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HPRS3026 Work-based Training 3 Cardiac Physiology (Specialist Skills)

Module Overview

This module will allow you to safely practice in a cardiac physiology department and in a cardiac theatre environment, working independently or as part of a multidisciplinary team. Supervised by specialist qualified cardiac physiologists, you will perform cardiac investigations and interventions you have learnt within the programme's unique clinical skills facility base at University Hospital Southampton.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Justify the performance of a test for a patient referred for a cardiac investigation.
  • Perform a range of invasive and non-invasive procedures to national standards of competence including: • Cardiac catheter based procedures including intervention • Cardiac rhythm management including implantation and post implant checks • Electrocardiography and interpretation • Ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring and analysis • Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and analysis • Cardiac stress testing investigations
  • Critically appraise a range of test data and patient history demonstrating clinical reasoning and competence.
  • Demonstrate effective communications with a range of patients and healthcare care professionals within a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Demonstrate the standards of professional behaviour expected of a healthcare practitioner.


- Indications and contraindications for testing - Graphical representation of results and interpretation from the following areas; - Electrocardiography - Cardiac stress testing - Haemodynamic monitoring during cardiac catheter lab based procedures - Pacemaker implantation

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 • 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%


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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