Placement: Healthcare Science

Cardiovascular Science and Respiratory/Sleep Science

Over the three years of the BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) course, you'll be offered a placement in one of the East of England Hospital Trusts Departments, totalling 50 weeks during the course.

Placement opportunities would also be considered across the Midlands, Lincolnshire or other NHS Trusts, subject to local agreement of the department.

You'll be appointed a named mentor in the Department, who will be responsible overall for your development, welfare and support during placement. You'll work with other professional colleagues who may form part of the training or assessment team of specialised practitioners. During the course you'll be also visited and supported by the course team from the University.

Throughout the three years of placement you'll encounter a wide range of physiological investigations, medical diagnostics and clinical treatments: some of which you must gain competency in performing and some of which you must become aware of during the period of placement. In each year, there'll be assessments during practice which you must pass in order to complete your course.

Year 1

You'll spend a minimum of ten weeks (375 hours) in clinical practice. You'll be introduced to Cardiovascular Science and Respiratory/Sleep Science. During Semester 2 of your first year, you'll learn about the patient journey across both science areas to understand how they support the patient.

This will allow you to make an informed choice as to future career pathway commencing in Year 2. You'll specialise in either Cardiovascular Science or Respiratory/Sleep Science.

Year 2

You'll spend a minimum of 15 weeks (562.5 hours) in clinical practice.

In Cardiovascular Science

You'll focus on recording manual blood pressure and resting 12 lead ECG, the fitting of ambulatory blood pressure and ECG devices, all of which will be assessed in practice. You'll also have an introduction to Exercise Stress testing.

In Respiratory/Sleep Science

You'll focus on how to perform spirometry, static lung volumes and bronchodilator response, the measurement of gas transfer and oxygen saturation and an introduction to the assessment of patients with sleep disorders.

Year 3

You'll spend a minimum of 25 weeks (937.5 hours) in clinical practice.

In Cardiovascular Science

Analysis of ambulatory BP, ambulatory ECG, exercise ECG testing, angiography (left heart) and pacemaker implant for bradycardia, all of which will be assessed in practice. You'll also continue to practice the skills of Blood Pressure recording and ECG recording and analysis. Opportunities are provided to observe Echocardiography and Pacing Implant follow up clinics.

In Respiratory/Sleep Science

Develop practice in spirometry, static lung volume, transfer factor, bronchodilator, sleep studies, pulse oximetry and CPAP therapy.

There is also a record of the activities undertaken to meet the requirements of the Clinical Experiential Learning (CEL).

During the placement period, you'll be assessed on Good Scientific Practice which represents standards and values that will apply throughout your career in Healthcare Science at any level of practice. You'll be further assessed as you continue to develop your Interpersonal and Professional Skills and Core Competencies.

All these align with the NHS Values and Behaviours as set out in the NHS Constitution.

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