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General description ofmethodology

Toolkits a General Description

CPD Exercises by Partner Countries

English Toolkit & CPD Exercises

Příručka a vzorové aktivity česky

Priručnik i primjeri aktivnosti KPR-a


Partners from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom, Mater Dei hospital in Malta, Regional Hospital Bati in Czech Republic, Croatian Metrology Society in Croatia and Horvath and Dubecz in Hungary want to engage European laboratory staff in this new initiative where the primary goal is to enhance the quality of provision of locally provided hospital CPD activities. The consortium intend to use the outcomes from the project to establish an EU hospitals CPD providers community of practice network, available to all EU countries, to provide long-term benefits to hospital laboratories and their staff well beyond the life of the project.

This consortium is motivated to instigate a strategic European change to the way in which continuing professional development (CPD) activities are organised at a local level in EU hospital laboratories. CPD is imperative for biomedical scientists to maintain competence to practice thus supporting quality service delivery. Harmonisation of CPD within Europe is needed to underpin mobility of biomedical scientists and to ensure excellence in provision of EU-patient laboratory test results. Presently, CPD courses delivered by recognised VET providers are usually presented within a quality framework but no such framework exists for those CPD activities which are delivered locally by hospital laboratories. EU hospital laboratories play a key part in CPD provision for biomedical scientists and this novel project, is needed in order to reshape, update and transform their function as quality CPD providers. The aim of this Partnership is therefore to share and develop good practice in continuing professional development for biomedical scientists and from this to collaboratively develop an EU-toolkit for delivery of high quality CPD activities provided by European hospital laboratories.

 As locally delivered hospital CPD activities are not currently subject to quality standards, the consortium has recognised that there is a pressing need for this situation to be resolved. Motivation to ameliorate this derives from a requirement for a standardised approach to quality provision including accreditation of locally delivered hospital CPD events. Current disparity and lack of quality is emphasized by CPD systems in different partner countries including; a purely output driven system, a system whereby the same activity is awarded different points by different interview panels in the same country and a more input focussed system. Implementation of a common CPD quality framework is necessary to solve these inconsistencies. A common quality framework, the second section of the toolkit,  including a harmonised accreditation system along with common evaluation of CPD activities will go some way to realising recognition of transferable locally delivered hospital CPD activities for biomedical scientists across the EU.

Reflecting effectively on CPD activities is a key skill that all Biomedical Scientists should possess as reflective practice is known to lead to enhanced competence. However, reflective practice is currently an underused skill with doubts among laboratory scientists around using reflection as part of their CPD stemming from uncertainty, inexperience and lack of confidence (Wilson, 2010). This consortium will address this need by providing EU hospitals with a framework (section 3 of the toolkit) for including CPD activities within their locally delivered CPD events and thus making reflective practice accessible within all CPD events. Guidelines for hospital laboratories (section 4 of the toolkit) on managing and organising quality CPD activities for laboratory staff will complete the toolkit which will be translated into all partner languages. A CPD providers’ network will be an on-going means for an EU-wide Community of Practice for EU-hospital laboratories.

This project addresses the priorities of ET 2020 which recognises ‘that high-quality VET are fundamental to Europe's success’ and that ‘lifelong learning needs to be a priority’. The consortium aims to support the long-term strategic objectives of EU education and training policies by improving the quality of biomedical scientists’ CPD training. Whilst the goal of the project is to develop a common quality framework toolkit for locally delivered hospital pathology CPD activities, the project will be carried out in accordance with Article 149 of the EC Treaty by ‘encouraging co-operation’ and respecting the prohibited ‘harmonisation of the laws and regulations of the Member States’. The project supports the EU Directive 2005/36/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications and the free movement of professionals, with associated future economic success via a more mobile workforce as biomedical scientists are already motivated to practice in different EU countries and are among the top 25 most mobile of the regulated professions. As a mobile profession there is a need for recognition of an individual’s CPD across the EU which will be achieved in part by harmonisation of locally delivered hospital based CPD activities within a common EU quality framework. The accomplishment of this project will dramatically change the way in which CPD is organised, managed and delivered by EU hospital laboratories. Thus competence to practice and EU-citizen patient safety, the heart of the profession is ensured.

A system for ensuring quality provision of locally delivered CPD activities is missing. This project will address that gap. This will be achieved via development of an EU-toolkit including a common European framework to include quality standards and criteria for accreditation and evaluation of locally delivered CPD activities, inclusion of reflective practice and guidelines for European hospital laboratories on managing and organising quality locally delivered CPD opportunities.