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Miscellaneous

How long does a course last?

The courses are designed to give you 60 hours of learning input over 12 weeks.

You will work hard for a short period. Experience has shown that this is the best period of time for working with distance learning materials.

Courses will be updated each time they are run, so you can be sure that the material is current and appropriate for the skills you need to acquire.

Where do I study?

Study is online. The computer you use to access your course must be internet enabled and have access to a printer.

You will also be invited to participate in an introductory workshop, usually held at the University of Greenwich Maritime Campus, to launch your course and enable you to gain the best possible experience as a distant student. Here, you will be able to:

  • Meet your tutor, fellow students and the Biomed team 
  • Receive guidance on how to access and navigate your course, use the communication tools, submit assessments etc.
  • Collect any course texts you may have requested to loan from the Biomed office (texts loaned from the University library will be posted out to you)
  • Gain an overview of your course with the opportunity to clarify any aspects related to the learning outcomes and the assessment criteria for the course
  • Make sure that you understand what is required of you to achieve Masters level

Attendance at the introductory workshop is strongly encouraged, especially for your first module.  However where attendance is impossible, we have a student pack which will assist you in getting started.

Most modules have a final or mid-session workshop.  Attendance at these is compulsory as it is part of the course assessment.  However students can apply for non-attendance where there are extenuating circumstances. 

How will the courses be assessed?

The assessment procedure is different for each course.

The authors have designed the assessments to be appropriate for the course materials. They include quizzes, reports, presentations and project work. Your
course tutor will be guiding you through them.

Your marks for your assessed activities will be submitted to a Faculty exam board for review and the board will award credit for successful completion.

The University’s Science Progression and Award Board make the final decision about your award.

Is there support?

When you train on a Biomed course, you will be supported in your learning by a Biomed team comprised of the following:

  • Your course tutor or ‘mentor’, who is a subject matter expert usually selected from the workplace. Your tutor will help you develop your knowledge and skills as you work
    through the course.
  • The Biomed product manager, who will make sure you have computer connectivity and access to the information and University’s electronic library resources you require.
  • The Biomed admin manager, who will help you deal with non-academic problems.
  • The Biomed academic course co-ordinator, to ensure academic standards are maintained.

Before you register on a Biomed course, the Biomed team will check your details to make sure that you have the right background to succeed on a Biomed
course. You will be registered as a student with the University and will be given an ID and password in order to access your course

Are courses recognised for CPD?

All of the Biomed Online modules are approved for CPD by the Institute of Biomedical Science, the leading body for those working in the field.

I am not very good with computers. Will I find an online course too complicated for me?

These courses are supported by the Biomed Product Manager who will be available to assist with any technical queries.

What level of knowledge do I need?

BSc or equivalent or relevant experience in a healthcare setting.

Do you offer scholarships?

Biomed Online is able to offer two scholarships each year. Each will cover 50% of the fees for 1 CPD course and will be awarded to an individual who has
been identified as being in a position to directly/significantly improve healthcare science in a resource poor country and /or has demonstrated commitment
in the area where they are working in their workplace.

Applicants should send a written statement, no more than 500 words detailing why they wish to be considered for a scholarship for a named Biomed Online
course and what they hope to achieve as a result. The statement should be signed by their line manager or a named referee and sent to the Biomed Office,
Mansion 128, University of Greenwich, Bexley Road, Eltham, London SE9 2PQ, email biomed@gre.ac.uk

1. Biomed Online scholarships are open to all nationalities

2. Scholars will be obliged to ensure their academic performance meets required standards under the University of Greenwich academic regulations to retain
their Scholarship

3. The scholarship is non-deferrable

4. Please contact the Biomed Office – biomed@gre.ac.uk – for application deadlines.

Statements from students

Renneth Hidalgo – Anthony Nolan – Quality Systems Management

This is my first module for this course and I can say that I have enjoyed it so much and found the course to be relevant and useful. I have interacted with
colleagues who came from different work backgrounds and we shared information and feedback from each other’s work, shared our own personal and work
practices and experiences and I received excellent guide and comments from the tutor. It has been very useful as it helped me achieve most of my personal
objectives at work. It has improved my audit and risk management skills, I have reviewed and re-assessed our Quality policy and improved the quality on
investigating non-conformances within my organisation. I would definitely recommend this module to other future students.

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Nicholas Levene – Princess Alexandra Hospital, Essex – Analysis of Nucleic Acids

The course provided me with an opportunity to further my knowledge in a specialist area related to my field of work. I have now gained the confidence to
troubleshoot complex issues at work whilst gaining a broader and deeper understanding of molecular techniques. I will be able to apply the strong
foundational knowledge acquired through the course to any related tasks in the future. The course was also well paced and enjoyable, with online
communications with students and tutors providing a great way to overcome any problems understanding some of the concepts.

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Shila Dubasia – Newham University Hospital – Governance and Risk Management

I found the modules that I have taken very well structured and enjoyed using my work experience in the chat sessions and applying it to the activities and
the assessed assignments. Some of the things I have learnt in some modules I am now using it in my work place such as working with my Quality Lead in
carrying out root cause analysis in investigating department incidents.

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Sara Oliver – GSTS Pathology St Thomas’ Hospital – Blood Transfusion

The tutors of both my previous module and current module have been extremely supportive and encouraging. The course work itself is derived from using the
policies and procedures currently in place in your workplace which has made these modules invaluable. Not only do they give you the background knowledge
that you require but they assist you in applying that knowledge directly into your workplace making the course that much more relevant.

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Ellen Tumelty – Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice – Governance and Risk Management

To date I have successfully completed two online modules with Biomed: my decision to apply for a course through Biomed was made because of recommendations
and the fact that in my role as Infection Control Lead I felt that I needed to gain underpinning knowledge to support me. Having never completed an online
course and not being the most computer literate person I had my anxieties.

However the course proved to be invaluable, the support that I received from the tutors and the admin team was great. No question asked was dismissed,
throughout the module I was encouraged to think and reflect and I was certainly challenged. My learning has been demonstrated in my practice and this
feedback has been given to me by my manager and other colleagues. And I feel so much more confident when it comes to Infection prevent and Control and I
cannot express strongly enough the knowledge that I have gained.

At the start of the module on the introduction day when it is said that after completing a module you may want to do more my initial thoughts were really??
And now I am starting my third module. I have completed modules in other universities and at Greenwich that have all been classroom based, and although I
have learnt a lot, I really haven’t had the seen such a change in my practice as I have doing these modules.

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Stephen McDonald – Altnagelvin Area Hospital – Renal Disease

I chose the programme at Greenwich as the modules were applicable to every day lab practise. The online delivery of the course is excellent, allowing for
study in your own time and at your own pace, but with the tutor making sure you are on target. The forums and chat sessions are fantastic opportunities for
interaction with the other students and with you tutor. The modules are well supported by the Biomed Admin team and by IT staff.

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Liza Faustino – Royal Sussex County Hospital – Advanced Human Genetics

Taking the Biomed online modules helped me to develop myself professionally. The flexibility of being able to do it online and at on the time I have
available was what attracted me to do it. The modules are well-structured and also provide me with a chance to interact with other students just like in a
normal class setting. I have enjoyed doing the modules and have learned how to balance it with work and family well.

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Ijeoma Eyo-Nsa – Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria – Management of Healthcare Associated Infection

I have taken 2 courses under the Postgraduate Bio-med online programme; Quality Management System and Managing Healthcare Acquired Infections. Both courses
were delivered by well experienced facilitators who created enabling environment for learning and sharing ideas. The knowledge and skills I acquired have
greatly assisted me to improve on the quality procedures in my laboratory and implement routine safety practices to prevent health care associated
infections.

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Francesca Salvi – Royal Sussex County Hospital – Immunocytochemistry

I have found taking Biomed online modules an excellent way of expanding my knowledge of subjects relevant to my working practice. The online mode is
convenient time wise and also provides the basis for networking with fellow scientists on other sites nationwide. The ability to share knowledge and
experiences has been extremely useful in informing my working practice. The material is varied and interesting and encourages good CPD practice.

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Huseyin Kurnaz- Barts Health – Lung Disease

As part of my personal and career development plan I undertook the Lung Disease module as my second module in the Postgraduate Online Biomed programme. It
was one of the modules available relevant to my position as a Histopathology Biomedical Scientist. The course content I found to be substantial yet
relevant. The level apart from the first introductory chapter was definitely of a Postgraduate level. It must be remembered that the course is quite
intense; however, there is a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere during the chat sessions. Both tutor and support staff were very helpful and always
provided guidance if necessary. As this course was almost entirely an online course I learned very quickly that it was better to try to keep up with
regular study rather than try to catch up if I missed anything. The presentation at the Greenwich site at the end of the course was quite a bit of a
grilling, but I think that is more dependent on module and tutors style of teaching. That being said I learned a lot during the presentation, it was almost
like another teaching session. It has been hard but that is mainly due to me being out of formal academia for a few years and just getting back in the
swing of things.

Being a senior member of staff this module has helped develop my knowledge and understanding of lung structure, physiology and pathology and will be very
useful in my workplace as we do deal with lung tissue. As a BMS I am involved in dealing with both biopsies and dissection of small Histology specimens.
This knowledge comes in useful both for my own benefit and for training purposes, both of other technical staff and sometimes junior medical staff or
nurses.

 

Statements from Managers

 
Sue Woodcock, Viapath (Guy’s and St. Thomas’)

We have been supporting staff undertake the Greenwich on line courses since its inception. The modular approach allows us to support staffs CPD and career
progression. On line courses are flexible and allow our shift workers to access individual modules or a full MSc that would otherwise be difficult due to
their working hours constraints. The subjects are relevant to our workforce especially the quality management systems, Managing Learning & Development,
Blood Transfusion and POCT. The quality of the modules and tutors is very high and staff always give positive feedback of their experiences.

Joy Gallagher, Viapath (King’s)

The Biomed courses are both flexible and relevant to meet the changing demands faced by hospital laboratories. They offer a wide range of subjects, e.g.
management type modules such as Quality Systems Management, and discipline specific modules such as Blood Transfusion. . The students are able to undertake
their courses as either standalone courses or as part of an MSc. The courses benefit both the student and their workplace as they contribute towards CPD
points.

Hospital laboratories are under increased pressure due to higher workloads and the need to maintain agreed turnaround times, therefore distance learning
has become increasingly popular as it enables the laboratories to support a greater number of staff undertaking these courses. We have seen an increase in
the number of our own staff successfully undertaking these courses.

Sally Houghton, Addenbrooke’s

As the modules are e-learning based they provide flexibility for study at the student’s own pace and provide a support and guidance network for completion
within stipulated timeframes. The scope of modules available comprise a system where the studies can be tailored to the student’s interests and role
definitions. This flexibility makes the course completely definable by the student and is therefore very different from the routine structured courses
available elsewhere. The flexibility of study means that employers do not need to work around staffing issues and financing can be assisted without the
need for complete course funding in a single invoice. This helps with support more than one student at a time. The e-learning also means that travel
expenses are kept to a minimum and travel time can be used for study’.

 

Katherine Scouler, Epsom & St Helier Hospitals NHS Trust

re Catherine Nott – Implementing Advanced Quality Management

The training that Catherine has received from attending the Implementing Advanced Quality Management has helped Catherine understand processes needed to
identify and implement effective QMS in departments, and the actions of liaising with departments for successful implementation. As such Catherine has
helped to develop and roll out an effective QMS training programme for all Pathology staff in the Trust, which links into MHRA, UKAS and IBMS requirements.

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Krista De Four, Viapath

re Dalian Beaver – Immunocytochemistry

Dalian worked with the training officer and Histology Manager to ensure that she was rotated to the IHC laboratory. At times it was difficult to ensure
that all of the set schedules were met due to operational demand however, Dalian was able to rotate and complete her training requirements to support her
IHC module.

Dalian has enjoyed the course and found it to be a valuable experience. The course module and contents assisted her and gave her the opportunity to
complete duties in the IHC laboratory and in turn complete her competencies.

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David Dicks, Salisbury District Hospital

re James Ryan – Analysis of Nucleic Acids

This module has given James Ryan a greater understanding of how PCR systems are designed & how individual genes & their mutations can be detected.
In our relatively small lab, we are already using a variety of different PCR methods to identify pathogens & their resistance mechanisms. This will
become a major part of our diagnostic work if we adopt multiplex PCR panels for areas such as Blood Cultures & Enteric screening. In addition, the
samples we send to Reference labs are being tested with ever more advanced & specialised molecular tests.

Microbiology is currently undergoing a revolution with the introduction of the new molecular technologies. A better understanding of the theoretical basis
of these methods can only benefit both James & the Lab as a whole in the future.

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Jane Tiller, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

re Natuley Smalle – Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry

Natuley has been more confident since completing the course on Mass Spec. She has taken a much more pro-active role with troubleshooting problems and has
wanted to get involved with our R+D projects. She seems to have really understood the concepts and theory of HPLC/MS and has been working with Neil Leaver
on several development projects – I don’t think she would been so keen to do this without having the additional knowledge from the course.

We have been very pleased with her new found knowledge and skills. She has said she feels more confident about the technology and more able to cope with
the challenges it throws up from time to time!

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Lynda Ferrigan, Royal Infirmary Edinburgh

re Grant Halliday – Managing Learning and Development

Grant has had a good deal of input into the training in our department and since commencing the course has gained more confidence in his ideas.

He has been instrumental in the implementation of training logs and assessments of our new Band 4 grades ( healthcare Scientist Associate Practitioners), a
grade introduced to support the Biomedical Scientists. He has also mentored the IBMS Specialist Portfolio candidates in the department.

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Chris Yates, Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust

re Thomas Giddings – Robotics and Automation

Tom really enjoyed the Robotics and Automation Module. I feel that it will help him develop his workplace practice and prepare him for a more advanced role
in our laboratory service.

It gave Tom a broader insight into the variety of automated platforms that are available and the UK and European procurement processes involved in putting
them in place. The analysis of statistics and production of charts will be beneficial when looking at workload figures, test validation data and complex
performance criteria. The department where he works will be going out to tender for high volume automated analysers in the coming year and Tom will be able
to observe and hopefully participate in some stages of the process.

The development of business cases, concepts of project management and installation will all help Tom to develop in his present role and to take on new
challenges.

Consortium

The electronically delivered courses are owned by a Consortium comprised of NHS trusts/hospitals, Public Health England and the University of Greenwich,
details as follows:

  • The University of Greenwich
  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Foundation NHS Trust
  • Health Services Laboratories *
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
  • Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
  • Public Health England
  • Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Pathology Partnership **
  • The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
  • Viapath ***

* Pathology partnership between The Doctors Laboratory, The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

** Joint venture between six NHS Trusts in the East of England – Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust; East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust; Hinchingbrooke Healthcare Trust; Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust; West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

*** Joint venture between Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT) and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (KCH) and Serco, providing pathology services to GSTT, KCH and Bedford Hospital.

Quality Assurance

The standards and quality of Biomed Online courses are validated by the University of Greenwich annually and comply with the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

Professional bodies can award professional credits against an award made by the University of Greenwich.

The Biomed team ensures that the currency of your course is maintained through regular updating -and this is achieved by:

  • Collating feedback from
    • Student reports
    • Tutor reports
    • Workplace reports
    • External examiner reports
  • Updating the course in association with a subject matter expert to take account of any recommendations.

Do I need to do the whole MSc?

No. The programme is uniquely flexible, allowing you to accumulate credits that count towards different levels of certification:

· Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for 1 course successfully completed.

· Postgraduate Certificate in Biomedical Science (Online) / Healthcare Management* / Healthcare Quality Management* – two
courses at 60 credits.

· Postgraduate Diploma in Biomedical Science (Online) / Healthcare Management* / Healthcare Quality Management* – four courses
at 120 credits

· An MSc in Biomedical Science (Online) – four courses at 120 credits and a work based project at 60 credits

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Students and tutors may use images from this site in projects, lectures and handouts
and post no more than THREE images on a WEBSITE – each must include both a credit
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Our tutors are expert practitioners in Biomedical Science. If you have the right
background and are interested in being an online mentor for M-level courses, please
contact the Biomed Administrator at biomed@gre.ac.uk

Tutors work with a group of around 10 students throughout the 12 weeks of the course.
There is a half-day introductory workshop where tutors meet their students
face-to-face, and a presentation workshop at the end of the course. 
The workshops are held at the University of Greenwich Maritime campus in south
London.

Online courses start in April and October. Payment is determined by the size of the
tutor group.

More information:
Telephone 020 8331 9978
Email: biomed@gre.ac.uk

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