Medical laboratory science registration and competence.
The NZIMLS CPD programme has two components: a compulsory competence sign off, and participation in professional development activities. Competence is the most important component of our CPD programme and it is important that any person signing off the competence of a MLS or MLT hold those competencies themselves. A MLS or MLT will not receive an APC from the MSCNZ if this compulsory competence requirement is not fulfilled.
The MSCNZ has published a Code of Competencies and Standards for the Practice of Medical Laboratory Science (www.mscouncil.ora.nz/assets mlsb/Uploads/Code-ofCompetencies-and-Standards3.pdft with minimum standards outlined for both scientists and technicians. Maintaining high professional standards both ethically and legally are just as important as competence in the analysis and processing of samples, as is the demonstration of safe practice techniques. The ability to communicate, work with colleagues and to recognise the socio-cultural values of others are also components of competency.
Practitioners need to be aware that any activities relating to the competence standards described above are considered to be part of your compulsory competence CPD claim and not part of your professional development component of the CPD programme. Confusion often exists in the differentiation and separation of these competency components so consistency within the CPD categories is paramount. The booklets 'Competence and Professional Development Recertification Programme for Medical Laboratory Scientists' and 'Competence and Professional Recertification Programme for Medical Laboratory Technicians' (http://www.nzimls.ora.nz/cpdproaramme-2010-2012.html/1 should be consulted for clearer details on specific activities, and if doubt still exists then the CPD coordinator should be consulted for advice at email@example.com.
Thus, in New Zealand, the Competency and Professional Development programme leading to registration ensures improved patient safety.
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(2.) Broadbent J, Hewett R, Siebers R. Medical laboratory science registration and competence. Clin Biochem 2015; doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2014.12.025.
(3.) Tozer S. Registration/APC vs NZIMLS/CPD. NZJ Med Lab Sci 2012; 66: 82-83.
Jillian Broadbent, FNZIMLS, CPD Co-ordinator
The New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Science Inc., Rangiora
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
NZJ Med Lab Sci 2015; 69:03
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|Publication:||New Zealand Journal of Medical Laboratory Science|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2015|
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