Title Presentation and management of sexually transmitted infections STI and other infections of the reproductive system
Type Stage Two
Code HLS236
Requirement Compulsory

Module objective

By the end of the training period trainees will, in respect of infection in primary care and the community with reference to epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention, be able to:

  • analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply knowledge
  • perform, adapt and master 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.

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:

  • explaining aetiology and clinical presentation of infectious diseases presenting in the community (including those outlined above in Stage 2 Module 1: Specialist clinical skills)
    • explain pathophysiology of the disease process, with particular reference to common and important infections such as urinary tract infection and respiratory tract disease
    • understand the relevance of age-related infectious disease in the community g. infection in the elderly, pregnancy, children and sexually transmitted infections
    • understand the increasing prevalence of antibiotic resistant and toxin producing bacteria in the community and appropriate therapy
  • explaining the optimum treatment of infections and knowledge of current guidelines
  • explaining different treatment options available in the community, e.g. Home IV antibiotic using and understand the selection of the most appropriate choice for individual patients
  • understanding the development and importance of treatment of patients in the community for severe or chronic diseases previously treated in the secondary care setting and potential infective consequences e.g. cancer care
  • explaining the epidemiological consequences of different diseases with particular reference to: tuberculosis (TB), viral hepatitis, genitourinary disease,
  • explaining the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of zoonotic diseases in the community setting
  • explaining the systems available for disease control in primary care including active and passive immunisation strategies and chemoprophylaxis
  • discussing the developing threat of bioterrorism with microbiological agents on public health in the community.

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 to:

  • select and interpret appropriate laboratory tests
  • analyse results to produce specific or differential diagnosis
  • make an accurate risk assessment in relation to laboratory tests and treatment options.

By the end of the training period the trainee will be able to apply knowledge of infection management: infection in the community to perform, adapt and master the clinical skills necessary to:

  • assimilate clinical, laboratory and epidemiological information and use this to differentiate between infections and other conditions
  • liaise with clinicians and other healthcare staff in the community and primary care including the interpretation of laboratory results
  • select the appropriate antimicrobial and route of delivery in the clinical setting
  • take urgent action as appropriate to the epidemiology.

Attitudes and behaviours

This module has no attitude and behaviours information.


Code Title Action
HLS2-1-20 Microbiology [v1] View