NHS at home e-learning - elearning for healthcare
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About the NHS at home elearning programme

The NHS at home elearning programme consists of the COVID Oximetry @home and COVID Virtual Wards pathways, offering elearning resources to enable people to be confidently monitored in community settings such as care homes. People with COVID-19 may become very unwell if their oxygen levels fall too far.

About the NHS Oximetry at home programme

The NHS Oximetry at home elearning programme aims to support patients and carers with an overview of pulse oximetry and how to monitor oxygen levels at home or in a care home setting 

People at high risk of becoming seriously unwell from coronavirus are being provided with a pulse oximeter to monitor the oxygen levels in their blood at home for up to 14 days. This includes people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus and includes people living in care homes. A pulse oximeter is a small medical device that is put on the tip of the finger. By regularly monitoring oxygen levels it can be easier to spot if coronavirus symptoms are getting worse and whether people need treatment or support.   

This elearning provides an overview of pulse oximetry for carers, including how to take the measurements and how to tell others if they are worried.

About the COVID Virtual Ward (CVW) programme

COVID Virtual Wards (CVWs), enable patients with proven a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, who are not unwell enough to continue as an hospital inpatient, to access to oximetry and be monitored for up to a 14-day period at home or their usual place of residence, this could include a care/nursing home.  CVWs support the earlier and safe discharge of COVID-19 inpatients by offering a step-down mechanism to clinicians.  

COVID Virtual Ward – Introduction to monitoring

This session has been developed as guidance for non-registered healthcare professionals involved in the monitoring of patients on COVID Virtual Wards (CVWs).  The session is designed to help the workforce better understand who the patients are, how they are admitted, why monitoring is important, their role in monitoring, further considerations are also explored. It is likely that systems will adopt their own approach in terms of delivery of care and as such this learning should be used in conjunction with local training and policies. 

About the COVID-19: Caring for yourself and others – an interactive guide
If you have had a positive COVID-19 test, or have been told that it is likely you have COVID-19 and are waiting for a test result, this information can help ensure that you know what to do if you feel more unwell.
COVID-19 – caring for yourself and others – an interactive guide

More information

The NHS at home elearning was developed in partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement, the West of England Academic Health Science NetworkHealth Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) and Wessex Local Medical Committees.

Measuring Oxygen Levels – for Carers and Care homes

People with COVID-19 may become very unwell if their oxygen levels fall beyond safe levels. The COVID Oximetry @home and COVID Virtual Wards pathways enable people to be monitored in community settings such as care homes. This elearning provides an overview of pulse oximetry for care home staff and carers (paid and informal/unpaid), including how to take the measurements and how to tell others what to do if they are worried. 

Meet the team

  • Alison Tavaré

    Dr Alison Tavaré

    Clinical Lead West of England Academic Health Science network and Regional Clinical Lead COVID Oximetry @home. Content author, NEWS in Primary Care and COVID-19 for carers
  • Emma Self

    Emma Self, RN, DN, Queen’s Nurse, BSc (Hons), MSc

    Delivery and Policy Lead for Enhanced Health in Care Homes, Community Services & Ageing Well, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Danielle Fullwood

    Danielle Fulwood

    Senior Nurse, Professional development, Health Education England
  • Paul Vaughan, RN, MSc

    Paul Vaughan, RN, MSc.

    Head of Perceptions and General Practice Nursing, NHS England and NHS Improvement: COVID-19 work: Care Homes IPC, PPE and COVID-19 Testing training and COVID Oximetry@Home Workforce Workstream
  • Helene Irvine

    Nurse Adviser, Wessex Local Medical Committees
  • Joanne Brooks

    Senior Manager, Personalised Care (Clinical, Workforce & Quality), NHS England and NHS Improvement 
  • Dr Rachel McComb

    Dr Rachel McComb

    Emergency Medicine ST5 Barnet General Hospital, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dr Karen Kirkham

    Dr Karen Kirkham

    Clinical Advisor NHSE/I, Dorset ICS Clinical Lead, Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Dr Josephine Sauvage

    Dr Josephine Sauvage

    GP & Chair of North Central London CCG, Regional Clinical Lead for Sustainability
  • Matt Inada-Kim

    Matt Inada-Kim

    Consultant Acute Physician, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Patricia Howe

    Patricia Howe

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Robin Pollard

    Rob Pollard

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Claire Beattie

    Claire Beattie

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Sonali Gupta

    Sonali Gupta

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Rashmi Chavda

    Rashmi Chavda

    Graphic Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Hannah Denness

    Hannah Denness

    Communications and Stakeholder Officer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Leanne Hargreaves

    Leanne Hargreaves

    Communications and Stakeholder Officer, HEE elearning for healthcare

How to access

In order to access the NHS at home elearning programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the NHS at home elearning programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the NHS at home elearning programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

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