Title Introduction to clinical biochemistry and analytical toxicology
Type Stage Two
Code HLS110
Requirement Compulsory

Module objective

By the end of the training period trainees will, in respect of achieving sufficient knowledge of laboratory clinical biochemistry and analytical toxicology to offer basic advice on the interpretation of results be able to:

  • Analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply knowledge
  • Perform, adapt and master 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:
  • Operation of automated analysers:
    • understand the principles of the operation of automated analysers
    • interpretation of results generated
    • identification of invalid results
  • Specimen collection, handling, transport and sample storage 
  • The use of specific preservatives and possible interference in assays:
    • familiar with the functions of pathology reception, the phlebotomy service
    • comprehending the problems associated with 24-hour urine collections and with post-mortem specimen collection
  • Principles of health and safety
  • IT and communication skills:
    • familiar with fundamental aspects of computing within the laboratory, databases, spread sheets, internet
    • use of chromatographic integration packages and compound identification databases
    • use on a day-to-day basisbe aware of the need to consult about results that are not readily interpretable
  • Quality control and assurance:
    • basic understanding of quality control and quality assurance
    • understanding the use of External Quality Assessment (EQA) and the role played by the National External Quality Assessment Service (NEQAS) and other EQA providers
    • evaluation of internal quality control/external quality assessment data so as to identify the possible cause of aberrant data
  • Presentation, diagnosis and management of common disorders:
    • recognise the biochemical/metabolic features of possible poisoning
    • advise on the differential diagnosis and initial management of poisoning
    • supervised participation in analytical toxicology report authorisationbe
    • aware of the need to consult about results that are not readily interpretable.

Technical and clinical skills

This module has no technical and clinical skills.

Attitudes and behaviours

This module has no attitude and behaviours information.


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HLS1-5-20 Analytical Toxicology [v1] View
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