Reference Quantity: ST0220

Particulars of ordinary

Occupational profile

The Healthcare Science (HCS) Affiliate workforce helps the work of HCS Practitioners and Medical Scientists in performing top quality, protected diagnostic, therapeutic and monitoring technical and scientific procedures from conception to finish of life in job roles inside hospitals, normal observe and different settings within the healthcare sector and throughout all areas of HCS (1).  They carry out a variety of routine technical and scientific procedures, with minimal supervision, inside one of many Divisions in HCS (2), following particular protocols and in accordance with well being, security, governance and moral necessities. The medical scientific setting determines the context of the HCS Affiliate work/position.

Duties and duties of the position

Associates work inside a multi-disciplinary workforce (MDT) throughout the limits of their competence, and should search assist and help every time that is required. They need to pay attention to the necessities of Good Scientific Observe (GSP), which articulates the requirements for the HCS career and upon which this apprenticeship customary is predicated (3).

Utilizing these skilled requirements, the HCS Affiliate should adhere to employers’ insurance policies/protocols to make sure protected, person-centred/constant observe in HCS working environments, together with paying shut consideration to element, working successfully inside a workforce and appearing as a task mannequin for extra junior members of employees.

Whereas not exhaustive, actions undertaken by HCS Associates throughout the particular space/setting of HCS inside which they work will embrace: supporting the event and upkeep of requirements/protocols as required;  contributing to the protected, efficient and environment friendly functioning of diagnostic/therapeutic providers; supporting extra junior employees in studying required abilities and behaviours of those that work in HCS; high quality controlling the technical processing of organic samples and physiological and different diagnostic assessments; performing routine investigations and telephoning authorised (4) outcomes based on protocols, e.g. within the Life Sciences, full blood counts/microscopy, antibiotic sensitivities/assays, endocrine assessments, immunology assays; within the Physiological Sciences: becoming/eradicating ambulatory blood strain displays and 24-hr ECGs; ophthalmic assessments of the construction and performance of the attention; pure tonal audiometry; within the Bodily Sciences: nuclear drugs imaging, publish processing of photographs; decontaminating, repairing and sustaining medical units, e.g. in Medical Engineering medical machine upkeep/calibration (together with electro-medical); managing technical knowledge and writing technical reviews, e.g. in Medical Bioinformatics which makes use of particularly designed strategies/software program for managing organic knowledge.

Skilled recognition

On completion of the apprenticeship people can be eligible to affix the Academy for HCS’s (AHCS) accredited Affiliate Register at Degree 4 (5).


The AHCS would require the Degree 4 Diploma in HCS as an underpinning qualification for the HCS Affiliate apprenticeship. Apprentices with out degree 2 English and maths might want to obtain this previous to taking the end-point evaluation.




Sometimes 24 months

Overview date

After 3 years

BEHAVIOURS and VALUES: You’ll be compassionate; trustworthy; conscientious and cling to the requirements of GSP which units out for the requirements of behaviour/observe/private conduct that underpin the supply of HCS applicable to the position/work undertaken.

Abilities: Constantly working to the requirements In your scientific, technical & medical observe you’ll perceive & apply information of


Observe and Individual-centred Care

  • by no means discriminate towards sufferers, carers or colleagues
  • preserve the best requirements of individual centred care, treating each individual with compassion, dignity and respect
  • develop partnerships with sufferers/carers/households
  • promote psychological well being and nicely being
  • convey data to agreed protocols to the general public, sufferers, carers, colleagues, together with giving and receiving suggestions
  • use know-how to current data orally

  • the necessities of the NHS Structure/GSPfor ‘individual centred care and help’
  • equality and variety laws, insurance policies and native methods of working
  • probity and honesty in all elements of your skilled observe
  • the significance of involving sufferers/the general public in HCS and in making decisions about their care
  • the ideas underpinning the promotion of psychological well being and well-being
  • lively listening, commentary and the usage of applicable language and suggestions
  • greatest observe in giving an oral presentation
  • approaches to efficient downside fixing

Private and

Skilled Improvement (PPD)

  • critically mirror in your technical/non-technical observe
  • work throughout the limits of your private competence/preserve up-to-date
  • help the CPPD (6) of junior colleagues and reply constructively to appraisal/suggestions

  • crucial reflection in serving to preserve and help the standard and security of affected person care
  • good mentoring observe, utilizing underpinning theories of mentoring to help this
  • good appraisal and efficiency assessment & the abilities required to arrange an motion plan

Well being, Security and Safety

  • preserve a protected and wholesome working setting
  • prepare junior employees in related well being, security/safety practices, together with an infection management and take part in threat assessments

  • laws/insurance policies referring to well being and security at work and your obligations
  • greatest observe in an infection management observe and native protocols
  • threat assessments, together with dissemination of findings and implementation of outcomes

High quality

  • lead high quality administration technical audit processes as required

  • high quality administration/enchancment/audit and communication abilities throughout the space of observe




  • the place applicable, carry out a spread of kit administration
  • abilities, e.g. fault-finding/preventative upkeep/calibration/restore
  • take part in drafting Commonplace Working Procedures (SOPs)
  • make reasoned choices to provoke/proceed/modify or stop utilizing strategies/procedures, reflecting SOPs and senior enter
  • recognise issues and search technical options to them
  • analyse/interpret/document/current precisely HCS technical knowledge
  • supervise/train/assess sensible abilities to junior workforce members

  • underpinning medical science (e.g. anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, and so forth
  • genomics, medical bioinformatics/personalised drugs
  • ideas and observe of kit administration
  • necessities for drafting of Commonplace Working Procedures (SOPs)
  • crucial analysis of the proof base that underpins your technical observe
  • a spread of various knowledge presentation strategies applicable for the viewers/circumstances
  • sensible abilities educating frameworks; evaluation strategies & evaluation of sensible abilities
  • the ideas underpinning the sensible coaching of others in strategies and procedures

Medical Care

  • take accountability for the care you present and its influence on
  • sufferers, together with safeguarding, if concerned in direct affected person care
  • receive and doc applicable consent in keeping with protocols
  • shield affected person/carers confidentiality and privateness
  • ship top quality technical medical procedures within the investigation/administration of sufferers

  • ‘obligation of care’ and safeguarding
  • the help accessible in tough conditions or when a grievance is made
  • the rights of sufferers with regard to giving knowledgeable consent for therapy when required
  • confidentiality of session/medical information and the boundaries of the idea of confidentiality
  • the important thing components influencing dignity/rights/privateness/confidentiality of sufferers/colleagues
  • applicable technical investigations for related medical circumstances



  • take part in audit and/or service enchancment programmes
  • talk the result of audit, service enchancment

  • the governance and moral framework utilized to audit and its contribution to affected person care
  • the supply of top quality service outcomes/steady enhancements

Analysis &


  • undertake applicable audit/analysis/innovation actions which
  • help high quality enchancment in your space of labor

  • the advantages of analysis to the crucial analysis of observe
  • the ideas of growing and introducing innovation into observe


  • plan/assess the work of a workforce and people inside it
  • lead the place applicable and work successfully throughout the HCS workforce

• the ideas of main groups/people primarily based on the healthcare NHS Management Mannequin (7)

• widespread fashions, and examples of management and team-working


(1)  For an inventory of healthcare science specialisms go to:   

(2)  Life Sciences, Physiological Sciences, Bodily Sciences and Medical Engineering, Medical Bioinformatics. The medical scientific setting inside which a HCS Affiliate works will decide the context of the particular work/position they’ll undertake.

(3)  The Academy for Healthcare Science’s (AHCS) Good Scientific Observe (GSP) is on the core {of professional} HCS observe throughout the whole thing of the HCS workforce and underpins the information, abilities and behaviours required for HCS apprenticeships.

(4) Biomedical Scientists, Healthcare Science Practitioners and/or Medical Scientists often authorize outcomes.

(5)  The AHCS’s Professions Commonplace Authority’s (PSA) register is formally recognised and supported by Well being Training England for the HCS workforce, however there are different doubtlessly appropriate skilled registers, e.g. the Science Council (Registered Science Technician).

(6) Persevering with Private and Skilled Improvement


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