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Mandatory Training Requirements


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Recognition and timely intervention in the acutely deteriorating patient has been prioritised as a key element of patient safety nationally through the publication of the NEWS Clinical Guideline, Sepsis Guidelines and other initiatives. It is essential that there is an interdisciplinary understanding of the elements of these guidelines in practice as it applies to all acute hospitals in Ireland. Therefore all new medical staff as of July 2015 in Cork University Hospital are required to undertake baseline training for implementation to be effective. In order for you to undertake your duties at Cork University Hospital it is important from that you undertake online HSE NEWS/COMPASS education module and attend a mandatory face-to-face session on orientation day. If you have previously done the online HSE NEWS/COMPASS programme then you will just need to bring your cert with you to  the face-to-face session on orientation day. 

To access the online programme you must first register on HSELanD.ie.  If you are already registered simply log in and click on Learning Resources, then in the search box type COMPASS.  Alternatively, use the drop-down list and click clinical programmes.  When you have completed the programme a certificate of completion will be emailed to you. Alternatively you can also access your certificate by going back to the Learning Resources menu when you logged in and click on certificates - your certificate should be there for you to print in PDF. The online programme is recognised for 8 external CPD points.



There is a legal obligation under both Irish and EU law which is subject to inspection by the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) which, through the Health Products Regulatory Authority (formerly the Irish Medicines Board - IMB) have wide ranging regulatory powers over transfusion practice and practitioners. As part of this legal requirement, it is the responsibility of all medical staff to have completed (at a minimum) the on-line ‘Learn-Pro SNBTS Better Blood Transfusion’ e-learning programme - specifically the modules "Safe Transfusion Practice" and "Blood Components and Indications For Use".  This programme is available at www.learnbloodtranfusion.org.uk and can be accessed through the staff directory.

Following completion of the programme staff are required to forward a certificate of achievement to the Blood Transfusion Laboratory in the CUH or email to greg.oconnor@hse.ie or brid.doyle@hse.ie.


Last Modified Date: 02/04/2020 09:02:12