GOOD SCIENTIFIC PRACTICE2AHCS33_OA_111212_V1Section 1: The purpose of this documentThere are three key components to the Healthcare Science workforce in the UK: 1. Healthcare Science Associates and Assistants who perform a diverse range of task based roles with appropriate levels of supervision. 2. Healthcare Science Practitioners have a defined role in delivering and reporting quality assured investigations and interventions for patients, on samples or on equipment in a healthcare science specialty, for example Cardiac Physiology, Blood Sciences or Nuclear Medicine. They also provide direct patient care and more senior Healthcare Science Practitioners develop roles in specialist practice and management. 3. Healthcare Scientists are staff that have clinical and specialist expertise in a specific clinical discipline, underpinned by broader knowledge and experience within a healthcare science theme. Healthcare scientists undertake complex scientific and clinical roles, defining and choosing investigative and clinical options, and making key judgements about complex facts and clinical situations. Many work directly with patients. They are involved, often in lead roles, in innovation and improvement, research and development and education and training. Some pursue explicit joint academic career pathways, which combine clinical practice and academic activity in research, innovation and education.This document sets out the principles and values on which good practice undertaken by the Healthcare Science workforce is founded. Good Scientific Practice sets out for the profession and the public the standards of behaviour and practice that must be achieved and maintained in the delivery of work activities, the provision of care and personal conduct.Good Scientific Practice uses as a benchmark the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency and Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics, but expresses these within the context of the specialities within Healthcare Science, recognising that three groups of the workforce, Biomedical Scientists, Clinical Scientists and Hearing Aid Dispensers are regulated by the HCPC. The aim is that the standards are accessible to the profession and understandable by the public.
GOOD SCIENTIFIC PRACTICE3AHCS33_OA_111212_V1Good Scientific Practice represents standards and values that apply throughout an individual’s career in healthcare science at any level of practice. The standards will be contextualised by the role within Healthcare Science that an individual undertakes. This means that the standards must be interpreted based on the role that an individual performs. For example, in supervised roles where individuals work within defined procedures, rather than autonomously, some standards will need to be interpreted appropriately for the context of the specific role. There will, however, always be a requirement for an individual to work within the limits of their scope of practice and competence.