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Why it’s important to keep your training up to date

When you work in a sector with as many moving parts as health and social care, there are lots of good reasons to keep your training up to date. In primary care, there are many things you need to be aware of, from updates to legislation or regulations, new best practice, new technology or updated systems.

With the hectic demands of ‘business as usual’, it’s easy to let training needs slip down the list of priorities. If you’re a manager, that can be dangerous not only for you, but for your team. Training ensures you work efficiently, effectively and safely – not just now, but into the future too.

Let’s look at the benefits you’ll gain from having up to date and regular training:

You are more confident – and competent

Even for staff with years of experience, training is necessary to keep knowledge fresh and skills sharp. If you know you’re using the latest information or skills, you’ll feel reassured that you’re set up to do the best you can. That means both patients and colleagues are getting the best from you. Confidence is also infectious—it’s likely to rub off on colleagues, especially if you’re a manager. This creates teams who aren’t afraid to make an impact and call things out when they’re not working properly.

Your morale is boosted

The satisfaction of a job well done shouldn’t be under-estimated. There’s nothing quite like that feeling of knowing you’re not just meeting your goals but smashing through them, really making a difference to people’s lives. If you train together as a team, that feeling of common purpose will also deliver a valuable morale-boost. It shows that you can evaluate yourselves, learn together and progress together as one cohesive unit. And to others, it shows that you care enough about the work you do to put in the training hours.

Your staff turnover is reduced

This is a crucial benefit of training, which is sometimes overlooked. Some of the most common reasons for staff leaving a role is that they don’t feel supported, or they think they don’t have the tools or skills to do the job properly. This can often be avoided through regular, quality training. When staff feel that they have the support and the abilities to do the job well, they’re much less likely to leave. When you don’t have to spend time filling role, you can then focus on building up and supporting existing staff further.

You become good at self-evaluation

Self-evaluation is a key skill and a very useful attribute for any professional. It means you are confident enough to take an honest look at your current skills and knowledge base and work to make improvements where needed. Nobody is perfect, and in a role where almost every day brings a new challenge, this skill is particularly important.

You know you are CQC-compliant

Compliance can only be guaranteed consistently when you have regular training, either refreshing your current knowledge or introducing new skills and practices. Try to see training as more than a simple tick-box exercise. It is a useful way of making sure your time is used most effectively—imagine if you spent hours struggling to complete a task only to find that it was no longer a requirement, or that a new, simpler way of doing had been introduced. How would you feel? You are doing yourself and your team a huge favour by keeping on top of the latest compliance requirements.

You—and your colleagues—can develop into leaders of the future

Training can help you to develop your ability to lead, motivate and inspire your team in ways you may not have thought of. In doing this, you’ll gain an appreciation of how to implement strategic leadership and improve results for your practice. Perhaps most importantly, it will show you what is necessary to move to the next level in your career. This enables you to forge a path to future growth as a professional.

 


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