Healthcare Science Associate L4 Apprenticeship

Level 4 Healthcare Science Associate Apprenticeship
What is a healthcare science associate?

Welcome to the Healthcare Science Associate Apprenticeship, where you will embark on a rewarding journey working in hospitals, primary care facilities, and various healthcare settings.

As a Healthcare Science Associate, your role will involve conducting essential technical and scientific procedures and providing invaluable support to healthcare science (HCS) practitioners and clinical scientists.

Throughout this Apprenticeship, you will gain the knowledge and skills needed to make a meaningful contribution to the dynamic world of healthcare, ensuring the well-being of patients and the advancement of medical science.

The primary duties we cover on this apprenticeship...
  • Associates work within a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) within their competence limits, seeking help and support when needed.
  • They adhere to the standards of Good Scientific Practice (GSP) that define the HCS profession and guide this apprenticeship standard.
  • HCS Associates follow employer policies and protocols, ensuring safe, person-centred, and consistent practice in HCS environments.
  • They pay meticulous attention to detail, collaborate effectively within teams, and serve as role models for junior staff.
  • Activities undertaken by HCS Associates in their specific HCS area/environment include:
    • Supporting the development and maintenance of standards and protocols as required.
    • Contributing to the safe, effective, and efficient functioning of diagnostic and therapeutic services.
    • Assisting junior staff in learning necessary skills and behaviours.
    • Quality controlling the technical processing of biological samples and diagnostic tests.
    • Performing routine investigations and reporting authorized results based on protocols.
    • Conducting various tasks, such as fitting/removing ambulatory blood pressure monitors, ophthalmic assessments, pure tonal audiometry, nuclear medicine imaging, post-processing of images, decontamination, repair, and maintenance of medical devices, managing technical data, and writing technical reports.
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Professional Recognition

On completion of the apprenticeship individuals will be eligible to join the Academy for HCS’s (AHCS) accredited Associate Register at Level 4.


The AHCS will require the Level 4 Diploma in HCS as an underpinning qualification for the HCS Associate apprenticeship. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment.


Typically 24 months

Knowledge, Skills & Behaviours

BEHAVIOURS and VALUES: You will be compassionate; honest; conscientious and adhere to the standards of GSP which sets out for the standards of behaviour/practice/personal conduct that underpin the delivery of HCS appropriate to the role/work undertaken.

Skills: Consistently working to the standardsIn your scientific, technical & clinical practice you will understand & apply knowledge of
Practice and Person-centred Care
  • never discriminate against patients, carers or colleagues
  • maintain the highest standards of person centred care, treating every person with compassion, dignity and respect
  • develop partnerships with patients/carers/families
  • promote mental health and well being
  • convey information to agreed protocols to the public, patients, carers, colleagues, including giving and receiving feedback
  • use technology to present information orally
  • the requirements of the NHS Constitution/GSPfor ‘person centred care and support’
  • equality and diversity legislation, policies and local ways of working
  • probity and honesty in all aspects of your professional practice
  • the importance of involving patients/the public in HCS and in making choices about their care
  • the principles underpinning the promotion of mental health and well-being
  • active listening, observation and the use of appropriate language and feedback
  • best practice in giving an oral presentation
  • approaches to effective problem solving
Personal and
Professional Development (PPD)
  • critically reflect on your technical/non-technical practice
  • work within the limits of your personal competence/keep up-to-date
  • support the CPPD (6) of junior colleagues and respond constructively to appraisal/feedback
  • critical reflection in helping maintain and support the quality and safety of patient care
  • good mentoring practice, using underpinning theories of mentoring to support this
  • good appraisal and performance review & the skills required to prepare an action plan
Health, Safety and Security
  • maintain a safe and healthy working environment
  • train junior staff in relevant health, safety/security practices, including infection control and participate in risk assessments
  • legislation/policies relating to health and safety at work and your responsibilities
  • best practice in infection control practice and local protocols
  • risk assessments, including dissemination of findings and implementation of outcomes
  • lead quality management technical audit processes as required
  • quality management/improvement/audit and communication skills within the area of practice
  • where appropriate, perform a range of equipment management
  • skills, e.g. fault-finding/preventative maintenance/calibration/repair
  • participate in drafting Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • make reasoned decisions to initiate/continue/modify or cease using techniques/procedures, reflecting SOPs and senior input
  • recognise problems and seek technical solutions to them
  • analyse/interpret/record/present accurately HCS technical data
  • supervise/teach/assess practical skills to junior team members
  • underpinning clinical science (e.g. anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, etc
  • genomics, clinical bioinformatics/personalised medicine
  • principles and practice of equipment management
  • requirements for drafting of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • critical evaluation of the evidence base that underpins your technical practice
  • a range of different data presentation methods appropriate for the audience/circumstances
  • practical skills teaching frameworks; assessment methods & assessment of practical skills
  • the principles underpinning the practical training of others in techniques and procedures
Clinical Care
  • take responsibility for the care you provide and its impact on
  • patients, including safeguarding, if involved in direct patient care
  • obtain and document appropriate consent in line with protocols
  • protect patient/carers confidentiality and privacy
  • deliver high quality technical clinical procedures in the investigation/management of patients
  • ‘duty of care’ and safeguarding
  • the support available in difficult situations or when a complaint is made
  • the rights of patients with regard to giving informed consent for treatment when required
  • confidentiality of consultation/medical records and the limits of the concept of confidentiality
  • the key factors influencing dignity/rights/privacy/confidentiality of patients/colleagues
  • appropriate technical investigations for relevant clinical conditions
  • participate in audit and/or service improvement programmes
  • communicate the outcome of audit, service improvement
  • the governance and ethical framework applied to audit and its contribution to patient care
  • the delivery of high quality service outcomes/continuous improvements
Research &
  • undertake appropriate audit/research/innovation activities which
  • support quality improvement in your area of work
  • the benefits of research to the critical evaluation of practice
  • the principles of developing and introducing innovation into practice
  • plan/assess the work of a team and individuals within it
  • lead where appropriate and work effectively within the HCS team
• the principles of leading teams/individuals based on the healthcare NHS Leadership Model (7)
• common models, and examples of leadership and team-working


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