Digital skills training in care homes: achievement
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Digital skills training in care homes: achievement

Deidre Wild Senior research fellow (honorary), Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research, Coventry University
Angela Kydd Associate professor, Edinburgh Napier University

In the second of their two-part series, Deidre Wild and colleagues describe the successes and challenges of introducing training for staff with the help of ‘IT champions’

This article describes digital skills training (DST) for staff and later, residents, as part of a programme of culture change in a large care home with nursing in Glasgow. It presents the successes and challenges arising from DST from the perspectives of the two volunteer information technology (IT) champions (Thomas Sloan and John Thomson), who were also staff members. Using their written reports, questionnaires and subsequent conversations, the IT champions recall the challenges and gains for staff and residents as a result of their initial training. This is supplemented by a follow-up on IT activities in the 18 months after the introduction period.

Nursing Older People. 28, 5, 31-36. doi: 10.7748/nop.28.5.31.s26


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Conflict of interest

Deidre Wild and Angela Kydd received support to pilot a programme of culture change through an educational grant given to the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) by Orchard Care Homes in 2013. The programme was completed in 2014. The programme relied on online learning, for which care home staff undertook training provided by two IT champions, Thomas Sloan and John Thomson. As the latter were permitted to act independently of their parent company employers in developing their champion roles, their views given in this article are their own as individuals and not as employees. The intellectual property rights are retained by UWS as the funded body

Received: 02 October 2015

Accepted: 04 December 2015