Clinical Breast Examination and Client Communication


Clinical Breast Examination and Client Communication

This module is designed around an attendance of one week to provide the foundation for understanding and relating all of the key processes involved in breast diagnosis. It is then followed by 6 months of learning in a professional environment within healthcare.

This develops and extends the participants’ clinical expertise necessary to contribute to the multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis of breast disease. It will facilitate the participants’ decision making skills based on a broad appreciation of the tools and techniques that underpin the diagnosis of breast abnormalities and incorporates both academic and clinical components.

The module will also facilitate and enhance the necessary development and application of the participant’s communication, counselling and interpersonal skills and will include interactive participatory learning.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Examine and evaluate clinically a woman presenting to a breast unit in order to add value to the health care management of the woman and the decision making process within the context of the triple approach to assessment of abnormalities.
  2. Review anatomy, physiology and pathology of the breast and correlate reported image findings with clinical findings.
  3. Critically evaluate the triple approach to assessment procedures associated with detected abnormalities and diagnosis.
  4. Critically reflect on and assess factors which enhance or inhibit effective communication in the practitioner-patient relationship through the application of theories and models of communication and counselling to their working practice.
  5. Apply decision making to judge interpersonal situations which are beyond the students’ own ability or role and which may need more specialised intervention.

Who is the module for? Diagnostic radiographers and registered healthcare practitioners practising within the breast care field with at least two years’ full-time clinical experience and a degree/diploma or equivalent in radiography.

Module code: RA7003

Entry criteria:

  • Degree/diploma or equivalent in radiography for Medical Imaging pathway or a professional healthcare qualification for the Breast Evaluation pathway
  • Minimum two years’ full-time clinical experience
  • Access to clinical practice and processes is required
  • Confirmation of mentoring support from appropriate personnel at the workplace for those modules that contain a clinical element

Number of credits and level of study: 30 credits at level 7

Assessment: Clinical log book with reflections and case study, essay and objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)

Location: Jarvis National Breast Screening Training Centre, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1LJ

Pattern of Delivery: 5 teaching days over 1 week plus self-directed study

Module dates:*

  •  14, 15, 16, 17, 18 May 2018
  • 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 December 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £1,600

Programme: This module is part of Breast Evaluation PgCert/PgDip/MSc and Medical Imaging (Mammography) PgCert/PgDip/MSc