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Title Calcium, magnesium, bone
Type Stage Two
Code HLS129
Requirement Compulsory

Module objective

By the end of the training period trainees will, in respect of competencies in the clinical biochemistry of calcium, magnesium and bone, 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 normal physiology and clinical biochemistry of bone metabolism including calcium, magnesium, parathyroid hormone and vitamin D
  • the causes, investigation , diagnosis, monitoring and management of conditions such as:
    • hyper- and hypo-parathyroidism
    • hyper and hypocalcaemia: calcium sensor abnormalities
    • hypo- and hyper-phosphataemia
    • hypo- and hyper-phosphatasaemia
    • disorders of magnesium
    • osteoporosis including steroid therapy and chronic malabsorption
    • osteomalacia: renal osteodystrophy
    • Paget’s disease
    • clinical biochemistry of collagen.
  • the methodologies available for the measurement of:
    • calcium (total, adjusted, ionised)
    • PTH, vitamin D
    • biochemical markers of bone disease.

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:

  • laboratory investigation of disorders of bone metabolism
  • laboratory investigations of disorder of bone and mineral metabolism
  • unsupervised samples for calcium, phosphate, magnesium, parathyroid hormone and vitamin D.

By the end of the training period trainees will, in respect of the competencies in the clinical biochemistry of calcium, magnesium and bone, be able to perform the clinical skills necessary to manage under supervision:

  • liaison with the clinical team on the appropriate specimen collection, specimen handling, investigation and monitoring of biochemical tests in disorders of bone and mineral metabolism.

Attitudes and behaviours

This module has no attitude and behaviours information.

Specialties

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