Module - Applying Clinical Bioinformatics in the Physical Sciences (HBI129)


Aim of this module

The clinical and practical application of clinical bioinformatics in the Physical Sciences is a fast-evolving discipline. The underpinning science base is changing rapidly, driven both by changes in technology and analysis strategies used to make sense of the data generated, and by how that data is used to support high- quality, safe, diagnostic and therapeutic care for patients. The dynamic nature of the field places significant challenges on a clinical bioinformatician working in the Physical Sciences. They must be aware of the current state of the art in their specialist areas and have the knowledge and skills to determine which parts of the current research base are likely to have application in their specialist clinical area and the potential improvements and benefits that could be made to outcomes for patients and healthcare services.

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be able to perform an analysis of the current state of the research base in the application of Clinical Bioinformatics to their specialist area of practice in the Physical Sciences and use this knowledge to inform and lead the clinical work undertaken in their working clinical environment. They will be able to interact with others in their organisation to help influence the development of the service to ensure that the work it does is consistent with legislation and current best practice informed by high-quality research. They should also be able to identify areas in which the current research base should be developed or expanded to meet the needs of public health and clinical service and lead that development. The Clinical Scientist in HSST will also be expected to consistently demonstrate the attitudes and behaviours necessary for the role of a CCS.

The learning outcomes within the module should be achieved in one clinical environment, including (but not restricted to) Medical Imaging, Radiotherapy Physics, Clinical Measurement, or Clinical Biomedical Engineering. The module is written to enable it to be used as an indicator of equivalence for other themes not described here. It is presumed that the clinical bioinformatician undertaking HSST will be embedded within a clinical department and that the learning outcomes of this module will be acomplished there.

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will have systematically acquired and have expert understanding of a substantial body of knowledge that is at the forefront of clinical bioinformatics practice relevant to the clinical and practical application of Clinical Bioinformatics in physical science from the perspective of the provision of safe, high-quality patient care and healthcare services, including: 

They will also be expected to have a broad knowledge of the current clinical and scientific practice and issues in the relevant clinical area, including:

Technical and Clinical Skills

Perform an effective literature review

Critically appraise the current literature

Create a strategic view and a translational strategy

Produce a clinical bioinformatics solution that should inform the strategic direction a service should be taking, including the scientific aspect, patient benefit, service benefit and financial implications. This could take the form of:

By the end of this module the Clinical Scientist in HSST will be expected to critically reflect and apply in practice a range of clinical and communication skills and will: