Title Introduction to Haematology
Type Stage One
Code HLS020
Requirement Compulsory

Module objective

By the end of the training period trainees will, in respect of introduction to haematology, 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:

  • the use of automated blood counters
  • the principles behind automated counters
  • laboratory practice to handle blood samples, including small volume paediatric samples
  • the need for age-related reference ranges
  • peripheral blood films and the set up and use of the light microscope
  • the use of different stains
  • the methods for obtaining bone marrow aspirate and trephine biopsies
  • blood transfusion techniques (manual and automated)
  • the techniques for coagulation testing including automation of coagulation tests and thrombophilia tests
  • current methods for automated coagulation testing
  • the presentation and management of common haematological disorders.

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:

  • analyse and interprets results generated
  • analyse and interprets blood films and differential white cell count
  • recognise malignant haematological disorders, red cell abnormalities and malarial parasites
  • observe and assist with procedure where appropriate.
  • prepare slides and trephine roll preparations
  • prepare tissue sections from bone marrow biopsies
  • perform and interpret:
    • blood grouping
    • cross matching
    • direct antiglobulin test
    • Kleihauer test or equivalent
  • interpret clinically significant antibodies
  • be familiar with the UK blood safety and quality regulations (2005)
  • perform and interprets PT, INR, APPT, Thrombin time, Fibrinogen assay and FDPs
  • interpret thrombophilia testing results.

By the end of the training period the trainee will be able to apply knowledge of introduction to haematology to perform the clinical skills necessary to manage under supervision:

  • to recognise the role of the laboratory and the need to advise on the laboratory investigation and diagnosis of common anaemias, acute and chronic leukaemia, myeloma and lymphomas.

Attitudes and behaviours

This module has no attitude and behaviours information.


Code Title Action
HLS1-2-1-20 Haematology (Haemostasis and Thrombosis) [v1] View
HLS1-2-2-20 Haematology (Haemato-Oncology) [v1] View
HLS1-2-3-20 Haematology (Transfusion) [v1] View