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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

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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.

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