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Train the Trainers' Toolkit Helping others to facilitate learning in the workplace: A Practical Guide

Who is this toolkit for?

This toolkit is for experienced trainers/facilitators, with expert knowledge and skills in delivering work based learning. Ideally you should have qualifications and experience in health and social care education, for example, those with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, professionals who work in Continuing Practice and Professional Development departments or as Practice Educators, GP Trainers or Learning and Development practioners. 

Please note this is not an online learning module but a toolkit of resources for use by those supporting learning in the workplace.

What is this toolkit for? 

This toolkit provides experience trainers/facilitators with teaching materials, resources and practical guidance to deliver a learning programme to health and social care professionals and service users or carers who facilitate learning in the workplace as part of their remit.

How to use this toolkit

The toolkit is intended to be a flexible resource. You can use sections of the toolkit to support existing learning programmes or activities which you currently deliver, or plan specific programmes depending on local or individual needs. The content is broken down into eight units:

Unit title

  1. Inter-professional and adult learning 
  2. Teaching and learning styles
  3. Teaching a practical skill
  4. Giving feedback 
  5. Effective group work
  6. Writing aims and learning outcomes, and planning a learning session
  7. Managing group behaviours
  8. How to evaluate

Each unit has an aim, learning outcomes, suggested pre-unit preparation, and session plans with activities and delivery times, powerpoint presentations, handouts and references with links to supporting material. You can deliver the units as separate sessions or combine them into two one-day workshops or four half day workshops.

Who are your target audience?

Those involved in facilitating learning as part of their role in the workplace, who require to develop their knowledge and skills in delivery education and training. This can include those who work within health and other sectors (voluntary social care etc.) For example:

  • GPs
  • Dentists
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Nurses and Midwifes
  • Hospital Specialists
  • Pharmacists
  • Knowledge Services Staff
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Business and Administrative Staff
  • Healthcare Chaplins
  • Support Workers
  • Service users and carers
  • Healthcare Scientists
  • Paramedics
  • Social Workers

Impact on practice 


"I will now think about the aims, learning outcomes, and how to evaluate at the beginning of planning"

"Everyone developing and delivering training should come to this"

 "Valuable introuction to teaching and learning"


"The AHP Dementia Consultant and I decided to use Train the Trainer resource as part of the Dementia Skilled training programme. The reason for this was staff often didn't feel they had the relevant skills in terms of facilitating the learning experience. The programme was adapted to also cover the dementia specific information too. The sessions received positive anecdotal feedback, with staff reporting that they had gained many gemeric transferable skills they could take back to the workplace, and found the managing group session particulary helpful."

(Gail Nash, AHP Practice Education Lead, NES)

"The NES Toolkit provided an excellent resource to plan and deliver a local programme supporting healthcare practitioners currently involved in facilitating education and learning in practice. We thoroughly enjoy delivering the programme and evaluations have shown that particpants have been able to confidently apply their learning to enhance the quality of their teaching practice." 

(Anna Buckby and Anne Moffat, Nursing & Midwifery Practice Educators, NES)



Use of NES's intellectual property

NHS Education for Scotland 2017. You can copy or reproduce the information in this document for use within NHSScotland and for non-commerical educational purposes. Use of this document for commercial purposes is permitted only with the written permission of NES. 

In addition Health and Social care organisations are permitted to make minor modifications to meet local needs with NES's written authorisation.  Such modifications should not include changes to title and NES branding in both the toolkit & Powerpoint slides.