Blended and e-learning

HCPA have been speaking to our partners at HCC and the NHS and have agreed upon some general guidance notes to share with providers.

This is a multi-agency agreement and the guidance has been agreed by HCPA, HCC Learning & Development, HCC Monitoring and NHS Quality Monitoring.

Highlights of this Guidance

If you are using e-learning you will need to be able to explain why and how you have used this.

e-learning is part of a blend of training interventions and should always be followed by supervision with a person who is competent in the subject area and able to ask appropriate questions. It should absolutely be linked to competencies and supervisors should always observe practice.

It is always good practice in supervisions to discuss and record any training the Care professional has undertaken.

Training staff should never be a tick box exercise. This has become an increasing issue of concern to monitoring officers and quality inspectors and is causing some companies to fall below expectations on inspections.

 Below are two reputable systems that can be used to support face-to-face training.

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Hertfordshire County Council has commissioned a central site for all e-learning courses which can be accessed by staff from the Private Voluntary and Independent Social Care Sector.

Simply register with the site, pay and then you can access the courses which include links to HCC Policies. 



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SCILS provides a wide range of Distance Learning/Workbook based blended learning and development solutions for staff throughout social care, health and children/young people’s services.

Many of the products are available in both on-line or in downloadable format and can be used as a great additional supervision tool to supplement training.


SCIE’s e-learning resources

SCIE offers a range of e-learning resources on key themes to the social care sector.
These multimedia resources lend themselves to self study, but can also be used by educators and trainers within a formal course or training programme. They can be accessed from SCIE’s website or imported into a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

On the SCIE website, you will find seven sets of e-learning resources: Law and social work, Interprofessional and inter-agency collaboration, Communication skills, An introduction to residential child care, Children of prisoners, Poverty, Parenting and social exclusion, and An introduction to the mental health of older people.


SCIE’s – Personalisation: Are you ready?

SCIE have launched an e-learning tool with the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group enabling social care providers to find out how prepared they are for personalisation. Getting Personal offers a short and simple self-assessment of providers’ progress towards personalisation, assessing their performance in relation to a set of key factors.


Stroke Core Competencies

This e-learning resource provides a learning tool for health and social care staff to enable them to become more knowledgeable and skilful in the challenging area of stroke care.

The resource is based on the Stroke Core Competencies which were published by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) in 2005.

The website provides a multidisciplinary resource which focuses on a wide range of core knowledge and skills required by all staff when delivering stroke care.


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