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Apprenticeship training course

Mammography associate (level 4)

Operating specialist equipment used to screen people for breast cancer.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
12 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Breast screening assistant practitioner
  • Mammography assistant practitioner
  • Mammography Associate
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Prepare equipment and environments appropriately for mammography.
  • Identify individuals attending for mammography appropriately.
  • Prepare individuals appropriately for mammography.
  • Employ effective positioning and immobilisation to achieve images of high quality.
  • Operate mammography equipment safely and effectively within protocol.
  • Maintain required and accurate records of the procedure complying with quality, confidentiality and data protection requirements.
  • Use information management systems effectively.
  • Comply with, and practise safely within, relevant legal, ethical, professional, and local frameworks and protocols for the delivery of clinical mammography.
  • Maintain the radiation safety of all individuals in the working environment in line with current legislation.
  • Work in accordance with ionising radiation regulations.
  • Take appropriate action in response to concerns, risks, incidents or near misses arising in the workplace.
  • Safeguard individuals in accordance with legal and organisational requirements.
  • Use techniques for infection control.
  • Provide basic life-support techniques, when required.
  • Move and handle equipment or other items safely and assist individuals as appropriate.
  • Manage self and own work effectively
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to strengths and limitations in own knowledge, skills, and attributes.
  • Refer to an appropriate member of the multi-disciplinary breast care team where required for concerns and queries outside scope of practice.
  • Assess the technical quality of images produced against required standards for breast screening programmes.
  • Adhere to quality standards of performance for breast screening programmes.
  • Transfer and store images using appropriate systems.
  • Apply effective interpersonal and communication skills to engage with individuals.
  • Report and share information related to individuals securely in line with local and national policies, maintaining confidentiality.
  • Ensure own actions promote equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Work individually, collaboratively and in partnership to deliver person-centred care.
  • Advise individuals of the results process and give any necessary additional information within the scope of your responsibility.
  • Participate in quality control tests of mammography equipment and accurately record results.
  • Report any failed equipment tests to a senior member of staff.
  • Participate in image assessment and peer review to adhere to breast screening programme standards.
  • Engage in effective health promotion by actively seeking out and acting on opportunities to support individuals to maximise their health and well-being within the scope of the role.
  • Promote preventative health behaviours and support individuals to make informed choices to improve their health and wellbeing within the scope of the role.
  • Work effectively within the multi-disciplinary breast care team.
  • Promote a positive, safe, and effective working environment.
  • Make use of supervision and pastoral care.
  • Make use of reflective practice to engage in continuing professional development.
  • Participate in training and development activities and evaluate the impact of learning on own practice.
  • Seek out and respond to feedback and engage in appraisals.
  • Identify opportunities to improve the quality of the mammography service provided and contribute to local, regional, and national quality improvement initiatives.
  • Participate in and support others with quality improvement activities in the workplace.
  • Act as a role model for others within the scope of own role.

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

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