The Education Centre is currently following the government’s guidance in its response to the Coronavirus outbreak. If you are returning to the Gail Briers Education Centre or visiting for the first time we ask you respect the current measures in place to make the environment safe for all staff and visitors.

When attending a training course, we ask you to follow social distancing measures and remember to wear face coverings in all communal areas.

In order to social distance as safely as possible there is now limited seating available at the centre. Seats that are not to be used are clearly identified and we ask you to respect this throughout your visit.

We remind visitors not to congregate in corridors and doorways enabling visitors to pass safely. Signing in sheets for all courses will be with the course facilitator in the classroom as opposed to the reception desk. This again is an effort to cut down the number of people congregating at reception.

We encourage all visitors attending training to arrive on time for their individual sessions however please vacate the centre promptly when your course has ended.

When attending training at any of our training venues PPE will be provided for you. However people accessing the training venues are reminded that face coverings must be worn when entering the building and when using the building’s facilities. Visitors are reminded to safely dispose of PPE in the designated areas to maintain everyone’s safety.

Course participants will be asked to complete medical forms in relation to their health prior to training; this will include additional sections in relation to Coronavirus.

Due to exceptional circumstances, the physical Library at Hollins Park is closed until further notice, most likely for the next few months.

Further information can be obained by contacting the library services on 01925 664802

If you experience any of the recognised symptoms of Coronavirus then please do not attend the Education Centre and report it to your line manager immediately.

Teamwork for new starters

The teamwork course will now run 09:00-17:00 and will be for three days. Due to reductions there is essential course material that needs to be read prior to the course beginning. This course material can be found here. Pre course reading 

The theory elements of the course will be tested during the training and failure to read the pre course material could result in failure to complete the course successfully.

The number of participants has been reduced to eight learners per course and the course facilitators will give you additional safety guidance that must be adhered to throughout.

Team work update

Two day refresher courses have now changed to a two day course, one day distant learning before you attend your one day practical . This is in an effort to reduce the amount of time Trust staff spend making physical contact with others within the training room.

Because of this, training start and finish times have changed; the course now runs 09:00 – 17:00

Other changes that you will notice is the number of participants have reduced dramatically. Courses will now have a maximum number of eight learners per course and these places will be allocated prior to the course commencing. If you do not have an allocated space then it is unlikely that you will be able to attend the course unless there is a cancellation.

Breakaway training will be two hour course and will have a maximum number of eight learners per course. In the interest of health and safety during this challenging time, learners will be asked to stay with the same partner throughout the course.

At the moment staff members working in a clinical inpatient setting must attend breakaway training annually. Community staff will update their training once every two years.

The learning and development team are currently developing a Personal Safety E- learning package that all community based staff will be able to access once completed. It is likely that this will be completed in the next three months. Further information on this will follow.

All in-patient staff and staff covering 136 suites will still need to attend the current Breakaway course.

If you have any issues regarding your physical ability to complete the course successfully then please speak to your line manager or the occupational health department (if appropriate) prior to commencing your training for further advice.

There have been significant changes to the training of Basic Life Support. The course has reduced in is duration to one hour. This means that certain elements of the course must be read prior to commencing the assessment. The pre course material can be found here BLS/PBLS pre course reading

Failure to read the course material prior to attending your practical assessment may result in failing to complete the course successfully.

The maximum number of participants will be eight ensuring that we can maintain social distancing throughout. Additional safety guidance will be given to you by the course facilitator when you attend. If you do not have a confirmed booking on the course please do not attend the training as you will be unlikely that you will be able to attend the course unless there is a cancellation.

The Trust will still be offering the advanced Basic life support session better known as NQILS for all of its clinical inpatient staff members.

This course will be three hours in duration and will have a maximum number of eight participants per course.

There is no pre course reading prior to attending your training.