Module information

Module details

Title
Professional Foundations of Healthcare and Clinical Science
Type
Core
Module code
S-C1
Credits
20
Phase
Requirement
Compulsory

Aim of this module

This module will provide trainees with context and foundations to their practice in healthcare as a Clinical Scientist. Central to this module is the provision of safe, effective, high quality patient centred care. Trainees will develop a framework of skills and knowledge to evaluate and evolve practice in the context of the wider healthcare landscape. Throughout this module trainees will have opportunities to develop their professional skills.

Work-based content

Training activities

# Learning outcome Training activity Type Action
# 1 Learning outcome 2,3 Training activities

Set objectives for your personal wellbeing over the course of the Scientist Training Programme

Type DTA Action View
# 2 Learning outcome 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Training activities

Reflect on a situation or case you were involved with which showcases good practice, discuss the consequences, overall outcome, and how this experience may influence your future practice

Type DTA Action View
# 3 Learning outcome 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Training activities

Reflect on a situation or case you were involved with where something went wrong or didn’t go to plan, discuss the consequences, overall outcome, and how this experience may influence your future practice

Type DTA Action View
# 4 Learning outcome 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 Training activities

Audit your digital footprint for adherence to your organisations policy and professional standards, and make recommendations for future professional and personal practice

Type DTA Action View
# 5 Learning outcome 3,5,6,7,8,9 Training activities

Explore the experience of a patient on their journey through their care in your organisation and reflect on how it may feel to be a patient receiving this care

Type DTA Action View
# 6 Learning outcome 1,3,5,6,7,8,12 Training activities

Review a departmental process and patient pathway for equity of access and inclusivity, considering NHS principles and values, and make recommendations for actions

Type DTA Action View
# 7 Learning outcome 2,3,5,6,7,8 Training activities

Complete and reflect on a multi-source feedback assessment at the midpoint of training and develop an action plan for personal and professional development through the remainder of the programme

Type DTA Action View
# 8 Learning outcome 2,3,5,6,7,8 Training activities

Complete and reflect on a multi-source feedback assessment toward the end of your training, and develop an action plan for your personal and professional development through the remainder of your training and into your future career

Type DTA Action View
# 9 Learning outcome 4,6,7,8,10 Training activities

Offer peer support to someone entering a new environment and work with their manager to consider how your input would be most useful

Type DTA Action View
# 10 Learning outcome 4,6,7,9,10 Training activities

Engage with a public and/or patient audience to promote understanding of Healthcare Science, acting as an ambassador for Healthcare Science

Type DTA Action View
# 11 Learning outcome 1,2,4,6,7,9,10 Training activities

Deliver a learning session on an area of your specialty to a healthcare professional(s) outside your specialty or profession

Type DTA Action View
# 12 Learning outcome 1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Training activities

Participate in multi professional working

Type DTA Action View
# 13 Learning outcome 3,4,6,7,12,13 Training activities

Attend a conference with external participants focusing on your specialty, Healthcare Science or wider healthcare; share your learning from the event

Type DTA Action View
# 14 Learning outcome 3,4,6,7,12,13 Training activities

Identify and evaluate an innovation which could impact the future of practice and patient care in your specialty and communicate your findings to a multidisciplinary audience

Type DTA Action View
# 15 Learning outcome 3,4,6,7,12,13 Training activities

Communicate the impact of a current public health issue or initiative on health, health care and your practice

Type DTA Action View
# 16 Learning outcome 6,7,9 Training activities

Attend a senior management meeting for your department or organisation, and reflect on the contribution you and your department make to your organisation and the wider healthcare environment

Type DTA Action View
# 17 Learning outcome 1,4,11 Training activities

Support the use of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) by completing one of the following for a SOPs or local protocol;

  • Draft
  • Review
  • Renew
  • Revise
Type DTA Action View
# 18 Learning outcome 3,11 Training activities

Perform an audit, report the conclusions and make recommendations for actions

Type DTA Action View
# 19 Learning outcome 3,4,7,8,9,10,11,12 Training activities

Find a task or process in your department that you can improve, suggest ways it could be improved, and where possible implement the change

Type DTA Action View
# 20 Learning outcome 3,4,7,8,9,10,11,12 Training activities

Support the adoption of a new way of working that is being introduced into your department

Type DTA Action View

Assessments

Complete 4 Case-Based Discussions

Complete 4 DOPS or OCEs

Direct Observation of Practical Skills:

  • Apply an appropriate method(s) to ensure the confidentiality and security of information

Observed Clinical Event:

  • Gather a relevant patient history from a patient, carer, patient representative or another healthcare professional
  • Present a relevant patient history to another healthcare professional
  • Obtain informed consent for an element of patient care you are contributing to
  • Discuss with a patient/ healthcare professional where the limits of consent are reached, and additional consent is required for further investigation or processing
  • Discuss with a patient/healthcare professional the pros and cons of a development in practice which could be applied to their care/patients in their care
  • Discuss with a patient/healthcare professional the impact of a public health initiative on their care/patients in their care
  • Feedback findings and recommendations from an audit, review or reflection to colleagues
  • Discuss with a stakeholder(s) their needs and requirements to determine if they are met by a proposed way of working

Learning outcomes

# Learning outcome
1

Practice lawfully and safely in accordance with the required standards.

2

Justify their own practice, taking personal responsibility for their limits, scope and fitness to practice.

3

Appraise and reflect on all elements of practice, identify areas for improvement and personal development.

4

Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills, identify the needs of the intended audience and employ appropriate methods to meet those needs.

5

Practice inclusively in a non-discriminatory manner to provide patient centred care.

6

Summarise the role and responsibilities of healthcare scientists in providing and upholding high quality patient centred care.

7

Identify stakeholders involved with and affected by their practice and work with stakeholders to provide high quality patient centred care.

8

Apply the principles and values of the NHS in their practice.

9

Describe the framework of local and national healthcare provision and the contribution of their role and specialty.

10

Demonstrate leadership as appropriate to their role and practice, adapting style as required.

11

Evaluate the quality of practice and engage with quality and improvement processes.

12

Discuss contemporary issues affecting health and healthcare in the context of their practice and the wider health environment.

13

Critically evaluate the impact of developments and innovation in healthcare on current and future practice and patient care.

Clinical experiences

Activities

Information:

There is no clinical experiential learning associated with this module.

Academic content (MSc in Clinical Science)

Important information

The academic parts of this module will be detailed and communicated to you by your university. Please contact them if you have questions regarding this module and its assessments. The module titles in your MSc may not be exactly identical to the work-based modules shown in the e-portfolio. Your modules will be aligned, however, to ensure that your academic and work-based learning are complimentary.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the trainee will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate your personal responsibilities, challenges and limitations of your practice as a healthcare scientist in respect to the standards and ethical boundaries including confidentiality, informed consent and safeguarding.
  2. Critically appraise the contribution of healthcare science and multi-professional working in the provision of patient care within the structure and function of health and social care including effective communication and leadership.
  3. Critically evaluate the principles of methodologies which ensure the quality of practice in healthcare science.
  4. Critically evaluate the principles of patient centred care applied to healthcare in the NHS including approaches to managing health which aim to promote wellbeing and reduce health inequalities.
  5. Critically appraise the requirements for continuous development, evolution and improvement of services and standards in healthcare and innovations which impact healthcare science and healthcare.

Indicative content

Professional and personal standards as a practicing healthcare professional:

  • Governance and standards of practice
    • Role of the Health and Care Professions Council and Academy for Healthcare Science
    • Regulatory and statutory bodies
    • Legislation and guidance
    • Equality

Safety

  • Health and safety standards
  • Patient safety
  • Safeguarding

NHS values and constitution

  • Duty of care
  • Duty of candour

Personal responsibility for your practice

  • Personal judgement
  • Challenging inappropriate behaviour and practice
  • Scope of practice
  • Knowledge of limitations
  • Fitness to practice
  • Continued professional development

Confidentiality and information governance

  • Principles
  • Application
  • Limitations

Informed Consent

  • Principles
  • Application
  • Limitations

Personal Professional Practice:

  • Managing your own health and well being
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Reflective practice
  • Principles of problem solving

Inclusive culture:

  • Unconscious bias
  • Protected characteristics
  • Respecting differences
  • Patient autonomy

Patient pathways:

  • The contribution of Healthcare Science
  • Multi-professional working

Effective communication:

  • Negotiation and influencing
  • Engaging constructive feedback
  • Difficult conversations
  • Adapting methods of communication appropriately for the audience
  • Social media
  • Principles of taking and presenting patient histories
  • Sharing knowledge and learning styles

Leadership and followership:

  • Principles and styles
  • Culture and values
  • Effective teams
  • Change and resilience

Patient centred care:

  • Principles
  • Culture and values
  • Personalised medicine
  • Social, psychological and emotional context of care
  • Public and patient involvement
  • Co-creation of healthcare with patients

Introduction to the structure of the NHS and health services:

  • NHS constitution and values
  • Governance
  • Accountability
  • Principles of health economics

Introduction to population health:

  • Public health
  • Social care
  • Access to healthcare and health inequalities
  • Public health interventions and outcomes
  • Environmental impact

Quality of practice and improvement:

  • Standards and accreditation
  • Accuracy, authenticity, uncertainty
  • Quality assurance
  • Quality control
  • Quality management
  • Audit
    • Principles
    • Methodologies
  • Risk management
  • Culture
  • Service improvement and development
  • Continuous improvement
  • Change management

Innovation:

  • Contemporary issues
  • Horizon scanning
  • Sustainability
  • Digital, data, technology and genomic developments
  • Critical appraisal of new developments

Module assigned to

Specialties

Specialty code Specialty title Action
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Specialty code SLS1-2-22 Specialty title Haematology & Transfusion Science [2022] Action View
Specialty code SLS1-3-22 Specialty title Clinical Immunology [2022] Action View
Specialty code SLS1-4-22 Specialty title Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics [2022] Action View
Specialty code SLS3-1-22 Specialty title Embryology [2022] Action View
Specialty code SLS3-2-22 Specialty title Andrology [2022] Action View
Specialty code SLS3-4-22 Specialty title Histopathology [2022] Action View
Specialty code SLS4-1-22 Specialty title Genomics [2022] Action View
Specialty code SLS4-2-22 Specialty title Genomic Counselling [2022] Action View
Specialty code SLS4-3-23 Specialty title Cancer Genomics [2023] Action View
Specialty code SPS1-1-22 Specialty title Cardiac Science [2022] Action View
Specialty code SPS1-2-22 Specialty title Vascular Science [2022] Action View
Specialty code SPS1-3-22 Specialty title Respiratory & Sleep Science [2022] Action View
Specialty code SPS1-5-22 Specialty title Critical Care Science [2022] Action View
Specialty code SPS2-2-22 Specialty title Ophthalmic & Vision Science [2022] Action View
Specialty code SPS2-3-22 Specialty title Neurophysiology [2022] Action View
Specialty code SPS3-1-22 Specialty title Gastrointestinal Physiology [2022] Action View
Specialty code SPS3-2-22 Specialty title Urodynamic Science [2022] Action View
Specialty code SPE1-1-22 Specialty title Radiotherapy Physics [2022] Action View
Specialty code SPE1-2-22 Specialty title Imaging with Non-Ionising Radiation [2022] Action View
Specialty code SPE1-5-22 Specialty title Nuclear Medicine [2022] Action View
Specialty code SPE1-6-22 Specialty title Radiation Safety and Diagnostic Radiology [2022] Action View
Specialty code SPE2-1-22 Specialty title Pharmaceutical Science [2022] Action View
Specialty code SPE3-4-22 Specialty title Clinical Engineering [2022] Action View
Specialty code SPE4-1-22 Specialty title Reconstructive Science [2022] Action View
Specialty code SBI1-1-22 Specialty title Clinical Bioinformatics Genomics [2022] Action View
Specialty code SBI1-2-22 Specialty title Clinical Scientific Computing [2022] Action View
Specialty code SBI1-3-22 Specialty title Clinical Informatics [2022] Action View
Specialty code SLS2-1-23 Specialty title Clinical Microbiology [2023] Action View
Specialty code SLS4-3-22 Specialty title Cancer Genomics [2022] Action View
Specialty code SPS2-1-22 Specialty title Audiology [2022] Action View
Specialty code SPS2-1-23 Specialty title Audiology [2023] Action View
Specialty code SPS1-1-23 Specialty title Cardiac Science [2023] Action View
Specialty code SLS1-1-23 Specialty title Clinical Biochemistry [2023] Action View
Specialty code SBI1-1-23 Specialty title Clinical Bioinformatics Genomics [2023] Action View
Specialty code SLS3-2-23 Specialty title Andrology [2023] Action View
Specialty code SPE3-4-23 Specialty title Clinical Engineering [2023] Action View
Specialty code SLS1-3-23 Specialty title Clinical Immunology [2023] Action View
Specialty code SBI1-3-23 Specialty title Clinical Informatics [2023] Action View
Specialty code SBI1-2-23 Specialty title Clinical Scientific Computing [2023] Action View
Specialty code SPS1-5-23 Specialty title Critical Care Science [2023] Action View
Specialty code SLS3-1-23 Specialty title Embryology [2023] Action View
Specialty code SPS3-1-23 Specialty title Gastrointestinal Physiology [2023] Action View
Specialty code SLS4-2-23 Specialty title Genomic Counselling [2023] Action View
Specialty code SLS4-1-23 Specialty title Genomics [2023] Action View
Specialty code SLS1-2-23 Specialty title Haematology & Transfusion Science [2023] Action View
Specialty code SLS1-4-23 Specialty title Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics [2023] Action View
Specialty code SLS3-4-23 Specialty title Histopathology [2023] Action View
Specialty code SPE1-2-23 Specialty title Imaging with Non-Ionising Radiation [2023] Action View
Specialty code SPS2-3-23 Specialty title Neurophysiology [2023] Action View
Specialty code SPE1-5-23 Specialty title Nuclear Medicine [2023] Action View
Specialty code SPS2-2-23 Specialty title Ophthalmic & Vision Science [2023] Action View
Specialty code SPE2-1-23 Specialty title Pharmaceutical Science [2023] Action View
Specialty code SPE1-6-23 Specialty title Radiation Safety and Diagnostic Radiology [2023] Action View
Specialty code SPE1-1-23 Specialty title Radiotherapy Physics [2023] Action View
Specialty code SPE4-1-23 Specialty title Reconstructive Science [2023] Action View
Specialty code SPS1-3-23 Specialty title Respiratory & Sleep Science [2023] Action View
Specialty code SPS3-2-24 Specialty title Urodynamic Science [2024] Action View
Specialty code SPS1-2-23 Specialty title Vascular Science [2023] Action View
Specialty code SLS4-3-24 Specialty title Cancer Genomics [2024] Action View
Specialty code SPS1-1-24 Specialty title Cardiac Science [2024] Action View
Specialty code SLS1-1-24 Specialty title Clinical Biochemistry [2024] Action View
Specialty code SBI1-1-24 Specialty title Clinical Bioinformatics Genomics [2024] Action View
Specialty code SBI1-3-24 Specialty title Clinical Informatics [2024] Action View
Specialty code SPE3-4-24 Specialty title Clinical Engineering [2024] Action View
Specialty code SBI1-2-24 Specialty title Clinical Scientific Computing [2024] Action View
Specialty code SLS1-3-24 Specialty title Clinical Immunology [2024] Action View
Specialty code SPE2-1-24 Specialty title Pharmaceutical Science [2024] Action View
Specialty code SPS1-5-24 Specialty title Critical Care Science [2024] Action View
Specialty code SPE1-6-24 Specialty title Radiation Safety and Diagnostic Radiology [2024] Action View
Specialty code SPS3-1-24 Specialty title Gastrointestinal Physiology [2024] Action View
Specialty code SLS4-2-24 Specialty title Genomic Counselling [2024] Action View
Specialty code SLS4-1-24 Specialty title Genomics [2024] Action View
Specialty code SLS1-2-24 Specialty title Haematology & Transfusion Science [2024] Action View
Specialty code SLS1-4-24 Specialty title Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics [2024] Action View
Specialty code SLS3-4-24 Specialty title Histopathology [2024] Action View
Specialty code SPE1-2-24 Specialty title Imaging with Non-Ionising Radiation [2024] Action View
Specialty code SPS2-3-24 Specialty title Neurophysiology [2024] Action View
Specialty code SPE1-5-24 Specialty title Nuclear Medicine [2024] Action View
Specialty code SPS2-2-24 Specialty title Ophthalmic & Vision Science [2024] Action View
Specialty code SPE1-1-24 Specialty title Radiotherapy Physics [2024] Action View
Specialty code SPE4-1-24 Specialty title Reconstructive Science [2024] Action View
Specialty code SLS3-2-24 Specialty title Andrology [2024] Action View
Specialty code SLS3-1-24 Specialty title Embryology [2024] Action View
Specialty code SPS1-3-24 Specialty title Respiratory & Sleep Science [2024] Action View
Specialty code SPS1-2-24 Specialty title Vascular Science [2024] Action View
Specialty code SLS2-1-24 Specialty title Clinical Microbiology [2024] Action View
Specialty code SPS2-1-24 Specialty title Audiology [2024] Action View
Specialty code SPS2-3-25 Specialty title Neurophysiology: Intraoperative Neuromonitoring [2025] Action View
Specialty code Specialty title [] Action View
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Specialty code SPS2-3-25 Specialty title Neurophysiology: Interoperative Neuromonitoring [Neurophysiology: Interoperative Neuromonitoring] Action View