New apprenticeships Mammography Associate (L4)

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This Level 4 apprenticeship standard is designed as typical 12 month programme and is for apprentices who wish to gain the skills, knowledge, behaviours and values required for the role.

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Mammography Associates work within the breast imaging workforce undertaking routine two-view mammography (x-ray images of breasts) working within in a multi-disciplinary team within a hospital or in a community setting (e.g. mobile breast screening units, medical centres), undertaking mammography of individuals as part of a breast screening programme.

They will also be able to undertake routine mammography on individuals with symptoms of breast disease. They will have a good understanding of breast anatomy, physiology and pathology, including clinical signs and symptoms of breast cancer, and be able to apply knowledge of ionising radiation regulations.

They will be technically skilled in operating specialised mammography equipment and be responsible for monitoring equipment function and performance. They will have responsibility for producing mammography images of consistently high quality to meet rigorous NHS Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP) standards. They will have excellent interpersonal skills and provide high quality care for individuals attending for mammography working work under the supervision of a radiographer.

Mandatory requirements

In order to meet the apprenticeship standard apprentices will be required to hold or achieve a:

  • Minimum of Level 2 English
  • Minimum of Level 2 Maths

For those with an education, health and care plan, or a legacy statement, the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3 and British Sign Language qualification are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary language.

There is no mandatory requirements for an on programme qualification


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