Apprenticeships – Healthcare Science
The field of ‘Healthcare Science’ incorporates a huge array of disciplines and associated scientific, technical and supportive staff roles. Healthcare Science underpins around 80% of all diagnoses that are made within the NHS and also plays a vital role in the prevention and treatment of a huge number of medical conditions. Healthcare Science can be split in to 4 broad specialisms all of which are represented at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH). These are Life Sciences (i.e. Pathology), Physiological Science (i.e. Audiology, Cardiac Physiology), Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering (i.e. Clinical Photography, Rehabilitation Engineering) and Bioinformatics.
The Healthcare Science Assistant (HCSA) support workforce contributes to safe patient care across all care pathways from conception to end of life in job roles within CUH. 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. HCSAs work using standard operating procedures, initially under direct supervision but increasingly with experience, under indirect supervision, providing routine and one-off testing and technical support in a scientific laboratory environment. Although not exhaustive, activities undertaken by the HCSA may include: preparation of the environment for HCS procedures; production of reliable data, keeping accurate records; stock control of equipment and consumables; inputting and retrieving patient/test specific technical data within required governance processes; performing designated HCS role-specific skills following specified protocols.
Many previous entry level apprentices have stayed on to work as Biomedical Support Workers at senior level, Medical Lab Assistants and Lab Technicians, some going on to study the degree apprenticeship.
Once qualified with the degree you would become a Healthcare Service Practitioner (HCSP) HCSPs are eligible for registration on the Academy for HCS accredited register (which is the HCS register recognised and supported by Health Education England [HEE]). Completion of the apprenticeship in the Life Sciences Division also confers eligibility to apply for statutory regulation with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Biomedical Scientist. In addition, those in the Physical Sciences Division are also eligible to join the accredited Register of Clinical Technologists (RCT) held by the Institute of Physics and Engineering Medicine (IPEM).
Application: The level 2 and 3 roles are usually recruited to once a year. Higher levels are usually offered to existing staff. For all current vacancies, please go to Healthcare Science Vacancies
More information can be found on our Direct Entry Apprenticeship pages.