The interoperability link from Health Education England has been vital to our continued development of Technology Enhanced Learning at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals.
We use Moodle as our Learning Management System which hosts all of our e-learning and induction modules and we build the majority of these modules ourselves, with the support of Subject Matter Experts. Safer Use of Insulin was an external package we used, but had its limitations. We weren’t able to host this on our platform and simply provided a link for users to register their details on an external site. We then had to run a special report to capture all completions.
With the help of Health Education England, not only can we use their e-learning content for this course, but we can also track all completions and the user can even download a certificate of completion, all within the Moodle platform.
From an administration perspective, it couldn’t be easier to add this course to our platform as the instructions are simple and anyone familiar with Moodle can utilise this AICC facility.
Over 2,500 members of staff are required to complete this module, and it is also included within the Medical Induction that users complete before they start at the Trust.
For more information contact David Spinks, Technology Enhanced Learning Manager, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS by emailing David.Spinks@btuh.nhs.uk or Charlotte Teager, Professional Advisor for Technology Enhanced Learning, Health Education England in the East of England by emailing Charlotte.Teager@nhs.net
Health Education England’s Technology Enhanced Learning Programme (TEL) is working on the Department of Health mandate to find digital solutions to some of the challenges presented in accessing, creating and sharing online teaching and learning resources.
The TEL team is conducting a short survey looking at the current use, attitudes and views toward online learning resources. The findings from this research will go towards improving access to learning resources, greater collaboration and sharing of information, and the avoidance of costly duplication.
Please can you spare 15 minutes to undertake this survey? The team is looking for the views of Allied Healthcare Professionals, Higher Education Teachers and Trainers, Commissioners, GPs, Nurses, Healthcare Scientists, Doctors, Radiographers, Health Care Assistants, Paramedics, Physician Associates, and many more – everyone working or training in health and social care!
This survey is part of a wider user testing exercise that is cross-checking existing research. All data you provide in your answers remains anonymous, and you will not be asked to provide your name or your specific place of work. Please answer all questions to the best of your ability. You do not need to spend very long on each question and there are no right or wrong answers. It may seem that some questions are asked more than once but this is part of the chosen methodology.
If you would like to find out more about the TEL Programme please visit HEE’s website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waiting for a meeting? Travelling on a train? A spare 20 minutes before lunch? Why not open an End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) e-learning session and learn something new? Created in 2010 and completely updated in 2015, e-ELCA is an e-learning programme aimed at enhancing the training and education of all those involved in providing end-of-life care. It is managed by Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare programme in partnership with the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland (APM).
e-ELCA has over 160 e-learning sessions written by specialists in the field of palliative care in the UK and Ireland. The sessions are grouped into subject specific modules about advance care planning, symptom management, assessment, communication skills and bereavement, two modules that focus on learning for social care, spiritual care and a module that uses case scenarios to help integrate learning. More information about the background and detail of the content can be found in our recent EJPC article – please see below.
You can register for e-ELCA or if you are not eligible you can purchase it. Thirteen sessions are free to access. Additionally Recognising the Last Months and Days of Life is available as a sample session. This is a very important session to help doctors and nurses address the significant issues that recent reports about the quality of end of life care have highlighted.
You can see further how e-ELCA sessions can support the competences required to meet the Priorities of Care of the Dying Person report by you or your trainees, students or colleagues completing a Training Needs Analysis. NICE has indicated that e-ELCA sessions are a good way of supporting implementation of the Guideline for Care of Dying Adults in the Last Days of Life.
Many specialists in palliative care are using the sessions within their teaching. For example for a course about advance care planning (ACP) Introduction to Principles of Advance Care Planning may be used to bring course participants to a common level before attending a study day. This ACP course may also make use of e-ELCA material for discussion within a group (for example How to Negotiate Decisions Which May be Difficult to Implement) and perhaps as a way to consolidate or further learning (for example Developing Your Practice: Clinical Supervision and Further Reading. There are tips about how e-ELCA can motivate and engage learners and suggested learning paths or collections of sessions to support staff groups. In addition e-ELCA sessions have been mapped to the end of life care qualification, especially useful for social care workers. Mapping to the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland Undergraduate Medical Student Curriculum is underway. Keep in touch through the e-ELCA website
My personal favourite session is Spirituality and Philosophy of End of Life Care. It’s a session that makes me think and reflect even after over 25 years of supporting people who are dying. The importance of the holistic approach to people in finding themselves, is so beautifully articulated through a patient video. A good way to spend those 20 minutes!
European Journal for Palliative Care July 2016
Professor Christina Faull
Consultant in Palliative Medicine
LOROS hospice, Leicester UK
APM National Clinical Lead for e-ELCA