Details

Title Clinical presentation and management of infection
Type Stage One
Code HLS211
Requirement Compulsory

Module objective

By the end of the training period trainees will, in respect of clinical presentation and management of infection in primary care, be able to:

  • analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply knowledge
  • perform a range of technical and clinical skills and procedures and
  • 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.

In secondary and tertiary care (including critical care)

Special risk groups including:

  • pregnancy
  • neonates and children
  • sexual health
  • the returning traveller
  • immunocompromised patients
  • elderly patients.

These topics will have been covered in the STP programme, but in this first year of the HST programme, scientific and clinical knowledge will be consolidated and expanded and clinical microbiology skills developed.

Knowledge and understanding

This assumes knowledge of the laboratory aspects of these clinical infections.

NOTE 1: These syndromes will include infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites

NOTE 2: These infections will occur in patients in special groups including pregnancy and immunocompromised patients. 

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 clinical presentation and management of infections, including:

  • sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • genito-urinary tract infections
  • respiratory tract infections
  • gastrointestinal infections including hepato- biliary tract infections
  • skin and soft tissue infections
  • infections of bones and joints including prosthetic devices
  • septicaemia, bacteraemia and fungaemia
  • fever of unknown origin
  • infection of the cardiovascular system including prosthetic devices
  • infections of the eye
  • post-operative infections
  • infections of the central nervous system
  • rashes.

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:

  • present accurate, clear and concise documentation of patient data.

By the end of the training period the trainee will be able to apply knowledge of clinical presentation and management of infection to perform the clinical skills necessary to manage under supervision:

  • taking a relevant basic clinical/infection history
  • common clinical syndromes
  • establishing rapport with clinical and primary care staff
  • explaining results and clinical management plans simply and effectively to both clinicians and patients including recognising infection control implications and implementing appropriate control measures.

Attitudes and behaviours

This module has no attitude and behaviours information.

Specialties

Code Title Action
HLS2-1-20 Microbiology [v1] View
HLS2-3-20 Virology [v1] View
HLS2-4-20 Molecular Pathology of Infection [v1] View