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.
An overview of what students can expect from their placements in General Practice during and post the COVID-19 Pandemic is available here. You can view the document online or download it for training purposes.
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
A learning pathway for nurses and AHPs working in primary and community care will be added in the coming days.
As you may know, the Covid-19 programme is free to access for the UK health and care workforce, without the need to register. However, if staff wish to record their learning activity against their user account, they will need to either log in or register here.
If you have any questions about the resources, please contact [email protected]
In the meantime, for wider updates on how HEE is supporting nursing and midwifery around the Covid-19 pandemic, please visit www.hee.nhs.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-information-nurses-midwives.
The assessment of patients who are unwell with COVID-19 or other causes presents a significant challenge for GPs and clinicians working in Primary Care. The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) held a joint webinar looking at the role of oximetry and other physiology in that assessment.
The webinar was led by:
- Dr Jonathan Leach, RCGP Honorary Secretary and COVID Lead
- Dr Alison Tavaré, Primary Care Clinical Lead at West of England AHSN
- Dr Simon Stockley, RCGP Lead for Acute Deterioration and Sepsis
Overview of content explored:
- Clinical features of COVID-19
- Importance of oximetry in COVID
- Clinical judgement and physiology in Patient assessment
- Role of NEWS2 in General Practice and Care Homes
- Remote oximetry in the assessment and management of COVID disease in the community
- This will be followed by a Q and A session.
The webinar was held on Wednesday 29 April, 1.30-2.30pm and you can see a recording here.
Public Health England have released guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19. The full document can be accessed at www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-how-to-work-safely-in-care-homes.
There is also a video guide on safe putting on and removing PPE for care home workers available to view here.
On 3 October 2018, the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 introduced a new legal duty on specified public services to prevent and relieve homelessness. All NHS emergency departments, urgent treatment centres and in-patient wards have a “Duty to Refer” people they consider may be homeless or threatened with homelessness to a local housing authority. The workforce in these services need to be equipped with the right skills and knowledge to identify and refer people experiencing or threatened with homelessness.
Health Education England (HEE) has worked with Public Health England (PHE), Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to develop the Tackling Homelessness e-learning programme for health and care workforce.
This programme offers two e-learning sessions to support the health and care workforce to understand the health impacts of homelessness, identify different forms of homelessness, gain practical steps to making a referral and highlights ways your organisation can implement the duty effectively.
For more information about the e-learning programme, including details on how to access, please visit https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/tackling-homelessness/
Homeless health during COVID-19
The Health London Partnership has also launched a webpage with resources to support homeless health during COVID-19. Please visit at https://www.healthylondon.org/resource/homeless-health-during-covid-19/.
NHS England provide a number of resources for Primary Care with particular focus on COVID-19.
You can sign to the Primary Care Bulletin here. The Bulletin is for teams across general practice, dentistry, community pharmacy and optometry and is usually sent out once per month, more regularly during the pandemic.
There are also weekly Primary Care Webinars available to health and care staff. Please visit this link for details on past and upcoming webinars.
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) have shared the following guidance: special edition of care after death: Registered Nurse verification of Expected Adult Death. The guidance highlights changes in the special edition in response to COVID-19, including infection control precautions; revised procedure; Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death (MCCD); referral to a Coroner and notifiable diseases.
A list of resources aimed at supporting the AHP workforce are available at this link: https://www.ahpnw.nhs.uk/covid-19-ahps#covid-19-digitally-enabled-ahp-services
These include guidance and support for student deployment, wellbeing resources, digital services information, and more.
Health Education England have also provided COVID-19 information for for AHPs.
Public Health England have created a number of videos on PPE. You can find the video library as well as the most up-to-date PPE guidance here.
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.