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Train the Healthcare Trainer

Learn how to deliver healthcare training using evidence-based teaching methods, and progress towards becoming an expert trainer.

16,203 enrolled on this course

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Train the Healthcare Trainer

16,203 enrolled on this course

  • 5 weeks

  • 5 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Intermediate level

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Learn how to make learning stick and develop as a healthcare trainer

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This informative, five-week course is based on the latest research into how adults learn. It offers evidence-based methods and techniques that participants can use to ensure learning genuinely takes place and is transferred to practice. On the course, you’ll explore a diverse toolkit of proven techniques; each of which is modelled as the course progresses. The course introduces the selection and blending of methods and delivery routes to optimise the transfer of learning to practice. Improve your planning, design and delivery skills on your journey to becoming an expert trainer by understanding teaching techniques, assessment and the motivation of learners and gain practical advice on dealing with nerves and unexpected challenges when training. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to cause learning to happen by incorporating training techniques which ensure that learning lasts.

Getting your certificate

Everyone has five weeks from when they start to complete the sessions. Upgrading with FutureLearn is free of charge to NHS employees (and those directly contracted to provide NHS services) in England. Upgrading means you’ll receive a certificate on successful completion of the course and unlimited access to the sessions and materials.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds If you’ve ever thought there must be a better way to deliver learning than reading aloud from PowerPoint or page-clicking eLearning, there is! Train the Healthcare Trainer will provide you with the latest evidence-based methods for planning, delivering and assessing training. This 5 week course has been designed for anyone who teaches or trains in the Health Services, and will be particularly beneficial for those new to the role. It’s validated by Health Education England and is at Level 3. That’s the same level as the short FE College course that used to be known as PTLLS.

Skip to 0 minutes and 40 seconds But there’s a big difference: Train the Healthcare Trainer includes Simulation training and eLearning. In fact, all the content has been carefully aligned to the needs of today’s healthcare professional. We begin with an understanding of how adults learn, and then build on this foundation. You’ll learn how the best teaching techniques create lasting changes in knowledge and skills; and you’ll discover why poor methods can result in learning evaporating within days. There’s a wealth of proven training techniques to explore on the course. You’ll experience videos which show real trainers demonstrating best practice with their learners. You’ll share ideas and experiences with fellow course members.

Skip to 1 minute and 23 seconds As you progress through the course, you’ll develop confidence that the learning you provide will stick, be appreciated, and most importantly, be transferred to practice. If you’d like to discover a world of teaching and training beyond PowerPoint text, and become a trainer and designer who is both appreciated by learners and is really effective, join us on Train the Healthcare Trainer. We look forward to meeting you!

What topics will you cover?

  • How do adults learn?
  • How does training support learning?
  • What knowledge and skills do trainers need?
  • How do trainers make learning ‘stick’?
  • How can you develop from novice to expert trainer?

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Apply evidence-based learning principles to training design
  • Design learning plans and activities in the context of causing learning to happen
  • Demonstrate evidence-based planning and teaching skills
  • Design activities which ensure lasting learning and transfer to practice
  • Demonstrate teaching practice which indicates a progression from novice trainer towards expert

Who is the course for?

This course is suited to anyone employed in the healthcare sector who has training as all or part of their role and is aimed at those new to training or existing trainers who wish to update their skills, the course will be of equal benefit to those who design and facilitate classroom, simulation, online, hybrid and eLearning.

Who will you learn with?

With over 30 years’ experience of creating innovative training, Nick passionately promotes evidence-based education in healthcare. His research specialism is visual support for learning.

I have worked in Technology Enhanced Learning in the NHS for over a decade, working at both local, regional and national level.

I am Learning and Development Project Manager at Southern Health NHS FT. I have worked in Learning and Development for over twenty years across all sectors (business, charity and the public sector)

Content developer with a with a passion for design and engaging learners. Supporting learners and trainers and delivering training in the NHS for 16 years.

I am the lead for digital education at Somerset Foundation Trust and have worked as part of the Learning/Training team for the last ten years. Extensive face to face and online education experience.

Hi! I'm Richard and I work on researching, developing and implementing technologies to support global education and learning. www.linkedin.com/in/richardpriceuk

Research student & NHS quality improvement advisor. I research the social and cultural production of ‘care’ and ‘expertise’. I am interested in how and when meanings and learning transfer.

Lifelong learner, perpetual enthusiast, interested in everything!

Work as a Specialist Education Lead for the NHS and have a deep-rooted interest in CPD (which I happen to be researching for my PhD)

Who developed the course?

NHS England

The Workforce, Training and Education (WT&E) directorate of NHS England (NHSE) ensures the NHS in England has a sufficient and inclusive workforce with the knowledge, skills, values and behaviours to deliver compassionate high-quality health and care to the people it serves.

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$134/one-off payment

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  • Learn at your own pace
  • Discuss your learning in comments
  • Tests to boost your learning
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