Healthcare E-learning

Here we look at the benefits of healthcare e-learning, with online training solutions that make content more adaptable and more accessible to medical staff and health workers who work across various shifts, and under constant pressure.

Healthcare E-learning

Here we look at the benefits of healthcare e-learning, with online training solutions that make content more adaptable and more accessible to medical staff and health workers who work across various shifts, and under constant pressure.

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The healthcare sector is one in which the implementation of an effective e-learning strategy can have huge benefits to staff and patients alike.
 
The reality is that having properly trained staff can quite literally be the difference between life and death for patients, so there are few industries where training is more important.
 
"Hubken knew what they were talking about and only said ‘yes’ when they meant ‘yes’ – there were no empty promises." Debs Woodcraft at Mountain Healthcare
 
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Healthcare is also an industry that comes under a great amount of scrutiny. It can be a politically charged sector held to high social, fiscal and administrative standards. With that in mind, ensuring that all staff are properly trained is a top priority for L&D managers working in the healthcare sector.
 
E-learning can become a powerful part of a healthcare organisation’s training armoury and implementing it successfully is all about choosing the right platform.
 
"The availability of social functionality (such as Forums, Chat and Wiki) within Moodle allows the organisation to generate feedback, discussions and for use internally for its mandatory training requirements." Princess Alice Hospice
  
 
Healthcare Training challenges:
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Time and staffing constraints

It’s no secret that healthcare organisations are often short-staffed. Nurse managers have an average of 34 direct reports, while the average hovers around ten for most other industries. Couple that with staff working long shifts on rotation and it’s clear that training sessions and classes can be difficult for employees to attend reliably.

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Lack of engaging training

Due to time and staffing pressures, some aspects of healthcare training are sometimes delivered in a blanket approach – check-box exercises with staff repeating the same courses until they pass. Such content has low levels of engagement and the need to ‘train to retain’ valuable staff makes creating engaging learning content vital.

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Complex training demands

The training requirements within the healthcare sector are wide and varied. They range from compliance and competence training to improving outcomes and refreshing skills. Given the issue of under-staffing and budget constraints, time to competency needs to be low to get staff ready to treat patients as soon as possible.

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Availability of appropriate staff

Healthcare training often requires a blended learning approach, meaning the correct members of staff need to be available and present to provide the in-person training. This means a balancing act between delivering training and ensuring the needs of patients are met – a tough ask for under-staffed organisations.

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Budget restraints

The healthcare sector’s training requirements change constantly. Staff training can be an expensive venture for organisations and budgets are under regular scrutiny. Healthcare organisations often have to pay not only for training materials and instructors, but also for transport and site facilities if the training is off-site.

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Ever-changing environments

It’s a dynamic environment by its very nature due to the need for research into technology, pharmaceuticals and best practices and all staff training must adapt to reflect new developments. In cases such as the Covid-19 pandemic there can be a huge urgency for training too, putting more pressure on L&D managers.

 
Why an e-learning strategy is essential for healthcare:
Given the huge importance of proper training in the healthcare sector and the complexities involved in not only delivering the training but also ensuring staff engagement, L&D managers have their hands full. E-learning can address many of the issues facing healthcare professionals and revolutionise training processes. Here are just some of the ways a Hubken e-learning solution can help healthcare organisations:

Centralised, differentiated learning

The sheer flexibility of e-learning platforms allows them to meet even the most complex training requirements, including healthcare competency and compliance for new and existing staff. New courses and content can be added quickly and easily to adapt to new procedures and technologies.

Engaging content

Keeping employees engaged is easy with e-learning due to the range of available learning options. Whether it’s anything from quiz modules to live video sessions, healthcare L&D managers can review which content is the most successful while still meeting the necessary regulations.

Powerful Reporting

The importance of having staff with adequate training means being able to report on training outcomes and prove that necessary courses have been completed is important. Hubken’s e-learning solutions provide extensive reporting functionality that monitors the training journeys of all healthcare employees and departments.

Flexible training options

With many healthcare employees working long shifts and the pervading issues of under-staffing, minimising disruption to staff and patients is key when it comes to ongoing training. E-learning can deliver bite-sized content that staff can access whenever suits their busy working schedule.

Simplify training administration

The automation tools offered by Hubken’s e-learning solutions allow you to train your healthcare staff in different topics at different times. Blended learning allows staff to access both traditional content and video content with more of a personal feel. This removes the need to gather shift workers in one place all at once and the need for the appropriate staff members to be present to provide training, freeing them up to focus on patient care.

Save money

Tight and strictly monitored budgets mean the cost savings involved with an e-learning platform, especially open-source options like Totara Learn and Moodle, are hugely important. These LMSs can be implemented for a fraction of the price of proprietary solutions and come with the peace of mind offered through unlimited technical support.

1. Centralised, differentiated learning

The sheer flexibility of e-learning platforms allows them to meet even the most complex training requirements, including healthcare competency and compliance for new and existing staff. New courses and content can be added quickly and easily to adapt to new procedures and technologies.

2. Engaging content

Keeping employees engaged is easy with e-learning due to the range of available learning options. Whether it’s anything from quiz modules to live video sessions, healthcare L&D managers can review which content is the most successful while still meeting the necessary regulations.

3. Powerful Reporting

The importance of having staff with adequate training means being able to report on training outcomes and prove that necessary courses have been completed is important. Hubken’s e-learning solutions provide extensive reporting functionality that monitors the training journeys of all healthcare employees and departments.

4. Flexible training options

With many healthcare employees working long shifts and the pervading issues of under-staffing, minimising disruption to staff and patients is key when it comes to ongoing training. E-learning can deliver bite-sized content that staff can access whenever suits their busy working schedule.

5. Simplify training administration

The automation tools offered by Hubken’s e-learning solutions allow you to train your healthcare staff in different topics at different times. Blended learning allows staff to access both traditional content and video content with more of a personal feel. This removes the need to gather shift workers in one place all at once and the need for the appropriate staff members to be present to provide training, freeing them up to focus on patient care.

6. Save money

Tight and strictly monitored budgets mean the cost savings involved with an e-learning platform, especially open-source options like Totara Learn and Moodle, are hugely important. These LMSs can be implemented for a fraction of the price of proprietary solutions and come with the peace of mind offered through unlimited technical support.

 

What different types of e-learning platform are there?

Healthcare training can be delivered online using Learning Management Systems (LMSs) or even Learning Experience Platforms (LXPs). Performance management can also be optimised using a Performance Management Platform.

Here’s a mini-primer to each:

What different types of e-learning platform are there?
Performance Management Platforms

Performance Management Platforms

It’s also worth mentioning Performance Management Platforms which, while not learning platforms, allow you to identify staff performance issues and skill gaps which can then be addressed, often by providing more training through LMSs or LXPs.

 
 
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Read a healthcare success story

Mountain Healthcare With no dedicated education team, Mountain Healthcare needed a system that would centralise training for all the learners who were spread across the country. They found that Totara Learn was the perfect e-learning solution to meet their training needs and they've seen significant time savings from online bookings and admin time.
 
We also work with other healthcare clients including: Amplity Health, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability and The Royal Marsden NHS Trust.

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