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pathologyawardsA group of pathology staff have received recognition for their achievement in gaining NVQ Level 2 and 3 Diplomas in Clinical Pathology support at an award ceremony held at St. Mary’s Hospital.

12 members of staff, which include medical laboratory assistant’s (MLA), specimen reception staff and phlebotomists of the Pathology department, were awarded certificates to acknowledge their competence in a range of pathology support skills relevant to each discipline. These include Microbiology, Blood sciences, Histology, Haematology, Phlebotomy and Pathology reception.

Keith Thomas, Senior Biomedical Scientist & Training Officer, said: “For the past two years staff from the pathology/phlebotomy departments (bands 2 and 3) have completed NVQ Portfolios and attended taught programmes at the NVQ centre. All our staff have performed excellently and their portfolios have been complimented for the quality of work by both internal and external verifiers. Thanks goes to Ray Davison, who brought the NVQ course back to the Island in 2007.”

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Ray Davison, Senior Biomedical Scientist and Training officer for Haematology added, “It’s a valuable qualification in recognition of the experience and expertise of pathology support staff.  We started the NVQ’s for our MLA’s in 2007 and have been successfully completing NVQ portfolios since that time and will continue to provide best training for our staff.”

The following staff received their certificates on Tuesday 23rd April from Barry Hodgson and Theresa Farmiloe from the NVQ centre at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth.   The staff then met the Trust Board on Wednesday 24th April where they were praised and thanked for their endeavors.

Phlebotomy: Alexandra Millar; Deborah Forsyth-Caffrey

Biochemistry: Jo Creaser; Kerri Deacon; Susan Kittle; Melanie Churchill

Haematology / Blood transfusion: Ewan Haigh; Sue Miles; Dean Fuller

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Microbiology: Samantha Farmer, Janet Jones

Histology: Wendy Ewbank

Pathology Reception: Claire Nicholson

The Edexcel Level 2 and 3 Diploma in Pathology Support is a nationally recognised qualification and is based on the Health National Occupational Standards (NOS). It aims to guide and assess the development of knowledge and skills of staff within the workforce. Each candidate had to build a portfolio of evidence demonstrating competency with a variety of skills and knowledge through a series of assessments.  The assessment formats were varied and included on the job observations, question and answer sessions, witness statements from colleagues and personal and reflective accounts of the job and the job role and completion of work books and assignments.

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