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Publication Date: 14/07/2009 

Learning the lingo 

Admin staff complete medical terminology course 

Photo of NHS Lanarkshire admin staff who passed medical terminology course 

Learning the lingo: Admin staff passed new medical terminology course. 

Medical terminology can baffle even top clinicians – but NHS Lanarkshire admin staff understand the clinical lingo after passing a new course.

A total of 21 health board colleagues were rewarded at a ceremony in Wishaw General in June.

They were the second group of NHS Lanarkshire staff to pass a new medical terminology course, run in conjunction with Coatbridge College.

NHS Lanarkshire’s director of organisational development Kenny Small, who presented the new graduates, said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to be here to reward people for their hard work and effort.

“The course lasted 20 weeks and they had to pass nine exams and complete a project so it must have been tough going.

“But by completing this course they have achieved skills and knowledge which can be applied directly in their roles and which will make their jobs more interesting and rewarding.

“On behalf of NHS Lanarkshire I’d like to say well done to all of them.”

Margaret Rose Livingstone, head of quality at Coatbridge College, added: “This course is for people without a medical background but who work in this area.

“By improving their knowledge of medical terminology they can increase accuracy while also having a better understanding of the work they are involved in.

“I hope they will also be inspired to continue their lifelong learning journey.”