Darren Coombes was born in West Wales and spent his time studying at Aberystwyth University. Here he studied on a BSc Sport and Exercise Science programme. After graduation, Darren went on to study further at BSc level at Glamorgan University on the Clinical Science (Cardiac) course. He then moved to Carmarthen after taking up the role as Cardiac Physiologist in 2007.

His time is mainly spent teaching, writing and marking assignments and supervising students. Darren's main role is as a lecturer within the Healthcare Science programme.

Darren believes that the best part about his job is being able to teach students using his personal area of expertise. His advice to students would be that 'You get out what you put in'. He believes that students should work their hardest throughout education as this will benefit them post-graduation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Cardiac Device Therapy


  • SHC151 Anatomy and Physiology for Healthcare Science

    This is an introductory module to the structure and function of the human body, delivered with a focus on healthcare science.

  • SHC157 Introduction to Cardiovascular Science

    This module will introduce students to the theory and practice of cardiovascular science. Students will apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and instrumentation to understand the principles and techniques of basic diagnostic investigations. This will be expanded in subsequent cardiology modules in order to develop the skills and attitudes required for safe and effective practice.

  • SHC159 CVRS Patient Pathways and Work-Based Training

    This module will provide students with an opportunity to develop the skills and attitudes needed to be a healthcare science practitioner. Learning is centred on patient presentation and common patient pathways through the health service. Clinical placements will contextualize learning, offer real-life experience and enable students to apply taught professional practice outcomes in order to practise safely. Students will begin a portfolio of evidence and will be required to complete specified sections of the professional training manual.

  • SHC233 Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 1

    This module provides an opportunity to explore professional practice within a healthcare science discipline and to gain the professional skills and competences required for practice at level 5.

  • SHC238 Pathophysiology of Common Cardiovascular and Respiratory Conditions

    This module will prepare students for their role in clinical practice by ensuring they understand the pathophysiology of common conditions that result in referral to cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep services.

  • SHC239 Measurement of Resting Cardiovascular Function

    This module builds on knowledge and skills gained in SHC157 Introduction to Cardiovascular Science. Students will explore electrocardiography and blood pressure recording in greater depth with a particular focus on differentiation of normal and abnormal findings. Skills labs will allow students to develop competence in the clinical techniques necessary for placement activity.

  • SHC240 Measurement of Cardiovascular Function During Provocation Testing

    This module builds on knowledge and skills gained in SHC157 Introduction to Cardiovascular Science. Students will explore ambulatory and exercise electrocardiography as well as ambulatory blood pressure recording. Skills labs will allow students to develop competence in the clinical techniques necessary for placement activity.

  • SHC332 Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 2

    The aim of the module is to broaden the student experience of clinical practice in their specialism. This experience will ensure that on graduation, the student can undertake the breadth of practice expected of a newly qualified healthcare science practitioner.

  • SHC337 Arrhythmia Diagnosis and Management

    This module build on the skills and knowledge gained during level 1 and 2 cardiology modules. Students will explore the principles and practice of arrhythmia diagnosis and management. There is a strong focus on advancing ECG interpretation skills and on bradycardia device implantation. Pathophysiology knowledge will be advanced and related to arrhythmias. Students will be expected to critically analyse data and formulate reports.

  • SHC338 Evidence-Based Practice in Cardiology

    The module will prepare students for their professional role as a healthcare science practitioner in Cardiology. Students will gain an understanding of their role in the patient pathway and the importance of evidence-based practice that considers patient-centred care.

  • SHF109 Anatomy and Physiology 1

    This module utilises lecture and laboratory based study to explore the anatomy and physiology of the major body systems. Furthermore, this module will be used to underpin the knowledge required to understand clinical presentation, diagnosis and osteopathic management of pathological conditions.

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2010 Present Specialist Cardiac Hywel Dda Local Health Board