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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
14 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Act in line with legislation, standard operating procedures, codes of conduct and ways of working that apply to own role.
  • Work within the scope of the role, the limits of own knowledge and skills.
  • Act in line with probity requirements.
  • Promote own mental health, wellbeing and resilience.
  • Provide general information, advice and guidance about the scope and range of services relevant to role.
  • Provide technical evidence-based advice, information and guidance relevant to role.
  • Adhere to stock and equipment control policies.
  • Support the provision of person-centred care that is delivered by the wider healthcare team.
  • Support any care provided including adhering to the relevant requirements.
  • Follow policy and protocols that relate to informed consent.
  • Protect the dignity, rights and privacy of individuals.
  • Assist the wider healthcare team to enable individuals to make choices about their care.
  • Communicate basic information effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Use techniques to facilitate understanding and reduce communication barriers.
  • Keep accurate, confidential records including in a digital format.
  • Produce reliable data by logging, inputting, retrieving and storing information within required governance processes.
  • Follow protocols for handling, escalating or reporting difficult situations and complaints.
  • Work as part of the healthcare science team and the multi-professional team to provide healthcare science services.
  • Follow delegation, reporting and escalation protocols appropriate to own role.
  • Act as a role model to others and show leadership skills relevant to own role.
  • Contribute towards creating the conditions that assist the team in providing a supportive environment for colleagues.
  • Work safely in the workplace following safety guidelines.
  • Contribute to the risk management process in own workplace adhering to risk management guidelines.
  • Take appropriate action in response to incidents or emergencies.
  • Move and transport items safely for example individuals or equipment and items.
  • Apply a range of techniques for infection prevention and control.
  • Follow guidelines and procedures for handling hazardous materials and substances.
  • Follow procedures and improvement protocols to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to own healthcare science practice.
  • Contribute to the audit process relevant to own role.
  • Offer suggestions for improving services, emerging practices and sustainability.
  • Work in accordance with the regulatory frameworks for ethics, innovation or research relevant to own role.
  • Assist service improvement, innovation or research within the boundaries of own clinical and scientific practice.
  • Reflect on own practice and keep own knowledge and skills up-to-date.
  • Take part in appraisal or performance review and ongoing continuing professional development.
  • Reply constructively to the outcome of feedback, performance review or appraisal.

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

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