AFEN Education Programme
This webinar programme is aimed at Emergency Nurses new to the ED and supports development towards AFEN level competency.
When: Enrol at anytime as all webinars are recorded and available to view when you log in to the members area of the website, members will receive email invites with the live zoom links and a CPD certificate after completion of the feedback.
- Live: Tuesday evenings 19:00 to 21:00 – On-going (programme started on 15/09/2020)
- Webinar recordings from the beginning of program are available on the members area of the website.
Programme Duration: Two hours per week over two years
Accredited Qualification(s) Optional– Agored Cymru Level 6 Diploma in Emergency Nursing (Associate Level of FEN) accreditation fees apply.
Location: Virtual via Zoom with webinar recordings available for catch-up
Fees: £72 – Two years FEN membership
Getting started: Purchase our 2 year AFEN/MFEN membership and you will receive instant access to our AFEN/MFEN Timetable, all previous recorded webinars & the optional AFEN qualification documents via the AFEN/MFEN Timetable & AFEN Qual info tab in the top menu.
Any queries about membership, registration on the programme or website access please contact us
Irish National Framework of Qualifications: Level 7/8
Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework: Level 10/9
Outside of UK & Ireland
If you are from outside of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, you are welcome to join the Faculty and access our training programme. Should you wish to complete the clinical portfolio for accreditation please contact us.
Our two year taught programme will enable registered nurses working within emergency care to develop the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills required for Associate level Competency (AFEN). This programme will be delivered through webinars and online learning.
The programme will be delivered on Tuesday Evenings 19:00 to 21:00 GMT/BST (15/9/2020 to 25/8/2022). There will be a two week break for Christmas and Easter as well as a short break between the first and second year of the programme. Webinars will be recorded and accessible by FEN members to catch-up or to review at a later date. On completion of an evaluation form following the webinar, you will receive confirmation of attendance in the form of a CPD certificate, this can be uploaded as a PDF to your own CPDme e-portfolio also included in FEN membership.
To access the programme, you will need to be a nurse registrant Plus purchase two years membership with the Faculty of Emergency Nursing – either as an individual with AFEN/MFEN membership or corporate membership. To continue to access the programme your membership must remain current. To join FEN click here.
FEN membership also includes a CPDme account with your very own e-portfolio to supplement FENLearning.
Members can also use CPDme to access more CPD webinars and online learning resources, build their own Emergency Nursing e-portfolio and store CPD evidence for NMC revalidation or work towards our own FEN competencies to achieve an optional accredited FEN qualification AFEN/MFEN (accreditation fees not included in membership).
This programme of study is designed to provide the theoretical underpinnings to achieve the AFEN level competence. If you wish to have this level of competence accredited, you will need to supplement this with background reading, engagement with additional web-based resources and undertake clinical skills teaching and assessments in your own place of work. You will also need to build a clinical portfolio of robust evidence against a set of assessment criteria in order to demonstrate necessary learning outcomes. You will need support from an assessor to sign you off an index of competencies at AFEN level whilst in clinical practice. We are also developing some assessment and portfolio tools to support this evidence.
For a nurse new to emergency nursing, it will take approximately two years to complete all the learning to gain the qualification. The taught programme delivered in webinars will cover the outcomes of all eight units. Provided evidence is collected throughout this period then candidates can expect to have a complete portfolio ready for submission by the end of the programme. However completed portfolios may be submitted before this.
Should you wish to submit a portfolio for accreditation, this will incur an extra cost. This is likely to be £500 and will provide credits on the Credit & Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW) which is mapped – like other European Countries – to the European Qualifications Framework. To see how qualifications can cross boundaries across the UK and Ireland the following link may be helpful: qccb-web-oct-2019.pdf (scqf.org.uk)
|1st Year Content||2nd Year Content|
|Introduction to the programme, including:|
what is expected of you
how lectures will work
|Heads – anatomy & physiology|
|ABCDE assessment||Head injuries|
|Chest – injuries (part 1)||Brain pathology|
|Chest – illnesses (part 1)||Airway assessment – plans A – D|
|Chest – injuries (part 2)||Sedation|
|Chest – illnesses (part 2)||Mental health – common presenting symptoms|
|Risk assessments – Infection control||Psychotic illness|
|Hearts – ECG interpretation methods||Anxiety-related presentations|
|Hearts – Arrhythmias||Mental health prioritisation scales|
|Hearts – Blocks||Overdoses – drugs used and treatment options|
|Hearts – Acute Coronary Syndrome (part 1)||Poisoning|
|Hearts – Acute Coronary Syndrome (part 2)||Mental Capacity assessment|
|Hearts – congenital abnormalities||Legal detention of mentally ill people|
|Hearts – injuries and infections||Health and Safety risk assessments|
|Risk assessments – pressure areas||Communicable diseases|
|Limbs – arm injuries||End of life|
|Limbs – hand injuries||Sudden death|
|Limbs – hip injuries||Sudden bereavement|
|Limbs – lower leg and foot injuries||Manual handling in Emergency Care|
|Risk assessments – Safeguarding (initial)||Eye assessment (1)|
|Pain assessment||Eye assessment (2)|
|Non-pharmaceutical pain relief||Eye treatments|
|Pharmaceutical pain relief options||Ear problems|
|Wound assessment||Nose problems|
|Wound cleaning and closure||Throat problems|
|Local anaesthetics for wound exploration and closure||Major incident planning|
|Wound dressings||Major incident implementation|
|Risk assessments – Safeguarding (secondary)||Major incident – Communication structures|
|Structuring Emergency Care||Clinical governance in Emergency Care|
|Prioritising in Emergency Care||Human Factors in Emergency Care|
|Burns – assessment||Handover/transfer of care|
|Burns – treatment||Pregnancy in a nutshell|
|Major burns||Delivering a baby|
|Explosion injuries||Resuscitation of the newborn|
|Auditing Emergency Care||PV bleeds|
|Normal childhood progression||Kidney injury|
|Adolescents – physical changes||Kidney pathology|
|Adolescents – cognitive changes||Domestic Abuse|
|Adolescents – legal changes||Sepsis|
|Adolescents – transition||Cognitive impairment|
|Normal ageing progression||Adjusting care to the individual patient|
|Abdominal pain – assessment||Violence and aggression – prevention and management|
|Risk assessment – Falls||Managing unpredictable patients|
|Diabetes (1)||End of course – summary and evaluation|
£72 Two years FEN membership required, payment to be received prior to course registration.
This includes access to own FEN member CPDme e-portfolio, live weekly zoom webinars and a LMS of all past recordings of webinars.
Optional additional costs
Qualification accreditation fee – the finalised AFEN competencies, details on registering and submitting costs for accreditation of the AFEN qualification can be found in the members only area on login under AFEN Competencies.
The webinar programme can be completed without submitting a portfolio but to achieve AFEN accreditation you will need to complete:
Three compulsory units:
Compulsory Group A – Must complete both
|Core Competencies for Working in Emergency Care Settings|
|Psychological Care of Patients in Emergency Care Settings|
Compulsory Group B – Choose one
|Care of Adults and Older People in Emergency Care Settings|
|Care of Children and Younger People in Emergency Care Settings|
You must also choose one of the following optional units:
|Care of Patients with Non-Life/Non-Limb Threatening Injuries|
|Care of Patients with Major Trauma|
|Care of Patients in the Pre Hospital Care Environment|
|Care of Patients in a Major Incident|
Clinical assessment must be undertaken in the workplace. A portfolio of practice must be developed which will include workplace based assessments, case based discussions, annotated clinical notes, audits of notes. Once complete portfolios should be submitted to the Internal Quality Assurance Board for verification and award of qualification.
To access the programme of AFEN webinars please ensure you have purchased our AFEN/MFEN membership or are a corporate funded member, you will have instant access to the programme and optional AFEN qualification documents, you will also receive weekly invite links to the upcoming live lectures via Zoom.