HPSC provides training in the CIDR Application and in Business Objects, the CIDR reporting tool. A number of courses, aimed at different user groups, are provided. For some users groups, such as public health, there are a number of training courses in the CIDR application; while for other user groups there is just one.
Training is administered by HPSC staff. Six surveillance scientists at HPSC have been trained as CIDR trainers. Other surveillance scientists and assistants at HPSC provide assistance during CIDR training courses.
The aim of CIDR training is to deliver training that is useful and relevant, using quality materials and skilled trainers, which will allow trainees to become competent in using the CIDR system.
CIDR training is delivered on a copy of the CIDR system containing dummy data. This allows users to get plenty of hands on practice as well as explore the system without worrying about breaking it! All training materials are provided by HPSC.
Some of the CIDR training courses have been accredited for continued professional development by the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and the Academy of Medical Laboratory Scientists. The course and points awarded are listed below.
See below for further information on the course contents, availability and how to apply for CIDR training.
Who should attend CIDR training?
During national implementation CIDR training is being delivered to key CIDR users in laboratories and public health as they go-live on CIDR. Back up and other staff are also being trained in these locations. The first round of national implementation will not include environmental health users and so there are no courses planned for this user group initially.
It is recommended that sufficient people be trained to ensure that there is cover during holiday periods or in case of absence for any other reason. Training is also provided for new staff in these locations.
What courses are available?
There are number of CIDR training courses available. Please see below for a list of the courses currently on offer, as well as the course outlines. The prerequisites for each course are included in the course outlines.
CIDR Application training
Introduction to CIDR for public health users Course Outline
Advanced CIDR training for public health users Course Outline
Introduction to CIDR for laboratory users Course Outline
There are three prerequisites that apply to all CIDR training:
- All trainees must have received training in relation to the Data Protection Act (delivered locally as part of your own organisation's information governance programme)
- Trainees must be familiar with MS Internet Explorer
- Trainees must be familiar with MS Office, in particular Word and Outlook
Those attending advanced training for public health users must have completed the introductory course. Completion of all relevant application training is required before you can attend for Business Objects training.
What training materials are provided?
All CIDR training materials are provided by HPSC. These include a training manual, CD ROM and laminated quick guides. Once you start using CIDR help is available from the CIDR helpdesk. An on-line user manual is also available in the CIDR application.
Where is CIDR training delivered?
As part of the pilot evaluation the delivery of CIDR training was also considered. The CIDR Pilot Evaluation Committee recommended that CIDR training should be delivered centrally. This offers users a greater choice in dates as well as minimising the burden of administration locally. Time is not lost due to travel and set-up ensuring increased availability of CIDR trainers. In addition, CIDR IT is on-hand at all times in case of any technical difficulties.
All CIDR training courses are delivered at HPSC offices in Gardiner Street, Dublin.
When are the next CIDR training courses?
Upcoming dates for CIDR training are listed below. A minimum of 4 people is required to run a course and the maximum that can attend any one course is 6. If you have a group of 4 or more people who require CIDR training but the dates listed are not suitable, please contact CIDR training administration to see if a suitable date can be arranged. The latest date for submission of applications is one week before the course date.
There are no courses scheduled at present. Please contact CIDR Training Admin if you require training.
Introduction to CIDR for Laboratory Users
Introduction to CIDR for Public Health Users
Continued Professional Development
The Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (RCPI) and the Academy of Medical Laboratory Scientists (AMLS) have accredited certain CIDR training courses with points for continued professional development. The courses and points awarded are listed below.
Certificates for these courses have been supplied to HPSC by AMLS and RCPI. Upon successful completion of the courses attendees will be sent completed certificates for either Continuous Professional Enhancement Program (CPED) points or Continuing Medical Education (CME) points.
|CME Points||CPED Points|
|Introduction to CIDR for public health users||9|
|Advanced CIDR training for public health users||5|
|Introduction to CIDR for laboratory users||10|
A list of all attendees who successfully complete any CIDR training courses will be sent to the appropriate body that will then award the points.
When applying for CIDR training please indicate whether you are a member of either AMLS or RCPI so that the appropriate points can be awarded.
How to apply for CIDR training?
CIDR training should be discussed with your CIDR supervisor. To apply for CIDR training, complete and return the Application Form for CIDR training. The form can be returned by fax or post to CIDR training administration at HPSC. The latest date for submission of applications is one week before the course date. Once the minimum number of people has signed up for the course, you will receive an email to confirm the date of your CIDR training course. Nearer to the date of the course you will receive another email confirming details such as start and finish times, directions etc.
Please ensure that you have met all the course prerequisites before attending for CIDR training.
Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries about CIDR training.
Last updated: 25 August 2008
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