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Online Assessments Support Continuous Professional Development

In September 2010, Skills for Care published a practical guide to implementing continuing professional development in the adult social care workforce called "Keeping Up the Good Work". In the Guide Professor David Croisdale-Appleby OBE, Independent Chair of Skills for Care, defines CPD as “an ongoing, planned and developmental process that contributes to work-based and personal development”. The document provides excellent guidance and examples of good CPD practice and sets out this useful model for the CPD cycle.

How online assessment can help with CPD and save you money at the same time?

Our online assessments can support you during Stages 2 and 6. They are simple to use and provide a benchmark of the knowledge that people have, thus identifying the gaps and learning needs. This avoids wasting time asking people to undertake training that they do not need thus saving time and money. Click here for more detailed information about the cost savings that can be achieved by using online assessments.

Not only can you save time and money but the assessments will provide you with clear evidence of whether an individual has the knowledge to meet the Standard, or not. This is something that traditional classroom based training events do not usually do. It is possible that e-learning programs will provide you with a quiz or assessment at the end but these are taken immediately after the learning when it is likely that the individual will recall most of what they have learnt.

The forgetting curve shows that people retain very little information, in fact, as little as six days later a person will have forgotten 90% of what they saw unless they are exposed to the learning again and again over a period of time. The online assessments can be taken at any time which means they could be used to support the annual appraisal and development review process as well as part of the induction period, but also to support supervision on an on-going basis.

Helpfully, the assessment results show the length of time that it has taken for an individual to take the assessment and the length of time taken to discuss the results can be recorded in the “supporting evidence”. These clearly show the amount of time that has been spent for the individual undertaking development activities.

How can we help you to overcome the barriers to CPD described by Skills for Care

Below are the identified barriers. Whilst we will not be able to solve all of your problems, we can solve many of them and go a long way to supporting you with the others. Here are some ideas against each barrier.
Funding and information
We can demonstrate through our cost benefit analysis model how much money you can save in your organisation by using online assessment as part of your CPD cycle. Value for Money
Inadequate staffing and high turnover
The assessments are quick and easy to use. If you could evidence 50% of your staff have the knowledge and don’t need training, you will decrease the amount of cover needed to release people for training. You will also value people’s prior knowledge. One of our customers reduced staff turnover by 50% by using our assessments 50% Case Study
Lack of confidence in learning
Over the last few years we have had countless numbers of people turning up at our workshops absolutely petrified at the thought of having to use a computer and some flatly refusing. Every single person has left the room feeling inspired and confident, with many saying they will now start looking at other ways they can use the computer. We always say “If you can wiggle a mouse, you can do an assessment”. Click here to see what people have said. Using our assessments will give people the confidence to use computers in others ways. Link to testimonies under resources webpage.
Lack of time
Taking online assessments for the Common Induction Standards takes on average 1 hour. If all of your staff evidence on average 50% knowledge through assessment, you will reduce your training time and costs by just under 50%. The revised Standards have 161 outcomes vs 70 in the previous version. Can you afford to double the time and cost spent on training?
Fear of staff leaving
Studies have found that upwards of 80% of staff leave because of poor management. This is contributed to significantly by staff not being given enough support and training, together with managers lacking appropriate knowledge and skills. Make sure your managers are trained in supervision skills. Use our online assessments to ascertain their knowledge. Make sure you have robust recruitment procedures that give clear impressions of what the job entails. Try half a day shadowing as part of your recruitment process before you invest in the people who are not suited to the role. Use our online assessments as part of your recruitment process as a recruitment benchmarking selection tool. Make sure you have career pathways and people know how they can progress in your organisation.
Lack of flexible learning provision
Online assessments can be taken by anyone with use of a computer and the internet at any time of the day 365 days of the year. Use the results to plan using the provisions available to you.
Lack of IT resources and skills
Do you know about the "Get Connected" initiative funded by SCIE. They are giving away funding to provide IT resources. Check with local colleges. They facilitate IT skills courses often at little or no cost. They may also be able to provide computers. Depending on the size of licence you buy, our assessments come with workshop days. We would be happy to provide additional workshops / assessment centres where we will bring laptops for people to use. We charge £600 per day.
Lack of effective evaluation
Assess people using our online assessments before and after their induction. Analyse the difference between their results and evaluate whether the learning and development initiatives you are investing time and money in are giving you the results and value for money you need.
To view the Skills for Care’s CPD guide, visit the resources page Click Here.

Stage 2 suggests 360 Degree Feedback - What is this?

It is a system for a worker to receive confidential and usually anonymous feedback from the people who work around them and from the people they provide services to (where they have capacity to participate). Feedback is based on statements covering a range of workplace competencies that are measured on a rating scale, sometimes accompanied by written comments. The person receiving feedback also completes a self-assessment using the same statements. This is an excellent system for getting very specific performance related feedback, especially from the people in receipt of services and support.

We have developed an electronic 360 degree feedback system that can be used as part of stage 2 of the CPD cycle. Request more information.
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