Providing high-quality training is key for both healthcare recruiters, and people managing healthcare facilities. Within the healthcare sector, as with all industries, opportunities for development and progression should be available to everyone. However, due to the time and costs associated with traditional training, this has not always been the case. But, innovative training methods such as e-learning are changing this.
Providing equal opportunity to staff
For recruiters looking to improve candidates’ skillsets, budget and time restrictions often mean that only the individuals they feel offer a benefit to the business are selected to undergo training. Similarly, with owners of healthcare facilities, it’s likely they’ll want to invest only in staff they feel will stay with the business the longest. Unfortunately, this selective approach to training not only affects the morale of staff who go without training, but it also affects the levels of care being provided. In an industry where a large proportion of workers are on temporary contracts, this approach could have serious consequences.
Thanks to the simplicity and accessibility of e-learning, it’s a more cost-effective method of training (but just as good quality) than traditional face-to-face courses. Expenses usually associated with training such as travel, learning materials, venue hire and catering are vastly reduced, and delegates simply log in and enter an access code in order to begin learning.
Consistent course materials
As well as giving healthcare candidates and employees equal opportunities to undergo training, it’s just as important that they all receive a consistent learning experience. With traditional, face-to-face courses, the quality of training is dependent on factors such as the knowledge and presentation style of the lecturer, and the interest level of delegates. The training could also be carried out by different trainers within a company, or even by different training companies entirely. With e-learning, the training is completely standardised. Every individual undertakes the same course, in the same order, with the same outcomes, and managers can rest assured that their staff will all be trained to exactly the same high levels.
Aligning with legislation
With new research, best practice guidelines, and legislation constantly being put in place within the healthcare sector, it’s essential for individuals’ skillsets to be up to date with the introduction of any new guidance. For healthcare recruiters and employers, sending candidates and employees for traditional training involves a great deal of organisation. A training budget needs to be secured, a day needs to be chosen where all delegates are free to travel, and arrangements need to be made to ensure all work will be taken care of while they are away. By the time these factors have been taken into consideration, they may be late in undertaking the training required to meet these regulations, leading to compliance and skills gaps.
With e-learning, course materials are continuously monitored to ensure the content is compliant with the latest regulations. If there are any shifts in legislation, the course will be updated accordingly. Due to the cost-effectiveness of e-learning, individuals can re-do the updated training with minimal financial impact to recruiters or employers. What’s more, candidates and employees who undergo training will feel respected, invested in and more confident in their own skills. Temporary staff will be viewed as equals by permanent staff who will share more knowledge with them as a result, leading to a more cohesive staff unit and higher levels of productivity in the future.
Red Rock Training are able to offer anytime online access to a suite of high quality course materials and topics, but at Red Rock, we accept that online training, as a methodology, may not be best placed to meet the needs of all those wishing to develop their knowledge and skills. The concept of a one size fits all approach is something that Red Rock Training avoids, as whilst off the shelf titles can be of huge benefit to individuals and organisations alike, needs analysis and individual assessment internally will help to establish where blending online methodologies with other options can be important.
For more information on how the easily accessible learning courses provided by Red Rock can enable equality of opportunity and access for your candidates and staff, speak to us today on +44 (0) 845 094 3827 or email firstname.lastname@example.org