By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to analyse and synthesise their understanding of the processes in place to maximise patient safety. The Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to apply their knowledge of how safety alerts are received into the organisation, distributed, acted on and monitored to ensure all necessary safety-related actions have been taken. The Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to undertake a range of roles and perform procedures with respect to patient safety notices and safety alerts whilst investigation incidents to determine the cause and instigate procedures to minimise incidents. Clinical Scientist in HSST will also be expected to evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations using the professional attributes and insights required of a Consultant Clinical Scientist.
Knowledge and understanding
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to analyse, synthesise and critically apply their expert knowledge with respect to medical equipment management including the:
- prevailing national healthcare and local institution arrangements for the management of patient safety material, enabling critical appraisal of safety related publications the organisation is required to act on.
- ability to conduct root cause analysis investigations following medical device related incidents.
Technical and clinical skills
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of current research and its application to the performance and mastery of the following technical skills and will:
- act as Department of Health Central Alerting System responsible officer, including ability to use the national database.
- act as the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) liaison officer.
- receive and determine actions associated with national safety notices of all types.
- Investigate, report, analyse and disseminate the findings following an incident.
- interpret safety alerts and extract key information, such as actions, deadlines and stakeholders.
- perform root cause analysis on a range of medical device-related incidents.
Attitudes and behaviours
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations demonstrating the professional attributes and insights required of a Consultant Clinical Scientist working within the limits of professional competence referring as appropriate to senior staff and will:
- act with compassion and sensitivity when investigating incidents which may be traumatic for patients and staff involved.
- judge the level of information to share with patients in relation to safety related material, striking an appropriate balance between open and effective communication and potential for distress and worry.
- have a clear focus on effective patient centred service delivery, minimising risk and promoting patient safety.