The Train the Trainer course is a new blended learning programme from the Maguire Communication Skills Training Unit at The Christie. It’s designed for trainers and educators in health care who are looking to deliver advanced communication and other soft skills training.

If you’re thinking of signing up to the Maguire Train the Trainer course but you want to know a bit more about it, you can read more about the benefits here.

How the Train the Trainer course can help with communication skills training

Our new Train the Trainer course is run by the Maguire Communication Skills Training Unit, a team of specialist trainers in The School of Oncology at The Christie NHS Trust in Manchester. At the Maguire, we have been teaching people to facilitate communication skills training since the 1990s.

With our Train the Trainer course, we’re using experiential teaching methods to give you the skills to deliver soft skills training. We know the challenges and awkwardness you can face when you’re delivering soft skills training to experienced professionals. With our evidence-based methods, we’ll explain how you can overcome this using adult, professional learning.

We’ll also cover what you need to consider when you’re designing and delivering a communication skills training course. We’ll take you through setting up and managing role play in communication courses, and how you can work through group dynamic issues.

Through our online sessions, we’ll cover a range of different themes on communication and soft skills training. We’ll discuss the presentations, provide time for reading and reflective activities and everyone will get to deliver a microteach session on a chosen theme or topic.

With our Train the Trainer course, you’ll have the opportunity to observe the first day of a 2-day advanced communications skills training course facilitated by a Maguire trainer via Zoom. This isn’t mandatory but will give you a gold-standard real-world demonstration of how to deliver communication skills training.

What’s more, on our online Train the Trainer course, you’ll get access to the Maguire Handbook, a comprehensive guide to evidence-based communication skills and strategies with a foundation in communication skills research. We’ll also give you a Maguire Train the Trainer Manual with sample course programmes, course content advice and guides to experiential teaching methods.

Who is the Train the Trainer course for?

Our Train the Trainer course is only suitable for you if you are already an experienced trainer or educator. This must also be a significant part of your day-to-day role.

You’ll also need to have been on an advanced communication skills training course in the last 5 years or have an equivalent qualification (for example a master’s module or counselling qualification). 

Lastly, you’ll need to have a professional background in health or social care – so if you’re already working in the NHS or community care sector, the Train the Trainer course could help you gain the skills you need to deliver advanced communication courses. 

To sign up for any of our courses, including Train the Trainer, visit our Maguire portfolio of courses page.