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E-learning for CPD

Online resources for CPD.

Isle of Wight NHS Trust Staff e-Learning

Training Tracker: 

The Trust's training resources.

e-Learning for Health:

The e-Learning for Health hub houses many modules created specifically for the NHS.  IOW NHS staff can now register using OpenAthens credentials.  The registration process again requires you to log in with OpenAthens and then create an e-LfH user account.  It can be slightly puzzling to locate the modules you need, but the modules themselves seem straightforward and practical.  There are instruction pages on the website, but if really stuck do ask in the library for help.


Open Access Resources


FutureLearn includes courses from international institutions on many topics, not only health care.  They are moderated live, so conversations between tutors and other students can develop.  (This means that not all courses are accessible at the same time - you register interest and will be emailed when the course begins.  If you don't finish the sessions in the 'live' period the module will continue to be accessible and can be completed, though the tutor support may not be available.)  Simple self-registration on the site.  Indication of time needed to complete is given.


OpenLearn from the Open University provides free open access modules which can be joined at any time, though less closely moderated than the FutureLearn modules.  Many of them could be used as 'tasters' for formal OU study. Modules categorised as introductory, intermediate or advanced, expected study time given.

Click here to check out the full list of OpenLearn courses.


Courses from top universities around the world, in a variety of subjects.

TED talks

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.


Specialist open-access e-learning

There are many sites offering resources/e-learning. NB You might need to investigate the background of the organisation providing the modules before being confident of their validity for NHS staff self-directed learning. Two examples we have have looked at appear below.

Macmillan Learn Zone:

LearnZone provides free learning resources, online courses and professional development tools from Macmillan Cancer Support


MindEd includes resources on children's and young people's mental health.  Registrants choose to access resources for family use, or register for more formal e-learning for healthcare workers and students.  It is UK based, but difficult to see who the partner organisations are in this consortium, though an evaluation report appears on the web site.

Click here to log in or register.

The Hearing Aid Podcasts

We are two geriatricians creating educational podcasts on the various aspects of working with older adults. Our first offering is the MDTea (Multidisciplinary Team Education on Ageing). To follow shortly will be a series on the use of SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation) in care homes.  Sign up to the mailing list or subscribe via iTunes.

The Kings Fund

A range of leadership development courses to support you at all stages of your leadership journey.

Guidelines Learning

CPD courses from Guidelines, Guidelines in Practice and Guidelines for Nurses. 



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