Key information

  1. Reference: ST0218
  2. Date updated: 14/02/2024
  3. Level: 2
  4. Route: Health and science
  5. Regulated occupation: No
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Occupation summary

This occupation is found in hospitals, general practice and other settings in the health sector.

Employers can vary in size from a large national organisation such as the NHS through to a private practice.

Healthcare Science Assistants work in Life Sciences, Physiological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Clinical Engineering, Clinical Bioinformatics in environments such as outpatient departments laboratories and engineering workshops.

Healthcare Science Assistants are part of a wider team contributing to safe patient care across all care pathways from conception to end of life across all areas of healthcare science.

The broad purpose of the occupation is to perform a range of routine technical and scientific procedures whilst in a clinical setting.

Healthcare Science Assistants follow standard operating procedures in order to select and prepare equipment and the environment for healthcare science procedures. They perform healthcare science tasks and tests appropriate to their role. They log, prepare, input and store data.

A Healthcare Science Assistant may also carry out stock control of equipment and consumables.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a wide range of stakeholders including, healthcare science professionals, the wider multi-disciplinary healthcare team, patients and the public. They are likely to report to a Healthcare Science Associate or professional.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for carrying out clinical, technical, scientific or administrative duties according to standard operating procedures.

They follow specific protocols and adhere to health, safety, governance and ethical requirements.

They are responsible for carrying out a range of delegated activities and solving routine problems using simple rules and tools. They are accountable for their own work performance and are expected to take ownership of their own career and professional development.  

Typical job titles include:

Healthcare science assistant

Occupation duties

Duty KSBs

Duty 1 Perform a range of routine technical and scientific procedures and services in accordance with standard operating procedures, policies and protocols.

K1 K2 K3 K4

S1 S2 S3 S4

B4 B6

Duty 2 Select and prepare equipment and the environment for healthcare science procedures.

K5 K6

S5 S6

B1 B3 B6

Duty 3 Carry out stock control of healthcare science equipment and consumables.

K7

S7

B4 B6

Duty 4 Support the provision of clinical care delivered to individuals and maintain client confidentiality.

K8 K9 K10 K11 K12

S8 S9 S10 S11 S12

B1 B2 B3 B4

Duty 5 Communicate effectively with individuals.

K13 K14

S13 S14

B1 B2 B3

Duty 6 Record, report and store information adhering to information governance and confidentiality requirements.

K15 K16 K17

S15 S16 S17

B6

Duty 7 Support a multidisciplinary healthcare team.

K18 K19 K20 K21

S18 S19 S20 S21

B1 B3 B4

Duty 8 Maintain a healthy, safe and secure workplace.

K22 K23 K24 K25 K26

S22 S23 S24 S25 S26 S27

B6

Duty 9 Contribute to audit, innovation or research within scope of own role.

K28 K29 K30 K31 K32

S28 S29 S30 S31 S32

B4 B5 B6

Duty 10 Maintain and develop own competence.

K27 K33 K34 K35

S33 S34 S35

B5

KSBs

Knowledge

K1: The legislation, standard operating procedures, codes of conduct and ways of working that apply to own role. Back to Duty

K2: The scope of own role, including the limitations of own competence. Back to Duty

K3: The importance of probity, honesty and integrity in professional practice. Back to Duty

K4: The importance of mental health, wellbeing and resilience. Back to Duty

K5: The scope and range of services within healthcare science used to investigate, diagnose and treat disease. Back to Duty

K6: The evidence base that underpins technical practice relevant to own role. Back to Duty

K7: Stock and equipment management relevant to own role. Back to Duty

K8: The principles of person-centred care. Back to Duty

K9: The meaning and importance of 'duty of care' and safeguarding. Back to Duty

K10: The rights of individuals and own role with regard to giving informed consent. Back to Duty

K11: The principles that underpin dignity, rights and privacy. Back to Duty

K12: The importance of individuals being actively involved in making informed choices about their care. Back to Duty

K13: How to explain technical terms in language others can understand. Back to Duty

K14: Barriers to communication and techniques for addressing them. Back to Duty

K15: The importance of information governance and confidentiality. Back to Duty

K16: The importance of accurate data and processes including digital considerations. Back to Duty

K17: The policy or procedure for complaints and difficult situations. Back to Duty

K18: The importance of working within the multi-professional team and how healthcare science impacts on the wider delivery of services. Back to Duty

K19: Where to go for help and support. Back to Duty

K20: The principles of leadership, role modelling and how it applies to own role and that of others in the team. Back to Duty

K21: The importance of being aware of own strengths, limitations and behaviours and how these affect colleagues and the wider team. Back to Duty

K22: Legislation and policies relating to health and safety at work and own responsibilities. Back to Duty

K23: The meaning and implications of ‘risk’ and ‘risk assessment’. Back to Duty

K24: What to do in situations that could cause harm to self or others such as critical incidents. Back to Duty

K25: The principles of safe lifting and handling of individuals, equipment or other items. Back to Duty

K26: Infection prevention and control requirements relevant to own role. Back to Duty

K27: How to handle hazardous materials and substances. Back to Duty

K28: The quality procedures and improvement protocols and regulations relevant to own role. Back to Duty

K29: The audit cycle relevant to own role and how audit contributes to the maintenance and improvement of services. Back to Duty

K30: The importance of delivering high quality service outcomes and continuous improvements (including sustainability) to benefit individuals and health services. Back to Duty

K31: The regulatory framework that innovation or research is conducted, including research ethics and the implications for own role. Back to Duty

K32: The importance of service improvement, innovation or research. Back to Duty

K33: Reflective behaviours and the benefits of self-reflection in helping maintain and support the quality of patient care. Back to Duty

K34: The role of appraisal and performance review. Back to Duty

K35: How to prepare for and develop an action plan as part of performance review. Back to Duty

Skills

S1: Act in line with legislation, standard operating procedures, codes of conduct and ways of working that apply to own role. Back to Duty

S2: Work within the scope of the role, the limits of own knowledge and skills. Back to Duty

S3: Act in line with probity requirements. Back to Duty

S4: Promote own mental health, wellbeing and resilience. Back to Duty

S5: Provide general information, advice and guidance about the scope and range of services relevant to role. Back to Duty

S6: Provide technical evidence-based advice, information and guidance relevant to role. Back to Duty

S7: Adhere to stock and equipment control policies. Back to Duty

S8: Support the provision of person-centred care that is delivered by the wider healthcare team. Back to Duty

S9: Support any care provided including adhering to the relevant requirements. Back to Duty

S10: Follow policy and protocols that relate to informed consent. Back to Duty

S11: Protect the dignity, rights and privacy of individuals. Back to Duty

S12: Assist the wider healthcare team to enable individuals to make choices about their care. Back to Duty

S13: Communicate basic information effectively verbally and in writing. Back to Duty

S14: Use techniques to facilitate understanding and reduce communication barriers. Back to Duty

S15: Keep accurate, confidential records including in a digital format. Back to Duty

S16: Produce reliable data by logging, inputting, retrieving and storing information within required governance processes. Back to Duty

S17: Follow protocols for handling, escalating or reporting difficult situations and complaints. Back to Duty

S18: Work as part of the healthcare science team and the multi-professional team to provide healthcare science services. Back to Duty

S19: Follow delegation, reporting and escalation protocols appropriate to own role. Back to Duty

S20: Act as a role model to others and show leadership skills relevant to own role. Back to Duty

S21: Contribute towards creating the conditions that assist the team in providing a supportive environment for colleagues. Back to Duty

S22: Work safely in the workplace following safety guidelines. Back to Duty

S23: Contribute to the risk management process in own workplace adhering to risk management guidelines. Back to Duty

S24: Take appropriate action in response to incidents or emergencies. Back to Duty

S25: Move and transport items safely for example individuals or equipment and items. Back to Duty

S26: Apply a range of techniques for infection prevention and control. Back to Duty

S27: Follow guidelines and procedures for handling hazardous materials and substances. Back to Duty

S28: Follow procedures and improvement protocols to meet the requirements of quality standards relevant to own healthcare science practice. Back to Duty

S29: Contribute to the audit process relevant to own role. Back to Duty

S30: Offer suggestions for improving services, emerging practices and sustainability. Back to Duty

S31: Work in accordance with the regulatory frameworks for ethics, innovation or research relevant to own role. Back to Duty

S32: Assist service improvement, innovation or research within the boundaries of own clinical and scientific practice. Back to Duty

S33: Reflect on own practice and keep own knowledge and skills up-to-date. Back to Duty

S34: Take part in appraisal or performance review and ongoing continuing professional development. Back to Duty

S35: Reply constructively to the outcome of feedback, performance review or appraisal. Back to Duty

Behaviours

B1: Treat people with dignity. Back to Duty

B2: Champion equality and diversity. Back to Duty

B3: Show compassion, respect and empathy. Back to Duty

B4: Be honest, conscientious and committed. Back to Duty

B5: Committed to continuously developing their own professional practice. Back to Duty

B6: Committed to working to the standards of good practice for the Healthcare science professions. Back to Duty


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