Seven minute briefings are based on research which suggests that seven minutes is an ideal time span in which to concentrate and learn. The technique is widely used in other professions.
Learning for seven minutes is manageable in most settings and learning is more memorable if it is simple and not clouded by other issues and pressures.
Increasing pressure on services and organisations can make it challenging to release staff to attend formal training events. However, the need to keep learning and developing in order to maintain a skilled workforce means that these short, safeguarding snapshots can be a helpful way to support team learning.
Clearly such short briefings will not have all the answers, but it is hoped that they will act as a catalyst to help teams and their managers to discuss and reflect on their practice and systems.