Professional course Enhancing Nuclear Medicine Practice
30 credit Masters level module
Page last updated 4 October 2021
This module is taught using distance learning.
The learning and teaching strategy for this Masters level Enhancing Nuclear Medicine Practice module has been developed to provide you with the opportunity to consider the current status of Nuclear Medicine services, and to appreciate a range of strategic and technological advancements that have the potential to further enhance the modality.
The module will include:
- The optimal utilisation of equipment/technology,
- Awareness of the role of Nuclear Medicine within current healthcare models,
- Consideration as to the efficient management/running of a Nuclear Medicine service and discussion associated with future development opportunities and how these might affect the service, the workforce and importantly the patient.
On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
- Discuss the emerging aspects of Nuclear Medicine in relation to clinical technique, professional practice and impact on patient outcome
- Understand the role of Nuclear Medicine in the management of a wide range of disease processes
- Critically evaluate current technological advancements (both hardware and software) and consider their relevance to modern Nuclear Medicine practice
- Appreciate modern processing/image reconstruction techniques and consider their implications in relation to diagnostic accuracy
- Critically evaluate the organisation and managerial structure of a modern Nuclear Medicine department
- Process and manipulate images in the clinical environment in a critical manner and discuss the clinical implications of various data processing techniques
- Critically evaluate the requirements of modern radiopharmaceuticalproduction including various distribution methods
- Appreciate the importance of strategic planning and preventative maintenance techniques within the current Nuclear Medicine environment
- Display awareness of current professional drivers associated with patient waiting times and highlight how these might influence the organisation of modern patient scheduling systems
- Evaluate multidisciplinary aspects of clinical nuclear medicine practice and the necessity for holistic patient centred care
- Discuss the importance of current training requirements for the Nuclear Medicine workforce
- Critically evaluate contemporary research and evidence-based practice within the modern Nuclear Medicine environment
- Appreciate the clinical value of advancing Nuclear Medicine technology in relation to patient prognosis
- Consider the value of clinical mentorship and workforce development within modern nuclear medicine practice
- Demonstrate problem solving skills and an ability to work within a multidisciplinary team
- Prepare written statements and engage in professional debate following research into specified areas of nuclear medicine practice.
Careers / Further study
This module contributes towards MSc Nuclear Medicine.
The course syllabus covers:
Data Acquisition and Processing
- The optimal use of imaging parameters and technological advancements within current Nuclear Medicine practice
- Consideration as to the values of various data acquisition and image processing techniques
- Introduction to 3D reconstruction algorithms
Nuclear Medicine Strategic Developments
- The importance of planned preventative maintenance within the Nuclear Medicine environment
- An introduction to equipment procurement
- Awareness of the optimal running of a modern Nuclear Medicine department with linkage to current professional drivers
- Consideration as to the importance of workforce development and support frameworks
- Critical evaluation of radiopharmacy procedures, working environments, legislation and distribution methods
Awareness of Disease Processes Diagnosis and Treatment
- Understand the role of Nuclear Medicine in the management of a wide range of disease processes
- Consideration as to the level of knowledge needed by the Nuclear Medicine workforce to fully understand a range of common disease processes
- Awareness of the developing nature of Nuclear Medicine and how such development may influence current patient pathways
- Therapeutic Nuclear Medicine and the use of Nuclear Medicine in planning, treatment and monitoring regimes
- Enhancement of understanding associated with radiation dosimetry
Advancing Aspects of Nuclear Medicine Practice
- Future developments within the field of Nuclear Medicine/molecular imaging
- Future considerations related to developing radioisotope tracers /radiopharmaceutical shortages
- Consideration as to the developing role of the Nuclear Medicine Practitioner
- Consideration as to the use of other imaging modalities within the Nuclear Medicine environment
Research in Nuclear Medicine
- Current research areas associated with Nuclear Medicine/molecular imaging
- Evidence based practice and NICE
- Current themes associated with service improvement in Nuclear Medicine
Learning and Teaching
The learning and teaching strategy for this module has been developed to provide you with the opportunity to consider the current status of Nuclear Medicine services and to appreciate a range of strategic and technological advancements that have the potential to further enhance the modality. Such areas will include the optimal utilisation of equipment/technology, awareness of the role of Nuclear Medicine within current healthcare models, consideration as to the efficient management/running of a Nuclear Medicine service and discussion associated with future development opportunities and how these might affect the service, the workforce and importantly the patient.
To ensure engagement with the module learning opportunities, assessment will be linked to involvement in and contribution to discussion boards where specific tasks will be set. These tasks will be constructed to ensure that the module learning outcomes are addressed. Contributions to these tasks will form source material from which students may extract content to add to their cognitive map/portfolio of evidence.
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.
Contact hours will be achieved through a variety of learning approaches that will include distance based education supplemented by knowledge exchange events. This distance based education will embrace the University's current vision associated with Technology Enhanced Learning.
Such learning will include but not be limited to, asynchronous delivery of lecture material through narrated presentations, notes and other guided reading, VLE discussion board forums with specific objectives, workplace tasks, and other study tasks deemed appropriate to the development of student knowledge. An approximated breakdown of these contact hours can be seen below:
- Scheduled learning will include up to 80 hours engaged with lectures, video presentation, seminars, tutorials, discussion board entries, project supervision, work based learning.
- Independent learning will include up to 220 hours engaged with essential reading, assignment preparation and completion, directed work-based tasks, consideration of current working protocols and personal reflection on learning.
The production of a 1500 word equivalent cognitive map and a 3000 word portfolio of discussion board extracts will demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes.
Component A element 1 - 1,500 word equivalent cognitive map
This element will require the student to critically evaluate an advanced/developing area of Nuclear Medicine practice in order to demonstrate overall benefits that might be seen by the imaging service/patient/workforce. Such an activity will promote evaluation of current practice, consideration as to future practice and awareness of the potential benefits that such changes might bring.
The specific chosen area does not necessarily have to be performed within the your clinical department, but should relate to current clinical practice and empirical based evidence. A range of possible topic areas are included below
- Workforce development/Training/CPD and mentorship in Nuclear Medicine
- Management and organisation of the Nuclear Medicine department
- Multidisciplinary working and decision making (i.e. referring/reporting)
- Data acquisition/processing/image quality, data protection and information governance
- Preventative maintenance of Nuclear Medicine Equipment and the value of Quality Control measures
- Optimal radiopharmaceutical utilisation, transportation and safe disposal
- Optimising Nuclear Medicine techniques/developing a new imaging service
- Role of hybrid/multiplexing imaging and provision of a "one stop clinical service".
Component A, element 2 - 3,000 word portfolio of discussion board/'wiki' extracts
The portfolio will assess selected module learning outcomes. Inclusion of extracts taken from discussion board/'wiki' contributions will help ensure continuous student engagement throughout the moduleas well as providing the opportunity to develop skills associated with problem solving, peer assisted learning, critical reflection and debate.
Formative assessment will be achieved by feedback on discussion board contributions from the module team, indicating where good understanding has been achieved or where there is scope for further exploration and development.