05 / 9 / 2014 Midnight
It is worthwhile investing time in promoting the various careers and routes into healthcare science to both existing healthcare staff and those already working in science roles who may wish to progress their career.
- How can employers raise the profile of healthcare science?
- Which staff to target?
- Developing the support workforce
How can employers raise the profile of healthcare science?
There are many ways to educate the community about the range of careers available including:
- displaying posters on staff notice boards and in communal areas
- regular updates and information on staff intranets
- promoting Healthcare Science Week
- encouraging staff to promote Extraordinary you which profiles the work of over 100 healthcare scientists
- get involved in The Big Bang fair which takes place annually in March, designed to demonstrate to young people the opportunities available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
- identify potential candidates and their learning desires using your annual appraisal
- offer work experience opportunities
- develop an apprenticeship programme
- develop a specific talent management plan.
Which staff to target?
When looking at your existing workforce there are two main groups of staff to consider:
- healthcare science staff currently in Bands 1-4
- other NHS staff currently in Bands 1-4.
Modernising Scientific Careers allows for the development of these support staff by providing a flexible pathway for career progression.
Developing the support workforce
The changing NHS landscape means employers are increasingly developing their support workforce to meet health, financial and workforce challenges. Creating a rich skill mix amongst support staff improves flexibility and helps tackle these challenges.
Our support workforce pages focus on how you can develop your Bands 1-4 workforce, using apprenticeships, assistant practitioner and associate practitioner roles. We bring together good practice examples where employers are using these routes to develop their support workforce in our shared learning section.
Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Recruiting apprentices can bring a range of benefits to your organisation whilst meeting social responsibilities and boosting local economy. Find out more in our dedicated Apprenticeships section.