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Makaton training available for nurses

Posted on: November 29th, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

A new elearning resource for nurses to develop their understanding of Makaton and learn basic Makaton signs, has been added to the NHS Learning Hub.

The training provides information about the different ways in which people communicate, and how nurses need to consider these different options when caring for people. It also provides key techniques and tips to use as nurses to improve our communication skills, and provides resources that will help us as nurses to learn skills to effectively provide care for people with different communication needs and styles

By the end of the session, learners will know:

  • how to better support patients who have communication difficulties
  • how Makaton uses speech, signs and symbols as a means of communication and how to apply it in the workplace
  • some basic vocabulary to start their Makaton journey
  • how to access further information, training and support through the Makaton website

It has been developed by NHS England and The Makaton Charity and is available free of charge for all nursing staff.

For more information, please visit the Makaton Training for Nurses webpage.

Primary care patient safety elearning now live

Posted on: November 15th, 2023 by Vanessa Bassnett No Comments

Primary Care professionals in health and care can access new modules of the Patient Safety Syllabus training elearning sessions on the elfh portal which have been tailored to the specific needs of their profession.

The training supports thinking differently about what patient safety means and making healthcare even safer with patient safety case studies covering good practice, human factors, risk, systems thinking and safety culture. There is a certificate of completion for each case study.

Content for both Levels 1 and 2 of the syllabus training have been updated and include improvements to usability, interactivity, and navigation and a certificate of completion and five sector specific patient safety case studies in total for Mental Health, Maternity, Healthcare mangers and administrative staff care, Primary Care and Acute Care.

All updates to the content and functionality have been made in response to feedback from users. There is also a self-assessment for the Access to Practice module which learners must pass to move on to the sector-specific sessions and a Certificate of completion for each case study area.

Patient safety is a collective responsibility and a key priority for health and care. This training is available to anyone NHS and Health care staff and supports the NHS Patient Safety Strategy, emphasising a proactive approach to identifying risks to safe care.

Primary Care session content covers:

  • What is primary care?
  • Is primary care safe?
  • Where does it go wrong for patients in primary care?
  • Systems thinking in primary care – making local safety improvements
  • Risk management in primary care – are we proactive or reactive?
  • Human factors in primary care – staff well-being and a look at safe communications
  • Safety culture in primary care – get a conversation started

More information about the Patient Safety Syllabus training and how to access to the elearning modules can be found here:

TEL News January 2023

Posted on: March 22nd, 2023 by Louise Garrahan No Comments

This month’s edition includes details of a new VR360 toolkit and a TEL workshop attended by nurses from the Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent.


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