Free e-learning resource from NHS Health Scotland: British Sign Language (BSL)

The following blog update comes courtesy of the Care Inspectorate’s Newsletter: 


We are pleased to let you know about a new e-learning resource that is free and available to you and your staff.

The new module is relevant for all staff across health, mental health and social care. It aims to develop awareness of the different types of British Sign Language (BSL) and share good practice in communicating with people who use BSL, to improve their experience of services.

The module covers the following key learning outcomes:

    • Recognise the different types of communication support needs.
    • Describe the basics of BSL as a language and the rights of BSL users.
    • Respond appropriately to the communication preference of BSL users.
    • Reflect on ways of improving current practice.

NHS Health Scotland’s Workforce Development team developed the module in partnership with BSL users and colleagues from DeafScotland, Deafblind Scotland, the Care Inspectorate, the Scottish Social Services Council, NHS Education Scotland, NHS Lothian and NHS Forth Valley.

We encourage all care service providers and staff to enrol themselves onto this short and enjoyable module. Follow the link at the bottom of this email to NHS Health Scotland’s Virtual Learning Environment.

Please note, new users will need to create an account and log in before accessing the course. You can create a new account on the following link: https://elearning.healthscotland.com/login/signup.php

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=539

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