The latest from Grey Matter Learning
May the fourth be with you....
We know it is not quite May 4th just yet, but we are delighted to achieve Skills for Care Centre of Excellence for the fourth year in a row and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank my team for all of their hard work in making this happen.
We have been delivering learning and assessment of competence to the social sector for almost 14 years now. However, reading through some of the feedback from the amazing organisations we support for the re-accreditation process, reminded us of why we do what we do.
Centre of Excellence is Skills for Care’s highest level of endorsement for both our online and face-to-face programmes and we are very proud to have achieved it again this year. The work has already started for next year’s re-accreditation process!
Our response to COVID-19....
We're working to support our community during this COVID-19 crisis. We are humbled by the positive response that we received on our free Coronavirus e-learning course. Since 2006, our mission has been to Improve Lives Through Learning and to help the community further during this outbreak, we’re now offering:
- Free access to Click, our online learning system with 50+ courses and assessments, for new accounts until 1st May 2020.
- Free Lead to Succeed webinars until 29th May 2020.
- Free COVID-19 eLearning which has been used around the world.
- Free Stress & Resilience course
With the recruitment and retention of care workers already a huge issue, this situation has only brought its additional challenges. However, it’s more important than ever to remember that care providers need good quality care workers at this time so cannot afford to cut corners.
As Kate Terroni, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, CQC recently remarked:
“We recognise that at this time providers will be prioritising providing care to people and that this may mean that training will be delayed. However, providers should make every effort to ensure that staff are competent, confident and skilled in providing safe care to the people using their service.”
Find out how thousands of care workers have been assessed as competent on Click.
We hope you and your families stay safe and well. If there’s anything else we can do to support you in the meantime, then do let us know.
Keep calm and wash your hands....
Now that the UK government has confirmed that we have moved from the ‘contain’ to the ‘delay’ phase regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, we want all of our valued customers to know that we have reviewed and implemented our Emergency Planning Procedure.
We anticipate that Click will operate as normal and our team will be working safely from home. In terms of our Face-to-Face Learning, we have already postponed some of our modules and we will reschedule any postponed modules. We are also looking at providing opportunities to complete courses using virtual classroom learning via webinar. We continue to monitor the position and will keep everyone informed.
Our Infection Prevention and Control online course covers best practice. Essentially, the guidance is to follow all standard infection prevention and control processes and keep up to date with announcements from the government alongside NHS guidance.
We have just released two brand new courses - "Oral Health Care" and "Preparing for an Outstanding CQC Inspection". If you want to get started on either of these, contact Support. Otherwise they will be added to Click by managers.
Top Tip: With internet service providers potentially under strain over the coming weeks, you can improve your bandwidth at home by switching off all unnecessary wireless devices in the house in order to maximise bandwidth, particularly if you are needing to attend a webinar online. If video isn’t absolutely essential to any call, then you can always switch to audio to lessen the bandwidth required.
In the meantime, stay safe and well in the great work that you’re doing.
Ready... Click... Go!
Grey Matter Learning has been blogging about our experience with delivering the Skills for Care "Lead to Succeed" and "Well-Led" programmes, sharing some of the ideas from managers and senior managers who have completed these courses.
Find out more here: Blog Page