The Healthcare Science Assistant (HCSA) support workforce contributes to safe patient care across all care pathways from conception to end of life in job roles within hospitals, general practice and other settings in the healthcare sector and across all areas of healthcare science. HCSAs perform a range of low risk, routine technical and scientific procedures usually within one broad area of healthcare science, following specific protocols and in accordance with health, safety, governance and ethical requirements. HCSAs work using standard operating procedures, initially under direct supervision but increasingly with experience, under indirect supervision.
Within this Apprenticeship, you will have training sessions at City College Plymouth one day a week, during term-time, to give you the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the industry. You will also receive direct training from the business you are employed by for your Apprenticeship who will work with the College to ensure you are reaching your maximum potential via regular workplace observations and reviews.
On successful completion of the HCSA Apprenticeship you will be eligible to apply to join the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) accredited register.
HCSAs work within multi-professional teams to the limits of their competence, but must seek help and support whenever this is required.
HCSAs must be aware of the requirements of good scientific practice, which articulates the standards for the healthcare science profession and upon which this Apprenticeship standard is based. Using these professional standards, the HCSA must adhere to employers’ policies and protocols to ensure safe and consistent practice within the working environments of healthcare science. Although not exhaustive, activities undertaken by the HCSA may include: basic life support; preparation of the environment for healthcare science procedures; production of reliable data, keeping accurate records; stock control of equipment and consumables; inputting and retrieving patient/test specific technical data within required governance processes; performing designated healthcare science role-specific skills following specified protocols.
You will need to have achieved five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (C or above), including maths, English language and at least one science.
You will require the Level 2 Diploma in Healthcare Science as an underpinning qualification and must have achieved level 1 English and mathematics and take the test for level 2 prior to taking the end-point assessment.
In order to finish this Apprenticeship you will have to pass an end-point assessment. The end-point assessment is the name given to a series of tests you must take to prove your ability to do the job you have been training for. These tests take place at the end of the Apprenticeship following a period of training and development.
This Apprenticeship has an expected duration of 18 months, however, this may vary depending on your readiness to sit the end-point assessment.
This Apprenticeship will allow you to gain full-time employment as a healthcare science assistant within the scientific industry. This would also give you the foundation to build a career in this sector and work up to a team leader position and higher roles within management.
By applying for this position you will go through the College’s assessments and once successful, you will be assigned a Business Engagement Officer who will guide you into employment by supporting you to find the best-suited workplace.