|Title||Clinical Presentation of Diseases of the Visual System|
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply knowledge with respect to the clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of visual system disease in collaboration with more senior Clinical Scientists and the clinician(s) responsible for the overall care of the patient. They will be able to perform a range of technical and clinical skills in a range of settings, including laboratory, ward- based and community, and demonstrate the attitudes and behaviours necessary for the role of a Consultant Clinical Scientist. These topics will have been covered in the STP programme, but in the first two years of the HSST programme, scientific and clinical knowledge will be consolidated and expanded, and clinical physiology skills developed.
Knowledge and understanding
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will analyse, synthesise, critically evaluate and apply their knowledge with respect to clinical presentation, investigation, diagnosis and management of diseases of the visual system, including:
- optic neuropathy and other intracranial disorders;
- acquired degenerative disorders;
- inherited degenerative disorders
- cortical visual impairment.
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 clinical presentation and management of visual system disorders. They will present accurate, clear and concise documentation of patient data, including appropriate interpretation.
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to critically reflect and apply in practice an appropriate range of clinical and communication skills to and will:
- take a relevant focused history (see Stage 1(ii), Advanced History Taking and Clinical Examination);
- perform the appropriate investigations, taking into account special circumstances, contraindications, confounding factors and risks, for example epilepsy or corneal opacity when performing retinal electrophysiology;advise and communicate effectively with patients, relevant clinicians and the public, and other healthcare professionals working within the multidisciplinary team.
- explain results and clinical management plans simply and effectively to both clinicians and, where appropriate, patients;
- advise and communicate effectively with patients, relevant clinicians and the public, and other healthcare professionals working within the multidisciplinary team.
Attitudes and behaviours
This module has no attitude and behaviours information.