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BCS develops new ECDL health unit for NHS

This week's HC 2007 event in Harrogate saw the launch of the British Computer Society's ( BCS ) new European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) Health Unit.

The computer skills syllabus is designed specifically for users of healthcare systems and will be made available by the NHS Connecting for Health (NHS CfH) to its staff later this month.

The new ECDL Health Unit, which has been trialled by 100 NHS staff across five NHS Trusts, covers the broad issues, challenges and benefits of using electronic patient information systems.

Carol Hulm, BCS special projects manager said: "The new unit has been developed in direct response to demands for a syllabus which is specific to the health sector and complementing the existing topic areas covered by the ECDL.

"It provides candidates with an understanding of the key principles and policies relating to Healthcare Information Systems and the practical skills needed by users.

"As well as enabling users to read, retrieve, update and store patient records accurately, the unit also provides candidates with a thorough understanding of the key issues regarding patient confidentiality and data security."

A pilot of the ECDL health unit saw candidates taking an average of ten hours to complete the learning section with 90% of candidates passing the course-end test.

Claire Adams, NHS Connecting for Health, said: "The outcome of the English NHS pilot has been highly successful in validating the appropriateness and the importance of the core syllabus."

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