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The book includes basic principles of working in the pathology laboratory including laws and regulations, which must be observed, such as health and safety, data protection and equal opportunities laws and guidelines. Practical exercises are included throughout the book with examples of coursework, suggestions for further exercises and self -assessment. Summary boxes of key facts are clearly set out in each chapter and ideas for group/tutorial discussions are also provided to enhance student understanding.
1 Introduction to a career as a biomedical scientist.
1.1 What is a biomedical scientist?
1.2 Early development of clinical laboratory sciences.
1.3 Development of the biomedical science profession.
1.4 Role of the IBMS as the professional body for biomedical scientists in the 21st Century.
1.5 Health Professions Council.
1.6 Education and training for biomedical scientists.
1.7 Codes of conduct.
2 Organization of pathology departments and the role of pathology in healthcare.
2.2 Organization of pathology departments.
2.3 Staff groups within pathology.
2.4 Role of pathology in healthcare.
2.5 Users of the service.
2.6 Evidence-based laboratory medicine.
2.7 Improving the pathology service.
2.8 Point of care testing (POCT).
2.9 Role of POCT in patient care.
3 Communication for biomedical scientists.
3.2 Communicating as a scientist.
3.3 Communicating as a healthcare professional.
3.4 Delivering the message: applying principles of effective communication.
3.5 Communication techniques
4 Quality management in the clinical laboratory.
4.2 Quality in pathology.
4.3 Quality Control.
4.4 Quality Assurance.
4.5 Quality assessment.
4.6 Quality audit.
4.7 Clinical governance.
4.8 Quality management system (QMS).
4.10 Factors affecting the quality of work in a pathology laboratory.
5 Basic principles of working in a clinical pathology laboratory.
5.2 Working as a professional biomedical scientist in the laboratory.
5.3 Flow of work in a clinical laboratory.
5.4 Health and safety in the clinical laboratory.
5.5 Confidentiality, the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Caldicott Principles.
6 Introduction to the biomedical science disciplines.
6.2 Haematology and transfusion science.
6.3 Clinical biochemistry.
6.4 Histopathology and cytopathology.
6.5 Medical microbiology.
6.6 Liaison between pathology disciplines.
6.7 Evaluation of a new diagnostic test.
6.8 Sensitivity and specificity of an assay.
7 Biomedical science laboratory techniques.
7.3 Clinical chemistry.
7.4 Medical microbiology.
8 Development of knowledge and competency for biomedical scientists.
8.2 Gathering evidence of knowledge and competency for HPC registration.
8.3 Continuing professional development.
8.4 Professional body support for CPD.
8.5 Reflective practice for biomedical scientists.
8.6 Approaches to reflective practice.
8.7 Critical incident analysis.
8.8 Learning styles.
8.9 Planning a career as a biomedical scientist; generic skills and employability.