|Title||Assessment of Patients with Cardiovascular Disease Prior to Non Cardiac Surgery|
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST, with respect to surgical pre-assessment, will be able to critically analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply knowledge, and perform the specialist assessment of adult and paediatric patients with cardiovascular disease prior to non-cardiac surgery. They will also consistently demonstrate the attitudes and behaviours necessary for the role of a Consultant Clinical Scientist within a patient-focused service.
Knowledge and understanding
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will critically analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply their expert knowledge with respect to the assessment of patients with cardiovascular disease prior to non-cardiac surgery.
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, adaptation and mastery of a range of clinical and communication skills and will:
- apply a range of cardiac investigatory techniques to assess risk prior to non- cardiac surgery for patients with cardiac disease and give advice and develop management plans with the patient and colleagues accordingly;
- make an active contribution as a member of a multidisciplinary team;
- reflect on the challenges of applying research to practice in relation to these procedures 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 critically evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations. They should consistently demonstrate the professional attributes and insights required of a Clinical Scientist in HSST working within the limits of professional competence, referring as appropriate to senior staff, and will:
- communicate appropriately with the patient, placing the patient at the centre of care and considering the interplay of physiological and psychological aspects of heart disease and the importance of patient education;
- prioritise the safety of the patient, recognising the importance of cardiac function in patients being considered for surgical procedures;
- lead and promote a culture of interaction with service users and patients;
- work effectively within the multidisciplinary clinical team (including anaesthetists, surgeons and nurse specialists) and when appropriate take responsibility for ensuring appropriate and effective decision-making processes are in place;
- consistently work to high standards of clinical practice, applying knowledge and evidence, making decisions and evaluating the impact of those decisions;
- support and contribute to the development of multidisciplinary clinical team working and work with the team to determine scientific service priorities.