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DELIVERING RCA'S IT COMPETENCY TRAINING Dr Jim Berrington, Specialist Registrar Southampton General Hospital email@example.com In April 2003 the Royal College of Anaesthetists published the document: ‘THE CCST IN ANAESTHESIA IV: Competency Based Training and Assessment for Specialist Registrar Years 3, 4 and 5 - A manual for trainees and trainers.’ For the first time the college has acknowledged the need for anaesthetic training to include information technology and chapter 18 identifies six areas of required knowledge: 1. Basic Computing Skills 2. Healthcare Computer Systems 3. Security and Confidentiality 4. Data Quality 5. Information/Knowledge Management 6. Medical Informatics SCATA members have already taken an active part in both introducing information technology as a competency and contributing to its content. The European Computer Driving License already provides a flexible, well resourced, recognised and validated qualification for the Basic Computing Skills competency. There are plans to introduce the ECDL as a service-wide minimum standard for IT training in the NHS and clinicians will be expected to attain this standard. The other competencies are less well served by such a generic approach and it is here that a concise educational package would be useful. The implementation of the European Working Time Directive will have significant effects on anaesthetic training with pressure on both time and resources. The lack of local expertise and a recognised practical training solution will cause peripheral competencies, such as information technology, to be neglected as resources are directed towards more traditional clinical areas. It is only logical that SCATA be involved in implementing training for this competency and the society is unique in its gathering of relevant expertise for developing such a practical training solution. There are problems with some of the areas identified within the competencies, for example Healthcare Computer Systems: There is no standardisation of theatre management systems, patient administration systems operate within an outdated infrastructure and the ongoing implementation of the Electronic Patient Record remains sketchy. Any training would be largely conceptual rather than practical. The aim of this presentation is to stimulate discussion into identifying resources and expertise to develop a concise practical solution for delivering the Royal College of Anaesthetists Information Technology Competency Training.
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