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Laboratory Management (ICM7098)

Module convener:        

Michele Branscombe,

This is a compulsory module for the MSc Biomedical Science (medical microbiology) and is required for accreditation of the degree by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).

The students will study and reflect on:

  • Good management practice
  • Legislation relevant to diagnostic laboratories
  • Health and safety in the laboratory
  • Development of standard operating procedures
  • Quality assurance in the laboratory
  • LEAN evaluation and Audit processes
  • Methods of evaluation of new methods for use in the diagnostic laboratory
  • Have a knowledge of the role of new technologies e.g. molecular and automation in the diagnostic laboratory.
  • Understand of the role of the diagnostic laboratory within the NHS and with external agencies such as the HPA and WHO.
  • Occupational health

The module aims to prepare students for their role as managers of laboratories within the NHS.

  • Students will be introduced to current legislation for health and safety with relation to biohazards and COSHH.
  • Students will understand the concepts of standard operating procedures and quality assurance and will develop skills necessary to produce relevant documents for laboratories.
    Students will develop an awareness of worldwide infectious disease and implications for public health and communicable disease control in the UK in relation to visitors to the UK and UK residents travelling overseas
  • An overview of the role of vaccination in communicable disease control within the UK.
  • An understanding of the threat of bioterrorism in the UK, possible agents and the role of the clinical microbiology in control of such an event.

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Understand the legal framework of Health and Safety within a laboratory including the development of SMI and COSHH documentation
  • Evaluate quality assurance data for laboratory practices and be aware of suitable corrective actions when indicated by the data
  • develop and knowledge and understanding of the audit cycle and the importance of clinical audit in improving patient care, multidisciplinary working and in optimising laboratory medicine service provision and contribute to and take an active part in the performance of a clinical audit that involves completion of the audit cycle
  • Demonstrate the importance of multidisciplinary working in the design, delivery and optimisation of improved laboratory medicine services
  • Understand the scientific basis and techniques required to add to current knowledge in the development and assessment of new technologies

Students are expected to develop a strong basic background from text books but this must be supplemented by research in current scientific literature.

Suggested background texts include:
Biomedical Science Practice: Experimental and professional skills Glencross et al Oxford Press 2010

Laboratory management: Quality in Laboratory Diagnosis Kinkus Demos medical publishers 2012

Fundamentals of Risk management: Understanding, evaluating and implementing effective risk management Hopkin Institute of Risk Management 2012

Suggested websites include:

Management Case Study (Part time students)
Extended management essay (Full time students)

Part time students: The case study is a reflective report on your participation in a laboratory management process eg. Audit, LEAN task.
Full time students will write an extended essay based on a management topic.

Type of assessment: Coursework
Duration: 3000 words
Percentage weighting in module: 50%

End of module written assessment

This is an end of module exam paper taken at the end of the module.

Type of assessment: Coursework
Duration: 90 minutes
Percentage weighting in module: 50%

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