Practice Placement in Medical Science


The Practice Placement module is a 1000-hour placement in a clinical laboratory in which the learner will gain knowledge of the principles of ethical and professional behaviour for medical scientists together with practical experience under the supervision of qualified and CORU registered medical scientists. The placement will allow exposure to state of the art laboratory equipment and instrumentation while knowledge of the importance of laboratory tests and their clinical interpretation in the patient will be emphasised.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Practise safely and effectively within the practice boundaries of the profession.

  2. Competently perform core laboratory techniques in the medical science disciplines under supervision and work effectively in a professional healthcare.

  3. Apply previously acquired theory and practical knowledge to the day to day work in a clinical laboratory.

  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the collaborative skills required to practise effectively as a medical scientist.

  5. Be able to take responsibility for managing one’s workload and setting priorities.

  6. Analyse and interpret laboratory results to assist in diagnosis, screening and disease management and be able to advice on further testing as appropriate.

  7. Communicate effectively with other staff and service users through written and oral means.

  8. Be able to comply with current Health and Safety regulations, and have knowledge of the relevant biological, chemical and physical hazard groups and associated risk containment in the clinical laboratory.

  9. Demonstrate an understanding of and be able to apply the principles of quality assurance, quality improvement and quality management including risk management in the clinical laboratory.

  10. Demonstrate an understanding of legal and ethical issues, including issues relating to consent, confidentiality and data protection that pertain to medical science.

  11. Be able to assess and critically review scientific literature.

  12. Participate in reflective practice and demonstrate an understanding of the need for ongoing and continuing professional development.

  13. Recognise personal responsibility and professional accountability for one’s actions and be able to justify professional decisions made.

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