Healthcare science assistant apprenticeship standard approved

Scientist lady

27 / 10 / 2015 11.55am

The first healthcare science assistant apprenticeship standard at career framework level 2 has now been approved by the Skills Funding Agency. 

The standard meets the needs of healthcare employers and provides development opportunities for those seeking a career in healthcare science. It has been developed and trail-blazed with a range of employers who provide healthcare science services in:  

  • life sciences
  • physics
  • clinical biomedical engineering
  • physiological sciences.

When can it be used?

The standard is not yet available for use as it requires an assessment plan, the level 2 diploma in healthcare science and a funding band, also known as core government contribution. It is anticipated that it will be ready for implementation by September 2016. On completion of the apprenticeship, individuals will be eligible to apply to join the Academy for Healthcare Science accredited register. You can access the apprenticeship standard can be found on GOV.UK.

Next steps

The assessment plan for the apprenticeship is currently under development, as is the Level 2 diploma that will provide the underpinning qualification both for the HCSA apprenticeship and for others in the workforce undertaking further training and development at this level. It is intended that additional apprenticeship standards in healthcare science will be developed. The new standard will replace the current apprenticeship framework by the the 2017-2018 academic year. Further information can be found in the healthcare science assistant and associate workforce section.

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