Title Service Redesign, Optimisation and Horizon Scanning
Type Stage Two
Code HPE320
Requirement Compulsory

Module objective

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to analyse and synthesise their understanding of the principles underpinning the management and development of services, service re-design, the NHS Change Management model and horizon scanning techniques to enable them to assess the impact of new technologies.  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 apply in-depth knowledge of the principles of health economics within the healthcare environment, with regard to technologies and wider health interventions including: 

  • NHS Change Management model.
  • service re-design principles.
  • use of knowledge gained through the programme to optimise service delivery.
  • horizon scanning techniques to identify new and emerging technologies.

Technical and clinical skills

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to demonstrate and critically evaluate their performance of a range techniques including:

  • techniques for identifying new and emerging technologies and legislative change that may impact on Clinical Biomedical Engineering service provision.
  • identification of tools and techniques from other industries that may be applicable to Clinical Biomedical Engineering e.g.
    • Digital Signal Processing used in telecommunications or radar applications
    • Large Data Computing techniques
    • Industrial Measurement/Instrumentation
  • identification of, and keeping a watching brief on emerging technologies, such as:
    • nano technology
    • biomaterials
    • advances in mobile communication & other technologies
    • adaptability of tools and techniques
    • bioinformatics
    • personalised medicine
  • the NHS change model
    • ability to identify goals and objectives relating to health system in question
    • analysis of drivers for change – use of appropriate methodologies, eg PEST
    • stakeholder identification
    • proposals for introduction of best practice
    • performance measurement
    • effective implementation

The Clinical Scientist in HSST will develop, apply and critically evaluate a range of  clinical skills to be able to monitor, critically review and recommend key improvement actions in the following areas:

  • medical device management policy and practice across the institution.
  • directly managed Clinical Biomedical Engineering services and gaps in provision.
  • decontamination of re-usable, non-sterile medical devices.
  • patient safety in relation to medical device usage.
  • compliance with statutory and healthcare standards and established best practice.

The Clinical Scientist in HSST will also be expected to master, apply and evaluate a range of clinical skills aligned to the specialism including engagement with service stakeholders and patients to ensure system evaluation from all perspectives including:

  • development of objective health outcome measures for services.
  • leadership of a service change initiative resulting in improved service delivery.

Attitudes and behaviours

The Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to adopt a proactive attitude, with a clear focus on continually asking the question what is the role of Clinical Biomedical Engineering (CBE), or what can CBE solutions bring to improve patient outcomes  working as a clinician within a multi-disciplinary framework to ensure healthcare practices use the latest technology and techniques.


Code Title Action
HPE3-1-20 Clinical Biomedical Engineering [v1] View