Point of Care Testing
Develop your knowledge and skills in Point of Care Testing (POCT)
This course is essential for anyone preparing to manage a POCT service managing and also existing POCT managers who feel they would benefit from some supported learning to help them manage an expanding workload and a workforce of largely non-laboratory staff.
The specific challenges related to POCT compliance with accreditation standards along with strategies that can be used to overcome these challenges - POCT requests, handling of POCT results as well as training and competence assessments of individuals performing POCT. Factors to consider when implementing connectivity between POCT instruments and the electronic medical record are also covered.
POCT course content and assessment
After a common introductory module the course comprises of six modules as follows:
• An Introduction to POCT
• Quality and Accreditation in POCT
• Principles of Measurement - Analytical Considerations
• Development of a Service Need
• Connectivity and Data Management in POCT
• Training in POCT
See below for details for the course dates. More information on the learning outcomes for each module can be found here You can access course content through a designated area of the Ulster University's website, which includes candidate email and discussion forums.
CEP Course Information Summary
More information on the Certificate of Expert Practice qualifications including the reflective tasks within the modules, the expectations around participants involvement in the discussions forums and how the qualification is assessed can be found here.
POCT course dates
We will start taking applications for the 2024 in the week commencing 14 August 2023. The course dates for 2024 are stated below. Please note that each module last two weeks apart from the module in which Easter falls, which in 2024 is during module five, that module will last three weeks.
|Applications for 2024 open
|W/C 14 August 2023
|Closing date for applications
|8 December 2023
|Log-in details available
|First week of January 2024
|One week break
|Deadline for submission of first assessment piece
|Exam Result Notification
|Deadline for submission of second assessment piece
|Certificates Sent Out
|W/C 15 July
How to apply for POCT
To undertake this CEP you must have active Licentiate (LIBMS), Member (MIBMS) or Fellow (FIBMS) status of the IBMS at the point of application and you must maintain your membership throughout the duration of the qualification. You have missed the deadline for applications for the 2024 running of this CEP. We will start to take applications for the 2025 running of this CEP in mid-August 2024. When the application window opens to apply you will need to submit via email to the IBMS Examinations Team:
- a completed Certificate of Expert Practice in Point of Care Testing Application Form
- your payment of £770 (for the 2025 intake)
Payment can be made via Purchase Order (which should accompany the completed application form) or by card payment. If you wish to pay by card, you will be contacted for your card payment details once the application form has been received. On the application form you are requested to briefly describe why you are applying to undertake the qualification. Your application will not be accepted or rejected based on what is stated instead this information is being requested simply to enable us to understand your level of experience and the motivation for applying. Candidates are only allowed to undertake one of the distance learning courses at a time.
Grant Funding (Updated for 2024 candidates)
The employers of candidates in England who are undertaking any the distance learning Certificate of Expert Practice (CEP) qualification in 2024 will be eligible for a grant to support the training of the individual. This funding will be £500 per candidate. Claims will not be accepted until the course commences in January 2024. More information on the grant that is available and how and when it can be claimed can be found here.
You can find articles and online resources to support you in completing an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice in POCT in our Resources section