Doctoral Level Research (HCC21)

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Doctoral Level Research (HCC21)

Module Objective

The Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to undertake doctoral-level research that either (i) meets the research requirements of the doctoral-level training programme or (ii) results in a coherent body of papers that reaches the standard suitable for publication in peer-reviewed journals, undertaken during the HSST programme. They will also be expected to contribute to the preparation and submission of a grant proposal and present and defend their research at national/international scientific conferences. All research undertaken must comply with current ethical and governance requirements.

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to create and interpret new knowledge through original research and will systematically acquire and understand a substantial body of knowledge that is at the forefront of scientific, clinical, or professional practice, together with a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research.

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to conceptualise, design and implement a research project(s) that leads to the generation of significant new knowledge in areas such as the development of new techniques, new approaches to service delivery and organisation, or the generation of ideas or approaches and/or understanding within the appropriate healthcare science HSST specialism, adjusting the project design in the light of unforeseen problems.

The Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to demonstrate the ability to contribute to the writing and submission of grant applications, lead research and to present and disseminate their research orally and in writing appropriate to both specialist and non-specialist audiences, including patients and the public.

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations with respect to research, from inception to dissemination, 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:

  • exercise personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations, in professional or equivalent environments;
  • work within a multiprofessional research setting, optimising input and contributions from the whole of the research team;
  • make informed judgements on complex issues in specialist fields;
  • be innovative and resilient in their approach to tackling and solving problems;
  • communicate ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non- specialist audiences.