|Title||Systems Engineering Principles|
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to analyse and synthesise their understanding of systems engineering principles to a range of healthcare problems. The Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to apply their knowledge in the clinical setting and use the principles of systems engineering in the healthcare environment to enhance the delivery of services and patient safety. 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 systems engineering principles including:
- systems engineering applied to health systems.
- systems engineering theory including an introduction to “soft systems”
- the practical application of systems engineering, including
- the enquiry process
- System boundary identification
- Establishing stakeholder views
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 systems engineering skills in the healthcare environment including:
- the development of practical skills in applying the above principles.
- apply principles in the healthcare environment.
- problem identification to establish a structural picture
- root definition analysis ( Customers, Actors, Transformation, World view, Owner, Environmental constraints or equivalent)
- analysis phases:
- examination of intervention in terms of roles
- cultural analysis
- conceptual model formulation
- model output – input comparison
- feasible changes – actions
- evaluations and feedback
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of current relevant research, theory and knowledge and apply this in a series of case studies which may typically include cases such as:
- patient vital signs monitoring policy and practice to enable identification of the deteriorating patient.
- delivery of integrated healthcare across primary and secondary care services.
- clinical care pathway analysis.
- hospital discharge constraints, specifically relating to medical device requirements to support patients at
- integration of IT solutions with medical devices.
- telehealth, telemedicine and mobile technology medical applications deployment and use across the health community.
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.