12th August 2015 Written by Skills for Health

Image: We need substantial new investment in the NHS in England.The dilemma of changing and improving services, whilst at the same time delivering the important everyday service, has always been an issue for healthcare. The changes in medical technology, growth in population and the types of diseases experienced means that the NHS has changed   beyond recognition since its inception in1948. But for many healthcare organisations training has not moved out of the classroom.

A recent report by two leading think tanks has highlighted that there should be substantial new investment in the NHS in England. A report from the Health Foundation and the King's Fund sets out a "transformation fund" that will need at least £1.5bn a year on top of £8bn the government has promised by 2020.

The report also stated that ‘front line staff need time away from their usual jobs for training’. E-learning has been in place for a number of years and until recently was tied to fixed computers in education centres. We are moving into a new era of staff training that finally takes advantage of the variety of media available allowing staff to access training in many different ways and at a time that suits them in a location of their choice.

Organisations such as Skills for Health are responding to advances in technology and offering e-learning and e-assessment on PCs, laptops, tablets and mobiles. Access is easy anywhere with connection to the internet.   

E-learning is one of many tools that are available to train staff and cannot replace important face-to-face training for practical skills such as resuscitation training . E-learning can, with a little creativity, be used in many ways to engage staff in learning – one person using a mobile device, small group discussions as part of a team meeting or larger group discussions relating to smaller sections of a course that are of particular relevance to that team at that time.  .

Many courses go beyond just learning basic knowledge and factual information to encouraging staff to think about how they can apply their skills in the context of their role. The courses make use of advanced reflective techniques (including a note-making facility) and contain a range of other activities. All the Skills for Health e-learning courses have clearly defined learning objectives which map to the Core Skills Training Framework learning outcomes and have been developed with experts from healthcare organisations across England. 

The staff within healthcare are the organisations greatest asset.Staff need continuous training support to be able to provide innovative, high quality care to all patients. By using a modern blended approach to learning organisations can benefit from an effective safe, workforce with minimal impact on staff time away from frontline care.

Find out more about our E-learning courses, including the Care Certificate and Statutory and Mandatory packages.