information training for the NHS
A case study approach to learning the basics of Microsoft Excel you need to do your job
A one-day course aimed at NHS managers and clinicians. Minimal previous knowledge of Excel required: you probably already use Excel to view spreadsheets but haven't explored it any further.
Who is it aimed at?
Absolute Excel is aimed at information managers and clinicians who have only a very rudimentary knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
Aims and Objectives
We aim to teach you how to use Excel for more than just viewing spreadsheets and carrying out simple calculations, but how to perform analytical tasks which may come up in day-to-day work.
Prior knowledge required
Minimal prior knowledge of Excel is needed for this course.
What material does the course cover?
The course takes a 'case-study' approach, using data from real-life NHS situations to make it easier for you to apply what you have learned. The day is split up into four sessions, each tackling a different case-study:
CASE STUDY ONE
"What If?" scenarios for outpatient services
CASE STUDY TWO
Will there be beds for me and all who seek?
CASE STUDY THREE
A&E and the four-hour target
CASE STUDY FOUR
Hospital length of stay under the microscope
What facilities are needed to run the course?
You need either an IT training room with enough PCs for each participant or a meeting room big enough to accommodate the participants with a laptop each. We can bring laptops. Up to eight participants can be accommodated on each course.
How much does the course cost?
To run Absolute Excel as an on-site course for up to eight participants will cost £1,100+VAT. All expenses included.
"The references to real-life situations meant it was easy to see how things learnt on the course could be used at work."
Ramada Hotel, Manchester, April 2009
The usual approach to teaching a software package is to go through its functionality bit by bit, showing how to use each tool and technique. The result is that you learn about the software’s capability but you often don’t see the relevance of what you’ve learnt. It is a syllabus-oriented approach, and its drawback is that you go back to your workplace with no clear idea of how to apply your newly-learned skills.
Absolute Excel addresses this drawback by adopting a task-oriented approach to learning Excel. We select examples of analytical tasks that are often needed in NHS work situations and then we show you how to do them in Excel. In the four sessions of the course we complete four separate case studies.
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