Institute of Vocational LearningWorking in partnership with London NHS Trusts
The Institute of Vocational Learning was formed in January 2012. It is well known across London for delivering timely, responsive training for both healthcare support workers and bespoke skills training for qualified staff.
The Institute works with staff groups in Mental Health Trusts, Acute Care Trusts, Foundation Trusts and community-based services across London, and all of the staff team are registered healthcare professionals with a range of background knowledge and skills.
We offer a flexible and extensive course portfolio to assist in training healthcare professionals from bands 1-9. It can be utilised for both an individual's as well as a team's professional development. A suite of training is available to ensure your team receives all the training necessary to carry out their responsibilities successfully and to professionally develop within their career.
How the options work
There are two options of training available within the Institute of Vocational Learning. Firstly, 'On the wall' activities include bespoke non-accredited workshops which are usually delivered on site at the organisation. The second option is to move on to a 'step' approach where learners undertake an accredited qualification. This includes a Level 3 University Certificate of Competence, stand-alone modules at Level 4 progressing on to Foundation degrees in a variety of Health and Social Care disciplines, and finally a diverse range of BSc degree options.
Find out more about the 'step' approach to training.
'On the wall' activities: bespoke workshops
- Recognising and managing the deteriorating patient
- This study day aims to communicate best practice in monitoring, recognising and managing the deteriorating patient. The session identifies the normal parameters for temperature, pulse, respiration and oxygen saturation level. By the end of the session, the student will be able to recognise the steps to be taken when a patient's physical health status changes. They will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of their individual responsibility and limitations in relation to monitoring the changing physical status of a patient.
- Meeting nutrition and hydration needs
- ThisThis study day develops knowledge and skills in planning and promoting health and wellbeing through nutrition and hydration. It covers anatomy and physiology, nutritional monitoring and screening, and the role and responsibilities of other key professionals. By the end of the session learners will grasp the anatomy and physiology of the gastro-intestinal system. They will know nutritional guidelines and what makes a balanced diet, as well as how to promote hydration and prevent malnutrition. Students will be able to carry out nutritional screening using MUST tool as well as monitor and record nutrition and hydration needs. study day develops the learners' knowledge and skills in planning and promoting health and wellbeing through nutrition and hydration. It covers anatomy and physiology, nutritional monitoring and screening, as well as developing an understanding of the role and responsibilities of other key professionals. By the end of the session learners will understand the anatomy and physiology of the gastro-intestinal system. They will be able to understand nutritional guidelines and what makes a balanced diet, as well as promote hydration and prevent malnutrition. Students will be able to carry out nutritional screening using MUST tool as well as monitor and record nutrition and hydration needs. Students will also know what factors affect special dietary requirements and identify roles within the MDT with explicit involvement in nutrition management. Lastly, students will be able to write a plan as to how they can develop one aspect of nutrition/hydration in their setting.
- This study day aims to improve the numeracy skills of healthcare support work staff working in clinical practice. The training enables the student to name the basic metric units for weight, volume and length, convert mg to g, ml to l and cm to m and kg to st and lbs. Students will also be able to calculate 24 hours fluid intake, output and balance accurately as well as plotting measures for temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure accurately on observation charts. Participants will learn how to use the MUST tool to estimate height from ulna length, estimate BMI from mid-arm circumference and use weight loss and BMI charts as well as use measure leg size and select correct anti-embolism stocking size.
- Privacy, dignity and respect
- This study day aims to explore current thinking towards dignity and respect. In the session, dignity and related concepts will be explained and participants will be encouraged to discuss experiences of dignity and respect or lack of it; relating to vulnerable people. The group will identify factors that can have a negative impact on an individual's sense of self and describe a "Person Centred Care" in relation to dignity and respect. The session will also identify the expectations of a healthcare professional and identify important challenges outlined in the "Dignity Challenge" and explain factors that impact on the dignity and respect of individuals.
- Dementia awareness
- This study day develops learners' knowledge and skills in dementia awareness. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their practice to identify clinical examples which link practice to theory. The session covers the following topics:
- What is dementia?
- Demographics and statistics of dementia
- An overview of the brain and its function
- An understanding of the various types of dementia
- An understanding of the symptoms of dementia
- Communicating on a day-to-day basis
- Be aware of what it might feel like to be a person with dementia
- Assessment, planning and implementing care for patients with dementia and co morbidities
- Managing the environment
- Person centred approach to dementia care using forget me not
- Dementia with Delirium and depression
- Meeting the needs of the older person
- TThis study day aims to explore current thinking towards dignity and respect. In the session, dignity and related concepts will be explained and participants will be encouraged to discuss experiences of dignity and respect or lack of it, relating to vulnerable people. The group will identify factors that can have a negative impact on an individual's sense of self and describe a "Person Centred Care" in relation to dignity and respect. The session will also identify the expectations of a healthcare professional and identify important challenges outlined in the "Dignity Challenge" and explain factors that impact on the dignity and respect of individuals.
- End of life care
- The aim of this study day is to develop the learner's knowledge and skills in end of life care. Key themes include:
- Legal requirements
- Theories about the emotional and psychological processes
- Beliefs, spiritual needs and cultures of individuals
- Advance care planning
- Communication skills
- Enhancing well-being by: environmental factors, non-medical interventions, use of equipment and aids and alternative therapies
- Conflicts and legal or ethical issues
- Role of support organisations
- Role and value of an advocate
- After death care
- prepare staff to undertake the role of assistant practitioner within the healthcare sector
- offer an inclusive learning experience based on principles of adult learning
- promote understanding of the principles which underpin practice
- ensure the development of workplace competencies
- employed in health in a role that meets the apprenticeship standard for assistant practitioner job profile
- have manager's support
- their current or future role matches the apprenticeship standard for the assistant practitioner job profile. In addition to this, students will be required to attend a meeting with University staff to ensure ability to study at academic level 4+5.
Foundation Degree in Health
A new course, FdSc Health Care, will replace existing foundation degrees.
The FdSc Health Care aims to:
The course will consist of attendance on the Southwark campus for two academic semesters, one day a week. First year students will attend on Thursdays and second year students on Fridays. Students undertaking the care certificate will be expected to attend a 2 week programme prior to undertaking the FdSc.
In order to be considered for entry to the course applicants will be required to meet the following:
There is an opportunity for successful applicants to attend workshops to cover the knowledge component of the care certificate, prior to commencement of the FdSc, at no additional cost.
Further details can be obtained from Judy Scotter, Course Director, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications can be made through the CPPD prospectus.