This suggests a paradigm shift towards e-learning in the longer term, but also presents a unique set of challenges.
How should training like Moving & Handling – which has traditionally been delivered using practical demonstrations – be carried out during lockdown?
In a rapidly changing situation the answers are still unclear. Video resources have long been available to supplement conventional methods, but can they replace face to face training?
A number of resources that have risen to prominence throughout the restrictions are video conferencing applications such as Zoom. These can and have been put to use in care training during lockdown – indeed, Skills for Care have been openly advocating their use.
In fact, the trusted independent charity goes further and promotes the use of video conferencing for practical observations and support. This suggests that after lockdown there may be scope to conduct care certificate observations and similar remotely using mobile technology – something many providers with limited resources will surely welcome!
Of course the current provisions are made with a view to rapid inductions and make obvious concessions in response to a crisis, but the longer the pandemic persists the longer the adaptations will continue. If the trend of the ‘new normal’ entrenches itself into care training, there may well be a new way of doing things which lingers long after the aroma of alcohol gel in supermarkets.
It’s clear that when face to face training can resume it is unlikely to be replaced completely, but equally that digital formats will play a bigger role than ever – especially if we continue to need to adapt.