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Healthcare Science (Neurophysiology) BSc Honours

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Code
B140
Start
October 2018
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
Course leader
Marc Rayan

The role of the healthcare scientist sits at the forefront of the medical profession, making a vital difference to the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. Clinical physiologists (neurophysiology) work with patients of all ages to diagnose, monitor and treat conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord, and even the body's smallest nerves.

Why study BSc Healthcare Science (Neurophysiology) at Middlesex University?

This course will provide you with the knowledge skills and practical experience to work as a professional healthcare scientist in neurophysiology. The role involves working closely with patients of all ages to investigate the function of the nervous system in order to diagnose and monitor neurological disorders, including epilepsy, strokes, dementia, nerve and muscle dysfunction and multiple sclerosis.

Our highly specialist neurophysiology degree is designed for aspiring physiologists to develop the knowledge, skills and practical experience to step, successfully, into a professional healthcare scientist role. Developed in response to the Department of Health's Modernising Scientific Careers programme (aimed at training expert NHS Healthcare Scientists), this course will enable you to provide the highest standard of patient-centred care.

Course highlights

  • The University's excellent relationships with local NHS Trusts ensure you have access to placements in some of London's most prestigious healthcare institutions
  • Our lecturers are experts in their field: active researchers and practitioners, they teach leading research from the frontline of clinical practice
  • You will have access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities in our specialist science building and gain expert understanding of the latest scientific equipment
  • Our course is based on the latest Department of Health curriculum and has been accredited by Health Education England
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BSc Healthcare Science (Neurophysiology)?

Learning to apply scientific principles of healthcare science to patient care will be at the heart of all you study. You will develop the understanding and confidence to execute specialist procedures in neurophysiology, including: EEG (electroencephalography) - recording the electrical activity of the brain; evoked potentials – measuring brain responses to specific stimuli; and EMG (Electromyography) and NCS (Nerve Conduction Studies) - assessing nerve and muscle function.

You will learn to perform a wide range of clinical procedures competently, in accordance with health and safety guidelines, and within the scope of practice and professional codes of conduct.

What will you gain?

You will graduate with the ability to critically evaluate research evidence in the context of current theory and practice and will have the confidence to solve clinical problems under pressure. You will also have gained the communication skills to provide an excellent standard of patient care.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Healthcare Science 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module introduces the scientific basis of healthcare science and aims to provide you with a solid foundation upon which to build the knowledge and skills required to work as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

    • Healthcare Science 2 (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide you with a basic knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis related to healthcare science and with a solid foundation upon which to build the knowledge and skills required to work as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

    • Physiological Sciences 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module provides you with basic theory and practice of neurosensory sciences.

    • Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with insight into the organisation and roles of the health and social services in providing patient-centred care, understand what roles and responsibilities of a Healthcare Science Practitioner. In addition, it aims to help students develop their communication, study and teamworking skills.

  • Year 2

    • Clinical Neurophysiology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with a solid foundation in neurophysiological recording systems, theory and practice of electroencephalography EEG and visual evoked potentials VEP.

    • Medical Instrumentation and Imaging (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of principles and properties of measurement techniques used in carrying out physiological measurements.

    • Neurological Conditions (45 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with an insight into common neurological conditions and their aetiology, pathological processes, relevant investigations and medical, surgical and palliative treatments. In addition, the module aims to provide you with the framework for understanding several types of diseases, which are rare and which you may encounter in practice or in your studies.

    • Research Methods and Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the importance of research, development and innovation in clinical practice. In addition, it provides the underpinning knowledge required to undertake a research project. A final aim is to prepare you for a career as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

  • Year 3

    • Applied Clinical Neurophysiology 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the biological basis of EEG and pathological processes and the role of EEG in their investigations. The module will also support and develop the work-based training by providing a description of normal and abnormal EEG.

    • Applied Clinical Neurophysiology 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to further deepen your understanding of neurophysiological recording systems, theory and practice of electroencephalography EEG and visual evoked potentials VEP. The module will also support and develop the work-based training by providing a description of normal and abnormal EEG. The module also provides you with an overview of other investigative procedures used in clinical practice.

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will build on the skills you have acquired when undertaking previous research modules, and from the knowledge gained throughout the programme. Further development of analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted. You will be enabled to pursue areas of individual interest in the subject area appropriate to your target award and will have the opportunity of gaining increased theoretical and practical knowledge in a chosen specialist field. Individual research experience will be gained in an area that may provide future employment opportunities. Personal responsibility for own learning through self-directed study and supervised preparation will be fostered. It is an integral part of the degree programme, furthering the development of skills in critical analysis and reflection.

    • Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with consolidate knowledge and technical skills gained earlier in the programme. In addition, the module provides an opportunity to undertake a full range of practice required to work effectively as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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How can BSc Healthcare Science (Neurophysiology) support your career?

The NHS is one of the largest employers in the world and this degree provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience to work at the heart of the NHS as a healthcare scientist in neurophysiology. The NHS has recognised a skills shortage in this area and our course is designed to meet the requirements of the sector.

As a Healthcare Scientist you will work directly with inpatients and outpatients of all ages (babies, children and adults) and your investigations may include:

EEG (electroencephalography)
A recording of the electrical activity of the brain from the scalp which is mainly used in the diagnosis of epilepsy and monitoring of people with this condition

Evoked potentials
These are potentials produced by the brain in response to specific stimuli, for example a flashing light or sounds. Evoked Potential are used in diagnosis of various conditions including Multiple Sclerosis and eye conditions like night blindness.

EMG (electromyography) and NCS (nerve conduction studies)
These assess function of the nerves and muscles within the body. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is commonly diagnosed using NCS. EMG is used in conditions affecting nerve and muscle function including myasthenia gravis, motor neurone disease among others.

You can also find useful information about medical engineering careers on the NHS Careers website.

Marc Rayan
Programme Leader

Marcstarted teaching clinical neurophysiology in 2002 and continued to practice professionally while also undertaking research projects - all helping to guide the next generation of neurophysiologists.

Would you like to look inside someone's head? Would you like to support a team of NHS healthcare professionals to diagnose diseases of the nervous system? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, you should consider a career in neurophysiology.

80% of all clinical decisions are influenced by opinions and results determined by healthcare scientists; neurophysiologists using a test such as the EEG is one example of this. After studying with us you will be using state-of-the-art equipment in a highly specialised environment to screen and help diagnose a wide range of patients; you may even assist in surgical procedures to help your patients on the road to recovery.

You will become experts in conditions affecting brain, spinal cord and even the smallest nerves in your fingers and toes!

  • Rebecca Sinfield

    Clinical Physiologist specialising in Neurophysiology.

    Working in a hospital whilst completing the neurophysiology training has giving me invaluable practical experience. Neurophysiology allows me to apply my academic knowledge and enjoy the patient interaction aspect of the job. Learning on the job and seeing several patients daily helps to put academic studies into practice. My favourite part of the job is the variety and the fact that no two days are the same. While it has been difficult at times to complete multiple assignments and prepare for exams whilst working full time, patient/practitioner relationships cannot be taught in a classroom.

    My week is varied as I work across a range of different nervous system testing each week. Since completing my Part 1 professional exam, I spend three days a week carrying out EEG's (elecroencephalogram), and on average I see approximately five patients a day. One day a week I train in NCS (nerve conduction studies) and the final day of the week is spent training in EP's (Evoked Potentials) which tests the central and peripheral nerve/spinal pathways.

    Neurophysiology is a diagnostic field of medicine where patients are referred for various tests on the nervous system. When the patient attends the Neurophysiology department for the required test the results are analysed and reports are written and sent to the referring consultant. A clinical physiologist can generally expect to see between 4-6 patients a day and write the relevant reports which are discussed with a registrar or consultant neurophysiologist before the final report is issued.

    I would like to continue training to further types of testing such as intraoperative monitoring (IOM) and possibly in the long term undertake a PhD alongside my clinical position.

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