NHS Trust prioritises patient care with new elearning course

An NHS Trust that provides community, mental health, learning disability and social care services in England is transforming its workplace training with 13 new elearning modules aimed at helping to improve safety and free up more time for staff to spend with patients. 

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, which covers much of Hampshire and beyond, is working with elearning specialist, Sponge UK to develop the modules covering a range of topics including health and safety, infection prevention control, safeguarding and the Mental Health Act.

It is the first NHS Trusts of its kind to provide elearning relating to the receipt and scrutiny of statutory forms under the Mental Health Act.

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Associate Director for Education, Bobby Moth, said: “Our aim is to provide a high quality, engaging and flexible training experience where staff want to learn, which also allows us to give back more time to frontline clinical care.

“We’re hoping that something in the region of 3,500 classroom attendances plus associated travel time will be freed up as a result of these new elearning modules, so you can see the impact this could have, in terms of giving back more time for staff to spend with patients.”

The innovative elearning modules will incorporate games, video and workplace scenarios to make them as engaging and effective as possible.

Moving aspects of essential training online will help cut down on the amount of time Trust staff spend travelling to face-to-face training sessions and free up more time for patient care.

The elearning is aimed at around 7,500 staff including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, health visitors and support workers who deliver services from over 200 sites.

Managing Director of Sponge UK, Louise Pasterfield, added: “Southern Health is leading the way in terms of training innovation for health professionals. 

“The modules are highly interactive and will set new standards in terms of the overall learning experience for staff.

“By using the latest game techniques, the training will be bought to life in a fun and engaging way, and help to reinvigorate attitudes to workplace learning.”

The new elearning is currently in production and is due to be rolled out to staff later this year.

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