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Pharmaceutical science training

Science and technology plays a vital role in modern patient care and 54 healthcare science specialisms contribute to eighty percent of patient diagnoses across the NHS. Healthcare scientists work regularly with patients and make up five percent of the total NHS staff.

Clinical pharmaceutical science involves four disciplines; quality assurance and quality control, aseptic preparation of medicines, production and the manufacture and supply of radioactive substances used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Students study at The University of Manchester for a programme:

Scientist Training Programme

The Scientist Training Programme (STP) is a three year training programme that includes work-based and academic learning. Whilst on the programme you will also complete a part-time master's degree at the university offering your chosen specialism.

Healthcare Science Apprenticeship

In Pharmacy Technical Services within Clinical Pharmaceutical Science, the Healthcare Science Assistant apprenticeship is Level 2, duration typically 18 months, for anyone wanting to work as a Healthcare Science Assistant across a range of departments within hospitals, general practice and other settings in the healthcare sector.

In order to meet the apprenticeship standards, apprentices must complete the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Healthcare Science qualification. Further progression routes to Level 6 are expected soon.

Apprentices must also have their skills and behaviours assessed in the workplace, through an on-going competence evaluation.

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