What do I need in order to access the e-learning resources?
You can access the e-learning resources from almost any computer or device that has an internet connection and a browser. However, for the best usability, we have tested the following browsers and are confident they will allow users to access all components of the platform successfully.
Operating System Browser Publisher Version PC Firefox Mozilla Latest PC Chrome Latest PC Internet Explorer Microsoft 11 PC Edge Microsoft Latest MAC Chrome Latest MAC Safari Apple Latest Android 11.0 Chrome Latest iOS 14 Safari Apple Latest
To check that your computer is set up correctly for the learning materials, use the Technical Checker.
Learn more about the policy on browsers and devices.
Can I use Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9 or 10 to access the e-LfH Hub?
Unfortunately, the e-LfH Hub does not work in older versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser (IE7 through to IE10).
e-LfH’s Browser Policy lists Internet Explorer 11 as the earliest Microsoft browser that is supported. This decision took effect on 1st January 2018 and brought e-LfH into line with the Electronic Staff Register (ESR) and Skills for Health.
IE7 was released in 2006 and has been superseded by Internet Explorer 8, 9 10 and finally Internet Explorer 11, which is the latest release that is supported by e-LfH. In the intervening years since previous IE versions have been released, the internet and the technologies associated with it have evolved. The release of HTML5 and the rise of the iPad, for example, have changed the technological landscape and, as our users adopt these new technologies, so e-LfH has to respond to this demand.
If you are using IE7, 8, 9 or 10 on a PC in a Trust, we suggest you approach your IT department and ask them to upgrade the browser. Alternatively, you could ask for your IT department to install a different browser altogether, such as Chrome or Firefox.
e-LfH policy on browsers and devices
e-Learning for Healthcare is a Health Education programme that develops and delivers e-learning content to the health and care workforce in the UK. The e-LfH Hub is our system for delivering content for free to our users. We describe below the browsers and devices that you can use to access our e-learning content via the e-LfH Hub.
Content from other organisations
The majority of the e-learning on the e-LfH Hub is created by the e-LfH team but we also take content from other sources. We have no control over this content and it may have different minimum requirements to our own e-learning content.
We make our e-learning content available on the Electronic Staff Register (ESR) and other platforms. For information on how to access the ESR, please visit http://www.esrsupport.co.uk/.
e-LfH has a library of over 10,000 unique sessions and we publish more sessions every week. Therefore, it is not practical for us to test and update every session whenever a new browser version is released. As a result, we do not publish a list of supported browsers that we guarantee will work with every piece of content on the e-LfH Hub. Instead, we publish a list of the browsers that we use for our own testing whenever we release something new.
We recognise that our users access our content with a variety of browsers and devices. In hospital environments, they will often have quite old equipment and be limited to older browsers. In contrast, when users are accessing from home, they will typically have newer hardware and will use more up-to-date browsers. We try to cater for this range of browsers and devices in the list of browsers that we use for our testing.
List of Tested Browsers
PC Windows 10 and higher Firefox Latest PC Windows 10 and higher Chrome Latest PC Windows 10 and higher Internet Explorer 11 PC Windows 10 and higher Edge Latest MAC MacOS 10.15 (Catalina) Safari Latest MAC MacOS 10.15 (Catalina) Chrome Latest iPad iOS 14 Safari Latest iPhone iOS 14 Safari Latest Android Tablet and Smartphone Android 11 Chrome Latest
This list is also available on the e-LfH Support Site at http://support.e-lfh.org.uk/technical-information/browsers/what-do-i-need-in-order-to-access-the-e-lfh-e-learning-resources/.
Whenever we release a new component or update an existing one, we will test it in all the browsers in this list. However, as previously stated, this does not apply retrospectively to existing content.
Please note from 1 January 2018, we will no longer carry out any testing on Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9 and 10 and we will not regard these as supported browsers. These older versions are no longer supported by Microsoft or by a number of leading e-learning providers and e-learning authoring tools. The current version of Internet Explorer, version 11, and Microsoft’s Edge will continue to be supported. This decision will bring e-LfH browser policy in line with other NHS organisations, including Electronic Staff Record (ESR).
In recent years there has been a dramatic rise in use of mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. However, there is a huge range of smartphones, mobile browsers and operating systems out there and we don’t have the resources to test all of them. We test on Android and Apple mobile devices using the most current browser version available at the time but we cannot guarantee that our content will work on every mobile device and browser combination.
The e-LfH Hub and most e-LfH content will work well on tablet devices, such as iPads or Samsung Galaxy Tabs. We have optimised knowledge sessions to work with touchscreen devices.
It is technically possible to access the e-LfH Hub and e-learning content using a Smartphone as long as the browser can be configured as specified in this document. However, given the highly interactive nature of e-LfH’s learning content and the detail in some medical imaging, we do not recommend using Smartphones to access the content as the learning experience is sub-optimal. Even on smartphones with relatively large screens, there may be excess scrolling and trying to select the correct radio button or view the fine detail in a medical image can be difficult.
When using one of the browsers in the recommended list above, there are certain configuration settings that you will need to enable.
Adobe Flash Player
As from 31 December 2020 Adobe Flash Player will not be supported by the major technology companies such as Google and Apple. As a result we have updated all our knowledge sessions so that we are not reliant on Flash. However, some of our content is from third party contributors, where Flash is used, this content will be removed and no longer accessible after 31 December 2020.