I'm aware that some of you have had significant difficulties in getting
your Trust to fund staffing to manage/support ever-increasing POCT, but
it's also clear that more Trusts are now appointing full-time dedicated
POCT staff. The publication of ISO 22870:2006 and new CPA standards
have perhaps helped.
I would therefore be interested if you could let me know what your
current staffing is, and if you are in the process of appointing POCT
staff. I'll compile a summary and post it here.
In particular, it would be useful to know:
* do you have a Trust POCT Committee?
* do you have a POCT coordinator/manager?
* if so, which A4C band? Fulltime? Responsible to whom?
* any dedicated POCT staff, eg MTOs and/or MLAs?
* if so, which A4C band(s)?
* if no dedicated staff, do you have a POCT establishment which rotates
into other sections of the dept?
* Do you have staff rotations into POCT? Which staff and how long are
* Do trainee biochemists spend time in POCT?
* Any other information - eg number and range of POCT systems
supported, broad responsibilities of POCT coordinator/manager and any
dedicated staff - would be useful
Dr MJ Pearson
Department of Clinical Biochemistry & Immunology
Old Medical School
Leeds General Infirmary (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust)
LEEDS LS1 3EX
fax (44)-113 392-3453.
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