SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMB126353
Module Leader Steven Patterson
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

At least a 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent) in a biomedical or biological science discipline.

Summary of Content

This module will address aspects of management in NHS Pathology Laboratories and will include quality management, health and safety, resource management, IT, clinical governance, waste management, distributed & shared services and training. It will introduce students to factors which influence laboratory management and will be delivered principally by NHS Pathology Laboratory managers.


The module will focus on aspect of management relevant to NHS Pathology Laboratories including 1. Quality management: CPA/UKAS accreditation, MHRA regulations, HEFA regulations 2. Training: role of Training Officers, CPD, HCPC, NOS, KSF -720 3. Resource management: Principles of costing, financial aspects within the NHS, people management, legal aspects of employment 4. IT: role, application and information transfer in the NHS, confidentiality, Data Protection Act. 5. Clinical Governance 6. Risk management 7. Health and Safety: legal requirements, implementation, COSHH, waste managemenT. 8. Distributed & Shared Services, including National Service Plan

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Possess a basic knowledge of aspects of management in NHS Pathology Laboratories.2. Understand the factors that influence laboratory management and the consequences in the provision of an effective patient focused service. 3. Develop basic management skills to enable BMS practice at a supervisory level.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered as a series of lectures presented principally by BMS Pathology Laboratory managers with experience in specific aspects of the syllabus. Assessment will focus on a coursework essay addressing a specific aspect of laboratory management.

Indicative Reading

The Biomedical Scientist, IBMS, London British Journal of Biomedical Science, IBMS, London Ahmed N, Glencross H & Wang Q, (2016) Fundamentals of Biomedical Science Series: Biomedical Science Practice (2 nd Edition) Oxford University Press Various journals and specialised documents as directed by individual lecturers e.g. legal and policy documents, DoH and NHS reports, Local Hospital Trust guidelines, National Service Plan etc

Transferrable Skills

Students will develop personal transferable skills including the use of bibliographic material, essay writing basic management skills, supervisory skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 110.00
Assessment (FT) 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 50% Essay