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Technology enhanced learning

The technology enhanced learning (TEL) programme was established in 2013 with the vision that healthcare in the UK be underpinned by world-class education and training that is enhanced through innovation and the use of existing and emergent technologies and techniques.

TEL uses technology as part of the learning process. That use needs to be effective and appropriate in order to enhance the learning of healthcare professionals for the benefit of patients. There is clear evidence that innovative educational technologies provide opportunities for health and social care students, trainees and educators to acquire, develop and maintain the essential knowledge, skills, values and behaviours needed for safe, effective patient care. Such technologies include m-learning (mobile learning), e-learning, simulation, virtual and augmented reality technologies and many more.

The TEL Programme has a wide remit and has number of ongoing projects, some of which are outlined below.

The TEL learning solution

Over two years through research including desk studies, focus groups, stakeholder events, workshops and surveys, the TEL Programme has established the need for a national learning solution. This will provide access to a full range of resources, guidance and educational innovations across the NHS and higher education which can also be shared or signposted, evaluated and developed. As well as helping to drive up quality, the learning solution will help promote and harness innovation and draw on the best practice, talent and projects within and beyond the NHS. 

We are currently completing the user testing to make sure we build the right digital solution.  This is involving a range of research methods to cross-check existing research and get further evidence to gain approval to begin development. 

e-Learning for Healthcare

Our TEL Programme’s work also includes e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH), an online hub which provides e-learning to educate and train the health and social care workforce, supporting patient care.

Working in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies nationally, our e-LfH programme delivers e-learning that is quality-assured and available free of charge to all relevant users in health and social care 24/7. 

With more than 10,000 e-learning sessions HEE e-LfH’s programmes cover subjects from audiology to anaesthesia, dentistry to dermatology, electronic fetal monitoring to end of life care, safeguarding children to statutory and mandatory training.  The online training sessions enhance traditional learning, support existing teaching methods and provide a valuable reference point.

From August 2016 the e-LfH Hub and its thousands of e-learning sessions were added to the list of OpenAthens resources to make it easier for certain groups of the health and social care workforce to access our e-learning.  More information about OpenAthens and its eligibility criteria can be found on our website.

Barriers and solutions project

We all know that there are challenges and obstacles that can prevent healthcare professionals and students from accessing technological resources, devices and applications. HEE, through the TEL Programme, is working to promote the reduction and removal of those barriers in the NHS to promote the easy, equitable, cost effective and innovative use of learning technologies and techniques.

Commissioning guidelines project

This project will develop clear commissioning guidelines to inform all future TEL commissioning decisions. This will help reduce duplication, offer greater value for money, will enhance innovation and will drive up quality.

Digital literacy project

The digital literacy project concerns itself with the ability of all within healthcare to become and to stay technologically literate. This is so that they are able to learn, work and develop effectively in a digital workplace and society. The project aims to promote the adoption of clear education, training and development strategies that will enable this and which will also promote and sustain the adoption and spread of new technologies and techniques.

Expert groups project and horizon scanning project

The pace of change in technology is incredibly fast and HEE is well aware that it needs to stay abreast of developments relating to education and training. The TEL Programme will continue to engage experts to inform ongoing work and ensure that HEE has appropriate mechanisms for horizon scanning.

If you have any questions about the work of the TEL Programme please email hee.tel@nhs.net

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