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Blended and e-Learning
HCPA have been speaking to our partners in HCC and CCG and we 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 CCG 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 up by supervision by a person who is competent in the subject area and can ask appropriate questions. It should be aligned to competencies and any supervisor should always observe practice.

In all supervisions, it is good practice to always talk about any training the worker has received and to record this. Some care companies are choosing to use E-Learning as an answer to ticking off the training matrix. Training staff should never be a tick box exercise.

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

Payment Required


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. All you need to do is register with the site, pay and then you can access the courses which include links to HCC Policies.


Free for Members


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.

Email enquiries@hcpa.info for your exclusive log-in details and start accessing free today!

SCIE’s E-Learning Resources

SCIE offers a range of free 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 an institution’s own 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.

Visit: scie.org.uk

SCIE’s – Personalisation: Are you ready?

We have launched a new 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.

Visit: scie.org.uk

Social Care TV

Social Care TV is an online channel for everyone involved in the social care and social work sector.

Visit: scie.org.uk/socialcaretv

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.

Visit: strokecorecompetencies.org