Vendor credentialing – HC Skills issues reassurance

AGAINST a backdrop of increased concern about company representatives accessing patient care areas, HC Skills International have issued a reassurance that their qualifications are valid for any credentialing scheme.

We provide credible professional qualifications that are fully accredited and externally validated so that all external personnel can demonstrate a level of competence based on a relevant award.

Our qualifications are compliance-driven and fulfil legal and regulatory requirements as well as meeting the criteria set by professional bodies and other stakeholders.

All of our training programmes follow a blended learning format, consisting of a mixture of online, classroom and practical environment settings.

The standard of both the tuition and examinations is quality assured, as the qualifications are audited by Ofqual.

As opposed a generic certification, the professional theatre access award is a stand-alone qualification on the same framework as that used by the hospitals for other clinical staff.

Many organisations just rubber-stamp training courses. However, a formal qualification provides the evidence that professional competence /excellence has been achieved. Robust examination linked to a regulated qualification satisfies professional standards and practical goals.

From next month (March, 2014), the UK’s largest orthopaedic hospital – the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, Middlesex (below) – may refuse external company reps access to patient-sensitive areas unless they comply with a new checking system.

Across the UK, several other mandatory vendor credentialing schemes are being introduced – and all are designed to raise standards of patient safety.