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CONGRESS 2023 - Quality issues and accreditation for andrology services

26/09/2023
Quality issues and accreditation for andrology services

CONGRESS 2023 - Returning to practice – everything you need to know

28/09/2023
This presentation will explain the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) return to practice process and the support offered by NHS England’s National Return to Practice programme to return skilled professionals back into the NHS workforce.

This presentation will cover the below content:

HCPC requirements to return to the register
Routes to returning to the HCPC register
NHS England’s Return to Practice programme support to returners and organisations and systems
Returner registration on the NHS England Return to Practice programme
Considerations for organisations wanting to support a returner to practice.

CONGRESS 2023 - Review of malaria rapid tests

26/09/2023
Rapid antigen tests for malaria have been in routine use in UK haematology labs for many years now. However, interpretation of their results, especially in light of the accompanying blood film findings can still prove to be confusing.

The advantages and limitations of these tests will be explored and explained.

CONGRESS 2023 - Shared training – the Scottish Training Academy to Registration Portfolio training

27/09/2023
Shared training – the Scottish Training Academy to Registration Portfolio training

CONGRESS 2023 - The Blood Film to the Rescue

26/09/2023
Despite major advances in investigating haematological abnormalities, the blood film can still be crucial in diagnosis and patient management. The first major role is the validation of an abnormal blood count and, when it is found to be invalid, finding an explanation for factitious results. Factitiously low platelet counts and factitiously high MCVs are well recognized examples.

When the count is found to be valid, an explanation might be revealed. A blood film may indicate a likely diagnosis within minutes; this can be of vital importance as in acute promyelocytic leukaemia, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, Burkitt lymphoma and certain infections. Sometimes the blood film suggests an uncommon or rare condition the diagnosis of which is important but would otherwise be delayed or elusive.

CONGRESS 2023 - The effects of long COVID on coagulopathy

27/09/2023
The effects of long COVID on coagulopathy

CONGRESS 2023 - The new Certificate of Expert Practice in Laboratory IT and Clinical Informatics

26/09/2023
The new Certificate of Expert Practice in Laboratory IT and Clinical Informatics

CONGRESS 2023 - The new electronic Registration Training Portfolio - a “get ready” guide for all users

27/09/2023
This talk is designed to be a “get ready” session where we introduce the ePortfolio system and present a high-level overview of the extensive features that Onefile offers, whilst simultaneously streamlining administration and reducing repetition. This will form an essential training and familiarisation opportunity for both trainers and trainees.

Digital tools are revolutionising the way researchers, clinicians, and educators manage and showcase their qualifications and career milestones. The IBMS are excited to be part of that revolution by launching version 5 of our Registration Training Portfolio on Onefile, a leading ePortfolio platform. The transition to a digital-only solution hosted by Onefile will redefine how students, apprentices and laboratory-based staff complete this integral part of their journey to HCPC registration as biomedical scientists.

Onefile offers a multifaceted approach to collating, managing and auditing a portfolio of evidence; simultaneously providing a robust and efficient process for training officers and managers to support and supervise the journey of their trainees from enrolment, portfolio completion and finally to successful verification.

Rather than providing a demonstration of Onefile per se, this talk will allow delegates to see how the platform can be easily embedded into their existing training structure. We will suggest a delivery workflow so users can maximise the features and benefits of Onefile and we will outline a roadmap of user training, plus other support to facilitate the transition to Onefile in their laboratories and / or universities over the coming months.

This talk will be informative for anyone who is involved in or responsible for pre-registration laboratory training, in particular portfolio candidates, training officers, laboratory managers and university placement tutors.

Additional talks focusing on specific elements of Onefile are scheduled for the free seminar programme on Thursday. These talks will specifically consider Onefile from the perspective of trainees and trainers (11.00am, Hall: 4), and training officers/laboratory managers/portfolio verifiers (2.30pm, Hall: 4).

CONGRESS 2023 - The new electronic Registration Training Portfolio - a “get ready” guide for trainers and verifiers

28/09/2023
A robust approach to Registration Training Portfolio verification is crucial to maintaining the high standards of confidence in the reputation of HCPC-registered biomedical scientists. The transition to a digital-only Registration Training Portfolio using the ePortfolio platform Onefile will provide a more streamlined approach to portfolio verification allowing verifiers to focus on what matters most… the assessment of a trainee’s competence.

This talk (the last of three) will demonstrate how verifiers can use Onefile to verify the evidence provided by the trainee and approved by their training officer or manager, using a number of tools to track evidence against the HCPC Standards of Proficiency. Onefile’s ePortfolio allows verifiers to gain a holistic view of the trainee’s understanding, enabling verifiers to scaffold the discussion during the verification visit and laboratory tour. We will see how Onefile provides a comprehensive system to arrange the verification visit (either virtually or in person), complete the verification report, and manage the final sign-off of the verified portfolio. Onefile’s inbuilt audit trail minimises the administration associated with portfolio verification, and we will show how this can be used to help improve the quality of education and training in the workplace.

We suggest that this talk will be most informative to post-registration staff involved in overseeing training, such as training officers/managers and verifiers.

Additional talks focusing on other elements of Onefile are scheduled for the lunchtime programme on Wednesday (Hall: 11) and the morning subsidiary programme on Thursday (Hall: 4).

CONGRESS 2023 - The new electronic Registration Training Portfolio - a get ready guide for trainees and trainers

28/09/2023
The transition to a digital-only Registration Training Portfolio using the ePortfolio platform Onefile, will redefine students, apprentices and laboratory-based staff complete this integral part of their journey to HCPC registration as biomedical scientists and represents an up-to-date approach to education and training.

This talk (the second of three) will demonstrate how Onefile can be used by trainees and trainers to provide an enhanced training experience over traditional paper-based portfolios. We will delve into the use of Onefile to create and upload evidence; set tasks and monitor deadlines; organise meetings and track progress against the HCPC Standards of Proficiency; identify training gaps and create workflows to sign-off each module in the portfolio. We will see how Onefile provides a comprehensive audit trail with minimal user input and how this can be used to help ensure quality education and training in the workplace.

We suggest that this talk will be informative to trainees undertaking version 5.0 of the Registration Training Portfolio, as well as delegates in roles that support trainees, such as training officers/managers and university placement tutors.

Additional talks focusing on other elements of Onefile are scheduled for the lunchtime programme on Wednesday (Hall: 11) and the afternoon subsidiary programme on Thursday (Hall: 4).