NHS Lothian : virtual induction process

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Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, your induction experience will involve a shortened virtual programme delivered on-line, which will support you to get started in your role.

You'll find training materials below and e-Learning modules on LearnPro. If you need a LearnPro ID, please contact Education & Employee Development (EED) Enquiries. This will let you access a series of modules on-line.

Telephone: 0131 536 1130 (or internal 61130, option1)
Email: Enquiries.EED@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

We ask that you prioritise which modules and films you need, based on your role, level of experience, prior knowledge and confidence. All content must be completed within the first 12 weeks of employment.

All staff

Fire safety

Everyone working in or reporting to NHS Lothian premises have sufficient knowledge, understanding and awareness of fire risks, to enable them to undertake their duties safely. Video (17 minutes, 16 seconds).

Manual handling for clinical staff

Manual handling practical induction training 

From 1st September 2020 modified practical manual handling induction courses have resumed in NHS Lothian. Please liaise with your line manager and visit our intranet page, Manual Handling. Follow the links for either Patient Handling or Non-Patient Handling staff.

The following videos are for clinical staff to support them to help patients to move more safely.

A description of how to obtain relevant patient mobility information with an emphasis on individual risk assessment by the member of staff. Video (1 minute, 39 seconds).

Please also see the acute care mobility gallery.

The main features of a Huntleigh Contoura bed are highlighted and the appropriate functions are described. Video (4 minutes, 2 seconds).

The patient is unable to assist or has very limited ability to assist the two members of staff who are performing the manoeuvre. Two glide sheets, verbal instructions and co-ordinated movements by staff are required. Video (5 minutes, 20 seconds).

The patient is able to assist the single member of staff who is performing the manoeuvre. One glide sheet and verbal prompting are required for this task. Video (4 minutes, 24 seconds).

Bed to trolley transfer is demonstrated. Two glide sheets are required for this task. Video (1 minute, 48 seconds).

Trolley to bed transfer is demonstrated. Two glide sheets are required for this task. Video (2 minutes, 10 seconds).

Safety checks of the equipment and slings. Using the hoist to transfer the patient from bed to chair is also demonstrated. Video (5 minutes, 51 seconds).

Safety checks of the equipment and slings. Using the hoist to transfer the patient from bed to chair is also demonstrated. Video (5 minutes, 35 seconds)

Safety checks of the equipment and slings. Also includes using the stand aid to transfer the patient from a chair to the bed edge are demonstrated. Video (11 minutes, 19 seconds)

An ‘on the spot’ sit to stand risk assessment is carried out by the member of staff. Assistance from one or two staff members is demonstrated. Video (5 minutes, 43 seconds).

Appropriate holds and supervision with the use of a walking aid are demonstrated. Video (2 minutes, 18 seconds).

Patient assessment and factors to consider to reduce the risk of a patient fall are discussed. Managing a patient who is falling is demonstrated. Video (6 minutes, 17 seconds).

Clinical staff in registered nurse and healthcare support worker roles


This video is an introduction to the Trakcare system as used by ward-based nurses and covers the following topics:

  • bed closure and reopening
  • direct admissions
  • basic electronic ordering of laboratory tests
  • reprinting spoiled labels
  • cancelling an electronic order
  • accessing the nursing risk forms
  • recording a progress note
  • recording a handover note
  • printing the ward handover sheet
  • discharging a patient

Video (21 minutes, 51 seconds).

Registered nurses

Deteriorating patient

Refresh your knowledge of the systematic assessment of deteriorating patients, appropriate documentation and the escalation process. It will also help you to understand the therapeutic measured needed to make a deteriorating patient safe. It also explains the importance of clear communication and documentation. Video (13 minutes, 43 seconds).

Manual handling toolbox talks for non-clinical staff

The following toolbox talks are for non- clinical staff to support them in using a safer handling approach when carrying out work tasks.