Supporting staff to improve their numeracy skills

National Numeracy

31 / 3 / 2015 8.18am

Employers tell us that numeracy skills are a particular challenge for healthcare support workers. National Numeracy is an organisation working across the UK to support adults to improve their numeracy skills.

The National Numeracy Challenge aims to show millions of people that they can do something to improve their everyday maths skills, and give them the help they need to succeed.

The 2011 Skills for Life survey conducted by the UK Government found that almost half of working age adults in England have significant difficulties with maths. They may struggle to make much sense of food labels or household bills, check their pay slips, work out best buys, or read train timetables.

Good numeracy skills are essential in many aspects of care, whether it’s helping patients monitor ongoing conditions, assisting them with their medications and dietary requirements, or making sure they get to appointments on time.

Functional everyday maths skills are a vital aspect of the new Care Certificate, and having the confidence and competence to use numbers to make decisions in everyday life will improve not only the professional performance, but the personal lives of healthcare workers.

The National Numeracy Challenge Online can support your staff to improve their numeracy skills and confidence. It is a confidential, friendly, easy to use interactive website, designed to assess and improve users' everyday maths skills in manageable steps, while building their self-confidence along the way. The Challenge Online will set achievable targets, provide users with the best available online learning resources to help them improve, and it will monitor their progress. 

Find out more about the Challenge Online and how your staff can take the check-up on the National Numeracy website.

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