Title Health and Safety in Ophthalmic and Vision Science Practice promoting patient centred, high quality, safe clinical service
Type Stage One
Code HPS229
Requirement Compulsory

Module objective

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and apply knowledge of health and safety legislation and guidance both locally and nationally in order to practise safely in a laboratory, clinical, or other setting and advise on safe practice. The Clinical Scientist in HSST will also be expected to perform risk assessments and develop, refine and evaluate health and safety precautions relating to patient testing and management, 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, critically evaluate and apply their knowledge with respect to:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act (1974).
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations (2002).
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999).
  • Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) guidance.
  • Medical Devices Regulations (2002).
  • Prevention and control of healthcare-associate infections NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guideline (2011).
  • The Human Medicines Regulations (2012).
  • Safe disposal of clinical waste (1999) guidance.
  • Minimising the risks of photosensitivity epilepsy.
  • Decontamination of medical devices.
  • Basic life support.
  • Electrical Safety BS/EN 60601-1.

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 in the performance of technical skills. They will perform risk assessments using a range of risk assessment tools, including risk matrices when required, for all investigations and procedures relating to both diagnostic and therapeutic management of patients.

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to perform the skills necessary to appropriately assess the health and safety precautions required in an Ophthalmic and Vision service, prioritising patient safety.

Attitudes and behaviours

This module has no attitude and behaviours information.


Code Title Action
HPS2-2-1-20 Ophthalmic & Vision Sciences (Electrophysiology) [v1] View
HPS2-2-2-20 Ophthalmic & Vision Sciences (Imaging) [v1] View
HPS2-2-3-20 Ophthalmic & Vision Sciences (Visual Perception and Psychophysics) [v1] View