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Apprenticeship training course

Healthcare science assistant (level 2)

Carrying out routine technical and scientific procedures and support within hospitals, doctor surgeries and other healthcare settings for a wide range of people.

Qualification level
Equivalent to GCSE.
Typical duration
12 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
  • promote mental health and well being
  • communicate basic information effectively verbally and in writing to patients, carers and colleagues
  • work effectively as part of the HCS team and the MPT
  • reflect on your practice; and keep your knowledge and skills up-to-date
  • work within the limits of your personal competence
  • respond constructively to the outcome of appraisal, feedback and performance review
  • work safely in the HCS work place following safety, and risk management guidelines, taking appropriate action in response to incidents or emergencies
  • move/position individuals, equipment etc. safely
  • apply a range of techniques for infection prevention and control
  • follow quality procedures to meet the requirements of quality  standards relevant to your HCS practice
  • participate in technical audit as appropriate
  • provide general non-technical/technical advice, information, guidance to users of HCS services
  • follow specified HCS protocols and standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • take responsibility for the care you provide, including safeguarding, if involved in patient care
  • obtain verbal consent in line with protocols when you are directly involved in the delivery of a procedure, including explaining the nature and purpose of the procedure
  • protect patient/carers confidentiality when required
  • offer suggestions for improving services, providing reasons for these
  • contribute to research and innovation within the boundaries of your clinical and scientific practice as required
  • help create the conditions that assist your team in providing a supportive environment for colleagues

Full information on Healthcare science assistant (level 2) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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