26th November 2015

Image: E-learning Awards.Elearning Awards 2015, 25th November, 2015, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London;

Skills for Health were last night a finalist in the “Production of Elearning” category of the Elearning Awards. The prestigious award was nominated for the advanced methods used in producing the Dementia focused Elearning course, Stand By Me, which was launched earlier this year.

Stand By Me was created in collaboration with the Association for Dementia Studies at the University Worcester and other key partners which features films scripted and produced by staff and students at Heart of Worcestershire College in Bromsgrove. The course was funded by the Department of Health and is aimed at health and social care practitioners from all settings to help them deliver high quality, person-centred care to people living with dementia and their families.

The high standard of development and production of the Elearning course is the result of working closely with experts throughout the sector, using a combination of innovative technology and advanced reflective techniques. The construction is flexible, with four of the course sessions being compulsory and learners then selecting at least one of the role-specific sessions to complete in addition.

Skills for Health CEO, John Rogers comments: “we are delighted that the quality and impact of our Elearning has been recognised by the judges; this was a collaborative effort with a lot of hard work across different teams in health and education. As an organisation, we are committed to improving the care people living with dementia receive and hope the relationship that we have established with the Association for Dementia Studies will continue to grow.”

Professor Dawn Brooker, Director of the University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies, said: “Communicating well with people living with dementia and their families is a core skill for health and social care staff whatever setting they work in. This online course helps to build confidence to ensure that staff have the necessary skills to deliver excellent care and we are very proud that this has been recognised in winning this award.”

Unfortunately, Skills for Health missed out on receiving the award. Megan Sutton, E-learning Manager at Skills for Health says: “We are incredibly happy to have been a finalist against such amazing organisations. It was tough competition, and we are delighted that the quality and impact of our elearning has been recognised by the judges at the shortlisting stage. We have enjoyed the challenge and will be back next year with more innovative learning.”

Skills for Health is the leading supplier of healthcare statutory and mandatory and care certificate Elearning within the NHS, independent and charity sectors. All Elearning courses are mapped directly to recognised Core Skills Training Frameworks, ensuring that employers have affordable access to training of the highest possible standard.