SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 45.00
ECTS Credit Points 22.50
Module Code MMB923344
Module Leader Linda Jones
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

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

Summary of Content

In this work based module the student will work in an IBMS approved Training Laboratory and undertake the IBMS Specialist Portfolio which will be completed along with a supporting portfolio of evidence, leading to the award of an IBMS Specialist Diploma. This will be carried out in the student's employing laboratory and will enable them to build on their knowledge, skills and competencies at postgraduate level and reflect on, consolidate and develop specialist knowledge and competencies for employment as a specialist practitioner in Biomedical Science in the health service in the UK. The University assessment for the module will comprise an oral presentation and an essay.


The Specialist Portfolio will be discipline specific and based in one of the following areas: cellular pathology, clinical chemistry, cytopathology, haematology with hospital transfusion practice, immunology, medical microbiology, virology, histocompatibility and immunogenetics or transfusion science. Section 7 covers the range of tests appropriate to discipline specific specialist practice and therefore reflects the range of analyses performed by most routine laboratories in the UK, but some might not be performed in the student's own laboratory. However, knowledge of all the analyses is required, even if practical competence to perform them cannot be demonstrated, as this will express the ability of the biomedical scientist to operate at the specialist level. There may be other tests the training laboratory includes in its basic repertoire and therefore requires the individual to be competent in. These can be recorded in the reflective log at the end of each sub-section. Upon completion of the Specialist Portfolio there will be an assessment procedure which is carried out by an IBMS appointed external assessor to independently verify that all competencies have been met and to establish confidence in the understanding, ability and practice of the student. A presentation will be given by the candidate during which they present a review of their post-registration training experience and current issues important within their specialist discipline. (This will be assessed by university staff and contribute towards the final module mark). The assessor will review the reflective reports associated with each module and interview the student on aspects of their work raised in the commentary and presentation. The discussion will be supported by examples contained within an accompanying portfolio of evidence. The final element of portfolio assessment by the IBMS will involve the student conducting the external assessor on a laboratory tour, during which further aspects of training and work can be explored.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1.Take responsibility for and practise in a competent and proficient manner, the range of specialist practical procedures required of the specific discipline.2. Work autonomously to critically analyse, understand and interpret the results of a range of laboratory tests used in the diagnosis of disease and reach the appropriate conclusions based on the test results.3. Demonstrate ability to communicate specialist knowledge to other professionals, support staff, patients and service users.4. Practise, extend and critically review the application of safe working practice, health and safety, specimen handling and integrity, operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment, laboratory computer systems, quality control and quality assurance procedures.5. Practise in a manner which allows critical reflection and evaluation on the experiences gained during the training period and identify the future role and contribution to the advancement of service delivery.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will be delivered whilst the student is working in an IBMS approved training laboratory. Several trainers may be involved, however all training will be co-ordinated and carried out under the control of a designated training co-ordinator or training officer. A training programme will be prepared and adhered to in accordance with the Institute's Clinical Laboratory Standards for Pre and Post Registration Training of Biomedical Scientists. This may include a selection of the following activities in preparation for the assessment: -360 1. Work-based training with direct observation of practical skills -360 2. Case based discussion 3. Self-directed reading to broaden knowledge -359 4. Essays and case studies. 5. Tutorials and scientific discussion to explore extent of knowledge. 6. Reflective practice to self-assess knowledge and skills. -359 7. Question and answers sessions with trainer to test knowledge 8. Taught MSc courses at a Higher Education Institution. 9. Taught specialist distance-learning courses. 10. Co Continuing professional development (CPD). 11. Journal Based Learning (JBL). Through completion of the Specialist Portfolio and supporting portfolio of evidence, the student will demonstrate CPD and competence to practise, which fulfil the fundamental requirements of continuing HCPC registration. National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Healthcare Scientists are incorporated into standards that constitute the generic and discipline specific components of the portfolio. The portfolio also maps to the knowledge and skills framework (KSF), which is a tool for identifying education and training needs of the individual.

Indicative Reading

IBMS Specialist Portfolios for individual disciplines, reference copies available at <https://www.ibms.org/go/qualifications/specialist-diplomas/application-reference> IBMS Higher Specialist syllabus The Biomedical Scientist Journal of Biomedical Science Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SoP) for specialist procedures Journals in the field of the specialist discipline

Transferrable Skills

Develop personal transferable skills involving professional practise, written and oral communication and health and safety requirements.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 1.00
Independent Learning (FT) 399.00
Assessment (FT) 50.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 03 n/a 25.00 45% Oral Presentation
Course Work 01 n/a 0.00 50% IBMS Specialist Portfolio (Pass/Fail)
Course Work 02 n/a 75.00 45% Essay 2000 to 5000 words