New e-learning programme to improve care for babies, mothers and families

A new e-learning programme has been launched to help healthcare professionals improve outcomes for babies, mothers and families through the delivery of safer care.

The learning modules, developed by e-Learning for Healthcare, NHS Improvement and a range of experts, focus on four clinical areas:

  • respiratory conditions
  • hypoglycaemia
  • jaundice
  • asphyxia (perinatal hypoxia–ischaemia).

An additional module also raises awareness of the importance of keeping mother and baby together.
The programme is part of the Avoiding Term Admissions unto Neonatal units “Atain” initiative, which aims to reduce avoidable causes of harm that can lead to infants born at term (ie ≥ 37+0 weeks gestation) being admitted to a neonatal unit.

The e-learning programme was officially launched by the Secretary of State as part of his maternity safety announcements and Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK (MBRRACE) on 28 November 2017.

For more information about the programme please click here: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/avoiding-term-admissions-into-neonatal-units/

Ultrasound e-learning updates

2017 has been a busy year for e-LfH’s Image Interpretation programme. The Gynaecological, Abdominal, Men’s Health and Obstetric ultrasound sessions were reviewed and updated in the summer and the remaining ultrasound sessions are currently under revision.
There are seven modules on ultrasound; each contains a number of sessions as indicated below:

  • Module 15 – Gynaecological Ultrasound – 9 sessions
  • Module 16 – Abdominal Ultrasound – 19 sessions
  • Module 17 – Men’s Health Ultrasound – 3 sessions
  • Module 18 – Vascular Ultrasound – 8 sessions
  • Module 19 – Musculoskeletal Ultrasound – 11 sessions
  • Module 20 – Head and Neck Ultrasound – 5 sessions
  • Module 21 – Obstetric Ultrasound – 15 sessions and 15 multiple choice quizzes

The sessions have been written by expert ultrasound practitioners, and updated by the module editors.
Hazel Edwards, Sonographer, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, said: “It was a pleasure to revisit and upgrade these sessions. I’d forgotten how much detail they contain! National guidance has been updated where appropriate, clarity has been improved and, where possible, images have been replaced by ones of superior quality. I look forward to feedback from users.”

Gill Harrison, Ultrasound Programme Director at City, University of London, said:
“These resources are invaluable for CPD, not only for new practitioners, but for those extending their scope of practice or simply wanting to keep up-to-date. Obstetric ultrasound policies have changed so much since the original versions were produced. I’m hoping that the amendments and improvements enhance the resources and you enjoy learning from them.”

Dorothy Keane, Image Interpretation Clinical Lead, will be offering guided walkthroughs of the sessions at the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) Ultrasound event 6-8 December 2017 https://www.bmus.org/mediacentre/events/ultrasound-2017/