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BCS Develops New ECDL

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HC 2007 in Harrogate was the launch pad this week for the British Computer Society’s (BCS) new European Computer Driving Licence Health Unit.  It is the first computer skills syllabus in the world specifically for users of healthcare systems and will be made available by the NHS Connecting for Health (NHS CfH) to its staff.

The new ECDL Health Unit is the result of seven years collaborative work between the BCS and NHS CfH to develop a computer skills syllabus specifically for users of healthcare information systems, providing them with the confidence and competence to use IT effectively when caring for patients.

The 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.  It has been designed for all staff working with healthcare systems including clinical staff and administrative workers. Candidates do not need advanced computer knowledge to take the qualification, they simply need to be able to use a computer keyboard and mouse.

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