Nationally, we work in 30 NHS trusts reducing staff maths anxiety, improving basic numeracy and removing numeracy as a barrier to career development. Our work has given us an insight into the huge knock-on effects improving numeracy has on staff wellbeing, patient safety and trust-wide efficiency.
The tools and approaches we use in our work across the health and social care sector have been developed through an evidence based and iterative process, ensuring we provide the most effective and efficient service possible. You can find more information about our approach below.
How can you make a difference in your trust?
National Numeracy have developed a unique attitudinal approach to addressing low levels of numeracy within the health and social care sector which focuses on tackling the negative myths and mindsets surrounding numeracy that exist across the UK. By acknowledging, understanding and addressing learner concerns and fears we aim to take people from “I can’t do maths” to “I’ll give it a go”.
Our online learning platform allows the learner to decide what is relevant to them and how they learn best, making our work not only scalable and adaptive, but cost-effective and sustainable too.
For more information about our approach see below:
Numeracy Review - Using our online tool, attitudinal surveys and focus groups we are able to report back data on both the levels of numeracy and attitudes amongst staff.
- Numeracy Campaigns - National Numeracy supports the trust with a communications campaign using our insight into the best ways to engage people.
- Embedding a numeracy module into learning and development programmes – 13 NHS trusts have embedded our numeracy module into the care certificate.
- Training for Trainers – our unique programme is designed to develop Numeracy Champions within the trust who can support learners to overcome attitudinal barriers they may face when engaging with numeracy.
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If you want to keep up to date on best practice in improving numeracy within your organisation sign up to our sector specific monthly newsletter. As well as sharing case studies from our work in health and social care, we provide relevant research summaries, advice on supporting staff in overcoming maths anxiety, informational videos and tips on how to engage your trust.