» Pathology Point of Care Testing – expressions of interest in a pilot assessment programme

28 October, 2008

UKAS is working with the Department of Health and other bodies such as Skills for Health, the Sector Skills Council for the UK Healthcare sector and e-learning for Health on the feasibility of developing a pathology Point of Care Testing (POCT) accreditation system. This will involve determining the competences that practitioners need in this work, development of learning tools to support the practitioners, finding appropriate ways of measuring these competences and developing an assessment and accreditation framework to underpin the testing itself. This is a new area of work and the details of how the system will operate are not yet decided. It is clear that this will be a learning process for all concerned.

The project steering group would like to trial the assessment system with a range of different types of organisations that are involved in pathology point of care testing. To enable this, we are inviting expressions of interest from organisations that would be willing to participate in a pilot assessment programme, which is likely to start early in 2009. The organisations will be assessed for their POCT work and the results of the programme will be used to inform the work of the project, as part of the learning process. If your organisation would be interested in participating in a pilot assessment programme, please contact UKAS by email to info@ukas.com, marked ‘POCT pilot’, giving brief details of your organisation and its involvement in POCT.

Please review further information about the scheme.