6S Productivity Suite

Producer: Virtual College Ltd

Duration: 7 hours.
This product is an online product and is a single-user, 1-year licence.
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CPD Certified - on average contributes 2 hours towards your CPD.

6S is a workplace organisation productivity tool that lays the foundations for Lean activities. Borne under the umbrella of Lean 6S is an essential tool in the Lean toolkit. Each 'S' focuses on ensuring that the workplace is organised into a highly efficient and effective area. Designed to support the relentless pursuit to identify and systematically eliminate waste, effective 6S implementation can reduce, and perhaps even eliminate, time wasted looking for things by better organisation and highlight missing pieces of vital equipment e.g. medical apparatus, files and folders. The course looks at each of the 6S's in turn, offering examples of how it can be used in practice. Implementing 6S will increase efficiency, boost morale and significantly improve the safety of your work environment.

The tremendous benefits of this methodology have been documented in countless industries demonstrating its applicability what ever you might be doing and go beyond 'a good tidy up'! This particular 6S course is grown out of pioneering work done in Acute Trusts but is equally applicable to the whole health economy including:

- PCTs
- Mental Health Trusts and Community Hospitals

While primarily set in a healthcare setting, the process is equally applicable in any office environment. The importance of a well organised and maintained working environment is demonstrated in this 6S course. It includes the principles and benefits of implementing 6S and covers everything you need to get started, from an introduction to 6S to implementing and sustaining systems.

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines

This course is aimed at employees within a healthcare setting of any size wishing to improve productivity. The course is set in a healthcare setting - but could equally be adopted in any work environment.

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

This product allows the student to print a certificate from the course on sucessful completion.

The recommended settings to run this course are:

- Minimum Internet Explorer 6/Netscape Navigator 7
- Flash enabled – Minimum V6
- Popup windows enabled
- Minimum Windows 2000 Operating System
- Silverlight may also need to be installed for some courses
- Most ECDL courses will require a download of the ActivX component from within the course


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This course covers the following topics:

- 6S Overview
- The first S - Sort: sorting or clearing out unwanted or unneeded items from the work place
- The second S - Set in Order: establishing a place for everything and everything in its place
- The third S - Shine: cleaning up your work environment
- The fourth S - Standardise: setting up systems to maintain and monitor continuance of best practice from the first 3 Ss
- The fifth S - Sustain: ensuring you maintain practices requires discipline, discover some simple tools that will make 6S a habit for all within your organisation
- The sixth S - Safety: eliminating hazards and building safety into everything you do
- The PDCA cycle assisting 6S implementation


6S is a great way to involve everyone in improving their own work setting. The principle behind 6S is one of continuous improvement, looking at how each task is carried out and continually seeking to improve efficiency and quality - ensuring a consistently higher quality of service or product.

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