National Early Warning Score (NEWS2)

Skills for Health
Delivery Method: e-Learning

This elearning session provides an overview of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS2): The standardisation of assessment of acute illness severity. NEWS2 provides a systematic method to measure simple physiological parameters in all patients aged 16 and above.


This course looks at what NEWS2 is and how to use it and what this means in forming a clinical response. When a patient presents to hospital and is acutely unwell, or becomes acutely unwell whilst in hospital, time is of the essence. A fast and efficient response is required to optimise clinical outcomes. All three elements of the clinical response are critical: early detection, timeliness of response and competence.

Course content
  • Module 1: Background and Introduction
  • Module 2: Physiological Parameters
  • Module 3: Scoring NEWS2
  • Module 4: Triggers and Thresholds
  • Module 5: Additional Considerations


There are five NEWS2 versions*, one for each of the following areas:

  1. Acute Care
  2. Primary Care
  3. Mental Health
  4. Ambulance Care
  5. Care/Community Homes

*You need only complete one of these versions in order to be awarded a NEWS2 certificate. The primary difference between the versions are the end of module case studies, so please undertake the module that best matches your area of practice.

What will learners get out of it?

On completion of this National Early Warning Scorecard (NEWS2) elearning module a user will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of NEWS
  • List the main ways in which NEWS can be used
  • Know the six physiological parameters included with NEWS
  • Describe the NEWS system, thresholds and triggers
  • Accurately record and score parameters
  • Perform a NEWS calculation
  • Demonstrate correct use of NEWS and associated clinical responses in their given setting
Who is the course for?

All staff engaged in the care of patients in hospitals and the pre-hospital assessment of patients, with case studies specific to the given setting (see versions).


Each module is followed by a case study-based assessment designed to test learners’ understanding. Learning progress and test results can be tracked by managers for internal development and learners can keep a certificate of completion for CPD.

Accreditations and endorsements

Developed by OCB Media in association with the Royal College of Physicians, NIHR CLAHRC North West London, and NIHR University College London.

Duration & CPD

1 hour approximate, equivalent to 1 CPD point.

FAQ & Guidance

Our FAQ should answer most of your questions, but please do get in touch if you're still not clear about anything.

Peace of Mind Guarantee

For your peace of mind, all Skills for Health eLearning comes with a 14 day money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied or decide the package is not for you for any reason, Skills for Health are happy to refund your payment in full (or cancel your invoice).

Technical Requirements

Most eLearning courses from Skills for Health will work on mobile and tablet devices, unfortunately this course will not work on Apple mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads due to the requirement for Adobe Flash player. It may also not work on some PCs which do not have Adobe Flash player installed. We are working on a fix for this issue and will update ASAP.

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