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Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

NHSGGC Core Skills Support - Numeracy & Literacy

Core Skills training gives NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde staff the chance to brush up on core writing, reading, number and computing skills used every day. The service is free and confidential.  You can get help one-to-one or in a group. You may be referred by your line manager.

  Benefits of workplace learning – everyone benefits from more confident and capable staff!

  • Improves staff performance, morale, adjustment to change and redeployment
  • Everyone has access to a PDP. Staff are more motivated, confident, more able 
  • The NHS is more productive, more efficient, less wasteful and safer due to more accurate communication, paperwork, calculations
  • Quality assurance & performance, improved client relations, staff retention


Examples of skills staff have chosen to work on:



notes, letters, forms, memos, emails, newspaper & magazine articles, books

work instructions, policies, invoices & orders, job training information, payslip

timesheets, rotas, charts, tables, directions, timetables


Spelling and Writing

writing notes, letters, emails, spelling, punctuation, grammar, using tenses 

taking phone messages, organising your ideas, proof reading, filling in forms, charts, rotas, timesheets

accident reports, updating files & records, support workers competency portfolio


Numbers and Calculations

IV drug calculations, clinical & non-clinical calculations 

+  ÷  −  x   % decimal points, fractions

understanding and checking your payslip

using the 12 & 24 hour clocks, calculating time

measuring, filling in charts and tables

money – paying by cash & checking your change

understanding & paying bills, writing cheques

understanding timetables for public transport & planning journeys

fluid balance charts, height & weight conversions

unit conversions (g to mg)


Need more info or want to get started? Contact:

[email protected]



Last Updated: 25 February 2019