By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST, with respect to community cardiology, will be able to critically analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply knowledge with respect to the structures and systems for the delivery of cardiovascular medical and scientific care to local populations. They should 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 of community cardiology, including:
- the policies, strategies and health data underpinning local provision of cardiac care;
- the interactions of local stakeholders in the implementation of policies and strategies, including screening programmes;
- how to access community support for patients/carers and the role of support groups, the voluntary sector and other agencies;
- local social and cultural issues and practices that affect health inequalities and outcomes (unemployment, smoking, addictive behaviour, poverty, etc.).
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:
- interact appropriately with other individuals and organisations participating in the care of patients with cardiovascular disorders;
- access and analyse local health data to assess the cardiovascular health needs of the local community;
- 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 evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations, consistently demonstrating 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:
- appreciate the differing roles and perspectives of individuals and organisations at different points on the patient pathway.