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UK medical schools launch new e-learning programme in partnership with Health Education England

24.08.20

The Medical Schools Council (MSC), in partnership with Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH), have developed a new, free e-learning programme to support undergraduate medical education. This is the first national programme provided by e-LfH which collates online learning resources from across UK medical schools.

The programme was developed in response to the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic which saw universities close their doors and deliver classes online. As a result, the MSC’s Education Leads set up a working group to coordinate the efforts of medical schools’ Heads of Teaching in delivering medical education remotely.

Developed by and for medical schools, the new e-learning programme provides a database of learning resources, making it easier for staff and students to source material for different specialties. These resources have been kindly donated by staff from across UK medical schools and will be useful to students in their clinical and non-clinical years.

Commenting on the programme, the Medical Schools Council’s Chief Executive, Dr Katie Petty-Saphon, said:

“With the possibility of experiencing renewed periods of lockdown and the need to social distance, it is likely that some distance learning will be required to supplement in-person teaching sessions throughout the next academic year. Collating material from across UK medical schools will help students to access freely available resources to enhance their learning.

"It is heartening to see the generosity of staff from across the country who have made their resources publicly available to the benefit of medical students and staff. Our particular thanks must go to staff at Imperial College London, the University of Bristol and Health Education England for their work in making the idea of building a programme to share resources a reality.”

MSC’s e-Learning Programme is accessible to all those with a university or NHS email address. To access the programme, please register first with e-Learning for Healthcare via their website.

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