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PGD Medical Imaging (Nuclear Medicine)

  1. 1. University of Bradford School of Health Studies Division of Radiography Awarding and teaching institution: University of Bradford Final award: PgDip in Medical Imaging (Nuclear Medicine) Programme title: MSc in Medical Imaging Programme accredited by: CANME Duration: 18 months part-time (4years max) UCAS code: Not applicable Subject benchmark statement: Not applicable Date produced: March 2003 The Division of Radiography is committed to meeting the clinical service need for high quality, clinically relevant, post registration education for radiographers and other health professionals to support practice in the rapidly changing health care environment. The Post Graduate Diploma in Nuclear Medicine continues a twenty year tradition in the provision of post registration education in Nuclear Medicine in Bradford, formerly provided by the School of Radiography at Bradford Royal Infirmary. The specialty of Nuclear Medicine is a small but essential element of medical imaging and its relevance and utility is likely to expand as a result of recent technological developments and the consequent new clinical applications, particularly in oncology. The continued demand is a reflection of the clinical relevance of the course and the continued benefit that health care professionals believe that it offers to their continuing professional development. This pathway is also accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Education (CANME), who monitor the quality of both theoretical and clinical competency components of the provision. The programme is also recognised by those working in the area of medical imaging of being of high quality and in the recent subject review undertaken by the QAAHE the provision achieved a score of 23 out of a possible 24. The course is also approved by the College of Radiographers Staff from the Division of Radiography work closely with key clinical specialists to ensure that this pathway is clinically relevant and delivered using appropriate expertise drawn from the higher education and hospital sectors. This part-time pathway of study is targeted towards radiographers and nuclear medicine technologists who are actively involved in clinical nuclear medicine and is designed to meet their continuing professional development needs. Programme Aims The programme is intended to: A1 Provide a flexible pathway of study that is vocationally relevant and meets the needs of health care professionals practicing in clinical Nuclear Medicine and their employers. A2 Provide an environment in which students are stimulated by the acquisition of knowledge, which will act as a catalyst for autonomous learning and the desire to participate in the development of colleagues A3 Develop a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of recent developments in Nuclear Medicine. A4 Develop the subject skills required for competent practice in Nuclear Medicine and the ability to deal with complex clinical situations systematically A5 Promote self-direction and originality in problem solving and critically evaluate current research A6 Further develop your ability in a range of key skills. Learning Outcomes The learning outcomes have been developed in close collaboration with key clinical specialists to reflect the attributes required of health care practitioners employed in this area of practice. On successful completion of this pathway you will be able to:
  2. 2. Subject Knowledge & Skills B1 Integrate, critically analyse and evaluate the principles and technology of Nuclear Medicine to enable optimization of image production, dose reduction strategies and quality assurance. B2 Evaluate the impact of Nuclear Medicine applications on patient management B3 Utilise theoretical knowledge and critical analysis skills in the delivery of high quality patient care. B4 Display a comprehensive understanding of physiology and pathological processes, and how these relate to unassisted clinical practice in the Nuclear Medicine Department B5 Make informed clinical judgements regarding the justification and optimisation of a broad range of Nuclear Medicine techniques and protocols in the context of the clinical information provided B6 Promote innovative practice in the acquisition, production, analysis and presentation of images and data provided by the Nuclear Medicine discipline. B7 Critically evaluate Nuclear Medicine images and make a judgment as to their technical suitability. B8 Describe and differentiate normal and abnormal appearances on Nuclear Medicine images. B9 Demonstrate pattern recognition skills in order that you may engage in informed discussions about radionuclide generated images with medical colleagues B10Critically evaluate the role of Nuclear Medicine and its interrelationships with complementary imaging modalities and other diagnostic techniques. B11Competently utilise established and newly acquired clinical practice skills. Core Academic Skills B12Identify & solve practical problems B13Demonstrate an evidence-based approach to clinical decision-making and problem- solving, through ability to: identify best available evidence; analyse and interpret evidence B14Apply independent critical thinking and reflective practice to decision making in the clinical environment B15Apply methods of enquiry and interpretation of research data to your clinical practice. Personal transferable skills B16Critically reflect in order to recognise your continuing development needs to remain at the forefront of your professional practice B17 Demonstrate independent and autonomous learning abilities. B18Communicate professionally with peers verbally and in writing. This diploma also forms part of the MSc in Medical Imaging, a modular, credit rated programme with a range of modules related to clinical practice in medical imaging, health care, research, and management. The credits gained by successful completion of this pathway can be added to by study of additional modules or by accreditation of prior learning to obtain a Master’s level award. The Curriculum All the modules, within this part-time pathway of study, leading to the award are core and are indicated in the table below. The modules Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for Nuclear Medicine; Nuclear Medicine Physics & Technology; and Nuclear Medicine Protocols, Techniques and Radiopharmacy are optional modules within the MSc in Medical Imaging programme and may be accessed by student not following this particular pathway. Due to the clinical nature of the module Nuclear Medicine - Clinical, you must have access to appropriate clinical facilities, departmental support and an appropriate clinical mentor. The modules Nuclear Medicine Protocols, Techniques and Radiopharmacy and Nuclear Medicine – Clinical have co-requisites, which are given on the module descriptor. The individual module
  3. 3. descriptors also indicate the specific aims, learning outcomes, syllabus content and assessment strategy for the module. Unit Code Unit Title Type Credits Level Sem HR-9026L Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Nuclear Medicine O C - PGDip. NM 20 M 1&2 Y1 HR-9027L Nuclear Medicine Physics, Technology and Radiobiology O C – PGDip. NM 20 M 1&2 Y1 HR-9029K Nuclear Medicine Protocols, Techniques and Radiopharmacy O C - PGDip. NM 40 M 1&2 Y1 HR-9028K Nuclear Medicine - Clinical C - PGDip. NM 40 M 1&2 Y2 O = optional. C = core The pathway will normally commence in September and run for approximately 18 months, with the first 12 months being taken up with the theoretical components, and the remaining 6 months concentrating on clinical practice. Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategies The University’s Teaching & Learning Strategy and Excellence Plus inform the teaching and learning strategy for the pathway. It aims to support you in developing the knowledge, understanding and skills that will enable you to fulfil your intellectual and personal potential in Nuclear Medicine. The content of the modules have informed how the course will be delivered and the range of teaching methods used. All the modules delivered involve attendance at the University in the first 12 months, the remaining 6 months comprising self directed study back in the clinical setting. Development of learning outcomes B1 to B15 and the key skills, learning outcomes B16 to B18, are embedded throughout the curriculum. Lectures, tutorials, independent study and group discussions will all assist you in achieving them. The attendance pattern at the University follows a pattern of two days per week, which is consistent with the demands of the clinical departments sending students to study on this pathway, and allows students to regularly apply recently gained knowledge and skills in the clinical setting. Delivery pattern Modul Nuclear Medicine Physics & Technology. Nuclear Medicine Protocols, Techniques and Radiopharmacy. Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Nuclear Medicine Clinical Nuclear Medicine Dates September – April of first year September Y1 – September Y2 September – June of first year September – February of second year The Nuclear Medicine - Clinical module is predominantly ‘work-based’ with most of the learning taking place in your own clinical department. Completion of this module culminates in the submission of a personal Clinical Portfolio composed of several elements arising from this clinical module and two of the other taught modules providing evidence of your clinical skills and competencies. Clinical Competency Establishing clinical competency is a specific requirement for CANME accreditation, and a key element in the standardisation of nuclear medicine training. On this pathway it takes the form of two live summative assessments of the student performing nuclear medicine investigations in the clinical setting (one static, and one dynamic acquisition, following tutorial support and
  4. 4. formative assessment). Additionally the students are assessed in a radiopharmacy on their competence for dispensing a radiopharmaceutical dose suitable for injection into a patient. It is essential therefore that you have access to clinical facilities for at least fifty percent of your time, and the support of managers and clinicians in your department. A range of systems are in place to support you whilst away from the University and these include, pathway coordinator, clinical supervisors, clinical mentors and Blackboard, a virtual learning environment. Blackboard can facilitate group discussion and create the opportunity for peer group support whilst you and your fellow students are working in different clinical locations. Assessment strategy is informed by the learning outcomes for each module and each module is assessed independently. The table below summaries the assessment methods, learning outcomes and timing. Module Assessments SK&S CAS P&KS Date of submission/exam Nuclear Medicine Physics & Technology 2 hour examination B1 - 4 B12 January Y1 1500 word evaluative QA report* B1, 10 B12 B16 April Y1 Data processing practical* B1 B15 Feb Y2 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Nuclear Medicine 3 hr examination B1 - 4 June Y1 Nuclear medicine Protocols, Techniques and Radiophar macy 2 hr examination B1-5 B7-10 B12 June Y1 2000 word reflective assignment B6 B12- 15 B16, 17 September Y2 2000 word literature review B1, 2 B16, 17 October Y1 Radiopharmacy QA report* B1, 2 B12- 15 Feb Y2 Dose dispensing competency assessment* B1, 2 B12- 15 February Y1 Nuclear Medicine – Clinical Oral case study presentation* B1-10 B12- 15 B16 - November Y2 4x 2000 word written case studies* B1-10 B12- 15 B16 - Feb Y2 2x Clinical Competency assessments.* B1 - 11 to be completed by Feb Y2 Log of clinical cases undertaken* B1,11 Feb Y2 Clinical Portfolio submission (composed of * elements) B1 -11 B12 -15 Feb Y2 The curriculum may change, subject to University's course approval, monitoring and review procedures. Assessment Regulations: (summary) The University regulations governing postgraduate awards apply to this pathway, however components of assessment that assess clinical competence must be passed. To be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma, you must achieve at least 40.0% in individual units amounting to 100 credits and at least 35.0% in individual units amounting to the other 20 Credits. If you attain an overall average of at least 65.0% in the initial attempt in the assessments for the units concerned you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma with Merit and if you achieve over 70.0% in the initial attempt in the assessments for
  5. 5. the units concerned you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction. Student Support Arrangements When you are away from the University you will be supported by the pathway coordinator, by the use of telephone, letter, e-mail and the virtual learning environment, ‘Blackboard’. You can use the Internet from outside the University to access facilities to support your studies such as the University library and your personal files on the computer system. In addition, for the clinical module you will have an appointed clinical mentor who in liaison with the pathway coordinator will ensure that you have an appropriate level of clinical guidance throughout your clinical studies. The University, School of Health Studies and Division of Radiography have a well-deserved reputation in this area, acknowledged by our latest QAAHE subject review, when it was graded ‘excellent’. The support provided by the Division is enhanced by a strong University infrastructure, including particularly the Disabilities Office and by 24-hour access to library and computing facilities. Admission Requirements To be eligible for admission to this pathway you must be working in the clinical area of Nuclear Medicine, and have at least six months clinical nuclear medicine experience prior to application. You must also posses a first degree or an appropriate professional qualification together with an appropriate educational and/or practical background in Nuclear Medicine. In addition you must have the support of the Head of your Department representing your employers including a commitment that appropriate facilities and time will be made available to support your studies. Due to the methods of delivery the number of student that can enrol on this pathway is restricted, normally no more than 15 students will be admitted to the pathway. Priority admission to the modules will be given to those students who wish to follow the full pathway. You may apply throughout the year but decisions on admissions are made just prior to the start of each course. You will be informed shortly after this date on whether your application as been successful. For further information, please contact the School of Health Recruitment Office or the Pathway Coordinator: Pathway Coordinator Recruitment Office Fiona Ware School of Health Studies Division of Radiography University of Bradford School of Health Studies Unity Building University of Bradford 25 Trinity Road 25 Trinity Road Bradford BD5 0BB Bradford BD5 0BB Tel: 01274 236365/6/7 or 236544 Tel: (01274) 236237 Fax: (01274) 236390 Tel: 01274 236310 (24 hour answerphone) E-Mail f.ware@bradford.ac.uk E-mail: soh- recruitment@bradford.ac.uk N.B. The information contained in this document is likely to change or be modified as a result of module and pathway evaluation.
  6. 6. the units concerned you will be eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction. Student Support Arrangements When you are away from the University you will be supported by the pathway coordinator, by the use of telephone, letter, e-mail and the virtual learning environment, ‘Blackboard’. You can use the Internet from outside the University to access facilities to support your studies such as the University library and your personal files on the computer system. In addition, for the clinical module you will have an appointed clinical mentor who in liaison with the pathway coordinator will ensure that you have an appropriate level of clinical guidance throughout your clinical studies. The University, School of Health Studies and Division of Radiography have a well-deserved reputation in this area, acknowledged by our latest QAAHE subject review, when it was graded ‘excellent’. The support provided by the Division is enhanced by a strong University infrastructure, including particularly the Disabilities Office and by 24-hour access to library and computing facilities. Admission Requirements To be eligible for admission to this pathway you must be working in the clinical area of Nuclear Medicine, and have at least six months clinical nuclear medicine experience prior to application. You must also posses a first degree or an appropriate professional qualification together with an appropriate educational and/or practical background in Nuclear Medicine. In addition you must have the support of the Head of your Department representing your employers including a commitment that appropriate facilities and time will be made available to support your studies. Due to the methods of delivery the number of student that can enrol on this pathway is restricted, normally no more than 15 students will be admitted to the pathway. Priority admission to the modules will be given to those students who wish to follow the full pathway. You may apply throughout the year but decisions on admissions are made just prior to the start of each course. You will be informed shortly after this date on whether your application as been successful. For further information, please contact the School of Health Recruitment Office or the Pathway Coordinator: Pathway Coordinator Recruitment Office Fiona Ware School of Health Studies Division of Radiography University of Bradford School of Health Studies Unity Building University of Bradford 25 Trinity Road 25 Trinity Road Bradford BD5 0BB Bradford BD5 0BB Tel: 01274 236365/6/7 or 236544 Tel: (01274) 236237 Fax: (01274) 236390 Tel: 01274 236310 (24 hour answerphone) E-Mail f.ware@bradford.ac.uk E-mail: soh- recruitment@bradford.ac.uk N.B. The information contained in this document is likely to change or be modified as a result of module and pathway evaluation.

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