This page contains useful training links for staff related to COVID-19. There are relevant links for all clinical staff groups whether you are already in role, redeploying, returning or a new starter. We have also included a section on managing your health and wellbeing at this time.
COVID -19 TRAINING AND GUIDANCE
National and Local Guidance
Health Education England (HEE) has produced a comprehensive guide for all new and returning nurses, AHPs and doctors. This information is updated and new guidance added regularly. The guidance covers general COVID-19 guidance as well as training for staff in, or returning to, practice. The training updates include respiratory, critical care for non-critical care staff, end of life care, assessing patients, infection prevention and control.
Covid 19 NEY Guide to Available Training regional and national (Collated Resources) Updated 24 April 2020
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) training and guidance
Health Education England (HEE) has launched free COVID-19 e-learning for nurses, midwives and AHPs designed to help the health and care workforce respond to COVID-19 pandemic. The programme is entitled ‘Resources for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs Returning to work, being Redeployed or Up-Skilled’ and includes specific learning paths for currently registered, newly regstistered, international and returning nurses, AHPs and midwives, as well as students opting into the revised programme.
Coronavirus (COVID-19)- Free awareness course. The course covers: symptoms, infection prevention, investigation guidance and support. https://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/covid-19-course
NHS Statutory and Mandatory Training – for all staff, returners and users https://portal.e-lfh.org.uk/Register - registration is required to create a record to prove compliance and can be accessed with any type of email account.
COVID-19 SOCIAL CARE WEBINAR Dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on your staff.
This webinar will look at the impact of COVID-19 on workers and draw on examples from organisations who have developed effective strategies to support their staff. Dealing with the impact of the last few months on staff is something that every organisation is considering, and this webinar aims to share practical advice and signpost to helpful resources.
If you have any questions on a topic that you’d like to see raised during the webinar, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
These webinars are part of a series of recorded webinars on a variety of topics to assist managers to respond to the additional pressures of COVID-19. You can find all our recorded webinars on our www.skillsforcare.org.uk/COVID-19webinars.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPTMENT (PPE) GUIDANCE AND TRAINING
Public Health England has produced short video clips on the correct use of PPE, see links below. However local guidance may vary so please make sure you are up to date and compliant with your own organisation’s policies and guidance on PPE.
HEALTH CARE SCIENCE
NHS England and NHS Improvement have produced a document to assist NHS trusts and other organisations in deploying the healthcare science (HCS) workforce in the surge response to coronavirus. It sets out how healthcare scientists support these areas and the issues that need to be addressed, with detailed advice broken down by professional area. It builds on work already being undertaken by HCS staff across the NHS to adapt to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Link here
ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Health Education England is working with the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer and AHP Leadership Team across NHS England and NHS Improvement, Public Health England and partners to provide a system-wide response to COVID-19 from the allied health professions.
They are producing a pdf of all training and resources that will be updated regularly, link here and the Allied Health Professionals website, link here provides the latest up to date COVID- 19 information.
STAFF HEALTH AND WELLBEING
This is a time of increased pressure and stress for many healthcare professionals. You may be feeling distressed, overwhelmed or emotional as a result of your workload and experiences. It is important that you take time to prioritise your own mental health and wellbeing which will help you to feel in control and to continue to provide outstanding care to others. Here are some websites that provide tips and advice for self-care and prioritising your mental health and wellbeing: The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges; The British Medical Association; The Intensive Care Society; Royal College of Nursing; emergency responders; pharmacy and critical care staff.
Urgent NHS phone call and text support
NHS staff will be able to call or text a free number staffed by thousands of specially trained volunteers, to receive support and advice for the pressures they face every day during the global health emergency.
- A free wellbeing support helpline 0300 131 7000, operated by the Samaritans and available from 7.00am – 11.00pm seven days a week, providing confidential listening from trained professionals and specialist advice - including coaching, bereavement care, mental health and financial help. NHS staff can call for support, signposting and confidential listening.
- A 24/7 text alternative to the above helpline - NHS staff can simply text FRONTLINE to 85258.
Free NHS mental wellbeing links and apps
The NHS has also partnered with Headspace, UnMind and Big Health to offer a suite of apps for no charge to assist staff with their mental health. The NHS has also partnered with Headspace, UnMind and Big Health to offer a suite of apps for no charge to assist staff with their mental health. This is available for all NHS staff (in clinical and non-clinical roles) however this requires an NHS email address and so, unfortunately, is not available to colleagues outside of the NHS.
Sleepio and Daylight (developed by Big Health):
Sleepio is a clinically-evidenced sleep improvement programme that is fully automated and highly personalised, using cognitive behavioural techniques to help improve poor sleep. Free access to Sleepio for all NHS staff is active now until 31 December.
How to access Sleepio: 1. Visit sleepio.com/redeem on your laptop or desktop computer 2. Enter redeem code NHS2020 and sign up for an account using your name and email address 3. Complete the sleep test 4. Get started!
Daylight is a smartphone-based app that provides help to people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety, using evidence-based cognitive behavioural techniques, voice and animation. Free access to Daylight is active now until 31 December.
How to access Daylight: 1. Click on the following link on your smart phone: daylight.com/NHSaccess 2. Answer a few short questions to tailor the programme to you 3. Sign up for an account using your name and email address 4. Download the Daylight smartphone app (search 'Daylight - Worry Less') 5. Get started!