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Apprenticeship training course

Clinical scientist (level 7)

Collect, analyse and provide expert interpretation of clinical and specialist scientific data and make key judgements and decisions.

Qualification level
Equivalent to master’s degree.
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Clinical scientist
  • Individuals undertaking this occupation must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a clinical scientist (a protected title)
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Interpret, apply and comply with legislation, statutory frameworks, professional codes of practice and guidance.
  • Work within limits of personal and professional competence, justify and take responsibility for own actions and seek advice when required. Manage time, resources and workload effectively.
  • Apply relevant clinical and scientific knowledge in the clinical context, to inform own decision making, and that of service users, as appropriate.
  • Select and perform, if required, the appropriate analytical technique relevant to the given data set.
  • Assess and interpret the results of data analysis, report appropriately in accordance with the clinical and scientific context and recommend further investigations where appropriate.
  • Identify emerging clinical, scientific, analytical, diagnostic, monitoring, treatment and therapeutic procedures, as appropriate, and adapt practice accordingly.
  • Develop, introduce or modify procedures and techniques to improve service delivery, as appropriate.
  • Compare procedures and techniques against references or baseline and take action, as appropriate.
  • Assess and evaluate new technologies prior to their routine use.
  • Select, and if necessary develop, the appropriate methodology(ies) to investigate the problem or source of error.
  • Take appropriate action to correct problem or source of error based on the results of the investigation.
  • Search and critically appraise scientific literature, including literature on new and emerging technologies, and other sources of information.
  • Implement suitable evidence gathering strategies.
  • Evaluate evidence to inform professional practice.
  • Determine existing levels of knowledge, select the appropriate methodology(ies) and approaches in accordance with individuals’ needs, and use appropriate forms of communication with a diverse range of audiences, including colleagues and service users.
  • Lead projects to successful completion within agreed and defined timescales eg audits, research projects
  • Set, maintain and apply standards, and undertake quality control and assurance techniques.
  • Undertake audit and take appropriate actions to ensure quality of processes/procedures.
  • Present data and/or research findings to peers, in appropriate forms.
  • Facilitate learning and provide feedback to others, as appropriate.
  • Undertake risk assessments to identify and manage sources of risk in the workplace.
  • Select the appropriate equipment and methodology(ies) to ensure safe working practices, in accordance with relevant guidelines and legislation.
  • Maintain an effective audit trail and initiate service improvements.
  • Keep accurate and comprehensive records and manage information in accordance with relevant legislation and guidelines.
  • Reflect on and critically review practice and identify areas for personal and professional development.
  • Use digital systems in a manner appropriate to function and clinical scientific context.
  • Work in partnership with others to build sustainable professional relationships.

Full information on Clinical scientist (level 7) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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