Diagnostics & Clinical Support

Welcome to the Diagnostics and Clinical Support (DCS) education pages. The Division of DCS employs over 1500 staff members in the following Directorates: 
  • Radiology
  • AHPs, MSK, Pain Management and Rheumatology
  • Clinical Laboratory Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Clinical Outpatients and Patient Administration (Booking and Medical Records)
Although the majority of professional staff within DCS are allied medical professionals, biomedical scientists, pharmacists and  nurses we are committed to providing educational access and assistance to Trainee Medical staff on all aspects of our services. 

The training team within DCS would like to encourage all junior medical staff to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge of our AHP and nursing staff during your time working within the ELHT. We are always happy to assist in any additional training need you may require. 

Our Divisional Education Lead (DEL) is Rita Borgen, Consultant Radiographer who can be contacted on 01282 805314.

Specific training provided by the division includes: 

Clinical Laboratory Medicine

Clinical laboratory Medicine is comprised of
  • Blood Sciences
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Microbiology
Our website can be accessed at www.pathologyineastlancs.org.uk

Information about the NW Deanery training schemes can be found here

Point of Care Testing
Currently the ‘Point of Care’ team based in Clinical Laboratory Medicine have produced there first e-learning package to update and assess the competence of users of the Roche b123 Blood Gas analysers. The first e-learning package has been posted on the ‘Point of Care Testing’ section of the ELHT OLI Intranet.  By completing and passing the e-learning exam the system automatically renews the operators access to the blood gas analysers for a further time period without any manual input. It is anticipated that the b123 Blood Gas E-learning package will be fully launched by the end of April 2015.

The ‘Point of Care’ team plans to extend the subject range of our e-learning training packages available to junior medical staff in the future with the inclusion of additional training packages for Point of care devices. For additional information contact Saj Ulldin, Associate Practitioner from the Point of Care Team, Saraj.Ull-Din@elht.nhs.uk

The advantages of the E-learning Package are that staffs do not need to attend offsite training, the operator can access at time convenient to them and their department and time invested in logging assessment training is saved by automation.


Pharmacy staff provide teaching sessions to FY1s regarding evidence based prescribing in specific therapeutic topics throughout the year. The opportunity to apply knowledge is provided via the use of case studies, simulations and question and answer sessions. One-to-one support is available either on request or where prescribing errors have been identified. Ward based pharmacists are available to provide support and information to all doctors regarding prescribing decisions. FY2s are supported in DCT (developing the clinical teacher) during regular classroom sessions throughout the year. Lessons learned are discussed during teaching sessions with all foundation doctors. 


Access to PACS training is a provision at the point of trust induction as is a guide to requesting of Radiological procedures and the IR(ME) R 2000 (Ionizing Radiation Medical Exposure) implications and requirements of such requests. 

Additional PACS support and training can be obtained by contacting the PACS team on 01254 734 551 (84451 internal). This number is also the contact point for password resets and troubleshooting during the core working hours of 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday or by contacting pacsteam@elht.nhs.uk

Emergency assistance for password issues can be sought from the main x-ray department at the Royal Blackburn Hospital outside the hours of 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday by contacting 01254 733 149. 

The trust has moved to electronic requesting for Radiology examinations and this system is administered through the ICE desktop system. Training, support and requests for password resets and troubleshooting should be directed to the IM&T Helpdesk.