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Mouth Care Matters: Are you CQC Ready?
10/07/2018
Raising awareness of the importance of oral health by supporting patients and residents with good daily mouth care. Equip your workforce with the tools and knowledge needed to ensure good oral healthcare. A guide for Care Home Managers and all staff working with patients who require assistance with their oral health and passing your CQC inspection. Read More
 
New Immunisations and Vaccinations Refresher course from Skills For Health
09/07/2018
We’re delighted to launch the newly updated Skills For Health Immunisation and Vaccination elearning refresher course, which provides a welcome update for healthcare professionals to increase their knowledge and understanding of best practice. Read More

A brief history of phlebotomy
09/07/2018
Phlebotomy was known as bloodletting when it was first used and dates back to the ancient Egyptians, around 1000 BC. They believed that the process of releasing blood from the body would cure various diseases, such as the plague and acne. Read More
 
Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes
06/06/2018
10 tips for health professionals to communicate sensitively and empathically about weight. Guest blog written by our expert partners The College of Contemporary Health. This article tackles how we can raise the issue of weight in a way that facilitates patient-practitioner interactions that are both productive and positive experiences. Read More

Launch: The Care & Support West Training Hub
18/04/2018
Care and Support West, a leading body representing social care and health providers in the South West has joined up with Skills for Health’s Skills Platform to create an integrated online training hub for local providers. Responding to member feedback, Care and Support West has worked with the Skills Platform tackle to tackle urgent issues surrounding the provision of quality, evidence-based training in the adult care sector. Read More
 
 
Digital Could Help Health Charities Reach More Patients
14/03/2018
The Skills Platform and Zoe Amar Communications have today launched the Charity Digital Skills Report 2018; the annual barometer which measures the progress of digital within healthcare charities and the wider sector. Top line results reveal incremental progress has been made; but is this slow pace of change fast enough and is a lack of digital capability causing healthcare charities to miss out on reaping the benefits of digital transformation. Read More

Key Trends from the Charity Digital Skills Report 2018
13/03/2018
Overall, we’ve seen some improvements this year. A number of charities are using digital more strategically. There has however been little change in other areas, and I worry that the pace isn’t fast enough, given the speed of change in digital. Compared to last year, there is growing pressure on funders and charity leaders to raise their game online. And as a trustee, I’m concerned to read that the majority of charities either don’t know or aren’t aware of any plans to improve the digital skills of trustees. Read More
 
Apprenticeship Week eLearning Discount
04/03/2018
To help any organisation involved with apprenticeships this week (March 5th-9th), Skills for Health are offering 10% off any of their eLearning courses or packages. Check out the range of Skills for Health eLearning courses here and cost effective packages here. If you'd like something bespoke, just get in touch. Read More

 
The West Yorkshire & Harrogate Excellence Centre Network
15/02/2018
The West Yorkshire & Harrogate Excellence Centre (WYHEC) has spent the Autumn period working with partner organisations across health and care as well as private, voluntary and not for profit sectors to identify key areas where they could collaborate to provide cross sector training to staff. Read More
 
 
Digital Skills Report: Our Partnership With The Charity Learning Consortium
22/01/2018
This year, we are proud to be partnering with the Charity Learning Consortium to help expand the reach of the 2018 Charity Digital Skills Report. The Charity Learning Consortium offer cost effective, quality eLearning to more than two million people in the third sector across the UK Read More

 
The 2018 Charity Digital Skills Report
19/01/2018
The 2018 Charity Digital Skills Report has been launched with three key aims: To assess progress and changes in the sector following the 2017 report. To allow individual charities to reflect on changes they have made over the last 12 months. To allow charities to benchmark themselves against sector averages. In addition, the 2018 report has added a section to help understand health charities and hospices in greater depth. Read More
 
 
Care Certificate Implementation Toolkit Launches Today
31/10/2017
The Skills Platform has launched a toolkit to assist those responsible for delivering the Care Certificate to new employees as part of their induction, and for upskilling current employees. It has been created for a wide range of health and care staff, from small independent care homes to large organisations with experienced learning and development teams Read More

Challenging Behaviour In Dementia
19/09/2017
Dementia and challenging behaviour sometimes go hand in hand on a daily basis if you work in a dementia care home. This could be mentally or physically from the person such as pushing you away or verbally shouting at you. Working in health and social care can be challenging at times and in this article we will provide you with some tips of dealing with challenging behaviour in dementia clients. Read More
 
 
Skills Platform September 17 Newsletter
08/09/2017
Welcome back to the latest Skills Platform Training Bulletin for September. Whether you have kids at school or not, it certainly feels like it's back to work time this week. With this in mind, we've picked out some courses that might come in handy. Read More

 
Is Your Training Apprenticeship Ready? - Key Questions Answered
04/09/2017
In a webinar held on the 8 June, 2017 a panel of experts discussed the recent changes to apprenticeships and what this meant for training providers and employers. A transcript of the webinar is available to download but we have also pulled together these top tips to help you navigate some of the recent changes. Read More
 
 
Skills Platform Summer Special: Up to 25% Discount
17/07/2017
With the office often half full though, it can be a good time to get through those annoying tasks like sorting your eLearning. through those annoying tasks like sorting your eLearning. To help you with this, we have prepared a Skills Platform Summer Special with up to 25% off eLearning from now until the end of August. Read More

 
Mandatory Training For Healthcare Professionals
10/07/2017
Providing statutory and mandatory training is a key investment by NHS and healthcare employers, and despite budget constraints and time concerns, it can play a crucial role in ensuring a high level of care to patients. This article outlines guidance across health and social care, with tips for sector specialisms. Read More
 
 
Why providers need to be ready to deliver the Health Apprenticeships
04/07/2017
In July 2013 the Government commissioned The Cavendish Review** which identified significant weaknesses in the induction training for 1.3 million health care workers delivering the bulk of hands on care. As a result, The Care Certificate was introduced and now forms a crucial first stage of the Trailblazer Health Apprenticeships . Read More

 
Skills for Health Completes Purchase of Last Minute Learning
03/07/2017
Skills for Health have completed the purchase of the specialist health and social care training website Last Minute Learning. The listings and content will be merged with Skills for Health’s well established training platform the Skills Platform. Read More
 
 
Is Your Training Apprenticeship Ready? Q&A Webinar Recording
12/06/2017
Access the recording of the recent apprenticeship training Q&A with a panel of experts including Sally Garbett, Jo Sutton, Lucy Blinko and Gail Richards Read More

 
Five Tips for Digital Fundraising
16/05/2017
Removing cash reduces the risk and cost of cash handling, average basket values are consistently higher online than offline, Gift Aid is easier to apply digitally and GDPR compliant data simpler to verify. All good reasons for celebrating a move to non-cash giving but charities will need to grab the opportunity now and then adapt their processes over the coming years to maximise such changing habits. In this blog, we identify five tips for successful non-cash fundraising. Read More