Manchester Metropolitan University

The Clinical Academic Network provides a focus for interactions between academics and the healthcare professions.

Our membership consists of the employees of the NHS or healthcare industry as well as clinical academics within Manchester Metropolitan University.

Distance learning and continued professional development courses

We offer attendance based courses as well as distance learning and continued professional development programmes.

Peripheral blood

Access to the peripheral blood gallery is free, just email pb-tag@mmu.ac.uk for access details.

The Gallery provides an iconic image of a blood cell type or variant with a description of the cell to highlight its main features. Individual cell types and variants can appear quite different in blood samples taken from different patient blood samples. To help overcome uncertainty about the identity of a particular cell or variant, multiple examples are provided to show the range of appearance that may be encountered in practice.

Each cell image in the multiple cell galleries is linked to a full microscope field image, to more closely simulate the microscope viewing experience.

To obtain CPD certification quizzes are available, which are a paid for addition. Quizzes are based upon the gallery and are designed to be challenging and intriguing. A pass mark of 80% has been set, on completion a certificate will be provided.

Malaria

The gallery initially provides some background about malaria, the life cycle and how it is treated.The gallery is freely accessible by anyone who registers for access via pb-tag@mmu.ac.uk

The gallery moves on to provide comparisons of different species and stages of malaria in different cases, to allow a range to be seen. For each species and stage a gallery of examples is provided, which show variation in appearance. Sidebars allow galleries to be compared.

To obtain CPD certification quizzes are available, which are a paid for addition.

Quizzes are based upon the gallery and are designed to be challenging and intriguing. There are six different quizzes, comprised of 20 plus questions, which increase in difficulty. A pass mark of 80% has been set, on completion a certificate will be provided.

Understanding blood sampling

The emphasis of this package is on enhancing understanding of the factors that can the quality of blood samples obtained via this important procedure.

The topics covered will be: why sample blood, patient variables, venepuncture, order of collection, analytical variables and sample storage. On completing this study, you will have an understanding of the many variables involved in the sampling of blood for analysis in patient care.

As a consequence, you will be better equipped to ensure that blood samples arrive, at the point where they are analysed, in a state, which will truly reflect the patient’s clinical status. Quizzes based upon the content are provided to reinforce knowledge, and will also be associated with CPD certification.

For full details of our short courses, see our professional development course listings.

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