Laois-Offaly Education and Training Board (LOETB) has developed a short online accredited training programme as a result of the HSE’s request for people in Ireland to register to be on call to help care for the people affected by the virus during this emergency.
LOETB, in consultation with Tullamore and Portlaoise General Hospitals, is providing the QQI Level 5 module, Infection Prevention and Control, over a minimum duration of five days’ course delivery, with the learner having a three-week window in which to complete the programme.
Learners will have access to online lectures, notes and workshops, which can be accessed on a flexible basis, and will be supported on an ongoing basis by experienced, qualified tutors. Assessment will take place during and on completion of the course content.
The programme is being made available in response to the HSE’s projected need for additional staff for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis and its sole objective is to support the HSE in gaining the skills they need to face the challenges presented by the Coronavirus .
LOETB’s Director of Further Education and Training Tony Dalton explains; “LOETB is offering this opportunity to people who, through previous learning and experience, are in a position to quickly upskill and become part of the HSE’s team if they are required. If called upon we are trying to ensure they’ll be ready.”
The nature of this response requires learners to already hold a Level 5 major award at Level 5 or be currently working towards a QQI Level 5 major award in Healthcare Support/Health Service Skills/Nursing Studies.
They must also have access to the online materials and the capacity to record and submit skills demonstrations.
But they will be supported online and by phone by experienced tutors throughout the process, be it five days or three weeks.
LOETB is advertising on social media currently that direct people to https://www.loetb.ie/covid-19_
LOETB will respond quickly to engage those who may be required by the health service!