COVID-19 training

e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) - training needs of individuals returning to practice

The e-Learning for Healthcare team at Health Education England (HEE) has created a specific area on the e-learning platform, to support the education and training needs of individuals returning to practice or moving areas of work.

This will help staff to navigate through the various statutory and mandatory training and other refresher training courses that may be relevant.

HEE e-LfH has removed the requirement to log in to access the COVID-19 programme, to make it as easy as possible for the health and care workforce to access the learning resources.  However, accessing the content without logging in means that learning activity won’t be tracked and won’t create a learning record. If you would like your teams to have a learning record to demonstrate compliance, they will need to have an e-LfH account and be logged in.

Staff can register for an e-LfH account using any email address.

You can access the platform on the e-LfH web pages. A short education pack for the entire NHS workforce has also been published.

The content is being reviewed and added to regularly. If there are any additional areas of focus you feel would be useful, please contact

In addition to the e-LfH platform, a cross-specialty clinical group, supported by the Royal Colleges, is producing guidance to ensure that learning from experience here and abroad is rapidly shared across the UK. This will include:

  • a service guide for anaesthetics and critical care
  • COVID-19 clinical management guides in collaboration with NICE. 

A link will be added when available.

External resources directory

Resources have been shared with HEE’s Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team from a range of organisations and commercial suppliers to support the workforce in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. The content is complementary to the education and training resources provided through the e-LfH Hub’s COVID-19 programme.

The resources have been reviewed and collated into an external resources directory (PDF). It is recommended that these are reviewed and quality assured locally before being used, to ensure they meet the need they are being used to address. If you have any queries about the directory, please email: 

Statutory/mandatory training

To support returning staff to the NHS, there are four statutory/mandatory training e-learning modules that are required to be completed as a minimum:

  • Health, safety and welfare
  • Fire safety
  • Infection prevention and control – level 2
  • Resuscitation – level 2.

It has also been recommended that, for current NHS employees who have not changed roles and who have previously undertaken training in the core subjects of statutory/mandatory training, refresher training requirements should be suspended for the duration of the current crisis. All new starters will still need to complete full statutory/mandatory training.

More detail on this is available through Health Education England’s e-learning portal.

Statutory/mandatory training can now be accessed on any device at any time using a new online platform. This will enable staff to easily train at pace and be ready to deliver high-quality frontline care as quickly as possible. Access the training here.

Advanced Life Support (ALS) courses

We are aware that ALS courses have been cancelled due to social distancing requirements. Whilst this remains the case, doctors who would normally be required to have ALS as a condition of starting in post, should be able to take up their jobs. However, organisations will need to assess the skills required and any certification held by individuals and ensure that sufficient training is provided where necessary, so that they can carry out their role safely.

e-learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) - global COVID-19 e-learning programme

HEE has developed a COVID-19 e-learning programme, which includes:
  • essential guidance from the NHS, UK Government, WHO and BMJ
  • advice from Public Health England on personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • infection prevention and control
  • resources for staff working in critical care settings
  • resources for staff working in acute settings
  • resources for staff working in primary care and community settings
  • resources for return to work healthcare staff
  • resources for pharmacy staff
  • end of life care COVID-19
  • wellbeing for staff.

You can access the programme via HEE e-Learning for Healthcare.

HEE financial support for education and training

HEE wrote to all NHS trusts in letter dated 9 April, confirming core elements of the LDA quarter 1 payments would be fixed in line with the 2019/2020 activity levels, with inflation to be adjusted later in the financial year when appropriate.

Those core elements are:

  • all education & training placement tariff related activity
  • all salary support payments (enabling salary-supported students to continue their employment irrespective of the COVID-19 impact on their education programme);
  • all non-tariff HEE funded postgraduate posts (such as palliative care, public health);
  • trainee programme director and heads of school payments.
Find out more on HEE’s website.


A number of flexibilities have been introduced to support employers, apprentices and training providers during the COVID-19 crisis to ensure that, wherever possible, apprentices can continue and complete their apprenticeships.

For more details and guidance visit our COVID-19 apprenticeships page.

COVID-19 sources of external staffing


Details on the flexibilities offered and changes being made to apprenticeships and assessments during this time.

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