Healthcare and Health Science update - February 2022

Tue Feb 15 14:00:00 UTC 2022

An update on everything new within the Health and Health Science sector.

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New Community Health and Wellbeing Worker Apprenticeship 

We are pleased to confirm that we will soon be offering the EPA for the new Level 3 Community Health and Wellbeing worker.  

This standard is for individuals who work in healthcare, community or voluntary settings as Health Trainer, Care or Service Navigator, Social Prescribing Link Worker, Live Well Coach, Community Connector, Community Health Champion or Community Development Worker. The broad purpose of the occupation is to work in partnership with individuals and their communities to identify and address health and wellbeing needs, improve health, prevent ill-health and reduce inequalities.   

As part of our Apprenticeship Offer, Pearson have already submitted an Application in Principle and have applied to be on the EPAO (End Point Assessment Organisation) register. 

For more information on this standard and to register your interest in using Pearson for EPA, or if you would like to be part of this development, please contact the portfolio manager raman.gurnani@pearson.com .

Update on Pharmacy Technician Integrated End Point Assessment 

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has updated the page for the Pharmacy Technician standard and added the rationale for EPA alignment and dispensation. 

Update: Pearson Apprenticeship End-point Assessment for Mammography Associate Level 4 

Please be advised that we have made two changes to Mammography Associate Level 4 EPA Resource Pack. 

K3 - NHSBSP standards and quality assurance process: technical repeat (TP) standards updated 

K19 - The relevant national standards and local guidelines for quality assurance: NHS Breast Screening Programme Guidance for Breast Screening Mammographers, year 2017 removed as learners must be taught the requirements as per the latest guidance. 

Please ensure that apprentices are made aware of these changes, as these knowledge criteria will be assessed within the on-screen tested component of their EPA. 

Summary of changes made between previous issue and this issue
Content range K3 (NHSBSP standards and quality assurance process): technical recall (TC) target amended from ‘(achievable is 3% with a target of 2%)’ to ‘(acceptable level < 0.7%, achievable level < 0.2%)’
Content range K3 (NHSBSP standards and quality assurance process): technical repeat (TP) target amended from ‘(achievable is 3% with a target of 2%)’ to ‘(acceptable level < 2.0%, achievable level < 1.2%)’ 
Content range K19 (The relevant national standards and local guidelines for quality assurance): NHS Breast Screening Programme Guidance for Breast Screening Mammographers - year removed 
Content range K19 (The relevant national standards and local guidelines for quality assurance): ‘national limited combined is less than 3%’ amended to ‘national limits: technical recall acceptable level <0.7% and achievable level <0.2%, technical repeat acceptable level <2% and achievable level <1.2%’

The updated EPA Resource Pack and onscreen test will be made available by the 1 March, 2022.

If you have any queries, please feel free to email epadelivery@pearson.com.

Healthcare Science Assistant & Associate Apprenticeship standard update

To support the employers and providers, we have now published the lists of Healthcare Science recommended Units by specialism for both Level 2 Diploma in Healthcare Science and Level 4 Diploma in Healthcare Science. These can be found under course materials.

Skills for health have released the results of the Healthcare Science Assistant and Healthcare Science Associate Consultation survey please see here:

Skills for Health Survey Results | January 2022

Skills for Health have published some resources to support these standards including Career Pathways, Pathways tool and some case studies and more to come. You can access all these resources here:

Healthcare Science Apprenticeships | New resources

Withdrawal of First aid qualifications:

Please be advised that we will not be offering the following First Aid qualifications after 30 August 2022 with the operational end date and certification end dates as below:

QN Qualification Title Operational End Date Certification End Date
60324600 Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work 30 August 2022 30 August 2023 
60324491 Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work 30 August 2022 30 August 2023
60351743 Pearson BTEC Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid 30 August 2022 30 August 2023

Extension for Safe use of medicine and Laboratory qualifications:

Please note the following qualifications have been extended to a new review date as below.

QN Number Qualification Title Current Review Date Proposed Review Date  Offered in
60026327 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Understanding the Safe Use of Medicines (QCF) 31 August 2022 31 December 2023 England and NI only
60017314 Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities  31 August 2022 31 December 2023 England, Wales and NI
60017338  Pearson Edexcel Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities (QCF) 31 August 2022 31 December 2023 England, Wales and NI 

Update on Low and No funding removal from 1 August 2022 

Further to our previous communication on Final funding date for the Post 16 Level 3 and below qualifications, this is a reminder that the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will remove funding approval for new starters on selected Post 16 Level 3 and below qualifications with low and no enrolments. This is a reminder that the qualifications listed below will be retained despite the funding removal as these are mandated within Apprenticeship standards

QAN Title Review date
603/0626/9  Pearson BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Healthcare Science 31 December 2023
600/1731/4 Pearson Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities  31 December 2023
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