Nurses use computer games to boost learning

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is using computer games and real-life scenarios to teach staff

Training is an important but time-consuming part of a nurse’s job so one health trust has turned to technology to help get staff out of the classroom and back on duty.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust has teamed up with e-learning specialists Sponge UK to create 13 new computer-based modules covering everything from infection control to the Mental Health Act.

The trust, which covers most of Hampshire and beyond, believes it is one of the first of its kind to take such an approach and is aiming to use games, videos and real-life scenarios to make the experience as user-friendly and effective as possible.

Associate director for education at the trust, Bobby Moth, said: ‘Our aim is to provide a high quality, engaging and flexible training experience where staff want to learn, which also allows us to give back more time to frontline clinical care.’

More than 7,500 staff working at over 200 sites will be eligible for the new modules that are predicted to help save in the region of 3,500 hours of classroom and associated travel time.

Managing director of Sponge UK, Louise Pasterfield, said: ‘The modules are highly interactive [and] by using the latest game techniques, the training will be bought to life in a fun and engaging way.’

The new system is currently in production and is due to be rolled out to staff later this year.

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