|Title||Advances in Scientific Practice|
By the end of this module, the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to apply their knowledge, skills and experience in the clinical setting to review emerging evidence of new developments in scientific, technological and clinical practice. They will be able to identify opportunities for innovative approaches to the development, delivery and evaluation of new clinical services and lead these developments. In this leadership role they will present these new developments in a concise and appropriate manner to the MDT, including healthcare management, in order to influence and progress their implementation. They will be able to educate Clinical Scientists in Reconstructive Science, clinicians and other members of the healthcare team with respect to the principles behind the developments using the professional attributes and insights required of a Consultant Clinical Scientist. They will be able to explain the principles and relevance of the novel procedures to patients at an appropriate level of complexity and involve patients in the development process appropriately.
This module is designed to ensure that the Clinical Scientist in HSST is learning and working at the cutting edge of science. Where necessary, given the speed at which science and technology develops, those delivering training and the Clinical Scientist in HSST together are expected to identify emerging developments that may be outside those specifically detailed in this module and gain the knowledge and skills to take them forward.
Knowledge and understanding
By the end of this module, the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and critically apply their expert knowledge of emerging evidence of new developments in scientific, technological and clinical practice.
This will include accessing multiple sources of evidence or opinion and knowledge of how to formulate and present opinions and viewpoints in a logical and structured fashion.
Technical and clinical skills
By the end of this module, the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to critically reflect and apply in practice appropriate novel Reconstructive Science techniques in a range of patients.
- identify opportunities for innovative approaches to the development, delivery and evaluation of new clinical services;
- appreciate and identify when new and novel treatments need to be part of a clinical trial;
- present these new developments in a concise and appropriate manner to the MDT, including healthcare management, in order to influence and progress their implementation;
- critically evaluate current guidelines and work with the multiprofessional team to develop and implement guidelines in the clinical setting, recognising the need to ensure the safety of the patient;
- critically evaluate ideas, innovations and inventions for their potential to have a positive impact on patient care, service delivery, education and training, and the organisation, ;
- critically evaluate new technology, including the financial impact when there are competing priorities, e.g. cost, performance, to choose best solution;
- work in partnership with patients and carers to develop patient information materials for the new service;
- perform, adapt and master a range of new techniques;
- keep up to date with basic scientific research in Reconstructive Science;
- adopt a mindset that actively seeks creative solutions to problems through engagement with individual creativity, approaches and techniques;
- work with and encourage others to find creative solutions to problems through engagement with group creativity approaches and techniques;
- be positive and confident about developing ideas and putting them into action;
- actively seek out opportunities for collaborative discussions and research, being open to new developments, attending conferences and keeping up to date with the literature;
- adopt a forward-looking, progressive approach and be receptive to new ideas, looking out for emerging technologies;
- promote a sustainable, engrained culture of innovation in an individual, department and/or organisation;
- ensure clinical and scientist colleagues are kept up to date with novel techniques used within the service;
- ensure patients fully understand any procedure that is undertaken;
- continue to monitor any safety issues relating to a novel procedure introduced to the diagnostic or follow-up service;
- educate Clinical Reconstructive Scientists, clinicians and other members of the healthcare team with respect to the principles behind the developments.
Debates and Controversies in Reconstructive Science
- conduct research and present evidence;
- communicate in a logical and structured approach;
- present coherent and evidence-based information and data;
- defend specific points of view based on sound evidence;
- challenge evidence that has minimal or poor support;
- reach a consensus in conjunction with other experts in the field;
- communicate with the MDTs, agencies, specialist groups and organisations, including non-NHS groups.
Leading Scientific Services
- critically review the literature and disseminate findings and scientific data, and make recommendations for future activity;
- ensure clinical and scientist colleagues are kept up to date with new and novel techniques used within the service;
- work with patients, carers and families to develop and update patient information materials appropriate to service requirements;
- share data on clinical practice standards with service users and managers to encourage dialogue and debate;
- be committed to, support and lead continuous improvement of neurophysiological scientific services, with particular reference to auditing practice, evidence-based practice, innovation, and the introduction and use of new and improved technologies;
- reflect on the challenges of applying research to practice in relation to these areas of practice and suggest improvements, building on a critique of available evidence.
Attitudes and behaviours
This module has no attitude and behaviours information.