Module - Prosthetic Rehabilitation for Head and Neck Cancer and Soft Tissue Injuries (SPE421)
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
- Experience a range of clinical services and in each setting identify how each service contributes to holistic approach to patient care and discuss potential improvements to enhance patient safety, dignity and care. These experiences should take place across the two specialist modules and should usually include:
- oral and maxillofacial head and neck clinics, including observation of diagnostic procedures and a range of imaging techniques
- diagnostic services (radiography, CT, MRI and pathology)
- operating theatres, including observing surgery for the head and neck cancer interventions. A range of surgical procedures to include soft tissue dissection for salivary gland, parotid and neck node removal, composite hard and soft tissue dissection to remove larger maxillary and sinus tumours
- attend inpatient areas to observe preoperative admission and postoperative care
- postoperative review clinics
- facial prosthetic clinics
- reconstructive clinics for the primary and secondary management of postoperative deformities and subsequent surgical reconstruction options
- assessment tools for secondary surgical and prosthetic planning (X-ray, CT, cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), 3D imaging, medical photography).
- Critically review the institution’s incident reporting mechanism and identify key learning for yourself and the reconstructive science department and discuss with your training officer.
- From our clinical experience identify a patient who has been referred to the psychological support services and discuss the management strategies to support the patient, with the healthcare professional and patient reflecting on how this experience will impact on your future practice.
- Attend multidisciplinary team meetings and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of integrated care pathways from the perspective of the healthcare professional.