- Vulnerabilities and Trauma Informed Practice is aimed at frontline health and care professionals to help them use their trusted relationships with individuals, families and communities to address the impact of vulnerabilities.
- The session describes the meaning of vulnerabilities, risk factors and trauma informed practice which seeks to address the barriers that those affected by trauma can experience when accessing care and services.
- It also highlights actions that healthcare professionals can take to address vulnerability in individuals such as putting measures in place so that individuals feel emotionally and physically safe and being transparent with advice.
- The session also signposts to other useful sources of information such as Better Health and Every Mind Matters. It complements the 27 existing sessions within the All Our Health programme which covers a range of public health topics including dementia, falls and fractures and physical activity.
All Our Health also features 5 interactive townscape sessions where learners can click on various buildings, such as the GP surgery and school, to access support on topics such as breastfeeding, childhood obesity and smoking in pregnancy.
To access the latest resource, please select the Vulnerabilities and Trauma-informed Practice session on the All Our Health programme page.
The Healthy weight coach eLearning programme developed, by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities working with Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare was launched in November 2021. The programme is for staff working in primary care networks, healthcare practices and pharmacies, to become a healthy weight coach.
A research team from the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and University College London have been commissioned by the Office of Health Improvement and Disparities (DHSC) to undertake an evaluation of the Healthy Weight Coaches eLearning programme. Dr Stuart Flint, University of Leeds, and his team are leading on the research to evaluate the content of the Healthy weight coach eLearning programme, to examine the impact the programme is having on the knowledge and confidence of staff as well as to gather insights from those involved in the management of healthy weight coaches.
Over the past few weeks, we have been distributing the Healthy Weight Coach eLearning evaluation information, thank you to those who have already been involved in communicating and completing the surveys.
A key element of the evaluation is to understand how the Healthy Weight Coach is being supervised by managers in Primary Care Networks and Pharmacies.
We are keen to prioritise this particular element of the evaluation moving forward, as we are aware that there will be a smaller number of managers, however feedback from this group as it is important to ensure that we get enough feedback to have key recommendations that will help in the development of the role.
The deadline for completion of the survey is currently 31st March 2022.
We therefore would encourage you to distribute and share the link with your respective networks, the more input from a wide range of stakeholders, the better our understanding of people’s perceptions of the eLearning.
To complete the Manager’s survey please click on the link here
A summary of the wider evaluation:
The evaluation has three components which require completion of online surveys. We have outlined some guidance below, to help to identify which survey(s) is the most appropriate to take. Not everyone will be eligible for all surveys but may be eligible for more than one.
Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked in partnership with Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT), The University of Bradford and The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership to develop a new integrated learning programme to support enhanced nursing care for children and young people (CYP) with specific respiratory conditions.
Enhanced Paediatric Nursing Skills for Surge (EPNS4Surge) will provide nursing staff with the knowledge and skills to enhance the delivery of care for CYP with bronchiolitis, croup, asthma and viral induced wheeze. There is also an emphasis on how sepsis may mimic or present alongside these common conditions.
This programme provides specific training to ensure CYP are cared for safely through the development of new workflows, including enhanced nurse triage, nurse-led discharge and hospital at home care.
During winter months, hospitals often experience a ‘surge’ in the number of respiratory admissions to paediatrics causing pressures on the finite number of inpatient beds. This training can be an integral part of ‘surge planning’ in combination with staff support and team development to release capacity.
The programme is freely available to all NHS staff and can be accessed by visiting the EPNS4Surge programme page.
MindEd Blue Light (free educational resource for mental health support) modules available in the Paramedics eLearning programme.
The resource aims to enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of emergency responders, who experience stress and trauma as a result of their jobs. For more information and to register, please visit the Paramedics programme page.
Paramedics may also be interested in the Essentials of Wound Care Education for the Health and Care Workforce. For more information, read about the elearning programme.
Health Education England have provided a library of information and resources about the Coronavirus, including:
- information in accessible formats
- resources for children and young people and older people
- information relating to cancer and long-term conditions
- resources for mental wellbeing and looking after yourself
- resources for carers
- information about long COVID and post-COVID symptoms
- information relating to the COVID vaccination programme
Health Education England have released a new digital Learning Hub – a new digital platform that provides easy access to a wide range of resources that are pertinent to education and training in health and care. New features will be frequently released to provide a comprehensive learning experience for users.
The resources shared on the platform play a pivotal role in its success, in its vision for collaboration and supporting learners. Many stakeholders from across the health and care workforce, including clinical commissioning groups, social care, professional bodies, charities, and the simulation community, have already contributed a range of quality learning resources. Many of the resources are in response to the COVID-19 efforts to support the health and care workforce. These resources include videos, webinars, slide presentations, Q&A packs, simulation scripts, lesson plans and web links to support system readiness, recovery, and beyond.
You are invited to access the Learning Hub (https://learninghub.nhs.uk) either using eligible e-Learning for Healthcare log in details or by creating a Learning Hub account.
The Learning Hub support site (https://support.learninghub.nhs.uk/) offers a range of frequently asked questions (FAQs), as well as further guidance, including a ‘Getting Started’ quick reference guide and support articles to help introduce you to using the Learning Hub.
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has recently added additional learning pathways for nurses, midwives and AHPs to an e-learning programme designed to help the health and care workforce respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The programme entitled ‘Resources for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs Returning to work, being Redeployed or Up-Skilled’ now has a dedicated link and includes specific learning pathways for the following groups:
• Registered nurses and AHPs deployed from a different clinical specialty
• Returning nurses
• Newly registered nurses and AHPs, or students opting into a revised programme structure
• Internationally trained nurses awaiting UK registration
• Independent sector nurses supporting the NHS
• Returning midwives
• Physical skills for nurses and AHPs working in mental health, learning disability and autism
E-learning for Health is an HEE online e-learning tool, within which you can find a COVID-19 training pack. The programme is available to all NHS staff without registration, although registration does provide the staff member with a learning record. The resource provides among others the latest guidance as it is updated daily. There are also additional mandatory training resources available for registered staff members.
The COVID-19 programme is also available to international learners here.
This e-Learning for Healthcare package contains training materials to support student nurses undertaking a general practice placement. The training here is intended to equip you with the basics and get you started and complement the training you will receive in local practice. Once you have completed the ‘Essential Learning’, we recommend that you refer to the ‘Additional Learning’ where appropriate.
A new programme for all NHS healthcare staff who care for unwell children has been launched in preparation for the anticipated surge in respiratory infections in 2021/22. Find out where to access the programme and how to provide any feedback you may have.
NHS England and Health Education England elearning for healthcare have launched an elearning programme on virtual wards, to support doctors, nurses and allied professionals in the use of technology to provide safe, acute-level care to patients at home. This supports the NHS’s ambition in the 2022/23 NHS planning guidance to increase the number of virtual wards across England.
The elearning is for clinicians to gain an understanding of implementing and running a virtual ward enabled by technology. It should be used alongside organisations’ own local policies. Complete the programme on HEE’s elearning for healthcare platform in around 30 minutes.
If you have any questions about virtual wards more broadly, contact [email protected].
A new elearning programme to support personalised assessment and diagnosis of dementia is now available on Health Education England’s elearning for healthcare Hub.
Assessment and Diagnosis of Dementia: A personalised approach has been developed to support colleagues involved in assessment and diagnosis of dementia to deliver a flexible, person centred service.
The course has been developed in partnership with NHS England and Improvement’s Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health Policy team. 20 sessions within the course cover a range of topics including cognitive assessment, consent and coercion and post diagnosis assessment.
It takes the learner through the process of delivering safe, personalised assessments. This includes face-to-face, telephone and video methods and it identifies good practice at each stage.
At the end of the programme, which takes approximately 15 hours to complete, learners will be able to:
- identify the appropriate mode of communication for the individual client
- identify the most appropriate cognitive assessment for the individual client
- describe the practical considerations for the different modes of assessment
The resource has received support from Professor Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health at NHS England and NHS Improvement.
He said: “This resource has been developed by a multidisciplinary project team with input from people living with dementia and their families. It is a fantastic resource to support memory clinic teams to deliver a blended service model, providing reliable and safe assessments and diagnoses in a way that is personalised to everyone.”
For more information and to access the module, please visit the Remote Assessment and Diagnosis of Dementia: A personalised approach programme page.
About the elearning
In this elearning programme, Health and Wellbeing champions can expect to learn more about the role of a champion and how to implement what they learn across their organisations.
The elearning programme includes 1 session in 7 sections.
- What is a Health and Wellbeing Champion?
- Who can be a Health and Wellbeing Champion?
- What will be expected of me as a Health and Wellbeing Champion?
- What might I be asked to do as a Health and Wellbeing Champion?
- How to communicate the role of Health and Wellbeing Champions in your organisation
- As a Health and Wellbeing Champion, how can I access support if I need it?
The session takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and includes knowledge checks, which aim to explore your understanding of the content. Champions can download a certificate after completing the session.
About the Long COVID programme
Long COVID and post-COVID syndrome is an emerging condition and one about which we are continuing to learn more. Originally a single session providing an introduction to this condition, Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) in partnership with Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust have developed further resources for clinicians. These are especially for those who have contact with long COVID patients, but are not working in a Specialist Post-COVID Assessment and Treatment Service.
The programme includes 3 sessions:
Session 1: Introduction to Long COVID and Post-COVID Syndrome
This session provides an introduction to long COVID, looking at its definition, common symptoms, investigations, as well as the impact it has on adults and children.
Session 2: Living with Long COVID
This session discusses the complex variety of peoples’ lived experiences of long COVID and highlights how holistic healthcare management can assist in the care of these patients.
Session 3: Managing Symptoms of Long COVID
This session explores some of the common symptoms of long COVID. For each symptom you will explore the pathophysiology, red flags, assessment and holistic management interventions. It builds on the knowledge gained from Session 1, whilst using the holistic management principles explored in session 2.
Each session takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete and a certificate is available on completion of each session.
Additional resources for learning about long COVID
Further to the elearning sessions, learners can access free resources, intended to provide further information around conditions related to long COVID. The resources include blogs, papers, web sites and videos, organised under the following headings:
- person-centred care
- vocational rehabilitation
- loss of smell and taste
- breathing pattern disorder
- gastrointestinal symptoms
Eating disorders are common and Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
A suite of training has been and continues to be developed in response to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) investigation into avoidable deaths from eating disorders, as outlined in recommendations from the report titled Ignoring the Alarms: How NHS Eating Disorder Services Are Failing Patients (PHSO, 2017).
It is designed to ensure that health and care staff are trained to understand, identify and respond appropriately when faced with a patient with a possible eating disorder. It is the result of collaboration between eating disorder charity Beat and Health Education England with key partners.
The suite of training has been developed and tailored for specific staff groups supporting patients and service users with eating disorders. Current training available is for medical students, foundation doctors and nursing workforce: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/eating-disorders-training-for-health-and-care-staff/
Who is the learning for?
This learning will be beneficial for the wider nursing workforce, including:
- Registered Nurses:
- Dual accredited nurses and midwives
- Health Visitors
- Nursing Associates
- Trainee Nursing Associates
- Student Nurses
NHS Health Check programme refreshed for spring!
e-lFH’s NHS Health Check programme, which was developed for health trainers, pharmacy staff, health care assistants and anyone involved in the delivery of the NHS Health Check, has been refreshed.
The programme has been developed to support the delivery of NHS Health Checks, available for people aged 40 to 74 years in England, without pre-existing cardiovascular disease.
Existing video-based resources have been refreshed by ourselves and the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID). The videos provide introductory knowledge about the NHS Health Check, which compliments locally commissioned training.
In addition, a new NHS Health Check training hub has been added to the programme, which offers learners an interactive townscape. By exploring the townscape, learners are directed to a variety of external resources, which are relevant to the NHS Health Check.
Find more about the resources on the NHS Health Check elearning programme page.
Information sharing is an advanced information governance session for frontline staff.
This session is for frontline and admin staff in health and social care who are responsible for sharing confidential information as part of their jobs. This session will help you to understand the principles behind information sharing and how to apply them in practice. It will ask when and how you would share information in a wide range of practical scenarios featuring GPs, nurses, care home managers, midwives, practice managers, admin staff and other colleagues. The correct courses of action are explained along with the reasons behind them.
This session should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete. By the end of it you should feel confident about using and sharing information for care and other purposes.
In order to access any elfh programme, you will need an elfh account.
NEW E Learning programme launched – Congenital Heart Disease
HEE NW Nursing & Midwifery team have worked with the NW Congenital Heart Disease Network, UK CHD network stakeholders and HEE’s e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) to develop a new e learning programme – Congenital Heart Disease
The programme provides a basic but essential overview of this condition and highlights the advances in paediatric care that have resulted in increasing numbers of patients surviving into adult life.
The programme takes approximately 2 hours to complete and consists of 3 eLearning sessions:
- An introduction to congenital heart disease
- An introduction to the neonate or Infant with Congenital Heart Disease
- Acute presentations in Adult Congenital Heart Disease
This programme is aimed at all NHS clinical staff who are not specialists in this subject but may need to care for patients with CHD in their current role.
For more information about the programme visit the e-LfH website.
New Wound Care Education for the Health and Care Workforce modules available
This elearning programme was developed by Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) in partnership with the National Wound Care Strategy Programme and Health Education England. The programme aims to provide the knowledge and skills needed to enable appropriate wound care to people in any health and care setting
There are 3 new tier 2 elearning modules available, on the topics listed below:
- Dressing Wounds
- The Foot at Risk
- Choosing the Right Compression Therapy
Aimed at patient facing heath and care practitioners, these interactive modules include links to videos and activities and take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete. Tier 2 sessions include a knowledge assessment, which must be passed to gain certification.
Introductory tier 1 modules include the Essentials of Skin Care, Wound Assessment, Leg Ulceration and Pressure Ulcer Prevention.
About the National Wound Care Strategy Programme
These education resources have been developed as part of the National Wound Care Strategy programme, which aims to implement a consistently high standard of wound care across England by reducing unnecessary variation, improving safety and optimising patient experience and outcomes.
Visit the National Wound Care Strategy website for more information about the programme.
How to access the elearning programme
To learn more about the sessions, please visit the programme page.
The National Wound Care Strategy Programme elearning is also available to the NHS health and care workforce via AICC and the Electronic Staff Record (ESR).
This is the 1st of 2 sessions which aim to equip clinicians with the knowledge and skills needed to be able to identify and assess eating disorders. It includes information on providing medical assessment and treatment, referrals and referral pathways to specialist services and the psychological impact of eating disorders on patients, their families and carers.
Develop new skills and discover new ways to improve your experience of work with short guides developed by experts.
Open to anyone in health and care.
- Save your progress when working through these short courses and easily find your place next time
- Contribute to conversations and share your experiences of the topics
NHS Futures Platform
Join NWLAs online community of staff working across health and social care. The North West Primary Care Networks workspace is for all staff working as part of a primary care network in the North West region. It supports the success and growth of primary care networks, through mutual support, sharing of best practice and problem solving.
Health Education England has worked with NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop a catalogue of learning resources on the NHS Learning Hub for primary care professionals to deliver annual checks for people with severe mental illness (SMI). These resources include a free 15-minute e-learning module that explores good practice and the morbidity and mortality issues associated with SMI.
Improving access to physical health checks is highlighted in the NHS Long Term Plan and the aim is to carry out 390,000 checks for people with SMI by 2023/24. For 2021/22, the target is for 302,000 people with SMI to receive a physical health check. See the catalogue below:
Health Education England – Knowledge and Library Service
The strategy sets the direction for the development of NHS knowledge and library services in England. The priorities are to enable all NHS staff and learners to benefit equally from high-quality knowledge services, and optimise the expertise of knowledge and library teams to inform decision making from board to ward, at the bedside and in community and primary care.
Health Education England aspires to lead the development of world-class knowledge services, optimising the use of evidence from research and knowledge for policy and practice, enabling excellent healthcare and health improvement. Demand for knowledge services has grown over the last five years, with a 30% increase in service users.
Health Education England will work with partners to ensure equity of access and opportunity delivered by:
The right resources: Commitment to achieving equitable and sustainable funding for NHS knowledge and library services while giving systems value for money.
The right team with the right roles: Services with more knowledge specialists work with more teams, releasing more time for care, having a greater impact on patient care.
The right services: Knowledge services for all, built on the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion.
To do this, Health Education England will continue to:
invest in a high quality digital knowledge infrastructure to meet the requirements of staff and learners
empower the NHS knowledge and library services workforce with the skills and confidence to deliver the ambition
shape forward-looking and innovative health knowledge and information services
There is also renewed focus on mobilising evidence and knowledge, assuring the quality of knowledge services and improving health literacy.
Excellent knowledge services require strategic buy-in, collaboration and commitment to maximise investment, nationally, locally and across health systems. Health Education England is committed to working with stakeholders and partner organisations.
Health Education England will continue to advocate that boards strengthen their capability to manage knowledge and mobilise evidence, getting the right expertise, roles and resources in place to realise the business benefits of NHS knowledge services.
Every Nurse an eNurse
The RCN’s “Every Nurse an eNurse” initiative has helped define the skills, knowledge and training to help nursing staff exploit new digital and data technologies for better care. Designed with leading experts from our eHealth forum, our online learning is a two-part introduction to the ways technologies are changing health and social care.
Introduction to Technology Enabled Care Services covers:
- the types of Technology Enabled Care Services in use
- how patients and nurses can benefit from them
- the digital skills required to use them effectively.
Introduction to Data covers:
- the importance of data and its usage in service planning, quality improvement and patient safety
- how patient data can be safeguarded
- how data drives innovation and shapes new services.
This resource is free for everyone to access, however, if you are not an RCN member, you will need to sign up as a registered user. RCN members should login using their existing details.
If you have already signed up for the programme, you can access it on the RCN Professional Services page (and bookmark this page for future use).