Title Advanced Lung Function Testing
Type Stage Two
Code HPS149
Requirement Compulsory

Module objective

By the end of this module Clinical Scientists in HSST will be able to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply their knowledge, and master the technical skills to be competent in assessment of patients requiring advanced lung function testing within scope of practice of an independent 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 with respect to the: 

  • predisposing factors, aetiology, presentation and differential disorders. requiring advanced lung function techniques including:
    • Airway function (oscillometry (IOS, FOT), airways conductance/resistance (SGAW, RAW and related indices).
    • Closing volume, lung clearance index (LCI).
    • Lung volumes (interrupter techniques).
    • Gas Transfer techniques, (TLCO, TLNO, Dm/Vc).
    • Lung mechanics (compliance, pressure/volume measurements, etc).
    • Optoplethysmography (breathing patterns, Konno and Mead analysis, etc).
  • requirements for specialist lung function in patients with acute and chronic respiratory conditions.
  • equipment and interfaces used in these advanced techniques.

Technical and clinical skills

By the end of this module, with respect to advanced lung function testing, the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of current research and its application to the performance and mastery of the following technical skills: 

  • perform and interpret a variety of airway function tests.
  • perform and interpret a variety of gas transfer tests (including TLNO and /or Dm/Vc).
  • perform and interpret compliance measurements.perform and interpret a variety lung mechanical assessments.
  • perform and interpret a variety of optoplethysmography techniques.

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to critically reflect and apply in practice a range of clinical and communication skills to advise and communicate effectively with patients, relevant clinicians, patients and the public and other healthcare professionals and will:

  • order and supervise a variety of advanced lung function tests.
  • interpret and act on clinical reports and results from advanced lung function tests.
  • communicate with patients/relatives, colleagues and clinical services (MDT) regarding diagnosis and management (especially from the results of advanced lung function tests).
  • adopt a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and management of patient with a range of respiratory disorders.
  • 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

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:

  • maintain patient confidentiality throughout investigations and reporting of outcomes.
  • promote the importance of active participation by Clinical Scientists in multidisciplinary clinical team meetings.
  • demonstrate enthusiasm and service development through new innovations and implementation.


Code Title Action
HPS1-3-1-20 Respiratory & Sleep Science (Adult) [v1] View
HPS1-3-2-20 Respiratory & Sleep Science (Paediatric) [v1] View