Counselling (HPS326)

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Counselling (HPS326)

Module Objective

Clinical Scientists in HSST will be equipped with the skills to counsel and support patients with gastrointestinal and urological disease. In this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will recognise that many patients find it difficult to talk about and discuss GI and urological conditions that often have a major effect on quality of life. Furthermore, there is significant morbidity and mortality associated with these diseases that is likely to increase with the changing demographic profile of the nation and a proportion of patients will also be dealing with life-threatening diseases. This module will equip the Clinical Scientist in HSST with core counselling skills to allow dignified patient interactions in the context of gastrointestinal and/or urological disease.

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to critically analyse, synthesise and critically apply their knowledge with respect to the practice of gastrointestinal physiology and/or urodynamics whilst working independently within their scope of practice including: 

  • theoretical frameworks and professional issues underpinning counselling including person-centred approach and psychodynamic perspectives.
  • key features of counselling including listening and attunement.
  • counselling skills, attitudes and values.
  • codes of ethics in relation to ethical issues arising in gastrointestinal and/or urological science practice.
  • dilemmas and difficulties.
  • boundaries.
  • the significance of difference, diversity and power in helping relationships.
  • key concepts and theories of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and how the technique is used in modern day counselling practice.By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to respond to the needs of individual patients to counsel and support patients using a range of clinical communication skills whilst critically reflecting on practice. Clinical Scientists in HSST will be expected to respond to difficult situations independently whilst recognising when to refer for further support.

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to respond to the needs of individual patients to counsel and support patients using a range of clinical communication skills whilst critically reflecting on practice. Clinical Scientists in HSST will be expected to respond to difficult situations independently whilst recognising when to refer for further support.

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to critically evaluate their own response to both normal and complex situations consistently 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: 

  • work with colleagues and patients when under pressure.
  • work within professional obligations of independent practice
  • develop an ethos of multidisciplinary working.
  • value and make appropriate use of healthcare professionals in other disciplines.
  • display empathy for social circumstances of patients with complex diseases.