Modules

The Donor Health Care programme has seven modules: five core modules and a Personal Development module.

Personal Development (7 EC)
At the core of the Donor Health Care program is a ‘Personal Development’ (PD) module which runs synchronously with all modules. In the PD module you will develop the academic skills needed to practice donor health care on a professional level. You will learn to identify research questions, develop counselling skills, as well as developing your communication skills for example by writing or contributing to a debate. Some of the content of the modules has been developed to accomplish specific personal tasks in the PD module.

Basic principles in Donor Health Care (5 EC)
The objective of Module 1 is to provide an introduction and general understanding of the basic principles in Donor Health Care. The content of the lectures is based on European directives and European guidelines and international standards, founded on the principle of voluntary and non-remunerated donations. You will learn the history of donor health care to have a better understanding of the mechanisms and regulations in the field. Various issues will be addressed in this module such as the precautionary principle, public and donor health, applied epidemiology and socio- and ethical aspects of donor health care. The basic principles of donor health care learned in this module are the basis of the whole Donor Health Care program and will often be referred to in subsequent modules.

Donor Suitability (10 EC)
This module contains the educational material to assess potential donors for donation of either blood, cells, tissues or organs based on European directives and guidelines. There are similarities in the donation of all the different Medical Products of Human Origin (MPHO) and these form the basis of this module. If applicable, the differences, e.g. healthy blood donors versus post-mortem donors will be addressed. The structure of this module is based on clinical decision making in the order of questionnaires and donor screening and counselling, physical examination, laboratory results and final assessment of donor suitability. The content of this module includes all elements necessary to determine the suitability of the donor to donate, in terms of donor protection and the safety and effectiveness of the donation for an anonymous or a designated recipient. The main topics of this module are the rationale of the donor questionnaire, transmissible diseases and agents by MPHO, immunohematology, counselling and decision making in various circumstances. This module will provide you with the necessary knowledge and competences to assess the suitability of the donor, especially in more complex situations or in situations where guidelines are insufficient.

Donation and Complications (8 EC)
The objectives of this module are focussed on the process of donation and donation related complications. As with the previous modules, the guiding principles are the similarities in the donation of different MPHO. However, the donation of MPHO is diverse, ranging from ‘simple’ venepuncture to surgical retrieval in post mortem situations. The role of the donor professional ranges from an autonomous role in blood donation to team work in the setting of organ transplants. In this module you will learn various aspects necessary for collection in a GMP and/or clinical environment such as safety precautions, donation techniques, recognition and treatment of complications and donor vigilance. You will acquire the knowledge to be able to supervise the donation of MPHO within your specialism.

Quality Management in donor health care (5 EC)
Quality management in Donor Health Care is regulated in European directives and guidelines. Education of these elements is of great importance as this forms the basis of the quality. Quality management in Donor Health Care comprises all elements of good practice integrated into a well-functioning and efficient system in order to achieve and continuously improve quality and safety. The aim of this module is to track the similarities and differences in quality management of donors of MPHO, for example, with respect to methodology, technique and organisation. In this module you will acquire knowledge about legal acts and professional standards related to quality management in all relevant aspects of Donor Health Care. You will learn to apply your knowledge to improve the quality system in your own work environment, for example by performing internal audits.

Specifications and application of Medical Products of Human Origin (10 EC)
The donor professional plays an important role between the donor (e.g. donor selection and product preference) and the donation on the one hand and the ultimate use of MPHO on the other hand. In this module you will learn the specifications and recipient indications, compatibility and vigilance complications relating to the use of the MPHO. Manipulation, processing and storage of MPHO are also addressed. You will learn to apply your knowledge to advise the user, who will often be a medical specialist.