- Audit and Service Development
- Stage Two
- Module code
Clinical Scientists in HSST should be able to identify opportunities for service development working with colleagues and patients and plan, evaluate and deliver new services or diagnostic approaches and disseminate these new approaches. By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to critically analyse and synthesise their understanding of service development and the role of innovation and key and emerging technologies that underlie recent innovations in healthcare science and develop a plan to market successful, regulatory-compliant devices and diagnostics products. In addition the role of clinical audit in providing evidence of good practice and identifying areas where practice should be improved will be covered. The Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to apply their knowledge in the clinical setting and 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.
Knowledge and understanding
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to critically analyse, synthesise and critically apply their expert knowledge with respect to service audit and improvement including:
- NHS strategy and policy with respect to patient care and innovation.
- how technology and innovation are managed within the NHS and by contrast in the private sector.
- legal principles governing Intellectual Property (IP) rights and patenting processes and evaluate the options that are available to protect new ideas, concepts, written material, images or designs in the context of health and healthcare science.
- how to assess the market opportunities and funding sources for new technology and the regulatory framework within which new technologies must be developed.
- the clinical audit cycle, and choose a part of current practice to audit.
- critical appraisal of the relevant literature.
- how to write a clear proposal for the study.
- how to develop appropriate outcome measures for the audit.
- how to manage the audit for the chosen part of the service.
- how to maintain clear concise records of results, with appropriate analysis and reporting.
- how to close the audit cycle by implementing change where necessary.critical appraisal of the relevant literature.
- governance and ethical frameworks for audit and innovation.
Technical and clinical skills
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of NHS priorities and the introduction and assessment of service improvements for patient benefit and perform and mastery of the following technical skills:
- critical evaluation of current guidelines.
- data collection.
- data analysis including statistics.
- data presentation.
- report writing.
- dissemination of findings.
- scientific data with path of evidence leading to recommendation for future activity.
- perform critical assessment of competing priorities e.g. cost, performance to choose best solution.
- work with patients to develop patient information materials for the new service.
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to critically reflect and apply in practice a range of skills to advise and communicate effectively with patients, relevant clinicians, patients and the public and other healthcare professionals and will:
- communicate science and innovation effectively with a variety of audiences including lay and non-science influencing and negotiating as appropriate.
- develop a business case for the provision of the new service, including a cost-benefits analysis.
- specify the equipment for the new service.
- procure and commission the new service.
- plan for integration of service to the patient pathway, to include: referral criteria and pathway; risk/benefit assessment; clinical logistics; reporting chain.
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 working within the limits of professional competence referring as appropriate to senior staff and will:
- recognise and champion the importance of continuous review and development of service.
- approach unfamiliar tasks and problems with an open and creative outlook.
- recognise the importance of continuous service review and development of service and the role of clinical audit.
- encourage a culture of innovation and entrepreneurialism. work within governance and ethical frameworks.