Anaphylaxis learning module and guidance for registered nurses in health and social care

All registered nurses in health and social care can now access anaphylaxis training via a landing page on Turas Learn. This is not specific to care homes but for use across NHS and social care.  If staff are not already registered they can use the link below. This is an elearning module provided by NHS Grampian and can be used as an educational resource and will provide a print off completion certificate. This is not a competency certificate therefore current local arrangements would apply, as with any training. Hopefully this will assist staff training in advance of the commencement of the flu season however if staff have already undertaken the relevant training then there is no need to complete this module.

To register for a Turas Learn account in order to be able to access the NES resources including the anaphylaxis please click on https://bit.ly/3k8M4kz.

Please see below for more information on this module.


Anaphylaxis: Learning module and guidance for Registered Nurses in health and care settings  

  • By undertaking this module, you agree to read and consolidate the information below, which highlights important considerations in the context of your work place. 
  • NHS Grampian have kindly shared open access to this resource, developed to enhance staff knowledge in responding to acute needs when a person develops anaphylaxis.  

Learning Aim: 

Recognition and treatment of anaphylaxis is required to ensure that people receive a high standard of care from trained and competent practitioners, in line with legal and professional requirements. 

Learning Outcomes:  

  • Define the term anaphylaxis; 
  • Identify triggers that could cause an anaphylactic reaction; 
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction; 
  • Describe the management of a patient with an anaphylactic reaction; 
  • State the dose and route of adrenaline (epinephrine) to be administered to an adult; 
  • Know how and where to gain safe and appropriate access to  Adrenaline.

Successful completion of this learning module indicates you have met the learning objectives.  It supports increasing your knowledge regarding how to deal with an anaphylactic reaction in an adult.  You may wish to discuss the associated learning outcomes alongside any local, relevant issues with your peers.   

This resource should be viewed in tandem with local policy in the facility within which you are based and in conjunction with standard guidance for managing a deteriorating person/ cardiac arrest.   

Links at the base of this page can guide you to supplementary resources. 

In this context, it is important that a registered nurse in any health and care setting 

  • Always functions within their scope of professional practice
  • Can respond effectively in a potential emergency, following local protocol to manage an emergency situation
  • Is current with recommendations for access to and administration of emergency medication such as adrenaline within the facility they are based
  • Knows where and how to access such medication 

This eLearning module was developed by NHS Grampian, in accordance with guidance from the Resuscitation Council UK.  It refers to NHS Grampian regarding access to medication (Adrenaline) and administration in an emergency situation. Any such references should be replaced by  local policy in your care facility. 

Useful learning resources: 

  1. Resuscitation Council UK: Emergency Treatment of Anaphylactic Reactions   https://www.resus.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-06/EmergencyTreatmentOfAnaphylacticReactionsPPT.pdf 
  2. Recognising a deteriorating person; guidance regarding how to respond when an adult deteriorates can be found at the following link
    https://learn.nes.nhs.scot/28267/coronavirus-covid-19/assessment-and-care-of-people-with-covid-19