Health and Health Science update - September 2021

29 September 2021

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

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Help learners start the journey to becoming Registered Science Technicians with the Science Council

We are pleased to announce that our NVQ Level 3 in Laboratory and Associated Technical Activities and BTEC Nationals in Applied Science have been recognised by the Science Council to meet the requirements of the Science Council’s Registered Scientist Technician (RSciTech) professional award.

To find out more, please check out our blog:

Help learners start the journey to becoming Registered Science Technicians


The revised Welsh Pharmacy Services Apprenticeship Framework is now published, and it includes Pearson qualifications for both Level 2 and Level 3.

If you are already offering our Level 3 qualification BTEC Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians (L3) I would like to inform you that we have organised a webinar; Preparing for Unit 8: Assemble and Check Dispensed Medicines and Products on 4 October 2021, 16:30.

This webinar including Q&A session has been organised to support the delivery and assessment of Unit 8 as there has been a lot of questions on the recently-released additional guidance (PDF, 182 KB)

The event is now live, please book here and share with your colleagues:

Register for the event: TEC Principles and Practice for Pharmacy Technicians (L3) - Preparing for Unit 8

Consultation on the draft outline content for the T Level occupational specialism of Pharmacy services

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the IFATE) has released the consultation for the amended T-level content for Pharmacy Services and released the accelerated apprenticeship content also for Pharmacy services.

Read the consultation for the amended T-level content

IFATE would welcome views from providers, employers, and industry bodies on draft outline content for the Healthcare Science T-Level occupational specialism of Pharmacy services.

Please respond to this consultation and consider the impact of this on your provision. The closing date is 11 October 2021

Consultation for National Occupational standards

As you may be aware, Skills for Health have been commissioned to develop National Occupational Standards (NOS’s) for pharmacy primary care workers at support staff level. You or the employers you work with may be interested in responding to the consultation:

Read the consultation for Pharmacy National Occupational Standards

Please click on the link to download and complete the consultation – the deadline is noon on Thursday 7 October to Alan McDonald

Please feel free to distribute this consultation link through your networks.

The other consultations for NOS include:

Health and Social Care qualifications

A reminder to centres that the following qualification is due to expire:

Qualification number Title Final registration date Certification end date 
501/1189/9 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Dementia Care 31 December 2021 31 December 2023 

Counselling Qualifications

A reminder to centres that the following qualification is due for withdrawal in December 2021.

Qualification number Title Final Registration date Certification end date 
600/0596/8 Pearson BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills  31 December, 2021 31 December, 2023 

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