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A two day meeting in the form of scientific seminars, management seminars and EQA workshops are organised annually with additional ad hoc workshops. The annual meetings include current hot topics within Laboratory Medicine and provides participants the opportunity to exchange views, to question the organisers and to discuss problems and strategies. Meetings are approved for CPD by both the IBMS and RCPath. The EQA workshops covers statistical analysis, interpretation of EQA and problem solving through interactive case studies. A helpline service is also provided where participants can contact us for advice on their EQA. The Programme staff who have experience in information relating to many different methods, are there to discuss problems and aid in the interpretation of QA data. This troubleshooting and educational activity is an important part of the Service.
A number of POCT Training days are held throughout the year. The sessions provide essential tools for both point of care coordinators and users to provide a Quality and safe service.
POCT testing is often undertaken by non-laboratory trained personnel, mostly by nurses at the forefront of patient care. Weqas POCT training packages ensure nurses are confident, knowledgeable and competent in the delivery of point of care services. Their use should be supported by an appropriate management framework in partnership with an accredited pathology laboratory.