Healthcare Science Assistants support workforce contributions 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 HCS, following specific protocols and in accordance with health, safety, governance and ethical requirements.
The apprentice must achieve the Level 2 Diploma in Healthcare Science plus –
- A Competence evaluation log
- Evidence that the apprentice has developed an insight into their personal and professional development
- End Point Assessment
There are three components that make up end-point assessment for the Healthcare Science Assistant Apprenticeship.
- Professional Practice Test
- Vocational Competence Observation
- Review of portfolio of evidence and Professional Discussion
Each component of end-point assessment is graded. Apprentices will also receive a grade for the overall end-point assessment. This will be Pass/Merit/Distinction.
Apprentices can either fail, achieve a pass or distinction level as their overall grade.
On successful completion of the HCSA Apprenticeship individuals will be eligible to apply to join the Academy for HCS (AHCS) accredited register.
Funding band – 7
The nature of this duel knowledge and competency diploma will allow apprentices to use workplace evidence against the course criteria meaning that far less time will be spent by the away from their duties.
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