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Clinical Scientist



K1: The Health and Care Professions Council standards of proficiency for clinical scientists; codes of conduct for relevant professional bodies; appropriate legislation and statutory frameworks and employers’ policies and procedures. Back to Duty

K2: Limits of own scope of practice, knowledge and skills, including strategies for time and resource management. Back to Duty

K3: The underpinning clinical and scientific principles relevant to the specialism and associated practice. Back to Duty

K4: Anatomical, physiological and biochemical functions of the human body appropriate to the specialism. Back to Duty

K5: The analytical methodologies and techniques appropriate to the specialism and the performance and limitations of those methodologies. Back to Duty

K6: Current and emerging procedures relevant to professional practice. Back to Duty

K7: Information and data searching methodologies eg literature searching, patient data searches, search algorithms. Back to Duty

K8: Communication strategies within a healthcare context, including conflict management techniques, and the need to provide individuals with appropriate information. Back to Duty

K9: The differing needs and rights of individuals. Back to Duty

K10: The structure and function of health and social care services, including the composition of the multidisciplinary team and the role of the Clinical Scientist within it, relevant to scope of practice, and the need for effective partnership working, as appropriate. Back to Duty

K11: Leadership and management techniques and strategies appropriate to practice. Back to Duty

K12: Accreditation, quality systems and relevant quality standards, appropriate to the specialism. Back to Duty

K13: Audit methodologies, quality control and quality assurance techniques, reporting mechanisms and corrective action techniques. Back to Duty

K14: Strategies and methodologies for conducting effective research, including research ethics and statistics. Back to Duty

K15: Learning and development strategies, including giving and receiving feedback, appropriate to practice. Back to Duty

K16: Scientific and clinical investigation strategies and problem-solving techniques, appropriate to practice. Back to Duty

K17: Health and safety techniques relevant to areas of practice and the importance of maintaining own safety and that of patients, colleagues and the public. Back to Duty

K18: Change management theory in relation to innovation and service improvement, appropriate to practice. Back to Duty

K19: The concepts and limits of confidentiality, the principles of information governance and the processes and procedures for managing records and other information. Back to Duty

K20: The importance of continuing personal and professional development and the role of critical reflection in maintaining fitness to practise. Back to Duty

K21: The application, implementation and security of digital technology within the healthcare environment as appropriate to the specialism. Back to Duty


S1: Interpret, apply and comply with legislation, statutory frameworks, professional codes of practice and guidance. Back to Duty

S2: Work within limits of personal and professional competence, justify and take responsibility for own actions and seek advice when required. Manage time, resources and workload effectively. Back to Duty

S3: Apply relevant clinical and scientific knowledge in the clinical context, to inform own decision making, and that of service users, as appropriate. Back to Duty

S4: Select and perform, if required, the appropriate analytical technique relevant to the given data set. Back to Duty

S5: Assess and interpret the results of data analysis, report appropriately in accordance with the clinical and scientific context and recommend further investigations where appropriate. Back to Duty

S6: Identify emerging clinical, scientific, analytical, diagnostic, monitoring, treatment and therapeutic procedures, as appropriate, and adapt practice accordingly. Back to Duty

S7: Develop, introduce or modify procedures and techniques to improve service delivery, as appropriate. Back to Duty

S8: Compare procedures and techniques against references or baseline and take action, as appropriate. Back to Duty

S9: Assess and evaluate new technologies prior to their routine use. Back to Duty

S10: Select, and if necessary develop, the appropriate methodology(ies) to investigate the problem or source of error. Back to Duty

S11: Take appropriate action to correct problem or source of error based on the results of the investigation. Back to Duty

S12: Search and critically appraise scientific literature, including literature on new and emerging technologies, and other sources of information. Back to Duty

S13: Implement suitable evidence gathering strategies. Back to Duty

S14: Evaluate evidence to inform professional practice. Back to Duty

S15: Determine existing levels of knowledge, select the appropriate methodology(ies) and approaches in accordance with individuals’ needs, and use appropriate forms of communication with a diverse range of audiences, including colleagues and service users. Back to Duty

S16: Lead projects to successful completion within agreed and defined timescales eg audits, research projects Back to Duty

S17: Set, maintain and apply standards, and undertake quality control and assurance techniques. Back to Duty

S18: Undertake audit and take appropriate actions to ensure quality of processes/procedures. Back to Duty

S19: Present data and/or research findings to peers, in appropriate forms. Back to Duty

S20: Facilitate learning and provide feedback to others, as appropriate. Back to Duty

S21: Undertake risk assessments to identify and manage sources of risk in the workplace. Back to Duty

S22: Select the appropriate equipment and methodology(ies) to ensure safe working practices, in accordance with relevant guidelines and legislation. Back to Duty

S23: Maintain an effective audit trail and initiate service improvements. Back to Duty

S24: Keep accurate and comprehensive records and manage information in accordance with relevant legislation and guidelines. Back to Duty

S25: Reflect on and critically review practice and identify areas for personal and professional development. Back to Duty

S26: Use digital systems in a manner appropriate to function and clinical scientific context. Back to Duty

S27: Work in partnership with others to build sustainable professional relationships. Back to Duty


B1: Be open, honest, compassionate, act with integrity at all times, observe duty of candour and maintain confidentiality. Back to Duty

B2: Be respectful, non-judgemental and engage with people in an inclusive and non-discriminatory manner. Back to Duty

B3: Maintain good character as outlined in professional Code of Conduct and refrain from activities which would bring the profession or organisation into disrepute. Back to Duty

B4: Be adaptable and able to respond professionally to all feedback. Back to Duty

B5: Be prepared to challenge and/or report inappropriate behaviours and practices, using established procedures. Back to Duty

B6: Take a proactive approach to own personal wellbeing, and that of others, reporting concerns as appropriate. Back to Duty

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