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This learning site summarises the key trauma training resources from the National Trauma Training Programme that are openly available to support all members of the Scottish workforce.

Welcome to the Introduction to the National Trauma Training Programme

The key trauma training resources from the National Trauma Training Programme are openly available to support all members of the Scottish workforce to meet the vision of:

“A trauma informed and responsive nation and workforce, that is capable of recognising where people are affected by trauma and adversity, that is able to respond in ways that prevent further harm and support recovery, and can address inequalities and improve life chances.”

Trauma is ‘everyone’s business’ and every member of the Scottish Workforce has a role to play in understanding and responding to people affected by trauma. This doesn’t mean that everyone needs to be a trauma expert —we know that different expertise and skills are required to support people’s recovery — but it does mean that all workers, in the context of their own role and work remit, have a unique and essential trauma informed role to play in responding to people who are affected by trauma.

Knowledge and Skills Framework & Training Plan

Transforming psychological trauma : a knowledge and skills framework for the Scottish workforce

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) was commissioned to develop ‘Transforming Psychological Trauma: A Knowledge and Skills Framework for the Scottish Workforce' as part of  the Scottish Government's commitment to developing a National Trauma Training Strategy as outlined in the Survivor Scotland Strategic Outcomes and Priorities (2015–2017) publication.

The Scottish psychological trauma training plan

This Trauma Training Plan has been co-produced with employers and experts with lived experience.  It is a companion document to the Knowledge and Skills Framework, offering organisations guidance on how to assess skills level requirements of staff and commission appropriate training resources.  I encourage you to read this Plan, in conjunction with the Framework, and carefully consider how you can help promote and implement a trauma informed culture and practice wherever you work.  Everyone has a role to play in making improvements in the service we provide for survivors of trauma and abuse.  Small changes in the way we interact with and treat others, showing empathy and understanding, can make a huge difference to people’s lives.

Learning Resources

All members of the workforce, whether paid or unpaid.

Workers who are likely to be coming into contact with people who may have been affected by trauma

Workers who have a specific remit to respond to people know to be affected by trauma AND are required to provide advocacy support or interventions OR are required to adapt the way they work to take into account trauma reactions to do their job well and reduce risk of re-traumatisation.

Workers who have a specific remit to provide specialist interventions or therapies for people known to be affected by trauma with complex needs