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HPRS2033 Work-based Training 2 Cardiac Physiology (Clinical Portfolio)

Module Overview

This module will allow you to safely practice in a cardiac physiology department. Supervised by qualified cardiac physiologists, you will perform cardiac investigations tests you have learnt within the programme's unique clinical skills facility base at University Hospital Southampton. The module will provide you with access to cardiac patients and complex pathologies.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module provides practical work-based experience within non-invasive cardiac physiology.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Appraise the underpinning principles of routine cardiac investigations integrating knowledge of basic and clinical science, including test selection.
  • Demonstrate competence for a range of non-invasive investigations including: a) Electrocardiography and interpretation b) Blood pressure measurement c) Ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring and analysis d) Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring e) Cardiac stress testing
  • Interpret test data from a range of non-invasive cardiac investigations.
  • Produce a 'Record of Experience' which cumulatively records/provides evidence of the skills, knowledge and attitudes gained.
  • Demonstrate effective communications with a range of patients and healthcare care professionals.
  • Demonstrate the standards of professional behaviour expected of a 'Healthcare Science Practitioner'.


- Indications and contraindications for testing - Health and safety, including safe handling of reagents - Graphical representation of results and interpretation - Safe decontamination of equipment - Quality standards, control and assurance for all activities - Care pathways for patients with cardiovascular disease - Investigations - Electrocardiography, including recognition and interpretation of abnormal findings across a range of patients - Blood pressure measurement - Immediate life support - Ambulatory electrocardiography - Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring - Assist with cardiac stress testing

Special Features

Your year 2 placement exposes you to the non-invasive cardiac environment. Working on wards, in the department and in cardiac outpatients are all essential as you work towards becoming a registered cardiac physiologist and enhancing your employability. A completion requirement for this module is to evidence a total of 15 weeks clinical practice. Additional hours of practice are non-credited bearing.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Learning will be facilitated by placement educators. A variety of teaching and learning methods may include the following: - Demonstration by a recognised clinical educator in the placement facility - Supervised patient contact using mentorship - Staff and student led presentations - Case presentations - Ward rounds - Attendance at clinics and opportunities to observe specialist treatments such as surgical interventions - Departmental in-service programmes - Peer support in the university and practice-based setting. - Support from practice educators and visiting tutors. - E-learning resources: Blackboard site - Learning resources in practice area - Practice Placement handbook

Clinical Practice187.5
Total study time187.5



Assessment of Practice


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment of Practice 100%


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Accommodation and Travel

Additional costs for travel and/or accommodation maybe incurred with this module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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