eCom Scotland Takes the Lead in Creating a Carbon Neutral Business World

 The digital learning and assessment specialist, eCom Scotland, has become an active, enthusiastic supporter of Pawprint, the employee engagement app which aims to improve the environment by engaging and encouraging workers to be more “eco-thoughtful.”

“We’re convinced that the Pawprint app’s combination of behavioural science with a fun, engaging approach encourages carbon-reducing habits that stick – and, so, empowers workers to fight climate change at work, home and beyond,” commented eCom’s Managing Director, Wendy Edie.

“We, along with every other organisation, know that we must change the way we function so we can operate efficiently, effectively and in line with legislation and compliance regulations relating to introducing and maintaining a carbon neutral lifestyle and way of working,” she added.

“So, we’re taking steps now to ensure eCom thrives in the new carbon neutral business world – as well as show we care about preventing global warming along with future-proofing our business. One of those steps includes introducing the entire eCom team to Pawprint and encouraging them to use it to reduce their carbon footprint.”

Inspired by its own increasing contribution to producing a carbon neutral business world and keen to help others do this for themselves, eCom has developed a “green portal” – a demonstration site containing no-cost access, on a trial basis, to a curated list of 20 eLearning courses from top publishers. eCom hopes that accessing these courses will inspire users to develop sustainable green practices at work and kickstart the activities needed to create a greener and healthier future.

Topical themes for this curated solution include Sustainability Strategies, Workplace Sustainability, Environmental Awareness, and Social Sustainability & Equity. These eLearning programs are available, on request, via the “Resources” section of the eCom website, under the heading “create a greener and healthier workplace.”

When it comes to measuring and monitoring progress towards becoming carbon neutral, eCom’s Wendy Edie commented, “At eCom, we’re finding that Pawprint’s science-based carbon footprint calculator gives its users a number to work from. In a practical way, this supports our team to live a low carbon lifestyle – and enables us to nurture sustainability in the workplace.”

While Wendy agrees that calculating carbon footprints are inherently inaccurate, not least because of the many – sometimes intangible – variables involved, she points out there are scientifically robust methodologies and frameworks which produce “good enough” numbers. The data behind the Pawprint app has been validated by Professor Mike Berners-Lee, the researcher and writer on carbon footprints and the author of such books as “How Bad Are Bananas?” and “There’s No Planet B.”

Pawprint users are given carbon footprint calculators for home and for work. Their subsequent actions are celebrated for even the smallest planet-friendly action – and users are encouraged to turn these actions into habits to secure a sustained carbon saving. Moreover, in addition to users’ actions towards reducing carbon usage – both individually and collectively – being rewarded, Pawprint provides collective improvement reports, so that organisations can prove their commitment to reducing global warming.

About Pawprint

Pawprint is an employee engagement tool which harnesses the employees’ existing energy to fight climate change and channels it towards their organisation’s climate targets.

About eCom

eCom creates innovative learning solutions – aimed at increasing learning engagement and driving productivity – to help organisations achieve their goals. With offices in Dunfermline, Scotland, and Athens, Georgia, in the USA, but with customers from around the world, eCom focuses on the delivery, tracking and reporting of workforce learning and development through innovative technologies. Its products and services address a range of workforce management, development and training challenges, including eLearning, online assessment, blended learning, competency management and accreditation.

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eCom Scotland Offers Help to the UK’s Training-Starved Pharmacies

 The digital learning and assessment specialist, eCom Scotland, is offering help to the UK’s 12,000 or so retail pharmacies, in particular, to help meet pharmacists’ need for education and training on digital technologies. This need was revealed via recent surveys of early career pharmacy professionals, including students, with most respondents (87.3%) saying that they lacked education and training in the area of clinical informatics.

Allan Maclean, eCom Scotland’s Marketing Manager, commented, “Other surveys of this sector – including those by the pharmacy regulator – have revealed heightened anxiety and stress levels among pharmacists due to increased workloads patient aggression and financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, both the health service and community pharmacy owners should strive to create environments that facilitate an atmosphere of belonging and promote the discussion of stressful issues.

“Education and training will contribute to reducing pharmacists’ stress levels,” he added. “In particular, eCom can help address a lack of digital technologies training, along with helping to address staff resistance to behavioural and cultural change in adopting and implementing digital solutions.

“Furthermore, all pharmacy personnel should understand how their role contributes to person-centred care and effective collaboration with patients, members of the wider pharmacy or healthcare team, and the public.

“eCom designs and provides digital learning solutions to help people in this sector respect diversity and cultural differences, promoting the principles of equality, diversity and fairness. Importantly, these learning materials – made accessible via a learning management system, such as eNetLearn – helps people keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date,” said Allan.

“When it comes to addressing pharmacists’ mental health and wellbeing, eCom can help ensure the delivery of the highest quality learning materials to support these issues. We’re happy to make these resources available to pharmacists so that these materials can be embedded into pharmacist training.

“Our track record is impressive,” he continued, “eCom has some 25 years’ experience of working with UK organisations in many industries, including the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, and our learning solutions have now helped over 1m people in organisations throughout 190 countries.”

eCom is Cyber Essentials Plus certified and its suite of digital learning and assessment products is available via G-Cloud 12 – the UK Government’s framework for cloud-delivered ICT goods and services on the Digital Marketplace. Moreover, eCom was one of the first signatories to the new Customer Excellence Pledge, which aims to identify learning system vendors that promise to provide elite customer service and support.

eCom creates innovative learning solutions – aimed at increasing learning engagement and driving productivity – to help organisations achieve their goals. With offices in Dunfermline, Scotland, and Athens, Georgia, in the USA, but with customers from around the world, eCom focuses on the delivery, tracking and reporting of workforce learning and development through innovative technologies. Its products and services address a range of workforce management, development and training challenges, including eLearning, online assessment, blended learning, competency management and accreditation.

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Allan MacLean

00 44 1383 630032

www.ecomscotland.com/

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eCom Scotland Represented at This Year’s NHS Scotland Event

The digital learning and assessment specialist, eCom Scotland, is among the exhibitors accompanying Scotland’s leading event for healthcare professionals: The NHS Scotland Event 2021, which is being held, virtually, from 22nd to 24th June.

Scheduled to attract over 2,000 health and social care leaders, key decision makers and frontline staff from across NHS Scotland and its partners, the event offers an opportunity to listen, learn and participate in crucial dialogue about the future of health and care in Scotland. In particular, it provides a showcase for the best examples of health and social care services from the public, commercial, voluntary, academic and scientific communities.

Speakers at the event include the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf; the National Clinical Director, Jason Leitch, as well as the Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, Kevin Stewart. Wendy Edie, eCom Scotland’s Managing Director, commented, “In the past year, NHS Scotland and its partners across health and social care have risen impressively to the challenge of dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“I’m sure Scotland’s healthcare professionals face significant challenges going forward – notably overcoming the health inequalities in Scotland highlighted by the pandemic. Nonetheless, taking up NHS Scotland’s mantra of ‘Re-mobilise, Recover and Re-design,’ there should now be opportunities to capitalise on the gains made in ways of working, prioritisation and collaboration, with the roll-out of new techniques, technology and clinically safe but faster pathways to care for patients.

“Now is the time to grasp change: communicate, innovate, lead and collaborate,” said Wendy. “That’s why eCom Scotland is keen be one of only a couple of dozen exhibitors at this event, which attracts delegates from the different health professions within NHS Boards, Health and Social Care Partnerships and the Third Sector, as well as those in senior management positions with control of budgets at local level.

“In particular, we’re keen to showcase a number of our eLearning programs which are in use within the healthcare sector,” Wendy added.

“Moreover, our customers in this sector – built up over the last 25 years – continue to tell us that these programs are highly cost-effective; they produce engaged and motivated learners; they contribute to continual performance improvement, and they provide excellent value-for-money for all stakeholders. With this level of support from these online learning materials, Scotland’s healthcare could be well placed to meet its current and future challenges efficiently and cost-effectively.”

eCom creates innovative learning solutions – aimed at increasing learning engagement and driving productivity – to help organisations achieve their goals. With offices in Dunfermline, Scotland, and Athens, Georgia, in the USA, but with customers from around the world, eCom focuses on the delivery, tracking and reporting of workforce learning and development through innovative technologies. Its products and services address a range of workforce management, development and training challenges, including eLearning, online assessment, blended learning, competency management and accreditation.