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Learning Resources by Health Priority Area

The following are useful examples of learning resources categorised by health priority areas.

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  • Alcohol

  • Cancer and Palliative Care

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    The Online Cancer Education Forum Educational resources for physical and occupational therapists in managing cancer-related pain. Critical and reflective approach to explore own clinical practice.

    Working with Individuals with Cancer, their Families and Carers (2009) (NHS Education for Scotland resource) This document defines the core qualities that should underpin every practitioner's interactions with every individual and family member affected by cancer.  It is intended for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals working in non-cancer specific areas. The framework can be used to identify the education and training needs of practitioners and supports the development of their education and training.

    Enriching and Improving Experience Framework Palliative and end of life care, a framework to support the learning and development needs of the health and social services workforce in Scotland. This document describes the key domains that are integral to palliative and end of life care in all health and social care settings, and outlines the associated knowledge and skills required.

  • Children and Early Years

    Icon - KeyChildren and Young People's Services Managed Knowledge Network

    Information, resources and education for NHSScotland staff.


    Children & Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. NES e-resource: Improving Wellbeing

    Please access the e-resource through your NHS board e-learning platforms (LearnPro or similar).This e-resource helps all NHS staff, clinical and non clinical, to understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to parts 4, 5 and 18 (section 96) of the Children & Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. 

    Core Competencies for the Care of Acutely Ill or Injured Children and Young People (2006) The competencies provide a framework for the competencies required of practitioners working in settings that provide emergency care for acutely ill or injured children and young people at foundation, or core level. This is an essential framework for those involved in this type of care who are not registered children's practitioners.

    Capability Framework for Nurses who Care for Children and Young People who are Looked After Away from Home(2009) This capability framework defines a common set of capabilities for nurses based on five key domains of practice; practising ethically; knowledge for practice; leadership for practice; the multi-professional approach; and care delivery & intervention.  It is a useful framework for all those who have a responsibility for the health and well-being of children and young people who are being looked after away from home.

    Core Competency Framework for the Protection of Children (2011) This Framework has been developed for all disciplines, professions and staff groups undertaking a clinical role within NHSScotland. The twin aims of the framework are to describe the key areas of child protection work that are common and core across all disciplines, professions and staff groups with a clinical role, and to describe the recommended core knowledge and understanding necessary to support these areas of work.

  • Dementia

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    Icon - KeyDementia Care in Acute Settings (2011)  Interactive online educational resource for staff working in the Acute Care environment to help identify and care for patients suffering with dementia.

    Icon - KeyInformed About Dementia - Improving Practice View the Informed about Dementia DVD - Improving Practice which can be accessed via The Knowledge Network.

    Dementia Care in the Emergency Department (2011) An interactive online educational resource aimed at those working in the emergency department to recognise and provide appropriate care to meet the needs of those with dementia.

    Dementia Skilled - Improving Practice (2012) A comprehensive learning resource comprising five modules - understanding dementia; Promoting person and family centred care and community connections; Promoting health and wellbeing; Meeting the needs of the person with dementia who is distressed and Supporting and protecting people's rights.

    Dementia Skilled: Guidance for Assessors and Trainers (2012) This guidance forms part of a suite of resources to support learning which will contribute to significant changes in the way we work with people with dementia, their families and carers.

    The Dementia Services Development Centre Provides education and training in dementia through conferences, workshops and seminars.  The site and the centre offer access to a specialist dementia library and dementia publications. This site is useful for those wishing to develop their knowledge and skills in dementia care.

    Standards of Care for Dementia in Scotland (2011). These standards relate to everyone with a diagnosis of dementia in Scotland regardless of where they live, their age, the support the receive or the severity of their illness. This includes younger people, people with a learning disability and people with rare types of dementia.

    The Development, Delivery and Evaluation of a Training Programme to Prepare NHS and Social Services Dementia Champions as Change Agents (2012)
    Read the Executive Summary of this report or view the Final Report

  • Equality and Diversity

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    Advancing equality in health.  This resource will help you find out about NHS Health Scotland’s role in advancing equality, how protected characteristics can affect health and about policy and legislation.  

    Icon - KeyBridging the Gap: A Health Inequalities Learning Resource (2008) Aims to provide NHS staff, their educators and others involved in tackling health inequalities in Scotland with a flexible learning resource that introduces some of the key evidence, issues and themes in health and social care inequalities.  It also provides access to a range of further information on tackling health inequalities.

    Icon - KeyHealth Scotland E-learning site Virtual learning environment includes equality and diversity resources. (password required)

    Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP) focuses on helping people understand human rights , tackling injustice and exclusion and Scotland's obligations in relation to human rights.

    Icon - KeySpiritual Care Matters: An Introductory Resource for all NHSScotland Staff (2009) The resource was designed to bring together previous work on spiritual care and to suggest relevant areas for the teaching and delivery of spiritual care by NHS staff. It is intended as a resource for those wanting to find out more about spiritual care and for those with a commitment to teach and explain its nature.


    Multi-Faith Resource for Healthcare Staff (2007) This document gives information relating to faith communities/groups on a wide range of issues. An informative resource for practitioners who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of religious and cultural groups in Scotland.

  • Learning Disabilities

    Positive Behavioural Support: A Learning Resource (2012) This learning resource provides practitioners with knowledge in positive behaviour support to help them to identify how they could use this in practice to improve the lives of people with a learning disability.

    Working with People who have a Learning Disability or Complex Needs (2011) The resource offers practitioners supporting people with a learning disability and complex needs the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and values in ways that maximise the involvement of service users and families and increase health and wellbeing.

  • Long Term Conditions and Self Care

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    Icon - KeyStroke Training and Awareness Resources (STARs) This is an e-learning resource which enhances the educational opportunities for health and social care staff working with people affected by stroke. There are core competences for all staff in Scotland working with people affected by stroke and a more specialised learning resource aimed primarily at registered staff working in stroke services.

    Long Term Conditions Collaborative: Improving Self Management Support (2009)
    The resource outlines 10 different approaches that can be taken to help delivery better outcomes and enhanced experiences in older people and people living with long term conditions.

  • Maternal and Neonatal Care

    Midwives and Medicine Second Edition (2011) This edition of Midwives and Medicines brings the reader up to date with recent changes to the legislation pertinent to midwives exemptions and non-medical prescribing.

  • Mental Health

    Mental Health Act Learning Resource (Scotland) (2010) Interactive training resource for practitioners in Scotland to understand and work safely and effectively within the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. For nurses, AHPs and the wider workforce.

    The 10 Essential Shared Capabilities (2011) This resource sets out the shared capabilities that all staff working in mental health services should achieve as best practice.  It is modular approach involving self-directed study, reflection and group discussions.

  • Older People


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