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E-Learning with a Blended approach

Flexibility, economical delivery and the value of employees’ time all explain the recent trend towards e-learning.

Many organisations ranging from those employing doctors and dentists, nurses, allied health professionals as well as health care assistants, enablers, support workers and care workers use online training.

A key advantage of e-learning is that it provides flexibility allowing the individual the opportunity to work in their own time and at their own pace. They can often work from home reducing the need for taking time off work and saving money on travel expenses to go to training venues. The carbon footprint box can be ticked!

The government’s document Putting People First highlights the importance of enablement, encouraging the need for maintaining and improving the independence of the service user in order to improve choice, dignity and the quality of life. Recent cases in the media only serve to emphasise the importance of good training in the care sector.

Julie Cartwright, an Occupational Therapist by background and director of Interactive Healthcare Training fully supports this philosophy. ‘It is important that older people or those with disabilities are given the maximum help to be as independent as possible so that they can continue their hobbies and interests and maintain the social interactions that will stimulate and maintain their physical and mental wellbeing’.

Interactive Healthcare Training has most recently developed the Common Induction Standards in an e-learning programme supporting the principal of enablement. It is fully interactive with multiple choice questions.

Julie recommends this online programme should be followed by a classroom session to reinforce the learning material.

There are case studies within the CIS drawn from real life scenarios which can be discussed and debated in a group session to demonstrate engagement and retention of knowledge. These case studies illustrate both good and bad practices and can be used to illustrate how they might relate to an individual service.

A classroom session can also be used to teach the company policies/protocols and procedures and questions can be asked in a face to face situation.

In summary there are advantages and disadvantages of the two but a blend of both e-learning and practical training is preferable and probably offers the best of all worlds.
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