|Title||Driving Technological Change Evaluation Innovation and Strategy|
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to analyse and synthesise their understanding of the importance of technological change to improving patient services as part of the delivery of a high quality, patient focussed service. The Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to apply their knowledge and develop skills in assessing medical technologies and development of technology strategies for the organisation or wider health community. They will also be able to seek and critically evaluate evidence from a variety of sources and analyse their responses to normal or unusual circumstances, consistently demonstrating 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 technology and the application of technology innovations in healthcare including:
- approaches and methodologies that can be taken to assess medical technologies, including
- randomised control trials
- evaluating diagnostic technologies
- case studies
- registers and database
- quantitative synthesis
- cost Effectiveness/Cost Benefit analysis
- epidemiological sources
- appreciation of the elements of a medical technology strategy
- study of the factors influencing diffusion of technologies and medical practice concepts.
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:
- application of a variety of methods for technology assessments, monitoring, synthesising and disseminating findings to clinical colleagues in a proactive manner to inform service improvement and patient outcomes.
- develop horizon scanning skills to identify and evaluate new and emerging technologies.
- remain abreast of and conduct impact assessments on changing legislation and international standards that impact on healthcare technologies.
- develop approaches to speed up the adoption of good practice and discourage the use of those that are less effective.
- constantly improve medical device evaluation to make improved health outcomes and better medical practice a key component and consequence of medical device evaluations.
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 clinical skills including:
- critical appraisal of existing technologies in clinical use, using primary data to clinically characterise and evaluate the technology.
- new uses of established techniques.
- identification of variation in clinical practice with regard to medical device technologies comparing the local institution with emerging clinical practice at centres of excellence, critically evaluating and determining the appropriateness of local adoption.
- development of a “technology atlas” for the institution or health community to act as an indicator to enable functional effectiveness of devices to be categorised, informing technology investment strategies.
- construction of a short, medium and long term medical device investment programmes.
- performance of medical device evaluations that have improved medical practice as a clear focus.
- advancement of methodologies for medical technology assessment within the institution and across the health community
- identification and critique of current developments at the frontiers of Clinical Biomedical Engineering and healthcare technologies, current examples include
- neuro prosthetics, with prosthetic devices being integrated to the nervous system with the intent to restore sensory function or extracting motor intention from the brain to drive artificial prostheses
- wireless technologies
- nano technologies and materials
The Clinical Scientist in HSST will also be expected to reflect on the challenges of applying research to practice and suggest improvements, building on a critique of available evidence.
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:
- be proactive in identification of technological change required in the institution for patient benefit to keep healthcare at the limits of science.
- be mindful of the ethos and constitution of the NHS in ensuring best outcomes for patients.