SUPPLIERS GUIDE Point-of-care testing
THE BIOMEDICAL SCIENTIST
CERTIFICATE OF EXPERT PRACTICE IN POINT OF CARE TESTING The new IBMS qualification comprises six modules, each of which runs for two weeks There are two reflective pieces of work required during the course and an exam at the end The course costs £675 and is run in conjunction with Ulster University, which hosts it online The pilot was launched in January 2020 and was limited to 60 places The qualification is aimed at new and aspiring POCT staff. For more information, including course dates and details on how to apply, visit the education section of the IBMS website.
want to see that you know what you are talking about. There are so many different ways that POCT can be delivered and will work.” He added that those who are unsuccessful in seeking accreditation should not worry about their lab accreditation – “think of it as an extension to scope,” he stressed “it has no impact on the accreditation of your lab”.
Resources With such ﬂuidity and uncertainty around POCT, in January this year the IBMS launched a Certiﬁcate of
Expert Practice in Point of Care Testing to support members in developing their training skills and basic knowledge. Lee Peters, Section Manager in Swansea Bay Health Board, who is currently completing a doctorate in POCT education for laboratory staff, outlined the qualiﬁcation and explained the reasons behind it. “There have been calls for a POCT qualiﬁcation for some time, it’s always been bubbling below the surface,” he said. “But because of the scope and the increase in use and demand we thought that a POCT qualiﬁcation was
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required.” See box, above, for more details and information on this qualiﬁcation. Following the 2019 Congress, the IBMS launched its ﬁrst podcast, the IBMS Biopod, which can be used for self-directed learning and a CPD resource. The ﬁrst episode features Dr Sarah Glover and Lee Peters talking about the future of POCT and giving advice for those who want to get involved. To listen to the POCT podcast, which is part of a new monthly series, visit ibms.org/resources/podcast