Royal College of Emergency Medicine - FOAMed

This is a fantastic learning resource with tons of evidence based resources from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine-

Please also check out the newly produced (2019) Decompression illness module


RCEMLearning is the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s (RCEM) elearning platform. We aim to be a leading Emergency Medicine elearning site which delivers high quality resources to its members and the broader international elearning community.

RCEMLearning is simultaneously committed to preserving benefits for RCEM members and promoting elearning predicated on open access principles. The majority of content is open access (content in the Exams and CPD section is for RCEM members only), and the site includes a section devoted to the production and dissemination of FOAMed materials. RCEMLearning is registered under a Creative Commons license to encourage (re)use of resources for educational purposes.

Site structure

The site is comprised of the following elearning resources:

  • An etextbook designed to support shopfloor decision making/teaching and individual learning.
  • Hundreds of interactive sessions ranging from short clinical cases (which are open access) to complex learning sessions which include diverse assessment methods. Successful completion of these sessions generate certificates for learners’ portfolios.
  • A section devoted to critical appraisal.
  • FOAMed content, comprised of podcasts and blogs, predicated on current trends in evidence-based medicine.

ECG Online resources

ECG online resources -Complied & approved by the Clinical Directorate (last checked May 2019)

This is page is an internal link to another page where we have compiled a collection of Online ECG Distance Learning resources from various providers. These deliver videos, tutorials, posts, discussions and quizzes available to all staff. Topics include electrophysiology, STEMI, lead systems, avis deviation, normal and abnormal ECG patterns and arrhythmias.

Click Here to see the full list 

Open University - Free courses

Why study a free course on OpenLearn?

Our courses have been proven to increase confidence and develop the skills needed to enter Higher Education and succeed with learning.

You can choose an OpenLearn course from a wide range of subjects. Some are based on Open University course materials. Others are written specifically for OpenLearn.

What are the advantages?

  • OpenLearn free courses are available immediately

    Our courses do not have a start and end date. You can start right away or at a time that suits you.

  • You can work through at your own pace

    You can spend as long as you like on an OpenLearn course, plus, if you sign up you can track your progress and work towards a statement of participation.

  • There are around 1000 courses to choose from

    The courses always focus on a specific area of learning. Some focus on important and fascinating academic subjects, whilst others help you develop skills needed for study or work.

  • You can try out what’s on offer from The Open University

    If you’re interested in taking an Open University course but are not sure what to study or if distance learning is right for you, then OpenLearn lets you get a feel for what’s on offer.

Free courses in England .com

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.

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

PROMPT videos

The aim of the PROMPT Maternity Foundation is to reduce preventable harm for mothers and their babies.

The PROMPT Maternity Foundation provides a multi-professional training programme which was initially introduced to North Bristol NHS Trust. It has been shown to improve outcomes for real women and their babies. The introduction of PROMPT training at Southmead Hospital has resulted in:

Internationally, interest has grown and PROMPT training has been adopted in a number of countries outside of the UK.  Many of these countries have conducted their own research trials and have demonstrated similar results to those achieved at Southmead Hospital, including:

  • USA
  • Australia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Philippines

PROMPT Maternity Foundation has produced a range of practical and informative videos hosted on You Tube for you to view. A pre-Hospital video made in partnership with SWASfT is planned for production in Jan 2020

Emergency Medicine Cheltenham and Gloucester (EM CAGE) #FOAMed

A range of resources are freely accessible to all staff on the Emergency Medicine Cheltenham and Gloucester (EM CAGE) Website.

Visit the Distance learning #FOAMed Page here

BMJ E-learning

All SWAST staff and students now have access to BMJ Learning site with over 700 short e-learning modules on clinical topics.

BMJ Learning offers high-quality continuing medical education for doctors and other healthcare professionals. It features hundreds of accredited, peer-reviewed learning modules in text, video, and audio formats.

When you sign in to BMJ Learning, you’ll see your own personal homepage, which displays modules tailored to you based on your profession, specialty and location. This makes choosing the right modules for your CME/CPD quicker and easier.

Just visit BMJ Learning to access the courses.
You’ll need Athens account, you can register online here Open Athens accounts
Visit SWAST Discovery Library to see all the content available via Athens.

Life in the fast lane - #FOAMed

Life in the Fast lane – FOAMed FOAM – Free Open Access Meducation – Medical education for anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Life in the Fast lane is dedicated to collating the resources that healthcare professionals and students can access to take part in the FOAM movement.
The term FOAM was coined in June 2012 in a pub in Dublin, over a pint of Guinness during ICEM 2012 [watch the Dublin video].
FOAM is a collection of resources, a community and an ethos. The FOAM community spontaneously emerged from the collection of constantly evolving, collaborative and interactive open access medical education resources being distributed on the web with one objective — to make the world a better place. FOAM is independent of platform or media — it includes blogs, podcasts, tweets, online videos, text documents, photographs, Facebook groups, and a whole lot more.
FOAM should not be seen as a teaching philosophy or strategy, but rather as a globally accessible crowd-sourced educational adjunct providing inline (contextual) and offline (asynchronous) content to augment traditional educational principles. FOAM is the concept, #FOAMed is the hashtag


OSCEstop is a free, one-stop online resource for comprehensive notes on medical school finals OSCE exams

OSCEstop aims to help healthcare professionals improve their clinical examination and practical skills. Notes on all of the essential skills and detail on all of the stations likely to come up in OSCE examinations are provided to help you acquire and maintain the broad knowledge needed to succeed.

CoP - Free e-learning

A contemporary learning programme designed for the ‘modern paramedic’ was launched on the 9th May 2017 and can be accessed for free. This is Phase 1 of 2, more modules are under development. 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 firelds. 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

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 at

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.

IT Skills for staff

The Digital Learning Solutions  provides customisable IT training for all staff on Microsoft Office products, from basic through to advanced.
It has been developed to provide an officially recognised route of learning and certification for the whole workforce and provides certificates for each course complete.

All training is free and provided by the NHS for NHS staff

Risking Happiness

Jointly commissioning by Gloucestershire CCG and Gloucestershire County Council, ‘Risking Happiness’ was created by the Reckless Kettle Theatre Company and The Roses Theatre in 2015.
The characters and story of the play are fictitious, but the process of writing it drew from real people, situations and experiences.
The purpose of the play has been to stimulate conversations and promote healthy discussions about our attitude to risk in our daily lives – initially as professionals, but ultimately as individuals.

Zero Suicide Alliance

zero suicide alliance

The Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaborative of National Health Service trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. The alliance is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all. The aims of this training are to: enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behavior, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.

Access their website including FREE Suicide prevention e-learning and free resources

BMJ Clinical Decison Tool

A new Clinical decision support tool from BMJ including evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion is now available to all SWASFT staff and students on placement from April 2019 for three years (purchased by Health Education England).

More online resources will be added soon. If you see something that you think people would benefit from , drop us a line with the link!