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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.

Topics include

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

The course comprises of six modules (two weeks study each) 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

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.  The IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice (CEP) in Training is assessed through two assessment pieces and an online examination:

  • Your first assessment piece should critically capture how the discussion forums have assisted your learning during the course 
  • Your second assessment piece should show what you will change in your own practice as a result of doing this course and the steps you would take to do so
  • The online examination lasts 90 minutes with 42 questions in total composed of 36 multiple-choice and six short answer questions covering all course modules.

POCT course dates

The course dates for 2020 are:

Applications for 2020 open W/C 4 November 2019
Closing date for applications 6 December 2019
Log-in details available First week of January 2020
Introductory Module 6 January
Module 1 17 January
Module 2 31 January
Module 3 14 February
One week break 28 February
Deadline for submission of first assessment piece  5 March
Module 4 6 March
Module 5 20 March
Module 6 3 April
Finish 17 April
Examination 7 May
Exam Result Notification 28 May
Examination (Re-sits) 4 June
Deadline for submission of second assessment piece   5 June
Results Released 30 June
Certificates Sent Out W/C 6 July

You will be award an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice in Training on successful completion of the course

How to apply for POCT

You will need to submit to the IBMS Examinations Team:

You can also submit a copy of your application and payment by post to Examinations, IBMS, 12 Coldbath Square, London, EC1R 5HL.

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.

Please note that places are limited to 60 candidates and that candidates will only be allowed to undertake one of the four distance learning courses at a time.

POCT resources

You can find articles and online resources to support you in completing an IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice in POCT in our Resources section

 

POCT deferrals, withdrawals and mitigating circumstances

If you wish to defer, withdraw or highlight any mitigating circumstances please contact examinations@ibms.org as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the IBMS Certificate of Expert Practice in POCT please contact examinations@ibms.org