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Summarize how HPC standards 1a.1-1a.8 apply to the expectations of a biomedical scientist.

Biomedical scientists are supposed to work in strict adherence with local policies and legislation provisions that regulate the activity of pathology laboratories. These policies include those related to the confidentiality of patients, professional limits, the peculiarities of communication with workers from other professional spheres, as well as health and safety procedures. In addition, biomedical scientists are supposed to be good at managing self-learning so that their knowledge and skills were up-to-date. As a result, a biomedical scientist should be an effective and reliable worker.

HPC standards 1a.1- 1a.8 ensure that the framework regulates the biomedical scientist practice and ensures the minimum level of protection to the service users. The biomedical scientist needs to meet all those standards to be able to practice. Those standards cover such work area of a biomedical scientist as standard 1a.1. Achieving standard 1a.1 would allow the scientist to be aware of the local legislations, policies and the requirements for being registered as a biomedical scientist. Standard 1a.2 allows the biomedical scientist to be able to practice without any discriminatory manner and to be aware of the regulations and rules. Having achieved the standard 1a.2, a biomedical scientist gets the capability to understand the national legislation related to all the types of discrimination and to practice accordingly. It is expected that a biomedical scientist practices according to the policies of confidentiality. Furthermore, standard 1a.3 allows the scientists to understand the importance of work according to the Data Protection Act 1998. It also explains which way this Act is related to practice in the framework of local policies in any pathology laboratories. Moreover, a biomedical scientist should be aware of the policies that regulate and explain how to obtain the informed consent which is achieved via meeting the standard 1a.4. After the HPC standards have been achieved, they will enable the biomedical scientist to apply them in practice. Therefore, the standards 1a.5 – 1a.8, which cover the area of HPC code of conduct, are aimed at self-management and learning. The ability to work in adherence with the safety procedures and the knowledge of how to follow the local policies make it possible to regulate the work. They also explain how to communicate with other professionals and specify the principles of performing urgent specimens. All those standards reveal the knowledge and skills that a biomedical scientist needs in practice.

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Summarize how HPC standards 1b.1-1b.4 apply to your current role

The standards 1b.1 -1b.4 of HPC cover the proficiency expectations which are important in my placement. The work in medical laboratories stipulates for having sufficient skills and knowledge by the scientist who is a part of the team. Therefore, the pathology department provides effective and safe services. The first standard 1b.1, that covers the skills of interpersonal communication, allows me to be able to improve my communication skills in my cooperation with other professionals, such as nurses from emergency department, an intensive care unit or wards. In addition, it contributes to facilitating the team work in the laboratories while performing tests, checking results which are recorded in a worksheet, and sorting films that require urgent assessment. Furthermore, it helps me understand when I am supposed to make appropriate referrals, such as phone calls, requesting for urgent results or additional tests that could be needed in my placement.

In my placement, it is important to understand my profession limits of communicating the patient information; I have to know who I can pass patient results and information. Standard 1b.3 explains the appropriate way of communicating the results or personal information to the patients, demonstrates how to deal with enquiries received in the laboratory to cover the requirements that I need during my placement. Furthermore, it allows me to understand the medical terms and abbreviations that prove to be necessary during work in laboratories. It also explains what the appropriate responds to different requests at the laboratories are and how to pass the accurate information. The standard 1a.4 is aimed at improving the biomedical scientist's understanding of using effective communication methods with different service users; it also provides for the procedures of employing the survey to get feedback which can help to improve the services provided by the laboratory.

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