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BD collaborates with Healthcare Sector Skill Council to launch standardized training modules for lab professionals in phlebotomy

New Delhi, February 11, 2016– Aligned with its commitment towards the advancement of preanalytical science  that improve patient safety in India, BD (Becton, Dickinson & Co.) and Healthcare Sector Skill Council today signed an agreement to develop co-branded training modules for “Phlebotomy Technician Course’’. This landmark initiative will provide training on best practices in Phlebotomy to laboratory professionals in order to improve their employability.

The Healthcare Sector Skill Council with support from National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is working relentlessly with the industry in skilling healthcare professionals in the allied healthcare space. Availability of skilled healthcare professionals is a big challenge. Training module developed by BD as knowledge partner would be leveraged by candidates enrolled for fresh training as well as RPL (Recognition of prior learning) training for Phlebotomy technician course under ambit of HSSC.Additionally, BD will also train the master trainers who will cascade the training to healthcare professionals and support them in driving best practices in preanalytical processes for accurate and reliable diagnosis.                

On the occasion, Varun Khanna – Managing Director- BD India & South Asia, said, “At a time when the Skill India Movement is looking at bringing about convergence and focusing on industry linkages, this initiative comes as BD’s commitment to enhance the skills of laboratory technicians. It will address the shortage in human resources both in terms of skill and number leading to universal health coverage for all. Through the standardized curriculum in phlebotomy training with HSSC, together we will be able to enhance the clinical practices in creating sustainable improvements in Indian healthcare.”

Phlebotomy (blood collection) is a major component of preanalytical phase. A laboratory test is no better than the specimen and the specimen no better than the manner in which it was collected. For tests to be accurate, quality specimen is needed i.e. a specimen which accurately reflects the in vivo situation of the patient at the time of collection.

Stressing on the need to upgrade skills, Ashish Jain - CEO, Healthcare Sector Skill Council said, “There is immense potential to enhance the skills of laboratory technicians in line with the growing healthcare needs. Keeping in mind the need for phlebotomy by the healthcare sector, HSSC with industry experts has developed the Qualification Pack-National Occupational Standards (QP-NOS) for Phlebotomy technicians that will facilitate plugging the existing skill gap in this area. Today’s agreement is a significant step in this direction.”

Many of the Allied Health Institutes have received an affiliation for different courses from the Health Sector Skills Council (HSSC), which is constituted and supported by National Skills Development Corporation. The aim of the Council is to create a robust and vibrant eco-system for quality vocational education and skill development in Allied Healthcare space in the country.

According to a study titled ‘From Paramedics to Allied Health Sciences: landscaping the journey and way forward’ undertaken by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), India faces an acute shortage of over 64 lakh skilled human resource in the health sector. The shortfall has resulted in the uneven distribution of all cadres of health workers, medical and nursing colleges and has led to an imbalance both in the capacity and in quality of education and training, leading to poor health outcomes. There is ample international evidence suggesting that empowered allied health professionals (or paramedics, as they are known internationally) can be the leaders of change, playing critical roles in improving the reach of health services in underserved areas.

About BD

BD is a global medical technology company that is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. BD leads in patient and health care worker safety and the technologies that enable medical research and clinical laboratories. The company provides innovative solutions that help advance medical research and genomics, enhance the diagnosis of infectious disease and cancer, improve medication management, promote infection prevention, equip surgical and interventional procedures, optimize respiratory care and support the management of diabetes. The company partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. BD has more than 45,000 associates across 50 countries who work in close collaboration with customers and partners to help enhance outcomes, lower health care delivery costs, increase efficiencies, improve healthcare safety and expand access to health.

About HSSC

The Healthcare Sector Skill Council (HSSC), is a GOI approved non-statutory certification agency, a Public-Private-Partnership initiative by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and leading healthcare service providers representing both public and private sector in India. HSSC has been advocated by National Skills Development Agency (NSDA), under Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE). HSSC aims to serve as a single source of information on healthcare sector with specific reference to Skill and Human Resource Development in India. One of the important components of the proposed eco-system includes development of occupational standards for allied health, accreditation protocols and accreditation of training institutes based on sound principles, third party assessment of trainees and certification. Qualification Packs-National Occupational Standards (QP-NOS) for Paramedics and Allied Health in the country have now been declared by National Skills Development Corporation as National Occupational Standards and been registered by National Skill Qualification Committee in National Qualification Register. The QP-NOS are tools to help individuals, organizations and training providers across India to improve performance, productivity, effectiveness and efficiency.

Group Photograph: (L to R) Neeraj Raghuvanshi – Business Director-BD Lifesciences - Preanalytical Systems & Diagnostic Systems, Dr Shubnum Singh Chairperson, NOS Committee, Health Sector Skill Council (HSSC), Dr Anita Singh –Manager, Medical Affairs – Central & South Asia Pacific, BD Life Sciences - Preanalytical Systems, Varun Khanna, Managing Director-BD India & South Asia, Ashish Jain - CEO, HSSC and Dr Megha Aggarwal, Senior Manager, HSSC