Learning technologies in social care: A guide for employers

Skills for Care

Learning technologies have much to offer social care employers. This introductory guide aims to help you make the most of them for workforce development.

This guide is aimed at employers and managers in the care sector with responsibility for staff learning and development (L&D).

This guide offers a (non-technical) overview of learning technologies, with guidance to help you assess what might be useful to you. We provide sources of reliable information for topics you may wish to follow up.

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About the author

This guide was written by Sara Dunn with contributions from Alexander Braddell and Jon Bolton.

The authors would like to thank:

- all those who responded to our surveys during the preparation of this guide.

- the following individuals for their help in reviewing the guide and providing its accompanying examples of learning technologies in action:

Dave Anderson - SCIE

Velda Barnes - Addaction

Emma Bradley - Caritas

Sheldon Carolan - MacIntyre

Dorte Chandler - Oxfordshire County Council

Jill Conroy - The Freemantle Trust

Lorraine Coultas - Meadow Lodge

David Crowe - Log on to Care

Liz D’Arcy Malone - Leonard Cheshire

Annie Davies - Oxfordshire County Council

Charlotte Dawber - West Sussex County Council

Genny Dixon - Towards Maturity

Roy Fawcett - St Ann’s Community Services

Peter Feldon - Feldon Consulting

Natasha Furness - United Response

Sam Gilhooley - Leonard Cheshire Disability

Mark Greaves - Ideal Care Homes

Fazeela Hafejee - Skills for Care

Alton Hobbs - Mencap

Anne Hine - Meadowside

Chris Isaacs - Clinical DomCare

Adrian Jones - E-learnity

Alex Knapp - The Grey Matter Group

Maggie Little - Four Seasons Health Care

Lisa McGonigle - Learning Pool

Mary McKenna - Learning Pool

Ross Oldeld - SCIE Get Connected

Carol Parry - Oxfordshire County Council

Keith Quinn - Scottish Social Services Council

Bob Read - Acer

Sarah Smith - Walkgrove

Nilufa Somani - Roebuck Nursing Home

Debbie Sorkin - National Skills Academy for Social Care

Barbora Stepankova - Yarrow Housing Ltd

Annie Stevenson - Integration in Care

Jenny Swift - Skills for Care

Jonathan Taylor - Cheshire Centre for Independent Living

Maddy Thomson - Skills for Care

Sheila Turnbull - Tyneside Early Education and Care

Derek Wagle - Archer Business Solutions

Anne Westcott - The Freemantle Trust

Tina Wilson - Dimensions UK

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