E-learning for healthcare

E-learning for healthcare (e-LfH) is a Department of Health programme in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies, providing high quality content free of charge for the training of the NHS workforce across the UK.

The Royal Colleges of Physicians are partners in two e-LfH projects: Acute Medicine (ACUMEN) and eHIV-STI. RCP London is a partner in three e-lfh projects: Renal, Dementia, and the Preventing Falls in Hospitals project.


  • ACUMEN is a web-based learning resource for trainees in acute and general medicine. It enables trainees to access e-learning sessions relevant to all levels of competence as described in the Acute Medicine curriculum.
  • The ACUMEN project is now up to 275 live sessions, including a mixture of knowledge sessions and scenarios.
  • In total, the ACUMEN modules now offer over 100 hours of learning.
  • ACUMEN is free to all NHS clinical staff – accessed through http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/acute-medicine/
  • ACUMEN can also be purchased by individuals and organisations not working in the NHS via eIntegrity – https://www.eintegrity.org/e-learning-healthcare-course/acute-medicine.html




  • The dementia e-learning sessions have been designed to familiarise health and social care staff with recognising, understanding, assessing and managing dementia, and with providing high-quality dementia care.
  • The sessions have been written by subject matter experts in both psychiatry and medicine for the elderly.
  • Dementia is free to all NHS clinical staff – accessed through https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/dementia
  • Dementia can also be purchased by individuals and organisations not working in the NHS via eIntegrity – https://www.eintegrity.org/e-learning-healthcare-course/dementia.html

Preventing falls in hospital

Module 1: Preventing falls (FallSafe)

  • The audience for module one is ward based nurses and other health professionals. The course covers patient and environmental risk factors, management after a fall and a knowledge test
  • Note: the course is undergoing review to ensure it is in line with NICE 161 guidance Falls: assessment and prevention of falls in older people
  • Preventing falls is free for all NHS staff via: e-learning for Healthcare: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/preventing-falls/

Module 2: CareFall:

  • CareFall: Reducing inpatient falls risk and improving post fall care is a new interactive inpatient e-learning tool for foundation year 1 and 2 doctors, developed by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and commissioned by NHS England. The tool covers the knowledge needed to identify and modify patient and environmental risk factors to assist with reducing inpatient falls and covers the safe and effective management of a patient who falls in hospital.
  • CareFall is free for all NHS staff via· e-learning for Healthcare: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/preventing-falls/
  • In March 2015 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) endorsed the course with the following statement:
    This CareFall eLearning package supports most of the recommendations within Falls: assessment and prevention of falls in older people. In addition, it also supports the recommendations relating to adult in-patients with Head Injury. It is also in line with the statements on analgesia and surgery in the Quality Standard for Hip Fracture