Module to be launched next month available through NER portal
A new module is to launch next month to offer 3,000 non consultant hospital doctors (NCHDs) not on formal training schemes, a resource to record their training and career development electronically, for the first time, in a standard generic format.
The principal objective of the new ePortfolio is to facilitate access to a secure, generic standard document for NCHDs who are not on a formal training scheme, which allows them to record their experience under a number of headings and enables them to generate a Logbook.
It is also to give non-training scheme NCHDs the opportunity to have their experience validated by their supervising Consultant, where applicable.
While all NCHDs will be able to access the ePortfolio through their National Employment Record (NER) portal, on any device, it is principally aimed at non-training scheme doctors; it is non-specialty specific, and is not intended as a replacement record for any BST or HST formal specialty training ePortfolios.
Dr Carol Norton, Health Service Executive National NCHD Lead – who was part of the team that developed the new resource – outlined that it had been developed by the National Doctors Training and Planning unit (NDTP) and Doctors Integrated Management E-system (DIME), in consultation with a team of NCHDs not employed in training posts, with input from hospital consultants. She added the idea of making the new resource available had been prompted by Dr Ciara Carroll, working under the Spark initiative programme.
As the first iteration of the module, following extensive feedback, they hoped it would respond to the end user’s needs.
They had met and demonstrated the module with a number of bodies, including the Forum of Postgraduate Training Bodies, the IMO, the Medical Council, an Irish College of General Practitioners group, and with the design team.
Dr Norton underlined that the ePortfolio would not be a visible part of the NER record and could act as a repository to record clinical experience, courses, teaching assessments, procedures completed or whatever career or training elements NCHDs working outside the training schemes decided to include.