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Involving patients, service users, carers and the public across the NHS and social care in healthcare and healthcare science is essential. Patients and the public should be involved in developing guidance, advice and quality standards, and supporting their implementation. A number of initiatives to support this aim, including:
The aim of this HSST module is therefore to ensure that the Clinical Scientist in HSST understands the importance and relevance of involving patients and the public, and organisations representing their interests in health and healthcare science. Patient and public involvement also includes providing opportunities for patients and the public to contribute to the development, accreditation, implementation and monitoring of education and training programmes for healthcare science and the wider healthcare community, e.g. by contributing to: curriculum development, teaching, learning and assessment activities, the accreditation of education and training programmes, recruitment to programmes and posts, developing guidance, advice and quality standards, and supporting their implementation. The Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to critically appraise the underpinning academic evidence base and gain experience of working with patients and the public and evaluating the impact on service delivery, education, research and innovation.
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will comprehend, apply, analyse, synthesise and evaluate the evidence base underpinning the involvement of patients and members of the public across a range of areas and activities within healthcare and healthcare science. They will also be expected to be aware of the key areas where changes in healthcare will provide patients/carers and the public with access to their data, including medical records and test results, and how healthcare science services can optimise the positive impact of involving patients/carers and the public.
Involving patients and members of the public in research can lead to better research, clearer outcomes and faster uptake of new evidence. The Clinical Scientist in HSST will therefore be expected to discuss and evaluate PPI in:
Recent years have seen a shift in expectations of the public in the delivery of healthcare, perhaps best captured by the NHS’s No Decision About Me Without Me maxim, along with the introduction of the Choice agenda. Involving patients and the public in the education and training of the current and future workforce is important to ensure that there is a shared understanding of the expectations of the patients and public and the roles and responsibilities of healthcare science and healthcare staff. The Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to critically evaluate the impact of PPI across a range of teaching and learning activities, including:
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to critically reflect on the current level of patient and public engagement and involvement in their own practice and the services they lead. They will be expected to apply in practice a range of skills to work in partnership with patients and will:
The Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to reflect on the challenges of involving patients and the public in healthcare and healthcare science and applying research to practice, building on a critique of available evidence.
By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to consistently demonstrate the values and behaviours required of a Consultant Clinical Scientist working in partnership with patients and the public to ensure staff and services meet the needs of patients, and will: