New training website to support Scottish workforce launched

A new online training platform has been launched to support those who work in substance use and related fields.

The new website, launched by Scottish Drugs Forum, enables staff and other stakeholders to access information and book on to training courses that are related to substance use. These include the Scottish Government-funded face-to-face courses on understanding stigma, preventing drug-related deaths, trauma, children affected by parental substance use, and drug and alcohol awareness.

Training sessions are free to attend providing they have been commissioned by local Alcohol and Drug Partnerships.

The website also hosts free-to-access e-learning modules that cover a range of topics such as overdose prevention, bacterial infections, new psychoactive substances and drug awareness basics.

Replacing the previous SDF Workforce Development website, the new platform – – has a number of features that improve the experience for users.

The website is now mobile optimised, meaning  that people can find out what training is on offer in their area and book onto a course through simply using their computer, tablet or even phone!

The new platform also stores information of previously accessed courses, so that training participants can revisit training materials at a later date and access their training and professional development records and download certificates.

Richard Bloodworth, SDF’s Workforce Development Programme Manager, said:

“A trained and motivated workforce is essential to delivering positive outcomes for services and the people who access them. We are therefore delighted to launch our new training website, which will enable staff and other stakeholders to easily access training opportunities related to substance use.

“As well as improving on the aesthetics and accessibility of the previous website, the site also provides users with greater access to materials related to all the training they have attended – such as reading, resources and certificates. This helps people both track and plan their professional development.

“SDF continues to invest in training capacity and delivery, and this launch further realises our vision of a training centre of excellence for substance use and related fields in Scotland.”

Click here to view the new Scottish Drugs Forum training website

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