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Innovation is defined as an idea, product, or service new to the NHS or applied in a novel way that has the potential to significantly improve the quality of health and care wherever it is applied (Innovation Health and Wealth: Accelerating Adoption and Diffusion in the NHS, 2011).
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to analyse and synthesise their understanding of service development and improvement and the role of innovation as creative and enterprising researchers, entrepreneurs and problem solvers. They will apply their expert scientific knowledge to improve or develop new clinical services, identifying opportunities to innovate and creating a culture where innovation flourishes. They will work with colleagues and patients as they plan, evaluate and deliver new services or diagnostic approaches. The Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to disseminate their innovative work evaluating the impact on patients and health services as applicable. In some healthcare science specialisms, the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to develop a plan to market successful, regulatory-compliant devices and diagnostics products or service innovation.
The Clinical Scientist in HSST will also be expected to be able to keep up to date and analyse and synthesise their understanding of key and emerging technologies that underlie recent innovations in healthcare science. The Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to demonstrate the ability to critically reflect on their performance and evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations. They will consistently demonstrate the professional attitudes and behaviours expected of a Consultant Clinical Scientist and place the patient and their safety at the centre of care.
By the end of the training period the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to analyse, synthesise and critically apply their expert scientific knowledge with respect to the contribution of innovation in improving and developing healthcare and the steps required to identify innovative solutions and methods within their specialism, and will:
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 identify potential ideas for service development and innovation, exploring ideas and solutions at all stages of an innovation pathway (i.e. create, refine, evaluate, appraise, use) to secure success and will:
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, 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 in the context of research and innovation will: