South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health and learning disability services to people in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, officially opened a state of the art facility today which is set to revolutionise its approach to training and developing its staff, and ultimately improve services for local people.
The facility, called the e learning suite, houses 9 PC’s and provides a space in which staff can access e learning training programmes. E learning uses computer technology to offer a novel way for the Trust’s staff to further their professional development. It enables them to learn at their own pace and access learning opportunities at times and places that fit in with their lifestyle.
As part of the launch of e learning, the suite was declared officially open by the Trust’s Chair, Joyce Catterick at a special event at Fieldhead in Wakefield. Staff from across the Trust were invited to attend to learn more about e learning and how it can benefit both them, and ultimately local people using the Trust’s services.
E learning project manager Sharon Carter said "E learning is a unique and revolutionary approach to training and educating staff and provides our staff with a convenient and accessible way to complete both mandatory and optional training courses from any PC with internet access."
Trust Chair Joyce Catterick added, "The Trust is committed to giving development opportunities to all of its staff and e-learning is helping to make this a reality. E learning is a brilliant way for staff to enhance their confidence and capabilities within their role and introducing new and exciting approaches to learning makes it an even more effective process. Having a well trained, well supported workforce means that staff feel more able to be innovative in their roles which in turn helps continue to drive up standards and provide individualised care for people who use the Trust’s services."