Professional course

Reporting Skills in Nuclear Medicine

15 credit Masters level module

About this course

Course code:
UZYSRM15M
Applications:
University
Level:
Professional/Short Course
Department:
Allied Health Professions
Campus:
Glenside
Delivery:
Distance Based online Learning
Programme leader:
Rob Stewart

Page last updated 2 August 2017

Introduction

The Reporting Skills in Nuclear Medicine module will cover; Applied Anatomy, Nuclear medicine reporting and the development of a nuclear medicine report.

The following areas will also form an integral part of the module delivery:

  • Moral rules: Ethical principles and philosophical approaches related to image interpretation
  • The rights and duties of healthcare professionals
  • The contractual obligations of professional practitioners including negligence and general legal principles
  • Informed consent and the importance of confidentiality
  • Service enhancement and current clinical legislation/governance
  • Service re-design, innovation and professional role development
  • Approaches to decision making in professional practice

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Entry requirements

Relevant Nuclear Medicine experience.

Structure

Content

Applied Anatomy

Applied anatomy, physiology and pathological processes will be introduced for a number of human body systems

Nuclear Medicine Reporting

The following headings will be used to discuss the distribution and appearance of radioactive tracers used across a range of common Nuclear Medicine procedures:

  • Normal patterns of uptake, distribution and excretion
  • Common normal variants
  • Appearance of common pathologies
  • Artefacts commonly encountered
  • Relevance to patient"s management / treatment

Functional and anatomical image appearances within the hybrid-imaging environment (SPECT/CT only) will also be discussed.

The Development of a Nuclear Medicine Report

Reporting terminology and the construction of a report will be considered in line with current professional guidance

Additional Syllabus Content

The following areas will also form an integral part of the module delivery:

  • Moral rules: ethical principles and philosophical approaches related to image interpretation
  • The rights and duties of healthcare professionals.
  • The contractual obligations of professional practitioners including negligence and general legal principles
  • Informed consent and the importance of confidentiality
  • Service enhancement and current clinical legislation / governance
  • Service re-design, innovation and professional role development
  • Approaches to decision making in professional practice

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Apply relevant theoretical and practical knowledge of Nuclear Medicine to the reporting of images, demonstrating an ability to detect and describe normal and common pathological conditions encountered in routine clinical practice
  • Critically evaluate image quality in relation to potential imaging artefacts
  • Develop the clinical skills of the practitioner thus enabling description, discussion and evaluation of radionuclide imaging procedures
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of various imaging protocols related to Nuclear Medicine and consider how these might affect overall image quality
  • Critically evaluate the implementation and provision of a Non-medical Nuclear Medicine reporting service.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of service efficiency and clinical audit mechanisms whilst demonstrating an awareness of current legislation / clinical governance
  • Critically evaluate contemporary practice in nuclear medicine and other related imaging modalities in order to inform decision making processes
  • Critically evaluate the role of the reporting nuclear medicine practitioner within the context of an interprofessional environment
  • Utilise a formulated technical reporting framework, whilst demonstrating appreciation for the moral and ethical aspects of patient care and their subsequent treatment

Learning and Teaching

The learning and teaching strategy for this module has been developed to provide students with the opportunity to analyse the current status of Nuclear Medicine reporting services and to consider a number of developmental opportunities that exist within this field for the Nuclear Medicine Practitioner

Awareness of current protocols and an appreciation of common Nuclear Medicine appearances will enable the Nuclear Medicine practitioner to develop a reporting portfolio that demonstrates clinical proficiency. In line with the requirements of this type of practitioner the module will also consider decision making skills, the development of a robust reporting framework, the importance of clinical audit and current issues associated with legislation/negligence.

To ensure engagement throughout the module students will be required to contribute to discussion boards where specific tasks will be set. These tasks will be constructed to help the students meet with the learning outcomes of the module. Contributions to these tasks will form source material from which students may extract content to add to their portfolio/written assignment. Experience from other modules using this format indicates the potential for valuable discussion relating to the module content and helps ensure timely engagement as opposed to leaving personal study and revision to the end of the module delivery. The capacity to engage in debate with peers helps to facilitate networking, peer/shared learning and knowledge exchange.

A variety of teaching approaches will be utilised within the module.

Scheduled learning will include approximately 30 hours engaged with online lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion board entries and article critique. 

Independent learning will include upto 120 hours engaged with essential reading, portfolio preparation and construction, assignment construction and personal reflection on learning

Additional student centred learning guided by tutorials and discussion will include:

  • Evaluation and discussion of current working practices
  • Consideration as to the future role of the Nuclear Medicine Practitioner

Work-Based Learning

Students will be required to complete approximately twenty five percent of the portfolio cases within "supervised reporting sessions" and time to undertake this should be discussed with the clinical mentor/departmental management prior to the commencement of the module.

Prices and dates

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Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

Dates

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How to apply

How to apply

You will apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate (level 3) or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.

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