effective use of feedback, evaluation and case based discussion:


The sessions cover key areas in your curriculum on:

FPC 10: Teaching the teacher

FPC 12: Continuing Professional Development

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

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

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

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



Screenshot from the SCRIPT webpage

SCRIPT: supporting safer prescribing practices by healthcare professionals

Healthcare students and professionals can improve their knowledge in prescribing and therapeutics by accessing free elearning through SCRIPT which is designed to meet the continuing professional development needs of those working with medicines and to benefit patient care.

Launched in 2010 by the University of Birmingham and OCB Media, SCRIPT was commissioned by NHS England to provide elearning programmes for foundation doctors and dentists, paediatric trainees, nurses, general practitioners, pharmacists and other non-medical prescribers. The programmes are also appropriate for undergraduate medical, pharmacy and nursing students.

Covering a wide range of therapeutic topics, SCRIPT modules take approximately 60 minutes to complete. Content has been authored by a team of expert healthcare professionals and is reviewed on a regular basis.

Benefits include:

  • Safer prescribing
    SCRIPT will enhance your knowledge and confidence in prescribing correctly, improving patient safety, therapeutics and medicines management.
  • Professional development
    You will receive a certificate for each module that you complete, which can be used in your online learning portfolio.
  • Flexible learning
    SCRIPT is easy to use. You can access the modules at a time which suits you and revisit them even after completion. 
  • SCRIPT elearning is free to those with a or address.  

SCRIPT elearning resources align to guidance produced by the General Medical Council on good practice in prescribing and managing medicines and devices.

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

Doctors in Training Induction updated for the new academic year

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

The Doctors in Training (DiT) Induction elearning programme has been reviewed and updated by subject specialists ahead of the new academic year.

DiT is aimed at foundation doctors (F1 and F2) and focuses on professional skills in the workplace through 3 patient journey scenarios, along with an assessment to confirm compliance. Following feedback from practising clinical staff as well as doctors currently in training, sessions from the programme have been updated to improve the experience for learners. It addresses some identified gaps in knowledge for doctors prior to starting their next year on 1 August.

The online training is also suitable for returning doctors and doctors from overseas working in primary care, secondary care and community settings.

The 3 patient journey scenarios are based around areas that doctors in training have highlighted as those they find most challenging. They include:

  • Blood transfusion and consent
  • Safe prescribing and venous thromboembolism (VTE)
  • Mental Capacity Act and death certification

The learning objectives for this programme have been specially written by experts.

More information, including access details, is available on the Doctors in Training Induction page.

Big reception for new Carbon Literacy for Healthcare training

Posted on: June 27th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

The launch event for our new Carbon Literacy for Healthcare training pathway had a fantastic turn out this month, showcasing just how much carbon literacy is needed across healthcare.

The exciting new learning pathway has been developed in collaboration with the Carbon Literacy Project and Greener NHS, and will allow carbon literacy to become more accessible for NHS staff across all roles. The training is split into 2 steps:

  1. an elearning comprising 5 modules that cover climate science and impacts and policy, before focusing on climate change and health and effective climate communication
  2. in-person or online half-day workshop, with a few short home-based tasks. The workshop will focus on practical emission-saving actions in your workplace setting and will be personalised to your organisation and/or workforce group.

If you are interested in becoming Carbon Literate, initial workshops from WRM are available to book – and Greener NHS has kindly pre-funded some workshop places, making your accreditation free! These spaces are limited so we encourage you to book on now.

Based on feedback from sector trainers who found it challenging for healthcare employees to attend full-day live training sessions, this two-stage approach has been developed. The pathway allows learners to complete the initial three hours of their training at their own pace through elearning, conveniently fitting it into their working schedule. After finishing the online portion, learners will participate in a half-day workshop session to complete their training and gain accreditation to become Carbon Literate.

Here’s what Greener NHS had to say:

“The course will ensure healthcare staff can understand the ways in which climate change poses a major threat to our health as well as our planet. Alongside building the skills and knowledge needed to understand how to take action to help the NHS reach carbon net zero. In addition, it will empower health and care staff to effectively communicate the links between climate change and health to their patients, service users and communities, encouraging them to use lower carbon alternatives where clinically appropriate.”

Here’s what Dr Nick Watts, Chief Sustainability Officer at NHS England had to say about our newest offer:

“It is no surprise that efforts to reduce the NHS carbon footprint are being driven from the ground up. We know as health professionals that the links between climate change and health are starkly clear, and NHS staff overwhelming support our net zero ambition. This new Carbon Literacy course will enable us to upskill the health and care workforce and continue to deliver high-quality healthcare now and for future generations. It will provide learners with accessible training to improve knowledge and skills on how to implement net zero solutions in their everyday practice, whatever their role.”

Recording of launch event

You can find the recording from the launch event on the Carbon Literacy Project YouTube channel, where we hear from guest speakers Peter May and Matthew Sawyer and discuss its importance for NHS organisations.

Accessing training

To find out more and access the training, visit the Carbon Literacy for Healthcare training page.

Improving care for children and young people living with excess weight

Posted on: June 19th, 2023 by Kieron Bradshaw No Comments

A suite of universal elearning resources is now available to support professionals working with children and young people living with obesity. The foundation level training can help upskill clinicians working within Complications from Excess Weight (CEW) clinics and enables a standardised approach to service provision across the country.

The online training covers the causes of childhood obesity, the relationship between obesity and mental health, the physical and social complications of obesity, and provides an overview of evidence-based lifestyle changes to form part of a childhood weight management intervention.

Crucially, the training also highlights the importance of non-stigmatising communication and designing compassionate services, to help reduce weight-related bias and stigma. It also highlights solutions that use a family-based, person-centred, behavioural change approach, supporting the modelling of behaviours from parents or carers and the rest of the family.

The high prevalence of childhood obesity is a global public health priority. The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) in England estimated that in 2020/1, 22.2% of reception children, and 37.7% of Year 6 children, were either obese or overweight. Evidence indicates that the risk of anxiety, depression and developing an eating disorder is higher among children and young people living with obesity; and excessive weight also has complications on physical and social factors, such as bullying and social isolation.

The Complications from Excess Weight elearning programme has been created by NHS England in partnership with the British Dietetic Association. It comprises 5 sessions:

  1. Introduction to identification of complications associated with excessive weight in children and young people (C&YP).
  2. An introduction to understanding different levels of overweight in children and young people living with complications associated with excess weight
  3. Connection between severe obesity and mental health
  4. Interventions for Childhood Weight Management
  5. Prevalence of childhood obesity, influence of social factors including poverty and appropriate safeguarding

The training is aimed primarily at multidisciplinary teams working in Complications from Excess Weight (CEW) services, and staff working with children and young people across health and care.

To find out more and to access the training, please visit the Complications from Excess Weight in Children and Young People elearning programme page.

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