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As part of the national provision of funding to support the workforce in delivering care at the end of life. East Midlands commissioned the development of ‘My Learning Space’ by the East Midlands Cancer Network.
This site is easily accessible by all qualified and unqualified staff across health, social care and voluntary sector providers.
The central learning hub provides free e-learning, resources, information and support and can be viewed from any computer with internet access (including home PCs)
sharing of resources,
providing links to both local and national information
providing links on networking, events and updates
facilities for learners to record their End of Life Care Education achievements
provides a directory of all end of life education and training providers across health and social care
including the ability for local education providers including to upload courses for advert,
receive participants feedback on the course provided through a validated Evaluation Toolkit - Assessing outcomes of End of Life Care Learning Events. The toolkit has been designed to provide a flexible framework that is applicable to a range of learning events and incorporates several styles to best support the measurement of competence and confidence over time following their learning.
Skills for Care is the employer-led authority on the training standards and development needs of nearly one million social care staff in England providing over £25 million in funding to support improved training and qualifications for managers and staff.
It works with social care employers and training providers both regionally and nationally to establish the necessary standards and qualifications that equip social care workers with the skills needed to deliver an improved standard of care.
Education for Health is the UK’s leading education charity for health professionals working with patients with long term conditions and its education has been shown to measurably improve services and health outcomes.
Core Competencies for End of Life Care
Core competencies for End of Life Care were developed jointly by Skills for Health and Skills for Care, in consultation with practitioners across the UK. National Occupational Standards, or competencies, apply across the NHS, local authorities, and the private and voluntary sector across health and social care, and are developed in partnership with employers, professional bodies, education providers, patient groups, service users and other stakeholders. They can be used to:
Specify learning outcomes when commissioning education and training
Develop consistent practice both within teams and across agencies
As a tool for performance management
e-learning Modules for End of Life Care
A number of high quality e-learning modules for End of Life Care have recently been made available to support the implementation of the Department of Health’s national End of Life Care Strategy. This elearning programme (e-ELCA) aims to enhance the training and education of all those involved in delivering End of Life Care, so that well-informed high quality care can be delivered by confident and competent staff, across health and social care, wherever the patient happens to be.
The successful implementation of an education strategy for End of Life Care is reliant on a blended approach to practice based learning which includes access to the e-learning commissioned by the Department of Health. This is being made accessible to NHS staff via the ESR National Learning Management System (NLMS). NLMS allows Trusts to monitor and record elearning activity against an employees personal HR record.
Developing evaluation for end of life care education
It is recognised that there continues to be a gap in the evaluation and feedback to education providers of unaccredited courses. East Midlands commission a number of courses provided through e-learning modules or local health community providers both NHS and independent. To ensure that education provided is evaluated, reviewed and beneficial to staff delivery care; the End of Life education funding within the East Midlands commissioned the development of an evaluation Toolkit for End of Life Care through the University of Nottingham and is based on the Kirkpatrick’s model of evaluation
The tool allows staff to evaluate courses using the toolkit in the following areas
How to use this toolkit: A guide for education event facilitators
Pre learning event
Post learning event
Facilitator Feedback form
3-6 months post learning event and is currently being developed. This will be a guidance tool to support the facilitators/ organisation to interpret own results and is currently being developed.
The approach has been included within the NEoLCP newsletter and there is the potential that it may be adopted as the evaluation instrument for e-ELCA the national E-Learning package for EoLC.
This tool enable staff to provide feedback to education providers on ‘what works’ and how it has supported them to improve the deliver of care for patients and their families at the end of life.
End of Life Care education commissioning is committed to achieving valid and reliable education evaluation. This Toolkit has enabled a changing culture from one of measuring input and attendance at events to evaluating feedback, outcomes in clinical practice and demonstrable change in occupational and professional behaviour to informing future education planning
To find out more and register your learning visit: www.mylearningspace.me.uk