Freely available courses or documents on eLearning
Critical Appraisal Skills Programme: Checklists to help you appraise a systematic review or a randomised controlled trial.
E-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH). HEE e-LfH’s programmes cover subjects from audiology to anaesthesia, dentistry to dermatology, electronic fetal monitoring to end of life care, primary care to prescribing, safeguarding children to statutory and mandatory training. All content is nationally quality-assured and available 24/7. The online training sessions enhance traditional learning, support existing teaching methods and provide a valuable reference point. Available with your NHS OpenAthens account and/or personal E-LfH account.
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – eLfH eLearning programme
STEP e-learning modules on searching Module 1: Introduction to searching Module 2: Where do I start searching? Module 3: How do I start to develop a search strategy? Module 4: Too many results? How to narrow your search Module 5: Too few results? How to broaden your searchModule 6: Searching with subject headings Module 7: How to search the Healthcare Databases (HDAS)
Instant Anatomy: collection of diagrams and notes on anatomy.
JAMA Users’ Guides to Evidence-Based Practice: guides describe the steps in finding, appraising and applying a wide range of medical evidence.
PeDRO Appraisal Tutorial: Short, basic tutorial in critical appraisal.
Teaching Skills for Clinical Teachers: online course in clinical teaching, aimed primarily at doctors
Internet and IT Skills
Virtual Training Suite: Collection of excellent tutorials on searching the Internet. The tutorials include tours of selected relevant sites. The following tutorials are available:
Internet for Allied Health
Internet for Health and Safety
Internet for Health and Social Care
Internet for Computer Science and Informatics
Internet for Nursing
Internet for Social Statistics
Internet Social Worker
eLearning for CPD
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.
Macmillan Learn Zone
This LearnZone provides free learning resources, online courses and professional development tools from Macmillan Cancer Support.
CPD courses from Guidelines, Guidelines in Practice and Guidelines for Nurses.
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