The ultimate test of effective [training] is whether it benefits service users
(Horwath and Morrison 1999 p292)
Undertaking training that has no positive impact on your work is a waste of time and money. There are some simple things that you can do, with the support of your line manager to ensure that your training time is time well spent:
- Be clear about what training you are undertaking and how it will improve your work.
How can I do this? Use Transfer of Learning Form
- Make sure you have time to put your new knowledge and skills into practice in the workplace and get feedback from your line manager or your employer, your colleagues, people who are using your service, their families and other professional on how you working.
How can I do this? Use Observations
- Think about your working practices – what’s going well for you and what do you need to improve?
How can I do this? Use Reflective Practice and Supervision.