Module - Imaging with Ionizing Radiation 2 (SPE152)
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
- Observe and review a monitoring programme (e.g. environmental, microbiological, product quality control) and reflect/report on its importance both for service delivery and for patient safety.
- Critically review one or several aspects of the quality system in terms of its effect on service delivery and patient safety.
- Perform an audit of regulatory compliance against legislation concerning the use of radioactivity.
- Conduct a training exercise for simulated radioactive liquid spills, monitor the exercise and report on its effectiveness, the implications of inappropriate or untimely response and the knock-on effect on patients, staff and public (optional).
- Conduct a radiation dose review for staff in the radiopharmacy, and report and present to colleagues with your proposals for improvement (optional).
- Discuss the role of the quality system in assuring the quality of radiopharmaceuticals (optional).
Diagnostic Radiology: Image Optimisation and Patient Dose Measurement
- Identify a patient who has been referred for diagnostic imaging imaging investigation and, with permission, devise an investigation strategy for the optimisation of image quality against patient doses taking account of the clinical need. Reflect, review and discuss in terms of the effectiveness of the strategy and patient needs, experience and care, and demonstrate knowledge and understanding relating to competences associated with calculating patient dose reduction.
- Take part in a local radiation protection committee meeting and reflect on the way the multidisciplinary team contributes to the safety of patients, staff and the public in areas in which radiation is used.
- Attend a meeting at which the outcome of a clinical audit, research, innovation or service development is presented and discuss with your training supervisor how evidence-based practice is implemented with respect to radiation safety.
- Observe a series of patients receiving treatment or investigations involving radiation, with permission, and critically appraise the process and the implications for effective radiation safety.
- Plan a simulated radiation incident and the responses/action required across a multidisciplinary team. Review and discuss with your supervisor, including the implications of incident for patients, staff and the public, internal and external standards, guidance and procedures, possible improvements in current practice and the impact on your own future practice.
Information and Communication Technology
- Identify a clinical application for which a new software solution would improve both service delivery and patient outcome experience, develop specification and prototype, and discuss and review with your supervisor.
- Based on your experience, critically appraise the existing imaging system ICT structure and make evidence-based recommendations for improvements.
- Validate a new piece of software following a system upgrade.