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How to make training healthcare professionals more effective with an e-learning solution

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With a vast range of diverse roles and departments, the healthcare sector faces a unique challenge when it comes to training healthcare professionals with a range of L&D needs. To address this, many healthcare organisations have recognised the value of implementing a powerful e-learning solution that offers the flexibility required to tailor the learning experience so that it fulfils the unique training requirements of each healthcare profession.

Using an e-learning solution for training healthcare professionals ensures that healthcare staff remain up to date with the latest mandatory training requirements and regulatory compliances and provides assurance that training is being completed at the required standard across the board – regardless of department or job role. Let’s explore how e-learning can be used throughout an entire organisation and applied to various use cases across a range of healthcare professions.

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Rapidly deploy updated training information for pharmacists

Healthcare professionals must remain agile and vigilant when it comes to staying up to date with the latest medical information. This is particularly true for those working in the pharmaceutical profession who need to stay up to date with the latest medications and consultation skills and processes.

To ensure that pharmacy staff are always up to date with the latest pharmaceutical advancements, governing bodies or team leaders can use an e-learning platform such as a learning management system (LMS) to distribute training content with the latest information.

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Using LMS automation technology, administrators can use notification tools to ensure relevant professionals are notified when training needs to be updated. LMS users receive a notification via their chosen delivery method letting them know that they have been assigned training, with admins setting deadlines – ensuring that regulatory standards are met within the set timeframe.

With LMS reporting tools, administrators can gain instant insights into who has or hasn’t completed updated training - a feature that has proven to be essential for Hubken client Britannia Pharmacy. Britannia Pharmacy is using their Totara Learn LMS and Totara Perform to manage training across 31 locations, with advanced automated reporting being an important feature to support this.

Read through Britannia Pharmacy’s story here and discover why they chose Hubken.

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Situation training for paramedics

An important aspect of the role of a paramedic is to take charge of life-threatening situations, an undertaking which requires advanced decision-making skills and problem-solving skills. Developing these skills during a training programme may involve carrying out practical training within physical simulations of real-life situations. However, this can require a number of resources, making it difficult to organise and costly when carried out repeatedly. To support this training process, e-learning can deliver simulation training in a virtual environment.

With an e-learning solution, L&D teams can administer interactive training content known as scenario-based learning which can be designed to re-create realistic simulations of emergency scenarios that paramedics may encounter in the field. Trainees will work their way through the situation by making decisions or answering questions and the choices they make will determine the content they see next and drive the overall outcome of the scenario. With this powerful content type, paramedics can autonomously complete training exercises in a controlled and risk-free environment, practising as many times as they wish at no extra cost. This is particularly helpful when completing the early stages of training before moving on to practical, real-life training.

Need risk-free training? Find out more about scenario-based e-learning content here.

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Virtual classroom technology for nursing staff

For large healthcare organisations such as the NHS, training healthcare staff can be logistically difficult - particularly for large groups of employees in the same profession, such as nursing staff. Traditionally, offline learning procedures required nursing staff in selected departments to attend training lectures or seminars. However, this can be a time-consuming process particularly if this must occur across several departments. Instead, many healthcare organisations such as Hubken client HEE West Midlands are using their LMSs to deliver virtual teaching programmes and virtual classroom sessions to large groups of learners across a vast geographical spread.

With virtual classroom technology, training professionals can host seminars that staff can attend by simply accessing the LMS. These can be joined live so that attendees can ask questions and contribute ideas in real-time, interacting with the training professionals regardless of location. Additionally, those who missed out on the live seminar can access the recordings via their LMS, ensuring no one misses out on vital training.

Find out how HEE brought vital medical training to a virtual environment with a Hubken solution here.


Team dashboards and reporting for managers

Within most large healthcare organisations, team leaders and managers will often have to oversee training and development opportunities for a high volume of staff members. When training is carried out manually, it can be difficult to monitor, meaning some staff members may fall behind. However, when training is completed using e-learning courses and programmes, managers and team leaders can take advantage of LMS functionality such as team dashboards which display elements like team statistics, progress indicators and information on employee training course completions. Dashboards can be configured to display relevant information and will retrieve data from across the LMS and present it in an easy-to-read format. Managers can gain instant insights into team progress and identify those in need of additional training support.

Managers can also use automated reports in an LMS to identify those who are yet to complete learning or are perhaps struggling to complete their training. For example, the results of end-of-course assessments can be collated automatically, allowing managers to analyse the results and get in touch with those scoring poorly to help them progress.

Visit our dedicated LMS reporting page to find out more about this powerful functionality.


Onboarding courses for new care workers

Even highly experienced care workers will need initial training on new procedures and techniques when joining a new place of work. Whilst essential, many care facilities face significant staff shortages, making getting new starters up to speed and ready to work a top priority. To ensure the onboarding process is quick and efficient, e-learning tools can be used to create personalised and comprehensive induction programmes.

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New starters can be placed onto tailor-made learning plans that take their past experiences and skill base into account. For highly skilled care workers, this can speed up the onboarding process as it avoids unnecessarily repeating training modules. With an e-learning solution, onboarding training programmes can be completed autonomously, meaning there isn’t a need for a senior or experienced care worker to be present which is beneficial for facilities with staff shortages.

With an LMS such as Totara Learn or Moodle, new starters can use social functions to ask questions, leave feedback, and engage in discussions with other members of staff within a facility or across the organisation. Hubken client Princess Alice Hospice found this to be a particularly useful feature in their Moodle system, with their users taking advantage of Forums, Chat and Wikis. Using these tools, new starters can learn from their peers and gain instant answers to their questions.

Find out how Princess Alice Hospice saved money while improving training with Hubken.

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Our e-learning solutions are perfectly suited to training healthcare professionals in your organisation

We have plenty of experience working with healthcare organisations like yours as we help our healthcare clients deliver powerful, accessible, and cost-effective training with our wide range of e-learning solutions. If you’d like to find out what a Hubken solution can do for your staff training, get in touch today or visit our free dedicated healthcare LMS hub designed to help you solve your e-learning and training challenges.

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