|Title||Evidence Based 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 undertake reviews of evidence based practice and participate in developing evidence based practice in the diagnosis, treatment and surveillance of vascular disease using the professional attributes and insights required of a Consultant Clinical Vascular Scientist.
Knowledge and understanding
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist HSST will be able to critically analyse, synthesise, identify, evaluate, interpret and critically apply their expert knowledge to the ensure the application of evidence based practice in the diagnosis and surveillance and, where appropriate, treatment of vascular disease with respect to:
- relevant academic research publications.
- the range of research techniques used in medical research e.g. multi-centre randomised control trials, systematic reviews, meta-analysis.
- statistics and the presentation of research results related to research trials and publications (also see research module).
- systems for stratifying levels of evidence e.g. Oxford Centre for Evidence Based Medicine.
- guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) relevant to the diagnosis, treatment and surveillance of vascular disease.
- guidelines issued by professional bodies, for example Royal Colleges of Physicians, Radiologists or Surgeons relevant to the diagnosis, treatment and surveillance of vascular disease.
- the National Vascular Database.
- publications and safety guidance relevant to the assessment and treatment of vascular disease produced by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
- the Transatlantic inter-Society Consensus Document relevant to the diagnosis,treatment and surveillance of vascular disease.
- publications produced by the International Union of Phlebology.the Transatlantic inter-Society Consensus Document relevant to the diagnosis, treatment and surveillance of vascular disease.
- the Cochrane database of Systemic Reviews relevant to the diagnosis, treatment and surveillance of vascular disease.
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 and mastery of the following technical skills and will:
- ensure equipment used to provide the vascular science service is current and has the facilities e.g. measurement packages, required to meet current guidelines.
- ability to adapt or adjust practices to reflect new guidelines or recommendations.
By the end of this module, the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to critically reflect and apply in practice, with respect to evidence based vascular practice in a range of patients, clinical and communication skills to advise and communicate effectively with patients, relevant clinicians and other healthcare professionals and will:
- analyse current guidelines and research to update and develop protocols for diagnostic, therapeutic and surveillance of vascular disease.
- participate with the multi-disciplinary team in updating and developing patient care pathways based on current guidelines and research.
- formulate methods to present data from diagnostic, investigation and surveillance programmes based on current guidelines.
- participate in national organisations e.g. NICE, in the development of future guidelines.
- 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. They will also be expected to consistently 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:
- support conclusions draw from evidence with reasoned argument.
- appreciate the impact of new evidence on patients and carers.
- facilitate effective and empathic communication with respect to the evidence base underpinning vascular science.
- act in accordance with the principles and practice of patient-centred care, regularly reflecting on personal practice and revising judgments and changing behaviour in the light of new evidence.
- critically assess and evaluate personal and team-related performance in the context of evidence-based patient care, identify areas of good practice and make improvements where necessary.
- seek feedback from patients on their own and the team’s performance and adapt practice accordingly.