The Learning Enterprise is our training and development arm, delivering clinical and non-clinical training and development programmes for health and care professionals.
We use our new learning management system MyLearning to deliver effective online courses, help services keep track of their training compliance and to quickly and efficiently bring large numbers of new colleagues up to speed when we acquire new services. Looking after the training for more than 6,000 colleagues – 2,000 of whom joined us newly this year – this essential technology has helped us to transform services and develop our colleagues.
The Learning Enterprise
The Learning Enterprise uses a ‘blended’ approach of face-to-face and distance learning techniques to deliver everything from the ‘mandatory’ training on lifting and handling patients and equipment, to delivering vocational courses accredited by Universities to help our colleagues take on new challenges across the health and care service.
MyLearning was invaluable when, in April 2017, Virgin Care faced the daunting process of mobilising three large new contracts. To complicate matters, while all of the staff joining us on 1 April were experienced and had mostly been delivering the services that were transferring for many years, different organisations interpret the rules differently and that meant that we were always expecting a big variation in compliance with our rules.
One of just 20 or so health and care training providers awarded the Quality Mark by Skills for Health for the face-to-face delivery of education and training to the health sector, The Learning Enterprise now delivers clinical, vocational and mandatory training across the South of England. We hold the accreditation with the National Examination Board of Dental Nurses, and work in partnership with the University of Surrey and University of Derby to deliver accredited programmes.
Our new partnership with The University of Derby is helping us deliver the next generation of health and care workers – with the first cohort completing the Professional Development (Health and Social Care) Foundation Degree in 2018.
The University of Derby is proud to be working in partnership with Virgin Care to deliver the programme and we look forward to seeing clinical support staff and care assistants from across the sector taking up this innovative course and achieving their full potential
Dr Paula Holt, Dean of the College of Health and Social Care, University of Derby
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