Unit type: Internal
Guided learning hours: 60
Unit in brief
Learners will cover the extensive role biomedical scientists play in providing evidence for the causes of diseases, enabling other health workers to offer suitable treatment.
In this unit, you will begin to see how important the biomedical science worker is in relation to the accurate diagnosis of many conditions, such as HIV, cancer, food poisoning and infection control. Without the essential work of the biomedical staff, the other health professionals could not function effectively. You will be looking at some of the groups of medically important organisms in terms of how the body can defend itself against them.
You will study key areas of the biomedical science worker’s job, including haematology, the blood transfusion service and cell pathology. Cell pathology is a diagnostic tool where samples of cells, taken from a growth on the skin, for instance, can be identified as being harmful or not.
Clinical biochemistry will give you an understanding of the chemical make-up of the body, and the importance of identifying and correcting any chemical imbalances. Although you will be concentrating on the human body in this unit, biomedical scientists work in a range of industries, including the NHS, pharmaceutical industries, veterinary services, the National Blood Authority and forensic laboratories.
In this unit you will:
A Understand the ways in which the body defends itself against infection
B Examine the principles of blood transfusion science and its importance to those working in haematology
C Investigate the importance of cell pathology as a diagnostic tool
D Explore how the chemical make-up of the body influences health and disease.