Medicine and health

December 13, 2017
Improving organisation performance – Human resource management
December 13, 2017


Task one
Look up the Human Tissue Act
Word count: one page
This links to the table of content for the explanatory notes
Summarise the key points from:
The following parts/sections of the Act

Part 1 Removal and storage of Human organs and issues for scheduled purposes: sections 2-4, 7 and 8


Part 3 Miscellaneous: sections 43-45

This work must be in your own words
Task two
HCPC professional and general standards
Word count: one page
Which other health professions are regulated by the HCPC?

The HCPC sets a range of standards. What areas do they cover?
Write brief notes in your own words

You will need to look on the HCPC website to find this information.


Task 3
HCPC standard of proficiency

Download the HCPC standards of proficiency for Biomedical Scientists.

Read them and highlight on your copy some of the key points.
You could annotate this to explain your sections.


Task 4
Laboratory Accreditation
Word count: one page

In your own words answer the following:
What is UKAS and what is their role in terms of medical laboratories?
What is ISO15189? Give a brief description
Must be in your own words (include information sources)


Task 5
Word count: one page
Caldicott report

What recommendations does the caldicott report make on the use of the NHS number?

What is a caldicott Guardian?

Write some notes to answer both of these questions.
Must be in your own words (include information sources)


Task 6
Pre-analytical variables
Word count: one page
Go to:
Read the report and highlight the key points.
Make short notes on why you think these are important.
Write separate notes to any annotations on the report itself.

This work must in your own words


Task 7
Cellular pathology
Word count: one page
Look up the following histology stains:
• Periodic Acid-Schiff (PAS)
• Van Geisen
• Perls Prussian Blue
• Masson’s Trichrome (define what is meant by Trichrome)
• Giemsa
• Alcian blue
• Ziehl-Neelson
See what you can find out about how they work (sometimes the mechanism is not known)
When are they used? What tissues do they stain?
This work must be in your own words (include information sources)

Task 8
Blood groups
Word count: one page

List the blood group systems

Include information sources



Task 9
Word count: one page

List and make notes of 7 or more of non oral medications

Include information source



Task 10
Ethics comment
World count: one page
Medical ethics
Sometimes there is conflict between these aims
Euthanasia, refusal of treatment (transfusion for example), hypochondria

Ethics and the law
For example some statutes in the UK compel doctors to disclose confidential information: notification of births and deaths, notification of

communicable diseases, notification of serious accidents (under HSAW) or road traffic accidents

Ethical Dilemmas – relating to Confidentiality

Example 1:
John and Sarah attend a genetics clinic after their son is diagnosed with a severe, life limiting autosomal recessive condition. As the gene for this

condition has just been mapped it is possible that prenatal diagnosis may be possible in the future.
John and Sarah give consent for a blood sample to be taken for DNA analysis and also consent to a sample taken from the affected child.

There is a 25% chance that any future child will be affected – assuming?????

Unless John also carried the defective gene (unlikely as it is very rare) then any future child will not be affected
Should the doctor tell John of this finding?

Example 2:
Mary is having a routine post-natal checkup and tells her doctor that her partner is not the father of her baby
Should the doctor tell Mary’s partner (who is also his patient)?
Is there a difference between Example 1 and Example 2?

Example 3:
Peter has just been diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at age 4. This is a severe and debilitating disease with a short life expectancy. It is X-

Peter’s mother Helen is the carrier.
Helen’s Sister Ann is 10 weeks pregnant and does not know of this diagnosis. Ann has stated that she would consider termination of a severely affected

Helen does not agree with this point of view and asks that this diagnosis remains confidential

Who does this genetic ‘information’ belong to?

Is it Helen’s alone or does it belong to the family?






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