Media Release: HC Skills raises standard of patient care


EDUCATION programmes for medical professionals delivered by HC Skills International have been recognised as a National Occupational Standard.

Cogent Skills, who are responsible for setting skills standards on behalf of the UK’s science industry employers, completed the exercise.

HC Skills, who are based in Glasgow, are an approved education centre, delivering a comprehensive range of online and classroom-based externally validated, competence-based qualifications to the healthcare industry and medical profession.

The NOS status has been mapped to the company’s Hospital Theatre Access and Hospital Access  training programmes, which are tailored to employees of medical device companies who are required to be present in clinical areas to provide technical support and expertise to medical teams.

HC Skills director, Diane Irvine, said: “National Occupational Standards have international status and are recognised worldwide, and allow medical device company employees to demonstrate that they’ve reached the required standard of professionalism and technical competence.

“This, in turn, positively impacts on patient safety, as companies will be able to take advantage of externally validated training courses to support their employees who are present in hospital areas.”

Cogent Skills standards manager, Ian Lockhart, added: “It has been a pleasure to work with HC Skills to map their qualifications to National Occupational Standards.

“We support the passion shown by HC Skills to enhance professional activities in the sectors in which they operate and their drive to align their qualification for healthcare and medical device professionals with national legislation and regulations.”

NOS are used as the building blocks for many vocational qualifications and are a competency based tools, which are statements of the skills, knowledge and understanding needed for employees to carry out particular job roles or functions.

Cogent Skills works across the science sector, representing life sciences, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical technology and consumer healthcare.

National Occupational Standards specify UK standards of performance that people are expected to achieve in their work, and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively.

NOS, which are approved by the UK and devolved government regulators, are available for almost every role in every sector in the UK. HC Skills’ Theatre Access and Hospital Access courses – aimed at medical device sales people, clinical educators, product specialists, clinical support staff and NHS staff – are now available via the Cogent Skills website.

The Theatre Access programme is a two-day course that develops the knowledge and skills that hospital management expect of medical device industry personnel entering, assisting and providing verbal/technical input within clinical areas.

It includes practical workshops in an actual theatre environment, risk assessments, practical skills assessment, and it is delivered at venues at Weetwood Hall, Chapel Allerton Hospital in Leeds and Moller Centre, at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

HC Skills, who are based at West of Scotland Science Park in Glasgow, have delivered training programmes to tens of thousands of medical professionals and those working in the medical device industry for more than ten years at various venues across Europe and the Middle East.


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