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 HCPC 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.
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