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New Suite Of E-Learning Courses Reflects The Latest Developments In The Healthcare Sector

Skills for Health have announced a number of updates to its e-learning programme with a raft of new modules being launched to help health care employers provide the highest quality training to staff.  The Sector Skills Council’s team of in-house developers have worked with industry leaders and national expert reference groups to design a range of interactive, innovative and simple-to-use courses to reflect current healthcare topics, policies and regulation. All courses are now delivered in our newly upgraded learning software, which is more intuitive and easier to navigate, so your staff can more effectively gain the knowledge they need to provide the highest quality of patient care

E-learning new courses: highlights
To support the recent launch of the Care Certificate (1st April 2015),  Skills for Health have developed a suite of core clinical e-learning courses that along with the existing Statutory & Mandatory courses, covers the Care Certificate standards and allows staff to undertake learning at a time and place that is convenient for them. The Care Certificate successfully builds on current training standards to ensure that those entering the profession are now working to the same set of robust standards, whatever the health or social care setting, and are proficient in the fundamentals of high quality patient care.  Skills for Health have also worked with Health Education England (HEE) and Skills for Care to develop the Care Certificate learning outcomes and the associated workbook to provide the necessary development for this essential part of the workforce – available to download now at http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/standards/the-care-certificate.

Based on the newly developed Clinical / Care UK Core Skills Training Framework, the Clinical Care Suite of courses contains all the key elements for staff to develop and maintain their clinical skills and improve patient safety. The new courses include awareness of mental health, dementia and learning disabilities, blood transfusion, communication, consent, duty of care, fluid and nutrition, person-centred care, privacy and dignity and your healthcare career.

Additional new e-learning courses from Skills for Health include:

  • ‘Stand By Me’ – an innovative new e-learning course, that focuses on the key communication and person-centred care skills that are required to care for people living with dementia and their families. Aimed at health and social care practitioners, both clinical and non-clinical, the training incorporates six new video dramatisations across different care settings with scenarios covering receiving a dementia diagnosis, emergency medical care, moving into a residential home and staying on an acute hospital ward. Each of the videos is embedded in a series of questions based on the VIPS framework and gives learners the opportunity to reflect on their own practice, the challenges they face in the role and the practice within their organisations.
  • Personal health budgets – an interactive, scenario based course providing guidance, information and opportunities to practise defining and explaining personal health budgets.  Developed with support from Partner2Care and input from NHS England, it outlines the six step process, as well as who is eligible and the risks and benefits involved.
  • E-Assessment – a robust assessment allowing learners with considerable knowledge and experience in the Core Skills Training Framework subject to undertake questions from a large bank without taking a course.  This can help to save staff and their organisations time, money and resources.
  • Statutory and Mandatory UK Core Skills – helps employees to meet the current national requirements via a series of courses that standardise skills across a number of areas and fill any gaps in knowledge in conflict resolution, equality, diversity and human rights, fire safety, health, safety and welfare, infection prevention and control, information governance, moving and handling, safeguarding adults and safeguarding children.

John Rogers, Chief Executive at Skills for Health comments, “The launch of this latest suite of e-learning marks an exciting time for Skills for Health and is another great example of how our expertise in the sector can have a direct impact on the quality of skills development for the healthcare workforce.  It is important to recognise that employers need support to implement change at a ground level; one of the reasons that we have developed new e-learning courses to work alongside the recently launched Care Certificate.  

“Skills for Health have been the largest provider of high quality e-learning to the UK health sector, with over 500,000 completions per annum in the NHS alone.  One of the benefits that this experience brings is that we are able to constantly develop and update course content to ensure organisations maintain a safe, competent and legally compliant workforce with a focus on patient safety.”

Bryan Kessie, Head of Technical Development at Skills for Health comments: “Making sure that every member of staff is up to date on training without impacting direct healthcare delivery can be a challenge. E-learning provides the opportunity for organisations to deliver consistent and flexible training whilst keeping track of who has been trained and to what level.  Our e-learning platform is also accessible remotely 24/7, so staff can work on training in their own time, without taking time away from their duty of care.”

Skills for Health’s e-learning courses are used by more than 2,800 organisations, with over 412,000 registered learners across the UK and healthcare staff completing an average of 50,000 modules every month.  All of Skills for Health’s e-learning is administered by the National Skills Academy for Health. For further enquiries, email elearning@nsahealth.org.uk or call 0844 770 3770.

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