Wednesday, 17 August 2022
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Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Hft launches e-learning course in personalised technology

Hft, a national charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, has launched an online training course on personalised technology (PT) to raise awareness of how it can be used to help improve people’s quality of life.

The virtual training module, which is CPD certified, is an introductory guide to PT, also known as assistive technology. It is used to support people with learning disabilities and other vulnerable groups to live safely with a greater level of independence. Products can range from domestic appliances, such as kettles which will only dispense a precise amount of boiling water into a mug, to sensors that alert someone that a person is having a seizure. Other devices, such as easy-to-use mobile phones and tablets, have also proven to be a great tool in combatting loneliness and isolation, enabling people to maintain vital social connections.

The course consists of six parts covering all aspects of PT, from uses and implementation to maintenance and ethical considerations, using video case studies and quizzes throughout. The training has been developed by Hft’s specialist PT team. It is based on the charity’s internal e-learning package and will now be available to any individuals or organisations, such as housing or support providers and local authorities, who are interested in gaining an awareness of how technology can be used to increase the independence, safety, privacy, and choice for people with learning disabilities and complex needs.

Emma Nichols, Personalised Technology Manager at Hft, said:

“We are so excited to be launching our new training. We call it Personalised Technology because the person is always at the centre of what we do: we focus on their abilities, not their disabilities. Technology doesn’t have to be complicated, we seek to find simple but effective solutions.

“The positive impact it has had has become even more apparent during the pandemic, when PT played a vital role in helping loved ones stay connected. Our aim is to raise awareness of the assistive devices available which can give people a greater level of independence, choice and control in their lives.”

Those who successfully complete the training are issued with a certificate and will have access to resources that have been designed to help prompt learners to think about how to successfully implement PT within their service and signposts to details of other services that Hft’s PT team can offer.

Jon Whysall, lead support worker at Partners in Support, was one of the people involved in the initial test pilot. He said:

“This was a really interesting course. I will be looking at all areas of support in our service to see if an introduction of PT would be beneficial to our supported individual.”

Anybody interested in the course can email PTlearning@hft.org.uk or call 0117 906 1700 for more information.

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