Healthcare Science

Healthcare Science Apprenticeships

Healthcare science (HCS) is one of the fastest-moving areas of the NHS and its importance is continuing to grow. Healthcare Science departments make a real difference to patients’ health every day and are involved in 80% of all clinical decisions in the NHS. Healthcare Scientists also design and help in clinical and technological development. There are more than 50 HCS divisions encompassing 4 themes; Life sciences, Physiological sciences, Bioinformatics and Physical sciences.

HCS Apprenticeships comprise a real full time job, off-the-job training, a BTEC or Degree level qualification, and Functional Skills training (if required). On successful completion of an End Point Assessment (EPA) and achievement of the Apprenticeship, learners are able to register with the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) professional register.

Aim Skills Development offers level 2 HCS Apprenticeships, which are designed for new staff who are taking their first step in this field. It provides the necessary skills and understanding to make Apprentices useful staff members. The Apprentices will perform a variety of low risk routine scientific procedures according to NHS procedures and protocols.

Eligibility Requirement:

HCS Apprentices at level 2 are not required to have any previous experience or qualification in this area, but should show interest and aptitude through interview and/or previous studies. HCS Assistant (level 2) Apprentices work initially under direct supervision but increasingly (with experience) under indirect supervision.

Delivery of the Apprenticeship

Aim Skills Development offers different pathways of HCS Apprenticeships including Clinical Engineering, Radiotherapy Engineering, Operating Theatre Equipment Management, Cardiac-physiology, Respiratory, and Audiology. The Apprenticeship programme takes a minimum of 12 months to complete during which the Apprentices participate in training, development and review activities, delivered both by yourselves and by our qualified and experienced trainers and assessors.

Qualification Structure: ­

BTEC Level 2 Diploma contains mandatory and optional modules. Optional modules are selected to achieve required credits and are based on the speciality of the respective employing department.

Minimum number of credits that must be achieved 40
Number of mandatory credits that must be achieved 14
Number of optional credits that must be achieved 26
Unit
number
Mandatory Units Credit Guided
learning
1 Healthcare Science Services 3 20
2 Employee Rights, Responsibilities and Personal Development in Healthcare Science 3 20
3 Working in Partnership in Healthcare Science 3 26
4 Investigating, Treating and Managing Human Disease and Disorder 2 17
5 Working Safely in the Healthcare Science Environment 3 20

Pathways

Unit
number
Module Title Credit Guided
learning
15 Cleaning, Decontamination and Waste Management 2 20
16 Managing Conflict in the Workplace when Dealing with Customers, Service Users or the Public 2 10
21 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 3 21
38 Introduction to Clinical Engineering 2 12
41 Working within a Reception Service in Healthcare Science 2 13
43 Communicating Information to Authorised Personnel under Supervision 3 18
45 Maintain Stocks of Resources, Equipment and Consumables for Scientific, Technical or Clinical Use 4 37
47 Monitor and Maintain the Healthcare Science Environment Before, During and After Work Activities 3 20
55 Select and Wear Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for Work in Healthcare Settings 2 15
103 Introduction to Working in Clinical Engineering 4 33
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    Unit
    number
    Module Title Credit Guided
    learning
    112

    Contribute to Effective Multidisciplinary Team Working

    3 20
    56

    Introduction to Working in Radiation Safety/Protection

    3 18
    41

    Working within a Reception Service in Healthcare Science

    2 13
    55

    Select and Wear Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for Work in Healthcare Settings

    2 15
    47

    Monitor and Maintain the Healthcare Science Environment Before, During and After Work Activities

    3 20
    45

    Maintain Stocks of Resources, Equipment and Consumables for Scientific, Technical or Clinical Use

    4 37
    43

    Communicating Information to Authorised Personnel under Supervision

    3 18
    95

    Introduction to Working in the Mould Room *

    1 9
    21

    Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

    3 21
    16

    Managing Conflict in the Workplace when Dealing with Customers, Service Users or the Public

    2 10
    15

    Cleaning, Decontamination and Waste Management

    2 20

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    Unit
    number
    Module Title Credit Guided
    learning
    112

    Contribute to Effective Multidisciplinary Team Working

    3 20
    102

    Maintenance and Calibration of Theatre Equipment

    1 9
    96

    Receiving, Cleaning and Disinfection of Reusable Medical Devices *

    4 21
    56

    Introduction to Working in Radiation Safety/Protection

    3 18
    55

    Select and Wear Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for Work in Healthcare Settings

    2 15
    47

    Monitor and Maintain the Healthcare Science Environment Before, During and After Work Activities

    3 20
    45

    Maintain Stocks of Resources, Equipment and Consumables for Scientific, Technical or Clinical Use

    4 37
    43

    Communicating Information to Authorised Personnel under Supervision

    3 18
    38

    Introduction to Clinical Engineering

    2 12
    21

    Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

    3 21
    16

    Managing Conflict in the Workplace when Dealing with Customers, Service Users or the Public

    2 10
    15

    Cleaning, Decontamination and Waste Management

    2 20
    Unit
    number
    Module Title Credit Guided
    learning
    16

    Managing Conflict in the Workplace when Dealing with Customers, Service Users or the Public

    2 10
    21

    Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

    3 21
    24

    Anatomy and Physiology: Cardiovascular, Lymphatic and Respiratory Systems

    3 23
    41

    Working within a Reception Service in Healthcare Science

    2 13
    42

    Administer Appointments in a Healthcare Environment

    3 18
    45

    Maintain Stocks of Resources, Equipment and Consumables for Scientific, Technical or Clinical Use

    4 37
    72

    Measuring Blood Pressure using an Automatic Machine *

    1 8
    73

    Performing Routine Electrocardiography in Adults **

    2 13
    74

    Performing Routine Electrocardiography in Children **

    2 13
    75

    Setting up a Cardiac Monitor

    1 9
    76

    Fitting a 24hr Ambulatory ECG Monitor

    2 12
    77

    Fitting a 24hr Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor

    2 12
    78

    Manual Blood Pressure Measurement *

    2 11
    Unit
    number
    Module Title Credit Guided
    learning
    82

    Interpreting and Reporting Spirometry
    Results

    1 8
    81

    Performing Spirometry in Children

    3 19
    80

    Performing Spot Oxygen Measurements

    2 11
    79

    Performing Spirometry in Adults

    4 22
    45

    Maintain Stocks of Resources, Equipment and Consumables for Scientific, Technical or Clinical Use

    4 37
    42

    Administer Appointments in a Healthcare Environment

    3 18
    41

    Working within a Reception Service in Healthcare Science

    2 13
    24

    Anatomy and Physiology: Cardiovascular, Lymphatic and Respiratory Systems

    3 23
    21

    Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

    3 21
    16

    Managing Conflict in the Workplace when Dealing with Customers, Service Users or the Public

    2 10
    Unit
    number
    Module Title Credit Guided
    learning
    87

    Communicating with People with a Hearing Loss

    1 7
    85

    Hearing Aid Services

    2 10
    55

    Select and Wear Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for Work in Healthcare Settings

    2 15
    47

    Monitor and Maintain the Healthcare Science Environment Before, During and After Work Activities

    3 20
    45

    Maintain Stocks of Resources, Equipment and Consumables for Scientific, Technical or Clinical Use

    4 37
    42

    Administer Appointments in a Healthcare Environment

    3 18
    41

    Working within a Reception Service in Healthcare Science

    2 13
    36

    Introduction to Hearing Impairment

    1 8
    35

    Understanding Hearing Impairment

    3 24
    33

    Introduction to Disability Awareness

    2 12
    21

    Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

    3 21
    15

    Cleaning, Decontamination and Waste Management

    2 20

    Programme Structure:

    • End Point Assessment (EPA) is carried out by an independent EPA provider. This will consist of the presentation of a portfolio of evidence, professional test, and professional discussion.
    • The Apprentice must have achieved (or already have) the Level 1 Functional Skills qualification in English and Mathematics before going forward for the EPA
    • The Employer makes the decision as to when an apprentice is ready to undertake the end point assessment.

    Apprentices are supported by our assessors throughout the programme to ensure they get the right input and direction to develop their portfolio of evidence, and will be subject to a series of observations in the workplace to make sure they have the necessary skills to work competently in the field.

    Funding

    Funding is subject to eligibility – please contact us to find out more.

    Have you been living in the UK / EU for the last 3 years? Contact us to know more about self-funded programs.