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Nursing Times Learning uses Totara LMS to help provide safer, higher-quality care for patients

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When the Nursing and Midwifery Council announced that nurses revalidation would be introduced across the whole nursing profession from April 2016, Nursing Times turned to Learning Pool and Totara for a technology solution that would help their users keep their registration up to date with the regulator.


Launched in August 2015, Nursing Times Learning uses Totara LMS and eLearning content built with Adapt Learning to provide nursing teams with an expanding suite of high-quality online learning units, written by national experts and double-blind peer reviewed.  All the fundamental aspects of care are covered from clinical record-keeping and drug calculations to end-of-life care and pressure ulcer prevention.

The Nursing Times Learning service provides an online learning passport to store evidence of revalidation activities and CPD completed by nurses so that they can maintain a reliable record of all their learning and professional practice in a way that can be easily reported to their employer. Managers have easy access to a visual dashboard to see the compliance of their service across all their team’s CPD requirements so that they can plan and take action where they need to. Already thousands of nurses are recording their CPD using Nursing Times Learning.

Feedback on the service has been positive with many users reporting efficiencies in time spent recording CPD as well as a general uptake in learning opportunities overall.  Speaking about the product a representative of University Hospitals of North Midlands said For us, having access to the learning, clinical articles and the Manager Dashboard works very well together as an ‘all in one’ system. It was timely for us to implement a solution that will benefit staff and help build confidence”.

Meanwhile a representative of Advantage Nursing commented that “Nursing Times provides our staff with a diverse knowledge base. The combination of both the online training courses and the broad range of topics covered in the publication itself mean that our nurses can not only build on their current specialism but learn about other areas of nursing.”

Nursing Times is read by more than 25,000 nurses and midwives, giving them access to an archive of over 5,000 articles for clinical updates, research evidence, and information and to support service developments and improve their practice. Subscribers also receive daily news on the latest developments in healthcare practice and policy and are able to access a professional community to share expertise and evidence of best practice.

This project continues a trend among Learning Pool customers of deploying training as part of continuing professional development for their workforces and we are working with Totara to build additional functionality into the upcoming Totara 9 release to support this corporate requirement.

To find out more about this project contact Nursing Times or get in with with Learning Pool.