Title Introduction to clinical biochemistry
Type Stage One
Code HLS008
Requirement Compulsory

Module objective

By the end of the training period trainees will, in respect of laboratory competencies, be able to:

  • analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply knowledge
  • perform a range of technical and clinical skills and procedures
  • demonstrate the attitudes and behaviours necessary for professional practice as a consultant clinical scientist dealing with the complexities, uncertainties and tensions of professional practice at this level.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of the training period the trainee will be able to demonstrate the ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise relevant knowledge and its application to their professional practice in relation to:

  • how automated analysers work
  • how specimens are obtained, handled, transported, and stored
  • specimen preservatives and their effects on analysis
  • the principles of health and safety
  • the purpose of IT in the laboratory
  • the principles of data protection and the Data Protection Act
  • quality control and quality assurance
  • how common clinical conditions present.

Technical and clinical skills

By the end of the training period the trainee will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of current relevant research, theory and knowledge and its application to the performance of the following technical procedures and laboratory skills:

  • the principles behind automated analysers
  • a set of results
  • how to identify invalid results
  • the functions of pathology reception, the phlebotomy service
  • the problems associated with 24-hour urine collections
  • the main aspects of health and safety in the laboratory.
  • the legal obligations of the laboratory
  • the process of laboratory accreditation with reference to Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA) standards
  • the role of the Health and Safety Executive
  • the fundamental aspects of computing within the laboratory
  • the use of databases, spread sheets, internet in the laboratory
  • a multidisciplinary clinical audit
  • quality control and quality assurance data, including external quality control reports
  • how external quality assurance organisations process data.
  • external quality assurance data to identify possible analytical problems
  • clinically important results, advise on the differential diagnosis, and discuss clinical management.

By the end of the training period trainees will, in respect of the laboratory competencies, be able to perform the clinical skills necessary to manage under supervision:

  • liaison with clinical teams to identify clinically important results.

Attitudes and behaviours

This module has no attitude and behaviours information.


Code Title Action
HLS1-1-20 Clinical Biochemistry [v1] View