Erratum notice for Pearson BTEC Level 4 Diploma in Healthcare Science

30 May 2019

The numbering on Assessment criteria for Unit 19 on page 115 is incorrect with 4.7 missing and the numbering should read as:

4.1 Explain the correct procedures for dealing with biological specimens
4.2 Demonstrate the correct handling of specimens and request forms safely
4.3 Determine specimen processing requirements and prioritise according to specimen type and local standard operating procedures
4.4 Identify the specimen, container, anticoagulant, or preservative required
4.5 Perform procedures within own scope of practice for dealing with incorrect or inadequate samples and forms
4.6 Ensure other samples are sent to correct destination
4.7 Safely and correctly separate the sample if necessary
4.8 Place specimens in correct location and storage conditions before analysis or further processing 4.9 Access information management systems to enter patient and specimen data
4.10 File and archive data in accordance with data security and protection protocols
4.11 Explain the need to maintain confidentiality and data protection laws
4.12 Use specimen preparation equipment safely and correctly


Additional information (AI) for Unit 19 in the current specification on pages 113 and 114 should correspond to Assessment criterion on page 117-119 as below:

AI for 4.6 should relate to AC 4.3

4.3 Determine specimen processing requirements and prioritise according to specimen type and local standard operating procedures
AC 4.3 includes:

  • urgent specimens
  • deteriorating specimens
  • maintaining patient confidentiality.

AI for 4.7 should relate to AC 4.5

4.5 Perform procedures within own scope of practice for dealing with incorrect or inadequate samples and forms
AC 4.5 includes:

  • labelling
  • insufficient preservative/anticoagulant
  • incorrect preservative/anticoagulant
  • unfixed.

AI for 4.8 should relate to AC 4.6

4.6 Ensure other samples are sent to correct destination
AC 4.6 includes:

  • other sections of the laboratory
  • other departments.

AI for 7.2 should relate to AC 8.2

8.2 Explain the principles and application of laboratory/departmental SOPs for safe disposal of biological specimens

AC 8.2 includes:

  • how to safely dispose of specimens, including sharps
  • Standard Operating Procedures for the disposal of biological specimens
  • health and safety issues and use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

AI for 12.1 should relate to AC 13.1

13.1 Explain the principles of effective communication
AC13.1 includes:

  • written
  • electronic
  • verbal
  • non-verbal
  • adapting communication style and language to meet the needs of the listener.

AI for 12.2 should relate to AC 13.2

13.2 Explain the positive impact of effective communication on patients and care
AC13.2 includes:

  • assist in identifying problems accurately
  • increase patient satisfaction
  • enhance treatment adherence
  • reduce patient distress and anxiety.

AI for 12.3 should relate to AC 13.3

13.3 Explain the importance of key ideas underpinning effective communication
AC13.3 includes:

  • signposting
  • listening
  • language
  • non-verbal behaviour
  • ideas, beliefs, concerns, expectations
  • summarising.
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