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Clinical Scientist Apprenticeship Standard Consultation


Apprenticeship Standard for Clinical Scientist

Background: Apprenticeship Standards describe the high-level knowledge, skills and behaviours required to carry out a defined occupation. They are developed by employer led Trailblazer groups and are available for a range of different occupations from level 2 through to 8.

Rationale for developing a standard for this occupation: Healthcare scientists are critical to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan, providing scientific, diagnostic and specialist treatment services to support clinical decision-making and ensuring patients and citizens benefit from cutting-edge technology.  

The development of this degree apprenticeship standard at Level 7, which will lead to HCPC registration as a Clinical Scientist, supports flexible entry routes and career pathways, widening participation and career progression.   This standard, supported by competency-based development frameworks and more responsive education, training and leadership, will enable new versatile roles that allow the scientific and diagnostic expertise of clinical scientists to be deployed in primary and community services.  

To deliver this vision and keep pace with advances in science and technology will require both continued growth in the clinical scientist workforce and its transformation to one that is more flexible and adaptive, has a different skill mix and – through changes in ways of working – has more time to utilise their scientific skills in the provision of  high quality  care.  

There will be new roles and significant changes to existing roles, requiring an increase in data science and digital skills, as technology and scientific innovation transform care pathways and clinical practice, and enable more efficient ways of working. Clinical scientists will need the skills, education and training to realise the potential of these exciting new roles; to extend their practice in current roles; and to work in multidisciplinary teams that facilitate more integrated, person-centred care.
Link to registration: This apprenticeship standard leads specifically to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Clinical Scientist, as this is a requirement for this occupation.

Organisations involved in the development of the standard:

•    Association for Clinical Genomic Science
•    Association of Clinical Embryologists
•    Barts Health NHS Trust
•    Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS FT
•    British Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision  
•    British Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics
•    County Durham and Darlington NHS FT
•    Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Trust
•    Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
•    Institute of Biomedical Science
•    Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
•    Kings College Hospital
•    Kings College London
•    Leeds Teaching Hospitals
•    National School of Healthcare Science
•    Newcastle University
•    Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
•    Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals 
•    Royal Marsden NHS FT
•    Salisbury NHS FT
•    Sheffield Children’s Hospital
•    Society for Vascular Technology for GB&I
•    South Tees NHS Foundation Trust
•    Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
•    University Hospital Southampton NHS FT
•    University of Liverpool
•    University of Manchester
•    University of Sunderland

Structure of the standard: Trailblazers must develop standards that comply with the criteria set out by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education in their 'How To' Guide. The criteria mean that the standard must:

1. Be completed in line with their template 
2. Describe an occupation which is defined and distinct (with minimum overlap with other apprenticeship standards)
3. Use high level descriptors rather than providing a detailed curriculum.

Full details of apprenticeships commonly used in the health sector can be found on HASO.

Please download a full list of the Duties and KSBs here before you start so that you can refer to it whilst you are completing the survey.

How long will it take to complete the survey?
It should take in the region of 20 to 25 minutes.

What is the deadline for responding to the online survey?
The deadline for the consultation is 12.00 noon Tuesday, 26th November 2019

Thank you for taking part.