Details

Title Principles of Clinical Instrumentation
Type Stage One
Code HPS309
Requirement Compulsory

Module objective

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to analyse and synthesise their understanding of the principles of clinical instrumentation used in the specialism and critically apply their knowledge to a range of technical procedures and clinical skills. They will demonstrate the ability to evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations using the professional attributes and insights required of a Consultant Clinical Scientist. This module will enable Clinical Scientists in HSST to gain a broader perspective on the principles of clinical instrumentation.

NB. This topic is closely related to physiological measurement. Within this training programme the emphasis is on the technical detail of the instrumentation rather than the diagnostic or therapeutic value of the investigation itself.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to critically analyse, synthesise and apply their knowledge to a range of clinical measurements utilised within a gastrointestinal physiology and urodynamics service including:

  • the key components of a system used to make physiological measurements: transducer; amplifier; filter; sampling and data acquisition; calibration.
  • signal properties: amplitude; frequency; phase; bandwidth; etc.
  • features of analogue and digital signals
  • application of the principles of sampling to a new physiological measurement technique.
  • regulatory issues relevant to medical devices including:
    • electrical and mechanical safety
    • MHRA
    • CE marking
    • medical device legislation
    • Medical Devices Directive.reflect on the challenges of applying research to practice in relation to these procedures and suggest
  • the legislation that underpins safe use of ICT within the clinical environment.
  • the usage of clinical data generated by a medical device information Governance including NHS security policies data exchange standards.
  • the interconnectivity of ICT equipment and computer systems within the clinical environment
  • introduction to the concept of the software lifecycle and the tools and frameworks used to specify, develop, validate and verify clinical software
  • basic principles relating to Information Communications Technology (ICT) security including:
    • firewalls
    • virus protection
    • encryption
    • server access
    • data security.
    • how database systems/data management and modern software processes
  • contribute to healthcare science and the provision of high quality safe and effective patient care.
  • reflect on the challenges of applying research to practice in relation to these procedures and suggest improvements, building on a critique of available evidence.

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:

  • specify, design and assemble a system to develop a new physiological measurement.
  • apply the principles of regulatory issues to a new physiological measurement.
  • assess critically the performance of a new physiological measurement. For example, sensitivity/specificity WRT gold standard.
  • reflect on the challenges of applying research to practice in relation to these procedures 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 critically evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations consistently demonstrating the professional attributes and insights required of a Consultant Clinical Scientist and will:

  • provide clinical leadership in developing new services.
  • establish and influence the culture of health and safety in the workplace.
  • develop inter-disciplinary skills.
  • show respect and behave in accordance with Good Scientific Practice.
  • listen, influence and lead continuous quality improvement in scientific services.

Specialties

Code Title Action
HPS3-1-20 Gastrointestinal Physiology [v1] View
HPS3-2-20 Urological Science [v1] View