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TRAINING & EDUCATION


gital opment


Aſter all, elderly patients in particular are at risk of falling and this can become very


serious if they’re leſt alone for too long. These digital


technologies can help detect when something isn’t quite right and have proven to be successful already. One care home trialled a sensor amongst its residents, which was said to have reduced falls by 30%.


Communication Finally, technology can provide new ways of storing confidential patient notes, which can only be accessed with a set password or log-in details. This can make it easier for team members to store information at the end of their shiſts, keep track of when patients have received their medication and even pass on any notes about how the patient was feeling that day. This ensures information is passed on correctly and can help to avoid any miscommunication.


HOW CAN THIS BE PUT INTO ACTION?


Listen to your workers Firstly, it’s important that you listen to your employees and involve them in any decisions you make when implementing new technologies or training. Their feelings on this technology should always be taken into account and if they’re telling you something doesn’t work, then listen and make some adaptations. While new technologies can be taboo for some, it’s important to consider what is practical with your available resources and whether it is worth the investment to enhance patient care.


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As part of our study, we asked care professionals how they thought the digital skills gap could be addressed and almost half (43.2%) said employers should offer paid training. Aſter this, almost a quarter (24.3%) said the gap could be addressed if employers showed them the benefits of learning these skills. Finally, 21.6% said that carers should receive more education opportunities.


Education is the way forward It’s clear that proper training and education opportunities are the main solution for addressing the skills gap. While investing in learning and development courses might be expensive, they are well worth the money. Not just for your employees, but also for your patients. Even if you don’t have the resources to send all employees on these courses, you could resort to sending one person who can then act as an ambassador in your workplace and share their knowledge with other employees.


To make this work, bring all employees on board and let them know the benefits that embracing digital technologies can have on their patients. Digital processes should be simple to manage and shouldn’t be too complex or impossible for carers to use.


In summary, it’s clear that there are many benefits to embracing these new tools, so it’s essential that all staff are trained up on digital technologies. The world of technology is fast moving and keeping up to date with these changes can help your employees and patients.


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