Clinical Measurement and ICT (SPE300)

10 credits

Aim of this module

To ensure that the trainee can apply analytical and judgement skills to novel or complex clinical measurements, implement new clinical measurement solutions, and understand and configure novel ICT hardware and software solutions safely within the clinical environment.

  1. Participate in clinical measurement procedures effectively and safely with due regard to the patient, health and safety, data security and governance in ICT within the context of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering. 
  2. Apply statistical techniques to clinical measurement data and interpret the outcome of the statistical tests.
  3. Manipulate data using a spreadsheet environment and an appropriate programming language.
  4. Use of configuration control in relation to PC software installations and local area networks, including the installation of systems and applications. 
Number Work-based learning outcome Title Knowledge
1 1

Set up equipment for taking clinical measurements.

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2 1

Control infection risks in accordance with departmental protocols.

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3 1

Obtain a suitably completed request form, the greet patient, and check patient identity and recent clinical history.

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4 1

Explain the procedure for the clinical measurement, address any procedure-related questions and gain informed consent.

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5 1

Undertake clinical measurements in the patient environment.

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6 1,2

Analyse data and report on the use of specific measurements (particularly in terms of accuracy, reproducibility, bias, specificity and sensitivity).

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7 1

Recognise technical artefacts and deterioration in equipment performance.

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8 1

Critically appraise reports from a novel or complex clinical measurement.

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9 1

Undertake a literature review of the scientific and clinical evidence base that underpins one of the clinical measurement procedures.

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10 2,3

Analyse, summarise and present complex data using computer software, such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases and online references sources for clinical and scientific applications.

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11 4

Participate in the implementation of ICT components in a controlled fashion, taking into account the impact on existing facilities and clinical service.

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12 4

Participate in the maintenance of protective measures for ICT systems, including disaster measures, anti- virus protection, maintenance, updating, firewalls and virtual servers/networks.

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13 4

Specify, design, develop and test a small database, web application or image processing solution.

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You must complete
1 Case-based discussion(s)
1 of the following DOPS / OCEs
Assessment Title Type
Undertake under supervision a clinical measurement DOPS
Undertake and interpret statistical treatment of clinical data DOPS
Maintain PC software installation and local area network DOPS
Manipulate a spreadsheet used to calculate a clinical parameter DOPS

Important information

The academic parts of this module will be detailed and communicated to you by your university. Please contact them if you have questions regarding this module and its assessments. The module titles in your MSc may not be exactly identical to the work-based modules shown in the e-portfolio. Your modules will be aligned, however, to ensure that your academic and work-based learning are complimentary.

Learning Outcomes

  1.   Describe the basis of clinical measurement.

Indicative Content

Information and Communication Technology

  • Range of general purpose computer software in common use, including spreadsheets, flat-file and structured databases, online reference and collaborative resources
  • Computing applied clinically, including the additional safeguards when ‘the computer acts as a clinical device’ and the role of the Medicine and Healthcare products  Regulatory  Agency  (MHRA),  the  Food  and Drugs Administration (FDA) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and their role in CE Marking
  • Introduction to the concept of the software life cycle and the tools and frameworks used to specify, develop, validate and verify clinical software
  • Basic principles relating to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) security, including firewalls, virus protection, encryption, server access and data security
  • Information Governance, including NHS security policies
  • Data exchange standards and be aware of some of the common standards, e.g. Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) and Healthcare Level 7 (HL7)
  • Networking systems in common clinical use and be aware of the relevant local trust information technology policies
  • Basic principles of applicable legislation and of local policies, including the Data Protection Act, Computer Misuse Act and Freedom of Information Act 

Clinical Measurement

  • The physiology   of   pressure,    flow,   temperature,    pH,    blood   gases, respiratory function and electrophysiology
  • The physical principles underpinning these measurements
  • Transducers for physiological measurement
  • Calibration, traceability of standards
  • Sources of error: random, systematic and human
  • Sensitivity and specificity of measurement techniques
  • Relationship of measurement results to clinical pathology, data processing and interpretation