The new national employment record (NER) app aims to streamline the pre-employment screening process for non-consultant hospital doctors (NCHDs), according to HSE National Lead NCHD, Dr Jennifer Finnegan.
The new app is an extension of the already established NER web-based portal and allows access to the NCHD e-portfolio. The NER e-portfolio, launched in 2021, was undertaken to help NCHDs, particularly those not on a training scheme, to record their career development and have their experience verified/validated.
Speaking to the Medical Independent (MI), Dr Finnegan said: “We hope that the uptake will improve with the app. When they are on call, when they’re having a break… they can upload their competencies and the skills they’ve just done, rather than having to revisit it at home.”
Dr Finnegan also said “substantial” input from non-training scheme doctors (NTSDs) was sought when developing the app.
NCHDs can also apply for funding under the training support scheme and the clinical course exam and refund scheme via the NER app.
The overall aim of the app is to help streamline the completion and uploading of pre-employment screening documentation for NCHDs. It will “enhance the user experience” and “it should make things a little bit quicker”, according to Dr Finnegan.
“One of the trainees had said to me that he once had two suitcases of paperwork when it came to trying to get his training recognised,” she told MI. “It removes the barrier to having to find a space, sit down with your USB keys, your email, and have all your receipts to hand.”
The app was launched on Apple and Android app stores on 7 November.