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American Journal of Educational Research. 2015, 3(5), 637-642
DOI: 10.12691/education-3-5-17
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Transnational Evaluation of a New Continuing Professional Development Activity for Biomedical Scientists Based on the International Organisation for Standardisation for Medical Laboratories ISO 15189

Jan Martin1, , Dorianne Buttigieg2, Josef Silhavik3, Zlata Flegar-Meštrić4, Alison Adkins5, Visnja Gasljevic6, Tomáš Šálek3, Attila Horvath7, Charles Borg2, Mladen Jakovcic6, Adrienn Adonics7, Zsófia Szlamka7, Ian Brincat2, Noel Ciantar2, Anna Lisa Sciortino2, Tracey Bennett8, Kirstie Rice9 and Yvette Taylor10

1University of Wolverhampton United Kingdom

2Mater Dei Hospital Malta

3Tomas Bata Regional Hospital Czech Republic

4University Hospital Merkur Croatia

5University of Birmingham, UK

6Croatian Metrology Society Croatia

7Horvath and Dubecz Consulting Ltd Hungary

8Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital United Kingdom

9New Cross Hospital United Kingdom

100Birmingham Children’s Hospital United Kingdom

Pub. Date: May 06, 2015

Cite this paper:
Jan Martin, Dorianne Buttigieg, Josef Silhavik, Zlata Flegar-Meštrić, Alison Adkins, Visnja Gasljevic, Tomáš Šálek, Attila Horvath, Charles Borg, Mladen Jakovcic, Adrienn Adonics, Zsófia Szlamka, Ian Brincat, Noel Ciantar, Anna Lisa Sciortino, Tracey Bennett, Kirstie Rice and Yvette Taylor. Transnational Evaluation of a New Continuing Professional Development Activity for Biomedical Scientists Based on the International Organisation for Standardisation for Medical Laboratories ISO 15189. American Journal of Educational Research. 2015; 3(5):637-642. doi: 10.12691/education-3-5-17

Abstract

The European Union’s Lifelong Learning Leonardo Program awarded funding of over 100,000 euros to a Leonardo Partnership project to facilitate the development of good practice in continuing professional development (CPD) for Biomedical Scientists. A series of high quality CPD activities along with an EU-toolkit are being developed by the project and will be made available to European hospital laboratories via the project website and Community of Practice. This paper reports on transnational evaluation of the second European CPD activity which is based on the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO 15189) standard for Medical Laboratories. Biomedical Scientists from hospital laboratories in Croatia, Czech Republic, Malta and the United Kingdom took part in evaluation of the CPD activity by completion of an evaluation questionnaire and reflective learning sheet. The new CPD activity was exceptionally well received as scores of over 96% were acquired for useful and appropriateness to scope of practice, relevance to CPD, enhancement to scope of practice and enhancement to CPD. This CPD activity has successfully enhanced European Union Biomedical Scientist’s CPD as over 95% of participants rated the exercise as either good or excellent.

Keywords:
continuing professional development training medical laboratory science biomedical scientist

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