When it comes to the training and management of staff, it might seem like once you’ve completed a course, trained in a specific subject or finished a qualification, your development is at an end. But in the field of healthcare, training doesn’t end when the course is finished. Whether it’s moving and handling training, the development of medication-based skills or any other essential form of qualification, completing a course is a great start – but continual learning is what turns healthcare staff from good at their jobs, to great at what they do.
Here are just a few reasons why training is a must for staff in health and social care positions.
Improving confidence with training skills
With many staff entering the healthcare sector either new to the industry or even new to the world of work in general, recruits to care-providing facilities can often take a while to find their feet and develop all the skills needed to be successful in their role. While on-the-job training is invaluable for learning the technical skills involved in a role, the addition of more formal training and ongoing learning, from peg feeding training to other clinical training of techniques, also has great benefits.
Greater understanding or even mastery of a topic or form of care, and the support of employers to expand that knowledge, can provide something invaluable to care providers: confidence. Your staff having the pride and ability to complete any task to a good standard can make your facility better while also encouraging them to strive further and do more. This benefits both your in-team morale and the quality of help those under your care can receive, promoting a positive working environment in which education and knowledge are valued.
Having staff that take pride in what they do is a must for your healthcare facility to offer the best level of support to your patients. Not only does this confidence improve your staff’s willingness and need to learn and develop their skills for the better, it also encourages self-improvement and learning as part of their role, beyond training courses and workshops. Offering great training can open doors to many other areas of healthcare for employees, allowing them to even specialise in what they are most passionate about or good at.
Save money with better staff retention
Trained staff are happy staff – so choosing to invest in the continued learning and development of the people that work for you can be of huge benefit, both allowing you to promote and reward existing staff members within the company instead of searching externally and encouraging healthcare staff to stay around for longer. A lot of the cost involved in running a healthcare facility is due to the high turnover of staff, but opting to care for and improve the skills of those you already have on board can be a more effective way to approach this situation.
An investment in your staff is an investment in how well your facility works, how high the morale is for your team and how well they can complete their jobs. If all of these are positive results, it’s likely you’re in an environment that your staff want to be in every working day. This support and good management encourages them to consider working towards promotion within your organisation rather than externally, further saving you the costs of external hiring.
In comparison to bringing new employees into the business at a higher level, being able to train your existing staff means you can mould your employees into exactly what you need; whether it’s high levels of medicine competency, skills in particular forms of care or simply an understanding of every process required to effectively care for their patients. You also don’t have to deal with the awkward period of your staff member getting up to speed with what you do and how you do it, which in fact could require far more intense training than looking internally could.
Develop positive attitudes towards the workplace
Training and development of healthcare staff, from clinical training to complex care training, further fosters the impression that you’re doing the best for the people that work for you, and in the process making their working life easier and more effective with more impactful results. A focus on training can allow your employees to be skilled in the requirements of the job, and leave them feeling more prepared for any situation or scenario. This attitude promotes a positive and healthy workplace, with capable staff that feel supported and managed well.
Utilising training as a way to involve your staff in the work you do, especially for younger or newer employees, ensures they can be immersed in your culture and values from the start, improving their chances of fitting in and being able to do their job well, and preventing the doubts that many people new to healthcare experience when they’re thrown in at the deep end. A prepared workforce is a positive one that can handle anything you throw at them.
For many people a job is simply a job – and that’s fine. But if you can foster a culture where coming in to work is never a bad experience, you’ll soon see an improvement in the morale and learning capacity of your staff. In a positive environment, the focus on the future can be far greater, including new training courses and management. Staff that are offered courses that can help them to manage their day to day role and improve their skills feel more supported and valuable to their employers, encouraging an attitude of learning and development in the workplace as a positive thing.
Great courses for low budgets
At Caring for Care, we understand that the idea of providing effective training to your employees is essential for a great workplace that is supportive, experienced and good at what they do. However, we also understand the fast-paced world and budgetary restraints of the average healthcare facility. That’s why our courses provide the best of both worlds, with great, practical course content at an affordable price. Contact us today to find out what we can provide to help your healthcare facility learn and develop.