Title Competencies in clinical care - Generic aspects of clinical management
Type Stage Two
Code HLS112
Requirement Compulsory

Module objective

By the end of the training period trainees will, in respect of understanding generic aspects of clinical management*, 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. 

*Although clinical scientists are not involved in the direct clinical management and treatment of patients, analytical toxicologists are often called upon to advise on clinical care and they must have sufficient knowledge and skills to understand the importance of the history, presenting features and appropriate investigations to establish a diagnosis of poisoning or to aid in treatment, and have an understanding and knowledge of management and treatment options including drug treatment.

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 a broad knowledge of:

  • clinical pharmacology, clinical toxicology, emergency medicine and intensive care
  • diagnosis and treatment of poisoning including substance abuse
  • anaesthesia
  • occupational medicine
  • forensic medicine

that should be acquired throughout training.

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, adaptation and mastery of the following technical procedures and laboratory skills:

  • the importance of a comprehensive history including mental health, occupational, social, family and dietary aspects.
  • the importance of presenting features
  • the appropriate investigations to establish a diagnosis.
  • the principles of management and the treatment options available
  • document clearly in the patient notes if required and as appropriate in the context of liaising with medical staff/team
  • liaise and communicate with colleagues, teams in primary and secondary care, both verbally and in writing.

Attitudes and behaviours

This module has no attitude and behaviours information.


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