At St George's, University of London we offer a broad range of learning environments which include traditional lecture-tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory, practical and clinical skills activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery. The modules which make up a course of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling you to demonstrate your capabilities in a range of ways.
This is an accredited NHS Clinical Physiology Practitioner Training Programme, developed under the Department of Health Modernising Scientific Careers initiative to train scientists for a patient centred role within the NHS. This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge for a career as a clinical physiologist, either in the cardiac or respiratory/sleep speciality. You will play a vital role in accurate and timely diagnosis, carrying out investigations, interpreting and reporting results and involved in the treatment of your patients.
Ours is the largest course of this type and St George's is the only university in London accredited to train students in both Cardiac Physiology and Respiratory/Sleep Physiology. Our cohort sizes are small, allowing for excellent and individualised academic support.
Students have the chance to gain academic and workplace experience in both specialities before making an informed decision about their preferred field at the end of the first year.
Graduates are eligible for professional registration, and may apply for NHS Band 5 Clinical Physiology positions.
Teaching and learning
Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, tutorials, case-based learning, data interpretation exercises, group work, computer-aided learning, clinical skills training in simulated environments and clinical placements. In year one you will have anatomy tutorials in the dissecting room, and time spent working with students on other healthcare-related courses (including medical, biomedical, physiotherapy, diagnostic and therapeutic radiography) to lay the foundation for future practice as part of a clinical multidisciplinary team.
Over the three year programme, you will spend 50 weeks undertaking Clinical Training modules. Our clinical placement sites are NHS hospital departments, most of which are in London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent. Many are in teaching hospitals and tertiary centres that can offer a wide range of facilities and experiences. Clinical training is delivered by highly qualified, practising Clinical Physiologists with experience in training, supervising and mentoring students. During these modules you will build a portfolio of clinical and professional skills and competencies, to the standard expected by professional organisations, as well as carrying out a substantial clinical audit/research project.
This course uses a range of assessment techniques that are chosen to match the competencies being learned and tested within each module. These include written exam papers, academic coursework (essays, posters, presentations, reflective writing), the final year project dissertation (including clinical viva), clinical assessments that take place during placements and a portfolio of clinical work.
We use some formative assessments early in the course to help you to develop your skills, and provide interactive learning resources to help you judge your own understanding of some of the more difficult material. The Clinical Training modules are pass-fail, but marks for the other modules accumulate to give your final degree classification.
Student's studying Healthcare Science spend a large amount of time on placement. Below is a list of hospitals students that offer clinical placements*.
East Surrey (Redhill)
Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Woolwich)
St Bartholomew's Hospital - Bart's Health NHS Trust
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Surrey County Hospital (Guildford)
Cardiac and respiratory/sleep placements
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
North Middlesex University Hospital