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NCRI wants Cancer Data Registrars to be recruited at clerical rather than nursing grade

The NCRI has told this paper that it would like to recruit CDRs (formerly known as Tumour Registration Officers (TROs)) at a clerical grade rather than at a nursing grade.

As first reported in the Medical Independent (MI) in March, the NCRI is considering whether its CDRs should continue to require a nursing qualification.

The topic had been discussed at NCRI Board level over the past year, according to minutes seen by MI following a Freedom of Information request. Board members believed that a change in the qualifications needed to become a CDR could help improve current recruitment difficulties.

“Nothing has been finalised in relation to this, but discussions are about to start with the Department of Health,” an NCRI spokesperson told MI.

“Relevant trade unions have also been notified that the NCRI would like to recruit TROs at a clerical grade rather than at a nursing grade.”

Separately, the NCRI spokesperson said that a new Cancer Registration System (CRS) recently went live at the NCRI. The introduction of a new CRS system has been consistently raised at NCRI Board meetings over the last couple of years.

“The CRS went live in June 2017,” said the spokesperson.

“The transition went exceptionally smoothly and there were no significant problems encountered with the migration process. It is now up-and-running well.”

The spokesperson also informed MI that Dr Jerome Coffey (Director, National Cancer Control Programme at the HSE) had been appointed Chair of the NCRI Board in July, following Dr Susan O’Reilly’s departure in February.

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