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Regional resources

The Regional Technology Enhanced Learning Leads work with NHS Trust TEL Leads in their region and support the Local Workforce Action Boards on various TEL projects being developed in their geography. 

The Innovation Team is part of Education Transformation, working across the north of England. The areas covered include Education Technology, Systems, Simulation and Digital Skills.

TEL in the north

This covers the use of technology within healthcare education and includes the use of eLearning, healthcare apps and new technology such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

On our behalf, Yorkshire Ambulance Service provides a north Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Support Service for healthcare organisations across the north. This includes:

1. First line support for eLearning queries

2. Manage and maintain the north eLearning server

3. Manage and maintain the North eLearning Catalogue that contains over 140 resources

4. Manage and maintain 25 online Lectora eAuthoring licenses for use by the north to create eLearning content

5. Send out a regular north TEL Digest featuring the latest news, developments and events

6. Event Manage regular north TEL stakeholder events.

Further details about the north TEL Support Service can be found here: www.TELNorth.nhs.uk, they can be contacted via email: yas.elearningsupport@nhs.net

Education Systems

The Innovation Team works with and supports a large number of Education Systems and Projects. These include:

- Education Technology
  Involving Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as the e-Learning for Healthcare Hub and the ESR National Learning Management System (NLMS)

- Clinical Placement Management
  Supporting the allocation of healthcare students, maximising placement capacity of providers and ensuring the quality of provision.

- Workforce Mobility
  Enabling the transfer and sharing of data between systems and organisations allows the workforce to become more mobile and operate flexibly across organisations and the wider health sector.

A list of system related projects we are currently working on is given below:

- HEI Placement Management Consortia and Collaborations

- ESR Educator Register – Implementation Tool Kit

- Placement Assessment Record & Evaluation Tool - PARE

- PPQA Transition in Y&H

- Systemwide Training & Education Passport (STEP)

- Access to IT for Learners

- NHS Smart Card Project


Across the north of England there are three active simulation networks in the NE, NW and Y&H. Each network operates slightly differently. To join things up we have formed the North Simulation Group. This is managed and chaired by the Innovation Team. Membership comprises of the leads from each network and the group is sponsored by the HEE Post-Graduate Dean in the north east.

The purpose of the group is to provide a platform for sharing and disseminating best practice, skills and resources across the three networks so that simulation based education (SBE) can be joined up across the footprint of HEE in the north. The group also links up with the HEE national TEL Team to ensure regional activity is aligned to the new National Simulation Framework and the relevant KPIs are met.

Download the HEE North - Simulation Structure and the North Simulation Group - Terms of Reference.

The three simulation networks in the north all have their own websites:

North East Simulation Network

North West Simulation Education Network

Yorkshire and the Humber Clinical Skills and Simulation Network

Digital Skills

In conjunction with the National Building a Digitally Ready Workforce programme, we are developing a north-wide approach to the digital skills agenda.

As part of this work we are actively supporting a Digital Literacy Audit project being undertaken in Greater Manchester and led by Health Innovation Manchester and have run a couple of Digital Nurse pilots in Lancashire aimed at improving the digital capabilities of nurses including a positive attitude towards technology and innovation and its potential to improve patient care.

Our aim is to scale these initiatives up and spread across the north.

In the south we have two Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Forums, one covering the south west and the other covering Thames Valley and Wessex.

The aims of the forums are:

- to act as an operational group or community of practice for sharing knowledge and activities in eLearning.

- to act as a pressure group network to improve national eLearning products and services.

- to ensure that e-learning initiatives are promoted to all NHS organisations in their regions.

- to promote and share best practice within these specific topic areas.

Membership is comprised of representatives from health care providers or NHS trusts who have knowledge of or an interest in e-learning development or implementation.

As part of their membership, organisations have access to a range of benefits including use of all the modules produced, access to authoring tools, and Training opportunities.

The forum meet every three months, you can view previous meeting notes for the south west and Thames Valley and Wessex forums.

For more information, please contact ks-tel.south@hee.nhs.uk.

The Wessex Palliative Care Handbook: a good practice guide (eighth edition, 2014) has been collaboratively developed by the Wessex Palliative Care Physicians, is regularly updated and widely used as a reference source, across Wessex and beyond.

Aimed at GPs, community nurses, doctors in training and other hospital staff as well as specialist palliative care teams, it provides checklists for the management of common problems in palliative care.

The Handbook is available as an interactive PDF (below), and we have funded the development of an e-book for use on mobile devices including Apple and Android tablets and phones.

Download the Wessex Palliative Care Handbook.