Staying up to date with new industry developments, improving knowledge and adding skills is not optional when working in the healthcare sector. As any medical professional knows, training does not stop after graduation. Continuing Education (CE) / Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is crucial to maintain and advance skills and knowledge in an environment that is constantly changing due to new healthcare research and technology. Sometimes, complete retraining is even necessary because “best practices” have completely changed due to new research and development…
Not only do medical professionals need to be trained to stay on top of their field, but also to make sure the organisation they work for stays compliant with industry regulations. The healthcare sector is highly regulated and a lack of compliance training can lead to lawsuits, heavy fines and other penalties.
Traditional healthcare training comes with a number of challenges. It is hard to organise because healthcare professionals are often very busy, making it difficult for them to find the time to attend training sessions. Attending these courses is also expensive for healthcare employers because it often involves travel and takes valuable employees away from their jobs.
eLearning provides a solution to these challenges, allowing healthcare professionals to follow training at their own pace at a time and location that suits them. eLearning courses are also cheaper to develop, run and update compared with instructor-led classroom training.
Sometimes online training does not suffice though (e.g. when lab training is necessary), in which case a hybrid solution (known as blended learning) can offer the best of both worlds. The ability to include interactive and multimedia elements in elearning is also very important because it can help improve retention and understanding of medical course material that is often very visual.
A thorough training and development strategy is crucial for any ambitious healthcare organisation. To provide the highest quality care, you need well-educated personnel that are up to speed with the latest healthcare developments.
When designing and implementing a training strategy, it is a good idea to team up with a training consultancy. An expert training and elearning consultancy can help you design and organise high quality, but cost-effective training courses that keep your organisation compliant and your standard of care up at the highest level.
Learning Light can always offer expert support in designing, implementing or improving your training and elearning strategy. However, if you’re looking for experts in a single specific piece of the jigsaw, below we’ve listed several training and elearning companies that have experience in the healthcare sector.
Leading UK Healthcare Training Provider – M&K Update Services
M&K Update Services is a training provider offering a wide range of short courses for professionals working in the healthcare sector. They organise open courses at different locations throughout the UK and can also provide in-house training of over 400 training courses that can be customised to the client’s requirements.
Since 2012 they’ve also started offering elearning courses.
To find out more about M&K Update’s training services, check out http://www.mkupdate.co.uk/.
US Training Provider – Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
IHI is a not-for-profit healthcare improvement company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company’s goals are to improve healthcare capability, enhance patient safety, put more emphasis on patient- and family-centered care and make high quality healthcare more affordable. One way the organisation attempts to achieve these goals is by organising a variety of training courses for healthcare professionals at different locations throughout the US and around the world.
Find out more at http://www.ihi.org/.
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Healthcare Sector LMS Provider – Webanywhere
With bases in Leeds and London in the UK, Katowice in Poland, and Chicago in the USA, Webanywhere specialising in developing customised learning management systems based on the open source platforms Moodle and Totara LMS. Their clients span the corporate, education, government and non-profit sectors. They include small healthcare training providers through to the NHS in the UK and global, Fortune 500 companies.
By working with open source LMS solutions, healthcare companies benefit from systems that are developed by a worldwide community of developers. Clients also know that they have the freedom to change the provider of their learning management system down the line, while being able to keep their existing system.
For info on how Webanywhere delivered a learning platform for training up to 10,000 healthcare staff, read this case study: http://www.webanywhere.com/workplace/case-studies/uclh which details their work with University College London Hospitals (UCLH).
Online course provider – Escalla
Escalla is a London-based training expert that has developed a range of elearning courses for healthcare professionals. Topics that are covered include:
- Blood transfusion
- End of life care
- Fire safety
- Information governance
- Medical devices
The eLearning modules can be uploaded into your existing learning management system or accessed via Escalla’s own LMS.
You can find several case studies at the following link: http://escalla.me/healthcare/clients-case-studies/. You can also view a profile of Escalla on The Health A to Z website.
eLearning Content Development – Skills Logic
Sometimes, off-the-shelf training courses do not completely match your organisation’s training requirements. If you need healthcare training that is customized to the precise issues your organisation is dealing with, bespoke eLearning content may be the way to go.
Skills Logic is a software development company that has expanded its services to the development of bespoke, SCORM compliant and interactive eLearning content. They also provide consulting to companies that are moving their current training content online and can build custom end-to-end eLearning solutions.
Find out more at http://www.skillslogic.com/.
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