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Free sessions by e-Learning for Healthcare

elfh perinatalDo you want to learn more about Child Sexual Exploitation or Perinatal Mental Health?

e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH)  works in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies to support patient care by providing free, high quality e-learning for the training and education of the healthcare workforce across the UK.

Over a dozen e-LfH topics are also available to the wider public in open-access format, including sessions on modern slavery, dementia, and the two featured here: Child Sexual Exploitation and Perinatal Mental Health. Sessions are designed and built to be engaging and interactive, and use high quality images, video, audio and animation to help users understand and retain knowledge. Content is presented using a variety of templates such as ‘real-life’ scenarios, case studies and ‘knowledge bites’.

Child Sexual Exploitation
This single e-learning session provides an introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation for all clinical and non-clinical healthcare staff. It should take between 30-45 minutes to complete. Link: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/child-sexual-exploitation/open-access-session/

Perinatal Mental Health
These three e-learning modules developed by the Institute for Health Visiting, look at:

  • Module One – Perinatal depression and other maternal mental health disorders
  • Module Two – How to recognise perinatal anxiety and depression
  • Module Three – Interventions for perinatal anxiety, depression and related disorders

Each module takes about 45 minutes to complete, and to complete the package there is a short video ‘Marias Story’, which tells of Maria Bavetta’s experience with perinatal OCD.

Link: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/perinatal-mental-health-for-health-visitors/open-access-sessions/

These are all high-quality modules, which has led to the e-LfH programme receiving many industry awards for best practice in e-learning, and the general public do not have to log in to study the open-access or sample modules. New topics are added regularly – to see the full range visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/


New free online course: Childbirth – A Global Perspective

pregnancy1This free course provides a broad overview of maternal and newborn health issues facing low-income and transitional countries, where more than 2.6 million babies are stillborn and nearly 500,000 women die during childbirth or from pregnancy-related complications each year.

Childbirth: A Global Perspective, is a new MOOC (massive open online course) by Emory University on the Coursera platform from 1 Oct – 19 Nov 2014. It requires 2-4 hours of study time per week for 6 weeks, a total of 12-24 hours overall. The course is free to study, and a Statement of Accomplishment is available.

The syllabus is:
Week 1: Introduction to Maternal Mortality and Morbidity in the Global Context
Week 2: Introduction to Maternal Mortality and Morbidity in the US Context
Week 3: The Impact of the Health Care Workforce Shortage on Maternal and Newborn Care
Week 4: Emergency Obstetric Care: Health Facility Services that Support Maternal Health and Survival
Week 5: Improving Maternal and Newborn Care through Community-Based Interventions
Week 6: Case Study in Ethiopia: Educating the Community and Training Front-Line Community Health Workers to Deliver Maternal and Newborn Care

MOOCs are free web-based courses designed for large numbers of participants. Anyone wanting to take a MOOC simply goes to the website and signs up. Typical MOOCs comprise video lectures, readings, quizzes and exchanges with instructors and fellow participants in online forums. Coursera is the biggest player in the global MOOC movement, and so far more than 7 million students from nearly 200 countries have registered to take nearly 600 Coursera classes from participating institutions.

index2If you are interested in pregnancy and childbirth, you may also like to take a look at the free Midwifery course by Australia’s University of Newcastle on another MOOC provider, open2study. The midwifery course covers the history of the profession and what it means to be a midwife today. It is delivered repeatedly throughout the year, requiring 2-4 hours of study time per week for 4 weeks, a total of 8-16 hours overall. Like the Childbirth course above, a Certificate of Achievement is available.