Debates and Controversies in Clinical Bioinformatics (HBI112)

Module Objective

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to apply their knowledge, skills and experience to enable them to fully participate in debates and controversies related to Clinical Bioinformatics. They will acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to formulate opinion and shape responses to outstanding or unresolved issues and controversies within the field of Clinical Bioinformatics services. This will allow the Clinical Scientist in HSST to critically evaluate their own response to complex issues using their professional attributes and insights.

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and critically apply their expert knowledge to debates, consensus, national and international opinions within the field of Clinical Bioinformatics and related services, including:

  • How to critically evaluate evidence or opinion from multiple sources and resources.
  • How to formulate and present opinions and viewpoints in a logical, structured and timely manner.
  • Ethical and medico-legal issues of Clinical Bioinformatics, including consent, anonymisation, information governance, safeguarding personal data, risk of disclosure.
  • The involvement of patients, carers and the public to ensure their views are considered and embedded in debating controversies and forming opinion.
  • How healthcare science services can optimise the positive impact of involving patients/carers and the public.

The Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to access data from multiple sources, including: IT systems (databases), patient panels, library, journals, internet, conferences and scientific meetings, and clinical meetings, including case discussions.

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to critically reflect and apply in practice appropriate skills during discussions, debate, policy formulation, recommendations and consensus meetings. They will have clinical and communication skills to communicate effectively with the public, patients, carers, healthcare and non-healthcare professionals, local, national and international health service leaders and managers, and will be able to:

  • Research, critically appraise and present evidence in a range of formats.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate strategies to ensure the views of patients, carers and the public are captured and used to inform scientific opinion.
  • Communicate in a logical and structured approach across a range of communication formats.
  • Present coherent and evidence-based information and data.
  • Defend specific points of view based on sound evidence to influence the introduction of new and innovative approaches in a safe manner.
  • Challenge evidence that has minimal or poor support.
  • Reach a consensus in conjunction with other experts in the field.
  • Communicate with the MDTs, agencies, specialist groups and organisations, including non-NHS groups.
  • Be positive and confident about developing ideas and putting them into action.
  • Actively seek out opportunities for collaborative discussions and research, being open to new developments, attending conferences and keeping up to date with the literature.
  • Adopt a forward-looking, progressive approach and be receptive to new ideas, looking out for emerging technologies.