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Thursday, July 21, 2005

BCS - ECDL Given NHS Seal of Approval

British Computer Society - ECDL Given NHS Seal of Approval

The British Computer Society have just released the results of a satisfaction survey of 168 NHS staff who undertook the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) between 4th April & 1st July 2005.

The majority of respondents studied for course through their place of work and although nearly 20% completed it in under 3 months, most people took between 6 and 18 months. The majority of people who completed the questionnaires were female and between 35 and 55years old. Perhaps surprisingly over half worked in Admin, Management or IT, with considerably less from the clinical professions who may be those which have the least skills and need most training before NPfIT applications "go live" in their workplace.

The profile of those undertaking ECDL may be why their major reason was for a recognised qualification, with less than half suggesting it was to give them more confidence when new systems are introduced. The work involved in getting staff with less IT skills (who are not likely to be the early adopters), may be more difficult and take considerably longer.

The "official" story is on the NHS Health Informatics Community and for further comment and comparisons with an NHSIA survey (May 2004) see the story from EHealth Insider Almost all NHS staff happy with ECDL, which also contains a discussion of issues with taking the ECDL exams.


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