Module - Drug Investigation (SLS125)
Clinical experiential learning is the range of activities trainees may undertake in order to gain the experience and evidence to demonstrate their achievement of module competencies and assessments. The list is not definitive or mandatory, but training officers should ensure, as best training practice, that trainees gain as many of these clinical experiences as possible. They should be included in training plans, and once undertaken they should support the completion of module assessments and competencies within the e-portfolio.
Clinical experiential learning
- Investigate the role of drug testing in a variety of clinical situations, the importance of correct sampling and the use and validity of target ranges. Report on your review and discuss the benefits and implications in terms of service delivery and patient care.
- Review and report on the importance of medico-legal considerations in the field of drug testing.
- Observe and discuss the preparation of reports, the reporting process for patients undertaking a variety of drug analyses and record case overviews observed. Discuss with your trainer/supervisor and identify the key learning points for your future practice.
- Undertake activities that involve the partnership of Clinical Biochemistry with other clinical specialisms in drug investigation. Review and report on the range of multidisciplinary working required to address issues of drug/poison investigations.
- Visit clinics and other health units at which patients receiving therapeutic drugs and patients abusing drugs are monitored. Report on your visits in terms of both service delivery and patient experience. Examples could include the following:
- transplantation team
- accident & emergency
- local community drugs of abuse clinic
- Attend a clinical unit where POCT for drug analysis is performed. Discuss the method(s) with trained users.