07th May 2020 Written by Skills for Health

adapt grow and learn“The use of technology to share knowledge and information is vital to create integration of learning and training.”

In our blog series blog ‘Frontline matters’, Senior Consultant Andrew Lovegrove, has been talking to us about all the new things we’re learning about the workforce and public’s changing needs, as a result of Coronavirus. The fast-paced and every evolving situation has led to us all having to travel unchartered territory, whether that’s abandoning the gym to take up running, learning to cook from unconventional ingredients due to store cupboard shortages, or setting ourselves new video challenges that take social media by storm, EVERYONE is at it.

The same is true across the world right now, both in our personal lives and professional ones. The rapid response of our NHS and social care workforce has been unfathomable, from when the outbreak first occurred to today, the scale and volume of training and skills development in a short space of time has been critical.

Learning new skills at pace is often a key challenge for public sector organisations, as the investment, time and energy to train and develop staff is often met with logistical issues. What we have seen however, is the breaking down of barriers and a new problem-solving approach to tackle skills development, something we need to really evaluate once this is over to take the best of it forward, as Andrew explains…

“This could be one of the few positives to come out of incredibly awful situation this. For example, my parents have learnt how to use FaceTime for the first time ever. There’s new skills and innovation being seen across the whole of society.

In skills development we talk about blended learning. Online learning is great, and you can learn a lot of theory from it which is effective in onboarding staff training at pace. However, what we have also seen is that technology can allow us to adapt our training even further to learn practical skills as well, without the need to all be in the same room.

Systems and technology have shown how rapidly we can learn new skills remotely, and the NHS and training organisations should really look at this to adapt and innovate skills development.

Technology is fantastic to enable and support learning, and that’s being realised even more now than ever before. It can also support the integrated workforce agenda, where the workforce is spread across different organisations, locations and buildings for potentially hundreds of miles. Technology is key to bring disparate workforces together, breakdown barriers and integrate services to deliver better patient outcomes.

In our own elearning provision, we are looking at what we can do to provide the next steps to support blended learning. Demonstrating that human training and elearning are not mutually exclusive, they go together.”

Skills for Health, the Sector Skills Council for Health are specialists in digital solutions that support skills development and training. Our quality assured range of online training is immersive and interactive to provide the best quality learning for critical frontline staff. Furthermore, our experience in leadership and change management means we can support you to develop tailored learning programmes, delivered virtually to train at pace.”

Get in touch to discuss your online training needs and virtual workforce development requirements.