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October Newsletter 2014

Welcome to our October newsletter.


We still have a full training programme available on Learning Together. If you still have not registered for LDU Community online please contact and we will be happy to help.






Launch of “SELF REGISTRATION” on LDU Community Online —

Did you know that individuals are now able to register themselves on Learning Together?


Managers no longer need to complete ‘new starter’ forms, then wait for us to send you user names — individuals can now set up their own accounts directly onto the system! It takes seconds to do, and your account is active immediately.


A couple of things to note before your staff do this:

  1. Please make sure the manager of the service, or whoever will be the authorising manager, has an account already – if your staff apply for any courses that require manager approval, they will need to be able to select the correct person to authorise their booking.
  2. An email address is now required for each individual. This can be work or personal – this is by far the most effective way to make use of the full benefits of LDU Community Online – they will receive confirmations of bookings, reminders for courses that they’ve booked onto, and notifications of changes or cancellations of courses.  If individuals don’t have email addresses, it is very quick and easy to create their own, via Yahoo, Google, Hotmail, etc.



Please see attachment for a  ‘How To Guide’ giving easy instructions on how to do this, however, within a week or so, there will be videos on the LDU Community Online ‘login’ page to walk people through the process

As always you can contact LDU Community and we will be happy to help.








Clive Richardson (training co-ordinator) attended the 24th annual Alzheimer’s European Conference in Glasgow this October – the conference theme was Dignity and Autonomy.


There were 300 delegates from 34 countries and speakers presented current and on-going research findings that have a direct impact on care.  Clive is using this information to update our dementia training.  Existing information used has been improved and new hand outs added to support the programme, in particular around social inclusion, participation and communication.  Clive has also registered with the European research support group so that we are kept up to date with new research as it is published.




Some of the LDU Community staff attended the Learning Pool Live conferences in Manchester and London this month.  There were some fantastic speakers and workshops about the nature of learning and skills development in the 21st century, focussing very much on how we as employers can best help our staff learn and develop themselves.


As a result of this, we’ll be developing forums and blogs to accompany many of our programs, which individuals can use to share their experiences and knowledge, and learn from each other.  We’ll also be making use of the ‘virtual classroom’ function we now have – this enables a traditionally classroom-based subject to be taught still in an interactive group method, but using online technologies, negating the need for excess travel, which in our county can be fairly considerable distances.


We will of course let you know more about these as we go, but watch out for more news, blogs, forums, across the site.



Some great news — Alex Poole, Systems Administrator within LDU, was awarded ‘Most Aspiring e-Learning Trainee of the Year 2014’ at the Learning Pool conference we attended in London.  This is a national award which is in recognition of all the great work that Alex has undertaken whilst working within LDU Community both as an apprentice and now as an employee.


We are all very proud of this achievement – Well done Alex!








We are holding an event on the new care certificate at Choppington on 7th November 2014.  If you have not already booked your place and wish to attend, please contact LDU Community on 01670 629033

Or email






A date for your diaries…… our 2015 annual conference, which has been such a success over previous years, will be held on 5th March 2015, we’re still in the midst of planning this event, so we’ll send you more information as we have it, but get in your diaries now, so you can book your place as soon as we issue confirmations!



COURSES – Online and Classroom


Did you know we have a number of E Learning packages available on Learning Together? The following are available to access now.


Introduction to Manual Handling objects

Information Security & Governance

Fire Safety Awareness

Food Safety Level 2

Equality & Diversity

Nutrition Awareness

Person Centred Planning Awareness

Dementia Awareness

Epilepsy Awareness

End of Life


We’re constantly developing new programs – if your service needs anything specific that’s not currently offered, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.   Modules coming soon are Health & Safety at Work, and Infection Prevention and Control – as soon as these are published, we’ll let you know


There are face to face courses available over the next couple of months with places available:



Assessment and treatment of incontinence

Continence (Promotion)

Safeguarding Awareness 

SA Level 2



DecemberSA Level 2SA Investigation Skills

SA Awareness Values and Attitudes

Bowel Management

Emergency 1st Aid

Lone Working

Hate Crime Awareness for practitioners


To apply for any of the above courses, please right click on the link then select “open hyperlink”

If you don’t have your log in details and would like to apply, please contact LDU Community on 01670 629033 or email and we’ll be happy to help.