Healthcare Science AssistantJob Description:
Healthcare science assistants support healthcare professionals.Job Category:
What you will do:
As part of your day-to-day duties, you might:
- label, sort and store specimens
- help with tissue and fluid sample analysis
- put together chemical solutions
- load and operate machines
- use a computer to input and analyse data
- dispose of hazardous waste
- sterilise equipment
- maintain stock levels
- knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
- knowledge of biology
- maths knowledge
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
To become a Healthcare Science Assistant, you typically don’t need specific subjects, but having a strong educational foundation and certain skills can be beneficial for this role, which involves providing support in various healthcare science fields. Here are some relevant subjects and skills:
- English Language: Effective communication skills, including written communication, are essential for documenting patient information and communicating with healthcare professionals.
- Mathematics: Basic math skills are important for tasks like measuring and recording vital signs, medication dosages, and other numerical data.
- Science: Depending on the specific area of healthcare science, subjects like biology, chemistry, or physics may be beneficial for understanding scientific principles and terminology.
- Information Technology (IT): Proficiency in using computers and relevant software is valuable for data entry, record-keeping, and operating medical equipment.
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could take a college course to help improve your chances of finding work. Courses include:
- Certificate or Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science
- Level in Healthcare Science
You can do an intermediate healthcare science assistant apprenticeship. You could also do a healthcare science associate higher apprenticeship if you have the relevant qualifications.
You may have an advantage if you’ve worked or volunteered in a health or social care role.
You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local health department for further advice.
You can apply directly for jobs. You’ll usually need:
- good literacy, numeracy and IT skills
- an understanding of medical terminology
- some experience of working in a healthcare or lab setting
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 40-42 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends on a rota.
You could work in an office, in a laboratory or at a GP practice. You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could apply for a post as a healthcare science associate.
With a degree you could work towards becoming a healthcare scientist or biomedical scientist.
You could also train to become a cardiological technician, cardiographer, cervical cytology screener or phlebotomist.