Blog - a learning & development perspective

14th Nov 2012


Heathcotes Learning Team are proud to announce the successful conclusion of the first Induction Week for new starters with the Group.  During a 5 day period, we delivered 8 separate training sessions to new staff from Blythe Bridge in Stoke on Trent and nearby Phoenix Cottages in New Mills.  Subjects covered include an introduction to Heathcotes values, standards and organisation, safe working, values based practice, safeguarding, mental capacity act, professional conduct, person centred working, NAPPI Level 1, emergency first aid at work, manual handling and practical fire training.  In statistical terms, this week represented an equivalent of training delivery to 130 staff.  Learners were positive about what they achieved: “enjoyed the week, very worthwhile”; “I’ve learned a lot, gained a lot of useful information and great tools to use…”; “…has given me more confidence in my ability to do my job effectively”; great week with plenty of interactive tasks”.

Of course we appreciate effective learning is not just a numbers game, but in the quality of material delivered, it’s effective implementation in the workplace, confident and well-trained staff, and ultimately a positive impact on people supported by Heathcotes employees.

As the first week in a 10 week programme, this concentrated induction bloc aims to provide new staff with a solid and comprehensive knowledge base, and is ideally attended before or near to when they start work in their service.  New employees are given a learning folder which will become the basis for their continuing professional development.  It includes organisational informational; knowledge workbooks; a learning log; GSCC Code of Conduct and other information useful to them.  Our training sessions, and the workbooks used to evidence them, map across to individual learning outcomes from the Skills for Care Common Induction Standards, as well as Essential Knowledge Requirements for Levels 2 and 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care.  Additionally, the folder can be used as a basis for discussion during staff supervision, and is a first step towards the new staff member taking responsibility for their development as a health and social care professional.  We also carry out a “skills scoping” exercise which identifies existing knowledge, skills, experience and aptitude, as well as allowing the learner to tell us if they have any individual learning needs in a discreet way.

Our thanks to Vikki at Head Office for her sterling administrative support and to Chris and his team at the George Hotel in Hayfield.

On the wider front, Emerson continues to deliver NAPPI training at all our services.  Most recently he has been delivering refresher training at New Mills and NAPPI Level 1 at Sawley. Last week saw one of his busiest yet delivering a suite of Level 1 and 2 training, as well as refresher workshops in Nottingham.  His efforts will be rewarded I am sure when he attends the NAPPI “Centre of Excellence” award ceremony in Scarborough next week.

Additionally, we have been busy across a number of other areas, including:

  • Working with Chesterfield College to flesh out the programme for our bespoke Level 5 Diploma for Leadership in Health and Social Care, starting in January 2013.
  • Working with Learning Unlimited to improve standards and communication around the management of our work-based qualification programme.
  • Monitoring the delivery of Mental Health Awareness distance learning
  • Organising Safe Handling of People training across the business.