Assistive Technology, Ease of Use and Accessibility
This course is aimed at council staff but may be useful for everyone
Almost everybody can benefit from using some of the tools mentioned in this course.
Assistive technology (AT) is anything that is used maintain, or improve an individual's capabilities.
AT can be computer software: screen readers and communication programs.
It can also be chairs, desks, handgrips or other tools that make life easier or enable someone to complete tasks others may be able to do without it.
A lot of useful AT software is free and is already available to all staff.
The council is committed to ensuring Assistive Technology promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had difficulty accomplishing.
Note: This course cannot presently mark as complete
Accessible Information - Course by e-LfH
The Accessible Information Standard became law in 2016 and this course will help social care and health staff understand their legal duties.
This course is mandatory for all staff in BHCC Health and Adult Social Care.
It will also be of interest to staff who engage with public, including those in the independent and voluntary sector as it considers how to support people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss with information.
The new accessible information guide has been developed by Brighton & Hove City Council to improve our communications with people and help us meet our legal duties under the accessible information standard for health and adult social care services. The standard defines a consistent approach to make sure people with a disability, impairment or sensory loss can access and understand the information they need.
The guidance has been broadened to make it relevant for everyone to use. It includes suggestions to improve the way people communicate face-to-face, on the phone and in writing, as well as advice on producing information in different formats (such as large print, audio, easy read, translations or braille), or providing interpreters and other communications support.
Note: Gateway cannot mark this course as complete or issue a certificate for completion.
Armed Forces Covenant
All customer facing staff should take this course.
This elearning explains the commitment of the Armed Forces Covenant and how it can be honoured and implemented in the community.
It will help you understand and apply the principles of the Covenant at a local level. It also provides sources of further information and support.
Banter in the workplace (Skill Boosters)
Banter is an inevitable part of working life. It can help to build shared bonds of humour but it can also be offensive and discriminatory, leaving people feeling humiliated and excluded and causing serious damage to relations in the workplace.
Combining powerful drama with analysis from legal experts and leading workplace psychologists, 'Banter in the workplace' looks at the effects of jokes and banter and the risks to employers in terms of bullying, harassment and discrimination claims by employees. It sets out the key steps that organisations can take to stop banter from becoming a problem and shows how tackling inappropriate behaviour is a crucial part of building a culture based on respect.
This course will give a better understanding of:
The nature of banter in the workplace
The importance of respect at work
When workplace banter can be unlawful
The risk of discrimination, bullying and harassment claims arising from inappropriate banter
What organisations can do to prevent banter from becoming a problem in the workplace.
Community Voices in Brighton & Hove
Living and Working in Brighton & Hove City Council
Creating Accessible Documents
This elearning from our Orbis Partner, Surrey County Council, is useful for everyone.
This course will give a better understanding of:
Why it is important to create documents that are accessible for all staff, customers, service users and residents
How to use the functions in Microsoft Word to make the documents you create accessible
The correct way to convert your document into a PDF file and retain the accessible formatting
The course applies to documents such as PDFs, Word, Excel etc that are being put online.
Web pages and documents for printing or offline use have similar concerns. While they are not fully covered here many of the same principles apply to them.
This introduction focuses on the issues most frequently encountered and that will provide the greatest benefit if fixed.
The UK has one of the most ethnically and religiously diverse workforces in Europe and our workplaces are increasingly likely to be a mosaic of races, religions, lifestyles and cultures. Being aware and respectful of other cultures is an essential part of living and working in the UK today.
Our cultural background exerts a powerful influence on how we interpret and interact with the world around us. As well as influencing our own behaviour, it also dictates how we interpret the behaviour of other people.
Problems can arise when we use the rules of our own culture to interpret the behaviour of people from another, and can lead us to the wrong conclusions. This course looks at the problems caused by cultural stereotyping and misunderstandings, the benefits of diversity and the importance of treating everyone with respect.
We hope this short series of YouTube videos will help you become more deaf aware. It suggests useful ways of working and communicating with deaf or or hard of hearing people.
Everyone's experience is different so this course should be seen as the start of a journey. It is not meant as a definitive description.
Please suggest any content you think we should include here. We especially welcome feedback from the deaf community.
Dementia Awareness - Course by SCIE
This course covers all aspects of Dementia including:
What it is
Living with it
Diagnosis and sources of help
Common difficulties and how to deal with them
The emotional impact
Note: This course is new and has replaced the previous Dementia course
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard (iHASCO)
Explains what deprivation of liberty means and how it differs from restraint or restriction and looks at the SAFEGUARDS in place to protect people.
This training will give a better understanding of:
the advantages of being disability confident
why we may need to challenge our attitudes to disability
the requirements of the Equality Act 2010
the most appropriate ways to work with disabled colleagues
how to communicate with and serve disabled customers
the types of ‘reasonable adjustments’ that need to be made
the importance of promoting appropriate behaviour
the knowledge and skills necessary to work successfully as part of a diverse team.
Diversity means celebrating difference and affording everyone the same respect and value – regardless of things like age, ethnicity or disability. Developed with leading occupational psychology practice Pearn Kandola, this course looks at the practicalities of managing diversity in the workplace and the benefits that a diverse workforce can bring.
Equality & Diversity (iHASCO)
Explains what equality and diversity in the workplace is all about and how it may affect you and the people around you.
This course is part of the council induction.
Equality Impact Assessment (EIA by Skill Boosters)
This module will help you if you have to complete or use an Equality Impact Assessment (EIA)
EIAs are a valuable tool which helps us to achieve:
Better-informed decision making
Better more inclusive policy development
Clearer understanding of service users’ needs
Better services to meet those needs
More effective targeting of policy and resources
Better results and greater confidence in and satisfaction with our services
This is a recording of the mandatory staff briefing from January 2021. The live briefings have reached over 3000 staff and this recording is for colleagues who cannot access the sessions via Microsoft Teams.
We ask that you give the recording your full attention and the video lasts about an hour.
Once you have viewed the recording in full, please contact Andrew Parfitt in Learning and Development, who will send you a Fair and Inclusive pocket guide, if you would like one.
Dates for future live Teams sessions can be found on Learning Gateway.
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Awareness (GRT)
This course focuses on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities.
By the end of the course you will:
Identify the different Traveller groups
Have a knowledge and understanding of the history and culture of GRT communities
Be aware of historical and current inequalities affecting these groups
Be aware of the Council’s and your own responsibilities towards our GRT community
Impact of micro-behaviours (Skill Boosters)
Micro-behaviours are the tiny things that we say and do that tell those around us about what we're feeling or thinking. We're often not even aware of them happening, but they can have a huge impact on working relationships and team dynamics and are often a key indicator of unconscious bias.
Inclusion means different things to different people and is sometimes confused with added business burdens and positive discrimination. Yet at its heart, inclusion is fundamentally about ensuring that everyone has the same rights and opportunities, regardless of factors such as their ethnicity, age or gender or whether they have a disability. Inclusion enables organisations to source the very best talent, get the most out of a diverse workforce and cater to the needs a varied and dynamic customer base.
Combining thought-provoking drama with insight from leading equality and diversity experts, ‘Inclusion essentials’ provides quick insight into the benefits of inclusion, explains the UK Equality Act and sets out how to identify and respond to discrimination and harassment, providing a one-stop shop for creating a truly inclusive environment for both staff and customers.
Inclusive language and communication (Skill Boosters)
Being able to communicate in an inclusive way is key to getting the very best out of our people and meeting the needs of our clients and customers. This course looks at how the language we use and the way we communicate can serve to reinforce bias and perpetuate stereotypes and examines the role that inclusive communication can play in supporting a working culture where everyone feels able to contribute and achieve their potential.
If we think about diversity as being the ‘mix’, then an inclusive leader is one who is able to actively draw out and use the knowledge, skills and insights of this diverse mix. Inclusive leaders do this by creating an inclusive workplace culture, building inclusive relationships both within their immediate team and beyond, and eliminating the impact of unconscious bias on their decisions.
Produced in partnership with leading business psychology consultancy Pearn Kandola, this ground-breaking training contains up-to-the-minute insights from pioneers in the field of inclusive leadership, combined with original drama demonstrating inclusive leadership in action and tools for developing inclusive leadership skills at all levels of your organisation.
These Lived Experience videos are intended to be useful for everyone.
Women of different ages and backgrounds talk about their experiences going through the menopause and the effects that has had on their work and personal lives.
Menopause at work (Skillboosters)
The menopause can cause a wide range of debilitating symptoms that affect work and relationships, and the low hormone levels resulting from the menopause can also lead to long-term medical issues such as heart disease, diabetes and dementia. With women over 50 being one of the fastest-growing groups in the workforce, organisations are increasingly likely to have employees who are affected by the menopause, and being able to have conversations around treatment, support and adjustments is crucial for ensuring their well-being, engagement and productivity. This course looks at the common symptoms and long-term effects of the menopause and sets out key steps for organisations to take in raising awareness and supporting staff.
Neurodiversity in the Workplace (ADHD, ASC, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Tourettes, Autism)
This course contains useful links on neurodiversity. Because the content is external this course cannot mark as complete on Gateway.
The elearning covers the topics
Neurodiversity in the workplace
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Autism Spectrum Conditions
Racism: The Uncomfortable Truth - by Learning Pool
This series of two modules explores the uncomfortable truths surrounding racial inequality in the workplace. In creating these two modules, we've taken guidance and received vital support from the Centre for Inclusive Leadership, from Learning Pool's Black employees, and from our Black friends and family. We have also used their words and voices to help represent the issues we are discussing. We cannot thank them enough for their input.
The journey towards becoming a better organisation and better people begins with listening and communication, and at Learning Pool we have only started on that journey.
This module, aimed at leaders and managers working in predominantly white or diverse organisations, is our attempt to convince you to take that journey too.
This course is aimed at all staff who either need or should provide Reasonable Adjustments
The council as an employer has a positive and proactive legal duty to take steps to remove, reduce or prevent the obstacles faced by disabled employees or job applicants.
This is the duty to make Reasonable Adjustments.
It can mean removing physical barriers or providing extra support or equipment for a disabled worker.
Most Reasonable Adjustments are simple such as working more flexibly or buying a small piece of equipment and can be immediately agreed by the manager.
This course explains the council's policy and process on Reasonable Adjustments.
Recruiting Virtually Elearning
This course is mandatory for those staff on recruitment panels. It includes the face to face recruitment and selection course content, apart from the interview skills practice session. In addition it also covers virtual interviews now that many more staff are working remotely. Teams may find themselves in a position where recruitment is essential for the team to continue to function, and during these times they still need to recruit.
Supporting Children with English as an Additional Language (EAL)
This Supporting Children with English as an Additional Language in the Early Years elearning module is aimed at EAL Practitioners and those who work with refugee and newly arrived families and children. It may also be informative and useful for all staff who work in schools and in Early Years.
This course explains how to ensure children with English as an Additional Language (EAL) have and make a positive start during their early years.
The elearning module covers;
Bilingualism and multilingualism
What Parents Say
Examples of the experiences and stories of children with EAL
What EMAS does
In addition there are also some useful resources
Supporting trans and non-binary people at work: A guide for managers (Skill Boosters)
Knowing how to support your trans and non-binary staff and create a respectful and safe environment for them is key to promoting their own personal well-being and ensuring that your organisation manages to harness and nurture the very best talent. Using a mix of original drama, personal testimony and legal analysis, together with an in-depth case study featuring leading UK insurance company LV=, this short course provides an essential toolkit for managers in managing and supporting trans and non-binary staff at all levels of an organisation.
Tackling race bias at work (Skill Boosters)
While there has been a significant decline in overt racist behaviours over the past 40 or 50 years, subtle manifestations of racial bias continue to have a negative impact on people from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background. With studies showing that racial bias, prejudice, and discrimination are still a problem in many organisations, inclusive employers are recognising the need to engage with the issue at a grass-roots level to ensure that policies and procedures are fair and transparent and that everyone is able to discuss race in an open and constructive way.
Developed in partnership with Professor Binna Kandola, Senior Partner and co-founder of leading business psychology consultancy Pearn Kandola, this course takes a bold look at the nature of ‘modern racism’ and its influence in the workplace and sets out the crucial roles that leaders, HR departments and Learning and Development teams have to play in tackling it.
The Effective Bystander (Skill Boosters)
As bystanders in our everyday and working lives, we all have a responsibility to take action when we witness bullying, harassment and other inappropriate behaviour. Bystander interventions can take a number of different forms that range from directly confronting the perpetrator about their behaviour to using distraction or interruption and offering support to those on the receiving end. This course looks at some effective bystander intervention strategies and sets out when it might be appropriate and constructive to use them.
The Uncomfortable Conversation - by Learning Pool
This course is useful for everyone.
It's time to talk about racial inequality in the workplace. But where can you start?
This course looks at some techniques for ensuring your conversations about racial inequality are safe, helpful and productive.
Unconscious bias takes an in-depth look at the nature of bias and how it impacts on the workplace. The course provides psychological insights into how our own behaviour might be affected by prejudice and looks at what we can do to reduce or eliminate its influence in the decisions that we make. Suitable for teams of all types, the course has been designed to help people at all levels including operational managers and staff, HR managers and trainers, and senior executives and business leaders.
Produced in partnership with leading UK business psychology consultancy Pearn Kandola LLP, the course contains insightful video content, that includes re-staged psychological experiments, original drama scenarios and expert analysis
Working in a Diverse Community
These resources on diversity should be useful for all staff and residents
In Brighton & Hove we are proud of our many diverse communities.
Even so, there are still issues around discrimination and ignorance.
This course will contain learning from a variety of different communities. This will help inform many and eradicate discrimination and prejudice.