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Apprenticeship training course

Healthcare science associate (level 4)

Working in hospitals, primary care and other healthcare settings, carrying out routine technical and scientific procedures. Supporting healthcare science (HCS) practitioners and clinical scientists.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
24 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • never discriminate against patients, carers or colleagues
  • maintain the highest standards of person centred care, treating every person with compassion, dignity and respect
  • develop partnerships with patients/carers/families
  • promote mental health and well being
  • convey information to agreed protocols to the public, patients, carers, colleagues, including giving and receiving feedback
  • use technology to present information orally
  • critically reflect on your technical/non-technical practice
  • work within the limits of your personal competence/keep up-to-date
  • support the CPPD of junior colleagues and respond constructively to appraisal/feedback
  • maintain a safe and healthy working environment
  • train junior staff in relevant health, safety/security practices, including infection control and participate in risk assessments
  • lead quality management technical audit processes as required
  • where appropriate, perform a range of equipment management
  • skills, e.g. fault-finding/preventative maintenance/calibration/repair
  • participate in drafting Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • make reasoned decisions to initiate/continue/modify or cease using techniques/procedures, reflecting SOPs and senior input
  • recognise problems and seek technical solutions to them
  • analyse/interpret/record/present accurately HCS technical data
  • supervise/teach/assess practical skills to junior team members
  • take responsibility for the care you provide and its impact on
  • patients, including safeguarding, if involved in direct patient care
  • obtain and document appropriate consent in line with protocols
  • protect patient/carers confidentiality and privacy
  • deliver high quality technical clinical procedures in the investigation/management of patients
  • participate in audit and/or service improvement programmes
  • communicate the outcome of audit, service improvement
  • undertake appropriate audit/research/innovation activities which
  • support quality improvement in your area of work
  • plan/assess the work of a team and individuals within it
  • lead where appropriate and work effectively within the HCS team

Full information on Healthcare science associate (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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