The healthcare science assistant (HCSA)in the sterile services area perform a wide range of routine technical procedures, with minimal supervision, in the decontamination service area; following specific protocols and procedures in accordance with health, safety, governance and ethical requirements.
An example of activities undertaken by HCS Assistants within Sterile Services is the various technical aspects of decontamination of equipment and instruments required to enable a safe high-quality procedure for the patient. Procedures such as an operation in the operating theatre or observation of internal organs using telescopes. During the course there are work placements in areas that include interaction with patients and Health Care Scientists. The HCSA can observe the procedures first hand to have a complete understanding of the importance of their role within the Health Care setting.
What you will study
The qualification will offer underpinning knowledge and occupational competence for the role of a healthcare science assistant.
This includes knowledge and understanding of:
1 Skills for Lifelong Learning
2 Professional Practice and Person-Centred Care
3 Legal and Ethical Contact of Practice
4 Health, Safety and Security in the Healthcare Science Environment
5 Technical Scientific Services
6 Effective Communication in Healthcare and Teamwork
7. Reflection and Continuing Personal and Professional Development
Further units from work specific competencies
How you will learn
Any of the following- work-based learning, classroom-based teaching, private study, preparation for assessment and undertaking assessment when not under supervision, such as preparatory reading, revision, and independent research.
How you will be assessed
A portfolio of evidence including competency-based observations and witness testimonies.
End Point Assessment entailing:
The three elements of the EPA are designed to ensure that the apprentice has the opportunity to
demonstrate in a variety of ways that they have achieved the skills, knowledge and behaviours
outlined in the Standard
• Element 1- Vocational Competence Observation (VCO) – 30 mins (10 mins per task) plus 15 minutes for discussion and recording
• Element 2 – Professional Practice Test (PPT) – 60 mins for apprentice to undertake the test under exam conditions; 20 minutes for discussion; 15 mins for all responses to be assessed and recorded
• Element 3 - Professional discussion (PD) informed by the evidence presented – 30 minutes plus 15 minutes to complete assessment record
Reflective self-assessment showing evidence that the apprentice has developed an insight into their personal and professional development.
No prior knowledge, understanding, skills or qualifications are required before learners register for this qualification, however, knowledge within the field is assumed.
Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment. They must also sit the level 2 test for both English and Maths.
Opportunity to study towards the Health Care Science Associate Level 4 Qualification.
On completion of the HCSA Apprenticeship individuals will be eligible to apply to join the Academy for HCS (AHCS) accredited register.