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  • Courses

    This page shows all currently active courses on NHS Health Scotland's Virtual Learning Environment.

    Here you will find a small introduction to the course, it's learning outcomes and enrolment requirements.

    Please follow the instructions found against each course and if you need support accessing a course you are interested in, contact us directly at hselearningqueries@nhs.net 

    Click on one of the links within the course list to see more information on that course.

    Course List

    Health Inequalities

    Health Inequalities Awareness

    Tackling Health Inequalities within health & social care

    Early Years

    Child Poverty, Health & Wellbeing

    Health Behaviour Change

    Health Behaviour Change Level 1

    Health Behaviour Change Level 2

    Raising the Issue of Child Healthy Weight

    Raising the Issue of Maternal and Infant Nutrition

    Raising the Issue of Physical Activity

    Raising the Issue of Smoking

    Improving Practice

    Improving Health: Developing Effective Practice

    Mental Health

    Healthy Young Lives

    Scotland's Mental Health First Aid

    Equality & Human Rights

    Equality & Human Rights: Putting People at the Centre

    Healthy Working Lives

    Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace

    Mentally Healthy Workplaces

    Violence and Aggression in the Workplace

    Driving Risks at Work

  • Health Inequalities: Awareness

    Introduction

    The module looks at a definition of health inequalities and asks a participant to reflect on their own practice, identifying what they can do to reduce them.

    Target audience: This module is suitable for anyone who plans or delivers services to the public. 

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this module you should be able to:

    • Define health inequalities and their main causes
    • Recognise interventions which are effective in reducing  health inequalities
    • Reflect on how your own role can contribute to reducing health inequalities
    • Identify the next steps to develop your health inequalities knowledge or practice further

    Enrolment

    Self-enrolment: Once you have created an account, and logged in, click the following link and self-enrol in the course - https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=507

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    https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=507

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  • Tackling Health Inequalities within health & social care

    Introduction

    This emodule will explore what health inequalities are and what they mean for your role and practice in health and social care

    This module is suitable for staff from all sectors of the health & social care workforce who have or have potential to impact on health inequalities (this can include health, local authority, independent and voluntary sector and volunteers.)

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the module, you should be able to:

    • Define health inequalities and its main causes within health and social care
    • Interpret the evidence on what works and does not work to reduce health Inequalities
    • Evaluate the different ways health and social care staff can take action to reduce health inequalities
    • Reflect how your own specific role can contribute to reducing health inequalities within health and social care

    Enrolment

    Self-enrolment: Once you have created an account, and logged in, click the following link and self-enrol in the course - https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=506

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    https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=506

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  • Child Poverty, Health & Welbeing

    Introduction

    This module aims to raise your awareness of child poverty in Scotland and how poverty can impact on children and young people’s health and wellbeing.  The module will look at causes of child poverty, how it is measured and you will spend time considering your role in tackling child poverty.

    This module will provide learning support on child poverty for health visitors and midwives – through both undergraduate programmes in higher education institutions and continuing professional development in Scotland – and support them to consider their role in helping to assist children and their families who are living in poverty and affected by austerity.

    In addition, this resource will be particularly relevant to individuals working across health, social care, education, the public sector and people who are in contact with children at work.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module you will be able to:

    • Describe what child poverty is and what causes it
    • Outline how child poverty is defined and measured in Scotland
    • Explain how poverty impacts children and young people’s health and wellbeing
    • Reflect on your role in reducing the impact of child poverty

    Enrolment

    Self-enrolment: Once you have created an account, and logged in, click the following link and self-enrol in the course - https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=523

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    https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=523

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  • Health Behaviour Change Level 1

    Introduction

    According to the Scottish Health Survey the following factors have been identified as the risk factors that account for around 90% of the total burden of disease in developed countries:

    • alcohol consumption
    • smoking
    • low fruit and vegetable consumption
    • low levels of physical activity and
    • obesity


    While the population’s health has been increasing overall, the gap in health outcomes between rich and poor is growing. Self-assessed health declines as levels of deprivation increase. In the least deprived areas 84% of people report good health and 2% bad health. Compared to most deprived areas where 57% report good health and 18% bad health.

    This module is for anyone who wants to learn more about health behaviour change and who has (or thinks they could have) a role in improving health

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this module you will be able to:

    • Describe what health behaviour change is and why it is important as an approach
    • Examine the relationship between health behaviours, health outcomes and health inequalities
    • Clarify your role in supporting health behaviour change
    • Know the process of how to raise lifestyle issues appropriately and sensitively in a person centred way
    • Support individuals to access relevant information or services local to them

    Enrolment

    Self-enrolment: Once you have created an account, and logged in, click the following link and self-enrol in the course - https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=330

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    https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=330

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  • Health Behaviour Change Level 2

    Introduction

    This module builds on learning covered in module HBC Level 1 and is part of a blended learning course in health behaviour change.

    It provides the background theory to techniques used in supporting change. To put this theory into practice it is recommended that participants undertake skills-based face-to-face sessions offered by NHS Health Scotland accredited trainers or through equivalent training offered by their own organisation or profession.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing this module you will be able to:

    • Define the links between public health, health behaviour change and health inequalities
    • Understand the underlying principles for fostering a good alliance and structuring a brief intervention
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the potential impact of social and cultural difference on the effectiveness and acceptability of an intervention for all clients
    • Identify a range of health behaviour techniques and understand their application to support change within individuals and groups
    • Reflect on your own practice, development needs, beliefs and values

    Enrolment

    Self-enrolment: Once you have created an account, and logged in, click the following link and self-enrol in the course - https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=411

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  • Raising the Issue of Child Healthy Weight

    Introduction

    This module is for anyone who has or thinks they could have a role to play in identifying or raising the issue of child healthy weight.

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this module you will:

    • Develop understanding of child healthy weight by identifying, need, motivation, barriers and potential for improving health and preventing future ill health.
    • Critically reflect on own role and impact in relation to promoting child healthy weight and strategies for overcoming barriers.
    • Develop motivation and confidence to competently raise and briefly discuss the issue of child healthy weight.
    • Develop knowledge and understanding of existing services and provision to support target populations.
    • To apply the knowledge learnt to support individuals and families by appropriately raising the subject and choosing a suitable approach.

    Enrolment

    Self-enrolment: Once you have created an account, and logged in, click the following link and self-enrol in the course - https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=314

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    https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=314

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  • Raising the Issue of Maternal and Infant Nutrition

    Introduction

    These resources have been developed in partnership with subject matter experts and representatives from the NHS, public and voluntary sector. They are designed to support the workforce in implementing Improving Maternal and Infant Nutrition: A Framework for Action and the Refreshed Framework for Maternity Care Services

    This module is for anyone who has or thinks they could have a role to play in identifying or raising the issue of maternal and infant nutrition

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing the module you will have:

    • Awareness of the range of factors which influence our own and others’ attitudes, beliefs and behaviours relating to maternal and infant nutrition
    • Identified and reflected on own and others’ roles in relation to influencing maternal and infant nutrition, identifying impact and limitations
    • Awareness of the benefits of a healthy balanced diet, including impact on long term health outcomes
    • Developed understanding of the key messages to support women and their families
    • Explored how to support individuals in identifying their needs, the support they require and choosing a suitable approach
    • Reflected on techniques to raise and briefly discuss the issue of maternal and infant nutrition or signpost appropriately

    Enrolment

    Self-enrolment: Once you have created an account, and logged in, click the following link and self-enrol in the course - https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=368

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  • Raising the Issue of Physical Activity

    Introduction

    This module is for anyone who has or thinks they could have a role to play in identifying or raising the issue of physical activity.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completing this module you will have:

    • Developed an understanding of 'health enhancing physical activity'
    • Reflected on your role in promoting physical activity
    • Developed the motivation and confidence to raise the issue
    • Developed knowledge and understanding on how to raise the issue
    • Been enabled to apply knowledge and learning

    Enrolment

    Self-enrolment: Once you have created an account, and logged in, click the following link and self-enrol in the course - https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=315

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    https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=315

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  • Raising the Issue of Smoking

    Introduction

    Almost 13,000 people a year die in Scotland as a consequence of smoking (Scottish Public Health Observatory). This is equivalent of around 250 deaths per week. Around half of all long-term cigarette users will eventually be killed by the habit (Peto).

    Tobacco remains the most common cause of preventable illness and premature death in Scotland (An Atlas of Tobacco Smoking in Scotland) despite a drop in adult smoking rates of 31% in 1999 to 23% in 2011 (The Scottish Health Survey). In deprived areas, adult smoking rates are as high as 40%, compared with 10% in the least deprived areas (The Scottish Household Survey).

    However:
    Nearly 7 out of 10 smokers in Scotland say that they would like to give up smoking (Scottish Health Survey 2010). This module will help you to help them achieve that aim.

    You can complete this eLearning module as a stand alone resource or you may have been given this module to complete by your trainer as part of a blended face to face training for the Raising the Issue of Smoking Generic, Pregnancy or Mental Health training.

    This module is relevant for anyone who, in the course of their work, is likely to come into contact with people who smoke.

    It is relevant for a range of staff including GPs, nurses, health visitors, community workers, voluntary sector staff and other professionals involved in encouraging improved health and well-being for those they work with.

    Learning Outcomes

    After completion, you will be able to:

    • demonstrate an understanding of the purpose and benefits of brief intervention in relation to smoking
    • demonstrate an understanding of the process for delivering brief intervention
    • demonstrate an understanding of the health benefits offered by stopping smoking

    Enrolment

    Self-enrolment: Once you have created an account, and logged in, click the following link and self-enrol in the course - https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=427

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  • Improving Health: Developing Effective Practice

    Introduction

    IH:DEP is a blended learning course, with a focus on analysing and improving practice.

    Learning Outcomes

    On completion of the course you will be able to:

    • Critically examine concepts and models of health, health improvement and health promotion and show their influence on current practice.
    • Explain the mutual influences of social, policy, regulatory and legislative drivers on population health outcomes
    • Appraise the implications of health improvement principles for reducing health inequalities and improving overall population health.
    • Critically examine own practice in relation to achieving continuous improvement in delivery of interventions aimed to improve health and reduce health inequalities.
    • Demonstrate personal use of a reflective process to generate experiential learning.

    Enrolment

    To enrol in this course contact NHS Health Scotland's Workforce Development team directly for details - nhs.healthscotland-lwdteam@nhs.net

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    https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=278

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  • Healthy Young Lives

    Introduction

    This workshop aims to increase the knowledge and skills of youth work, social care and CLD staff around health promotion. It seeks to enhance their understanding of how, within their own role and remit, they can improve health and address health inequalities for vulnerable young people with whom they work.

    It will identify which factors can influence the health and wellbeing of vulnerable young people and Identify which health promotion approaches can be applied within their own practice to improve health for vulnerable young people.

    Enrolment

    To enrol in this course contact NHS Health Scotland's Workforce Development team directly for details - nhs.healthscotland-lwdteam@nhs.net

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    https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=468

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  • Scotland's Mental Health First Aid

    Introduction

    Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid: Young People (SMHFA: YP) is a 14-hour evidence-based blended learning course for adults who support young people between the ages of 11-17.

    Learning Outcomes

    Participants will gain an increased knowledge and awareness of mental health issues, as well as improved confidence in:

    • Being able to detect problems early
    • Helping to reduce stigma around mental health issues
    • Helping young people to recognise problems
    • Providing guidance and immediate assistance to a young person is crisis.

    Enrolment

    To enrol in this course contact NHS Health Scotland's Workforce Development team directly for details - nhs.healthscotland-smhfa@nhs.net

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    https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=383

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  • Equality & Human Rights: Putting People at the Centre

    Introduction

    This module will help you think about the meaning of equality and human rights and how they apply to our personal and work lives.

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the module, you should be able to:

    • Describe why equality and human rights are important
    • Identify the main types of discrimination likely to happen within the work environment
    • Identify the main causes of health inequalities and what can be done to promote equality
    • Reflect on what this means for your role within health and social care

    Enrolment

    Self-enrolment: Once you have created an account, and logged in, click the following link and self-enrol in the course - https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=507

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    https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=425

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  • Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace

    Introduction

    Healthy Working Lives provides employers in Scotland with support and services to improve the health, safety and well-being of their staff. A face to face training programme for managers on the impact of alcohol and drugs in the workplace has been offered to employers since 2008.

    To complement the manager training programme, we now welcome you to the Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace elearning course. This course can be completed on its own by all members of an organisation or as part of a blended learning course for managers.

    Learning Outcomes

    The learning outcomes for the course are:

    • Increased knowledge of the impact of alcohol and drugs on the workforce and employer and employee responsibilities
    • Increased knowledge of substances and their impact on the individual and workplace
    • Increased understanding of the rationale for workplace policies and the legal implications
    • Insight into good practice related to alcohol and drugs in the workplace including, application of policy and support for individuals.

    Enrolment

    Self-enrolment: Once you have created an account, and logged in, click the following link and self-enrol in the course - https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=415

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    https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=415

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  • Mentally Healthy Workplaces

    Introduction

    This training is for anyone who wants to learn more about mental health in the workplace. Everyone has a role to play in creating a mentally healthy workplace and it can have benefits for you and your colleagues. Completing this course can also help your organisation with achieving your Healthy Working Lives award.

    Learning Outcomes

    By completing this course we hope that you will gain:

    • An awareness of the differences between mental health and mental health problems
    • An awareness of the impact of attitudes, values and culture on mental health in the workplace
    • An awareness of what stress is, what can cause it and how it can be managed effectively
    • An awareness of the legal implications of the Equality Act 2010 and other legislation on employees and employers
    • An understanding of how to promote our own and other people's mental health in work

    Enrolment

    Self-enrolment: Once you have created an account, and logged in, click the following link and self-enrol in the course - https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=95

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  • Violence and Aggression in the Workplace

    Introduction

    This module is intended for those with responsibility for managing people’s health and safety in the workplace and should be of use to employers and those with management responsibilities in businesses and charitable/voluntary organisations.

    In addition, the training tool can be used to provide information and awareness to anyone working with other people, either as customers, clients or colleagues. It shows the issues relating to violence and aggression in the workplace, outlines employers’ responsibilities  and gives practical information on how the hazards can be controlled safely.

    Learning Outcomes

    The key learning outcomes are:

    • Understanding of the causes and impact of violence and aggression at work
    • Knowledge of the legal requirements to manage violence and aggression at work
    • Understanding the use of risk assessment in controlling violence and aggression hazards
    • Understanding of the types of violence and aggression hazards in the workplace
    • Knowledge of techniques to manage these risks at work
    • Knowledge of the support available to help and advise on this issue

    Enrolment

    Self-enrolment: Once you have created an account, and logged in, click the following link and self-enrol in the course - https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=377

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    https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=377

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  • Driving Risks at Work

    Introduction

    Welcome to this e-learning awareness course on driving risks at work.  This course is based on the toolkit developed by ScORSA. It is for employees and employers alike, to raise awareness of the risks to a business, its employees and members of the public caused by the use of vehicles on our roads.

    The course will also suggest good practice ways to prevent road risk and point you towards additional resources that can help an organisation enhance its road safety practices. 

    Learning Outcomes

    The Learning Outcomes are to:

    • increase your awareness of occupational road risk
    • how road risk can affect people in the workplace

    Enrolment

    Self-enrolment: Once you have created an account, and logged in, click the following link and self-enrol in the course - https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=446

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    https://elearning.healthscotland.com/course/view.php?id=446

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