Module - Radiation Safety 2 (SPE156)
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
Non-Ionising Sources: Radiation Risks, Safety and Bioeffects
- Participate in clinical audit of non-ionising radiation. Discuss your experience with your supervisor, including the importance of audit to clinical practice.
- Participate in at least one of the optional clinical experiential learning episodes.
- Observe the clinical use of surgical lasers in a range of different specialities. The trainee should be able to reflect on the type of laser used for the clinical procedure and the safety considerations that can be applied for staff and patients.
- Observe the clinical use of Ultraviolet. The trainee should be able to reflect on the type of Ultraviolet cabinet used for the clinical procedure and the safety considerations that can be applied. Typical exposure times should also be noted. The trainee should reflect and discuss the implications for patient care.
Assess, Audit and Interpret Radiation Dose Monitoring
- The trainee should participate in environmental and personnel monitoring programmes.
- The trainee should participate in an investigation of an accidental patient exposure. They should be involved in the investigation of how the accident occurred, what dose the patient received, and any procedures with respect to reporting the dose, either internally or externally. It may also be applicable to determine the risk caused by the accidental radiation exposure. The trainee should reflect on the lessons learned to prevent the accident happening again, and the patient experience in this occurrence.
- The trainee should participate in an audit of radioactive substances activities in relation to Environmental Permitting Regulations compliance and other relevant legislation, or be involved with variation of a permit.
Risk Assessment and New Facilities
- Participate in the procurement and evaluation processes of a new installation. This should include attendance at procurement/project team meetings, involvement in the purchasing of the new equipment, and specifying the shielding required for the facility. The trainee should be able to reflect on the balance between desirable and essential features, and the cost/benefit of equipment choice to the clinical service provided, including the impact on patient care.
- Perform a comparative review of current methods of shielding calculations and room design, including mathematical and computer models. The trainee should be able to reflect on the advantages and disadvantages of the differing approaches used, and assumptions made in the calculations including the impact on clinical service and on patient care.
- Participate in the procurement and evaluation processes of a new installation in more than one modality
Information and Communication Technology
- The trainee should use relevant software and/or spreadsheets to carry out radiation safety assessments (e.g. room shielding, patient radiation dose estimation). The trainee should be able to reflect on the ICT options available to facilitate a particular task. The trainee should include some analysis of the magnitude of errors introduced by using the different options.
- The trainee should develop or critically appraise a spreadsheet or piece of software that is used. The trainee should be able to demonstrate an understanding of how the spreadsheet or software works. The trainee should be able to discuss an appropriate commissioning/QA programme for the software.