Sussex NHS training body adopts e-learning for 25,000 staff to cut costs


Sussex NHS training body adopts e-learning for 25,000 staff to cut costs

Antony Savvas

Sussex Health Information Service (HIS) is cutting costs and improving delivery of training to 25,000 NHS staff through e-learning.

Sussex, the UK's largest HIS, is using flexible e-learning courses delivered online via training services company ILX Group's Best Practice Portal to aid staff progression and support front-line carers.

The portal framework has enabled Sussex HIS to create an e-learning pathway for staff to acquire project management skills.

Wendy Dearing, senior lead for training, change and process continuity at the HIS, said, "Delivering best-practice e-learning courses via the ILX portal has enhanced our training.

"We now have central visibility of the access, progress and performance of our 25,000 users, over 17 sites. Access to courses is improved, and an internal survey shows our pass rate is still as high as it was with classroom-based training."

Other benefits have been significant cost savings and the ability to provide more training to larger numbers of staff, says Dearing.

The e-learning courses are providing staff with competencies required by the NHS's mandatory knowledge and skills framework for personal development and career progression.

Sussex HIS is also offering e-learning courses via the ILX portal to its neighbouring HISs in Kent and Surrey.

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