Social care training takes tech turn in St. Helens

Social care training takes tech turn in St. Helens

Social workers have switched their training sessions to online to make sure they are up to date with the latest guidelines.

St Helens Council’s adult social care service has been delivering training sessions online on a wide range of topics from safeguarding, changing working practices and legislation amongst others.

The council has trialled the training online as part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic to make sure that the vital work of high quality social care continues as usual.

It is just one of the many ways the council has been looking to adapt how it operates not just due to the pandemic but also as a way to better make use of modern technology.

Councillor Kate Groucutt, Cabinet Member for Corporate, Communications and Estates at St Helens Council, said: “The development of digital ways of working have been part of our One Council agenda for transformation of the council. When we were creating our plan we could not have anticipated that our entire workforce would be working in the way that we now find ourselves through this pandemic. But this training shows that our preparations for a more digital way of working has put us in the best possible position to continue to provide these vital services that so many in our community rely on and make sure that staff have the very latest in training and advice.”

Councillor Marlene Quinn, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, added: “We have a fantastic workforce who are going above and beyond every day. It’s really important for those vulnerable people they support that we make sure they have the most up-to-date training so that they can continue to give the best advice and high quality support.”

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