Below is a selection of e-learning platforms with courses in all subjects, not just clinical.

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Environmental Sustainability

College of Paramedics – Free Learning

Level 2 & 3 Online Courses

National Ambulance LGBT+ Network

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As part of the SWASFT Green Plan, we have several courses on offer teaching you more about how we can work towards environmentally sustainable healthcare.

Courses are as follows:
  1. Building a Net Zero NHS
    An introduction to environmentally sustainable healthcare.

‘Building a Net Zero NHS’ is designed to raise awareness of the climate and ecological emergency, why it matters for health, and how healthcare contributes to it.

Learners are introduced to the “Net Zero NHS” plan and case studies which demonstrate how clinical practices can reduce carbon, costs and waste, whilst improving care quality. All NHS healthcare workers will find it useful in their work.

Click Here to complete this session.

  1. Environmental Sustainability in Quality Improvement
    Integrating environmental, social and financial considerations into quality improvement.

This session introduces a novel approach to quality improvement, where environmental, social and financial aspects are considered alongside health outcomes.

We explore the concept of ‘sustainable value’ and use quality improvement (QI) project examples to show you how to improve the environmental and social sustainability of healthcare in your setting.

Click Here to complete this session.

*Please note – These courses will require you to be logged in to ESR, which is why the login page may appear instead of the course.*


The Carbon Literacy Project

Carbon Literacy provides learners with ‘an awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.’

The Carbon Literacy Project was recognised by the United Nations at the COP21 climate negotiations in 2015 as one of 100 ‘Transformative Actions Projects’ worldwide that could materially change the way we deal with climate change.

Learners who successfully complete a day’s worth of approved Carbon Literacy learning are certified as Carbon Literate. Upon successful assessment, a learner is awarded a uniquely numbered certificate to evidence their Carbon Literacy, and confirm that they have met the requirements of the Carbon Literacy Standard.

Further details can be found by Clicking Here.

SWAST are looking to pilot this course soon – if you would like to attend please Click Here to express your interest.

A contemporary learning programme designed for the ‘modern paramedic’ was launched on the 9th May 2017 and can be accessed for free. The project has been undertaken in partnership with Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare team (e-LfH) who develop clinically credible online learning for health professionals.

Bite-sized Sessions

College of Paramedics members and those with an NHS email address can now access almost 50 ‘bite-sized’ sessions separated into five module topics:

  1. Clinical Decision Making
  2. Mental Health
  3. End of Life Care
  4. Pain Management
  5. Law and Ethics

Each module has been developed under the leadership of module editors in specialist fields. Each session can be done in less than 20 minutes, and is applied to paramedic practice with a focus on problem-based learning and case studies.

Accessible Modules

E-learning for Health

Every session has been developed so it can be used on any device; Smart Phone, Tablet, Laptop, or PC.  So you can access CPD whenever and wherever you choose. Currently, the content is accessible through the e-Learning for Healthcare platform

Quick & Easy Registration

You can register online here in five minutes with an NHS or MOD email address, or through Open Athens.

 For more information please visit the London College of Paramedics website.

CoP ‘Temporary Registered Student Paramedic’ Support Site

Click Here to access the College of Paramedics ‘Temporary Registered Student Paramedic’ support site. Created mainly with NQPs in mind, this site has been created as a resource by the CoP & is updated & added to as new content is available. (It is free & open access to non-members).

Choose from a variety of level 2 and level 3 virtual courses offered via external provider Learning Curve Group.

For anyone who may have identified a development need or goal or simply has a general interest there are a wide range of courses on offer including health related topics through to team leadership.

Please note: These courses are government funded and provided via Learning Curve Group – You will enter into an agreement WITH THEM when you enrol.There is a £125 cancellation fee if a learner enrols and fails to complete or withdraws early from the course”.
There is an extenuating circumstances process – but this is managed by them.

Select from a number of level 2 and level 3 courses. Highlights are below or you can browse the full catalogue here:

Level 2:

Level 2 – Understanding Behaviour that Challenges

Level 2 – Children’s & Young People’s Mental Health

Level 2 – Understanding Autism

Level 2 – Common Childhood Illnesses

Level 2 – Common Health Conditions

Level 2 – Principles of Dementia Care

Level 2 – Equality and Diversity

Level 2 – Principles of Team Leading

Level 2 – Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

Level 2 – Mental Health First Aid

Level 3:

Level 3 – Understanding Autism

Level 3 – Understanding Mental Health

Level 3 – Principles of Dementia Care

How to book: Book via Learning Curve Group by clicking the “enrol now” link for the course you are interested in.

Resources and Information

The National Ambulance LGBT+ Network is working on a number of resources and initiatives to support LGBT+ patients and staff.

Lots of info here – but the main educational resource pages are:
Back to LGBT Basics
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What is ESR and NLMS?

Electronic Staff Record (ESR) is a workforce solution for the NHS, ESR supports the delivery of national workforce policy and strategy.

It provides NHS organisations with a range of tools that facilitate effective workforce management and planning; thereby enabling improved quality, improved efficiency and improved patient safety.

The comprehensive suite of workforce management functionality within ESR is exclusive to managers and employees within the NHS in England and Wales.

National Learning Management System (NLMS) is a functionality within ESR which allows staff to access and complete mandatory training offerings as well as additional CPPD. This removes the need for staff to locate courses from several sources.

How do I access ESR and NLMS?

All SWAST employees now have access to ESR self-service which allows you to view pay slips, personal information and learning dashboards.

If you haven’t used My ESR for e-learning yet there is loads, & we mean loads of free Clinical & NON-Clinical e-learning on here. The interface is a bit clunky, but there is a ton of good stuff here, and best of all, if you do it on here it is all recorded and stored on your NHS record.

Download NLMS quickstart guide PDF

Download NLMS FAQs and troubleshooting guide PDF

Go to the SWAST intRAnet info page for ESR

Discovery Library Access (All SWAST)

All SWASFT staff are eligible to join their local Health Library. *The Plymouth & Southmead ones are online and open to all SWASFT staff.

SWASFT staff now have access via the library website to an additional:

  • 500+ core clinical journals
  • 1100+ textbooks
  • Practice guidelines, systematic reviews and multimedia resources
  • Pin boards and awareness updates for the latest news

You will need an NHS Athens password to access these resources, just register at or visit if you have forgotten your username or password.

or you can Download a leaflet to get started

You can contact the Discovery Library at:

Discovery Library-Level 5 Terrace Lewis Building- Derriford Hospital- Plymouth-PL6 8DH

Telephone: 01752 (4)39111


Unison e-Learning

UNISON is the UK’s largest union, serving more than 1.3 million members. The e-learning site from UNISON is where you can access a whole range of online activities, which is especially handy for UNISON activists.

They represent full-time and part-time staff who provide public services, although they may be employed in both the public and private sectors.

They are also there to provide a large variety of courses and some of these courses will be absolutely free to those who become members. Below are examples of the excellent courses on offer through UNISON:

Diabetes Awareness Certification

Mental Health First Aid Certification

Safe Handling of Medicines Foundation Certification

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Certification


Click Here to find out more about the e-learning on offer through UNISON

ESR Development Day Learning

New! Online Development day learning on ESR

Originally this content was planned for face to face delivery but due to the coronavirus pandemic it has been adapted to be delivered online.

At this time we do not know how long the impacts of the virus and social distancing will effect your face to face to education. However, the Education and Professional Development team are working hard to ensure your education and development needs are met during the pandemic

All operational all ambulance staff should now be able to access the following lessons (more will be available later)
  1. Resuscitation and support of transition of babies at birth
  2. Anaphylaxis

Please click the link here or pic to be taken to the ESR log in page. Logging into ESR for the 1st time ? Please scroll down to see how to guides for logging onto to ESR

Having trouble finding the DD lessons? Click here

Free courses in

Free Courses In England specialises in education and training that supports the needs of employers and learners.

Offer accredited programmes, which are designed to complement employers’ existing in-house training provision and improve each learner’s knowledge and skills by assessing their core competencies against national standards.

They offer a wide range of accredited training with a combination of online or hard copy resources.

*Please note – this website is external and may charge you for non-completion of a course.*

NHS Elect Webinars

NHS Elect are an organisation dedicated to supporting NHS colleagues & improving healthcare.

NHS Elect host webinars and virtual workshops aimed at providing the tools and techniques for NHS staff wishing to achieve their goals through a number of tried and tested approaches. They also offer offer other on-line resources.

They offer multiple webinars available throughout the year – Click Here to have a browse of the full list. 

To access these webinars you will need to initially sign up via SWAST CPD. Click Here to find out more & sign up.

Gloucestershire Proud to Learn Training

Proud to Learn Gloucestershire is promoting opportunities available within the social care and health sector in Gloucestershire. Within the social care and health sector in our county there are a vast range of career opportunities and great career progression.

On our site, you’ll find plenty of jobs but also case studies and testimonies from people who’ve found rewarding careers in the sector. As well as promoting jobs in health and social care, the county council is working with care organisations to help them recruit and retain employees.

To access E-learning Modules and Training Courses hosted on LearnPro Community please contact the Multi-Agency Workforce Development Team on or 01452 324306 for a registration guide. 

What training is available?

  • Autism
  • Dementia
  • Dysphagia – Difficulties with eating and drinking (LD)
  • Eating Well: Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities
  • Epilepsy and Midazolam Awareness
  • Health Inequalities and Good Health Outcomes
  • Mental capacity Act
  • One Day Dementia Training
  • Registered Managers Development Programme
  • Responding to People in Mental Health Crisis
  • Safeguarding Adults L3
  • Self harm Awareness training for Front line staff

How do I register?

All users MUST register with an INDIVIDUAL email address. If you do not have an individual email address you can set one up very simply with a number of hosts (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail).

Request a User guide from