How E-learning is transforming skills in the healthcare workforce

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Written by Skills for Health on 21 April 2015 in Features

E-learning helping staff in the health sector work on their own training in their own time   

Within the healthcare sector, patient safety has been at the forefront of recent discussions and high profile reports such as the Cavendish Review. One of the outcomes has been an acknowledgement that without a co-ordinated and robust approach to training for staff, patient care can be compromised. However, the healthcare industry is complex and it is important that staff keep up to date with this evolving environment, ensuring they are equipped to meet patient needs across a wide range of health issues. E-learning provides a cost effective and flexible alternative to traditional methods and can help to ensure that organisations maintain a safe, competent and legally compliant workforce.

Overcoming time pressures

Healthcare staff can find themselves time pressured, when it comes to learning, access needs to be easily available and quick – this can be via multi-platforms from home computers and tablets, to smart phones for e-assessments. Skills for Health’s E-learning provides 24/7 access to courses and staff can work on training in their own time without taking time away from their duty of care.

Help’s at hand

Skills for Health supports its E-learning platform with help desk support for all managers and employees. Courses can also be linked to the client platform for seamless user interface and be used in conjunction with other tools from Skills for Health e.g. compliance reporting tool WIRED.

Course content and quality

Skills for Health’s E-learning courses are currently used by more than 2,800 organisations, with over 412,000 registered learners across the UK. Course content is developed by our specialists in-house and our expert reference groups that include staff at multiple levels of the health sector, which is why healthcare staff are currently completing an average of 50,000 modules a month. Courses are mapped directly to the Core Skills Training Framework where appropriate and cover statutory, mandatory and core skills training. Courses cover a wide range of subjects including conflict resolution, infection prevention and control, fluids and nutrition and equality, diversity and human rights.

Courses to look out for from Skills for Health in 2015 include:

  • E-assessment of statutory and mandatory training modules
  • Clinical / Care Suite
  • Care Certificate Suite
  • Stand By Me – Dementia
  • Introduction to Personal Health Budgets


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