|Title||Laboratory Aspects of Respiratory and Sleep Physiology Practice|
By the end of this module Clinical Scientists in HSST, in respect of respiratory and sleep physiology, be able to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply knowledge, master a range of technical skills and procedures undertaken in the respiratory function and sleep laboratories with respect to(i) the selection and validation of appropriate tests: (ii) the scientific quality assurance of test procedures and (iii) the validity and reliability of test results and their application and demonstrate the attitudes and behaviours necessary for the role of a Consultant Clinical Scientist.
Knowledge and understanding
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will analyse, synthesise, evaluate and critically apply their expert knowledge required for:
- detection and identification of a broad range of respiratory and sleep disorders.
- laboratory techniques in the use of respiratory challenge agents (eg. Histamine, methacholine, nebulised antibiotics).
- systems for ensuring the quality assurance of test procedures.
- validity and reliability of test results and their application.
- analysis of the potential utility of new technologies.
Technical and clinical skills
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will demonstrate a critical understanding of current research and its application to the performance technical skills and be able to perform, adapt and master the technical procedures for:
- Detection and identification of respiratory and sleep disorders
- Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET)
- Techniques in the assessment of respiratory drive- both invasive and non- invasive
- Ventilatory and pulmonary shunt testing
- Techniques in the assessment of respiratory muscle function
- Techniques in the assessment of daytime sleepiness and vigilance (MSLT, MWT etc)
- Assessment of therapeutics and management of respiratory and sleep disorders
- Nebulised antibiotic challenge
- Oxygen Therapy
- Non-invasive ventilation
- Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Therapy
- Systems for ensuring the quality assurance of test procedures and reagents
- Use of appropriate biological and physical controls
- Internal quality assurance
- External quality assurance
- Validity and reliability of test results and their application
- Uncertainty of measurement
- Using systems to produce timely, accurate and relevant laboratory reports with appropriate interpretative comments
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to perform the clinical skills necessary to interpret and fully report respiratory and sleep tests, outline the performance, consider the effects of co-morbidities, advise appropriately on further investigations and decide on therapeutic interventions required to manage patient with a broad range of respiratory and sleep disorders.
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. They will also be required to demonstrate 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:
- show respect and behave in accordance with Good Scientific Practice
- listen, influence and lead continuous quality improvement in scientific services