What is a Healthcare Science Assistant

The healthcare science assistant support workforce contributes to safe patient care, by supporting assessment and diagnosis of disease and illness. You will find that there is a variety of settings in which they can work in from services across hospitals, general practice and other settings in the healthcare sector, as well as across all areas of healthcare science.  

A healthcare science assistant performs a range of low risk, routine technical and scientific procedures usually within one broad area of Healthcare Science. They will follow specific protocols and in accordance with health, safety, governance and ethical requirements.  

You may have heard or come in contact with a phlebotomist (someone who takes blood) or a newborn hearing screener (a person who assesses newborn babies hearing).

Did you know?

Healthcare science underpins around 80% of all diagnosis that are made in the NHS. It also plays a vital role in prevention and treatment of a huge number of medical conditions.