Health visitors condemn 'insufficient' IT training

Two-fifths of health visitors say training on electronic patient records designed to co-ordinate patient care is 'insufficient', according to a survey by Unite/CPHVA.

A total of 310 members stated that they had access to local electronic patient records, with 92% having been trained on the system.

However, 41% reported that this training was ‘insufficient' and 61% that it was not done close enough to when they would be using the system.

The survey does show that the situation has at least improved since 2001, when 66% were denied internet access.

Dave Munday, Unite's professional officer, said: ‘In 2001 community practitioners (including health visitors and school nurses) were on the margins of the internet age - now they are centre stage. The improvement in terms of access has been huge, but there are still areas of concern.'

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