European Computer Driving License (ECDL) is an internationally recognized certification program that measures computer literacy in a standardized and quantifiable manner. It’s a relatively new program that started in 2001. National Health Service (NHS), on the other hand, is UK’s healthcare system that runs on public funds. It has been around since 1948. At first glance, ECDL and NHS seem to have nothing to do with each other. However, in reality, these two are closely related to one another.

NHS knows the importance of using a computerized system in order to deliver a better service to UK citizens. Nowadays, practically all aspects of NHS are dependent on technology. As a result, NHS employees should be well-versed when it comes to using computers. A whole nation’s health is relying on NHS, so they can’t afford to make mistakes because of computer illiterate employees working for them.

One way for NHS to ensure that only qualified people were hired was to set a standard as reference when it came to identifying the necessary IT skills applicants must possess. ECDL entered the picture. With ECDL, future applicants were screened accordingly. Current employees were also trained over a few years to qualify for a certification from ECDL. NHS  adopted ECDL certification as a standard across the whole organization because it’s important for them to have their whole workforce trained to use computers given how everything from record storage to prescription processes are done electronically.

The ECDL certification program for NHS was found in this link up until the 31st of March 2008. Currently, ECDL is replaced by Essential IT Skills (EITS) program. However, employees who still have their ECDL license can access ECL resources up until next year, March 2009.

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