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May monthly focus: Adult Learners' Week and statutory and mandatory training

Adult Learners' Week - 14 to 18 May 2012

Adult Learners' Week is a national event that celebrates learning and learners in all their diversity, inspiring people every year to try something new. The initiative promotes the benefits of all kinds of learning, whether it is for fun or leading to a qualification. It gives the Trust an opportunity, along with our union learning representatives, to promote the benefits of learning new skills for work and to provide advice and guidance for personal development.

Celebrating the 21st Adult Learners' Week in 2012, this week-long festival of learning, will include not only an information stand within Southampton General Hospital but also on Monday, 14 May the opportunity to have an IT skills assessment and on Tuesday, 15 May a morning of taster sessions to support potential learners.

Members of the black and minority ethnic network will also be available to offer support, advice and information each day in the Cyber Centre.

These sessions will run at different times throughout the day for a maximum of 30 minutes and will be held in lecture room A, level C, South Academic Block, if you wish to attend please email or turn up on the day. 

9am - Study skills (Jane Carter)

New to studying or returning to studying? Come along and find out tips on getting the most out of your next course.

9.45am - What’s it like to be a health care assistant (HCA)? (Nikki Cross)

A day in the life of an HCA – what’s it really all about?

10.30am - Call centre training opportunities (Eastleigh College)

Offering an overview of the course provided by Eastleigh College covering course content and themes (principles of customer service, call centre NVQ portfolio and communications etc) as well as how to coordinate with your current/future roles.

11.15am Foundation degrees (Clare Aspden)

Come along and find out about the new foundation degree now offered through training and development.

If you are unable to attend but would like some further information please contact

Review of statutory and mandatory training

The Trust has been looking at streamlining the statutory and mandatory training that staff are required to complete to reduce the time burden on staff and the Trust. In January the designated leads for statutory and mandatory training met with representatives from the training and development management team to review and revise the Trust's requirements for all groups of staff.

The revised training means that many requirements have been reduced in frequency and some updates will only be necessary for staff who fail to comply with Trust practice, for example failing a hand hygiene audit. Some updates will involve competency assessment and/or multiple-choice questions to confirm knowledge rather than attending a session or completing a full e-learning package.

Please review your revised training requirements against the relevant training logs for your staff group.

If you have any questions around the new training logs please contact your relevant education lead or Jane Carter, lead for management and interpersonal skills on

Posted on Thursday 10 May 2012