Strengthening laboratory systems and capacity for improved diagnostics services
Why this course?
Medical laboratories in Africa are managed by laboratory technical staff, many of whom have not received adequate training in all aspects of laboratory Quality Management Systems (QMS). Currently, many medical laboratories are preparing for national or international accreditation, and in some countries this is becoming a requirement for registration, making the training of laboratory supervisors and managers of paramount importance. The Medical Laboratory Practices and Management Course is designed to prepare laboratory managers to ensure laboratories meet accepted standards in all aspects of laboratory operation and provide quality and reliable diagnostic services to communities.
Target Group: Laboratory staff with diploma level training or above with at least two years practical experience, including responsibilities in laboratory management and staff supervision.
Goal: The Medical Laboratory Practices and Management Course contributes to improved health through competency-based training of medical laboratory supervisors.
Expected Learning Outcomes
- Discuss principles of quality management systems
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in effective laboratory documentation and personnel management
- Employ knowledge and skills in the management of laboratory resources
- Demonstrate quality measures employed in the diagnostic cycle
- Organize the laboratory to enhance safety and productivity
- Develop systems for continuous quality improvement
- Demonstrate competency in the evaluation of quality management system and customer satisfaction
- Employ laboratory data in problem solving and decision making
Course Organization and Structure
The course is organised to run in Three Phases. Phase One and Phase Three of the training are conducted through distance learning at the participants’ work stations, and Phase Two (residential training) is conducted at the Amref Health Africa’s Central Laboratory facilities in Nairobi: