I find the so-called competency for all staff, including laboratory managers
one of the stupidest items ever to be put in a standard (ie ISO 15189).
All staff who perform a test need to be recorded as being competent in it, no
problem with this but managers as well?
How ridiculous! Why you ask? Well please forgive me in advance for the
The Manager/Supervisor is responsible for instituting the test, training
his/her staff in the test and importantly responsible for the quality of the
test and yet His/her competency is called into question?
So how does a Manager obtain a competency record for the test?
1. Ask a manager from another laboratory (?rival) to sign their
competency. Could you imagine Donald Trump asking Ed McMahon to sign his
competency? Since many of us sign confidentiality and privacy agreements, this
will cause problems.
2. The manager could ask his staff to sign off his competency. A brilliant
example of a BAD personal management decision. Why put your staff into the
stressful position of deciding whether their supervisor is competent or not? If
they say their supervisor is competent even though they believe they are not,
then they are forced to lie possibly in order to keep their job. OR in the
worst case scenario, they could hold this over the supervisor's head (and
visa-versa) in order to keep their job, obtain favours or monetary gain.
I often wonder whether the authors of this item in the standard were complete
idiots. They probably never had to face the stresses of managing a laboratory
and especially valuable scientific staff.
We stepped up our competency assessment by evolving it into a Continuing
Education exercise, including questions and scenarios for my staff to consider
and hopefully learn from.
I was then asked why I had not done the same tests. Well I wrote the tests so
one would assume that I would know the answers - a little self-serving?
Unfortunately I could not test myself when I was attempting my driving licence,
I would have passed the first time!!
Enough of a rant - please advise whether I am driving up the wrong tree!
Tony Henwood JP, MSc, BAppSc, GradDipSysAnalys, CT(ASC), FFSc(RCPA)
Principal Scientist, the Children's Hospital at Westmead
Adjunct Fellow, School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney
Tel: 612 9845 3306
Fax: 612 9845 3318
the children's hospital at westmead
Cnr Hawkesbury Road and Hainsworth Street, Westmead
Locked Bag 4001, Westmead NSW 2145, AUSTRALIA
From: Mighnon Lashus via Histonet [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, 2 December 2016 7:38 AM
Subject: Re: [Histonet] Competency for Supervisors
Did anyone have a form for the Histology Supervisor Competency?
Mighnon Lashus, HT (ASCP)
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