L3 Health Screeners Diploma


Frequently asked questions:

What are the qualification/awards?
Who is the qualification for?
What are the units in the qualifications?
Which units / qualifications should I complete?
How will I study?
Are there any entry requirements?
How much does the qualification cost?
How do I apply?


What are the qualification/awards?
This qualification is a Level 3 Health Screeners Diploma

It is a nationally recognised qualification and provides evidence of transferrable skills that support academic and personal development. It is on the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF), regulated by OFQUAL and is based on the demonstration of work based competencies.

It includes a series of mandatory and specialist screening/grading units. There are a number of pathways depending upon the screening/grading role. Currently, the pathways are for the following staff groups:

     1. Diabetic Eye Screening/Grading staff
     2. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening staff
     3. Newborn Hearing Screening staff


Who is the qualification for?

Diabetic Eye Screening/Grading staff
All new clinical staff must undertake the Health Screeners Diploma qualification.
Existing staff that have completed the City and Guilds qualification do not need to retake this qualification.
Diabetic Eye Screening/Grading staff are able to select a specific sub-pathway that relates to their role. For example, there are a series of sub-pathways for Optometrists because they do not need to take the entire qualification.
Additional individual units may be undertaken for the role development e.g. an existing screener that holds the relevant City and Guilds qualification for screening need only undertake the grading specific unit of the new qualification. 

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening staff
All new clinical staff must undertake the Health Screeners Diploma qualification.
Existing staff that have completed the Salford qualification do not need to retake the new qualification.
The new qualification encompasses the NHS AAA Clinical Training Logbook and e-learning modules.

New Born Hearing Screening staff
All new clinical staff must undertake the Health Screeners Diploma qualification.
Existing staff that have completed the OSCE qualification before April 2016 do not need to retake the new qualification.
The new qualification encompasses the NHSP Clinical Assessment Checklists, e-learning modules, and the OSCE.


What are the units in the qualifications?
Each of the Health Screeners Diploma Pathways has a different combination of units made up of mandatory and specialist units. The table below outlines the principal units within each of the pathways. For specific pathway units, please click the link applicable to you.

Unit Mandatory Units Level Credit Guided Learning
1  Engage in Personal Development in Health, Social Care or  Children's   and Young People's Settings 3 3 10
2  Promote Communication in Health, Social Care or Children's  and Young People's Settings 3 3 10
3  Promote Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or  Children's and Young People's Settings 3 2 8
4  Promote and Implement Health and Safety in Health and  Social Care  3 6 43
5  Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and  Social Care 2 3 26
6  Promote Person Centred Approaches in Health and Social  Care 3 6 41
7  The Role of the Health and Social Care Worker 2 2 14
8  Promote Good Practice in Handling Information in Health  and Social Care Settings 3 2 16
9  The Principles of Infection Prevention and Control 2 3 30
10  Causes and Spread of Infection 2 2 20
11  Cleaning, Decontamination and Waste Management 2 2 20
12  Principles for Implementing Duty of Care in Health, Social  Care or Children's and Young People's Settings 3 1 5
13  Health Screening Principles 3 2 10

Diabetic Eye Screening Pathway Units
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Pathway Units
New Born Hearing Screening Pathway Units


How will I study?
The Health Screeners Diploma qualification is delivered via distance learning through and online portfolio and local assessor support. The qualification provides Screeners with a nationally recognised training and development pathway which can be easily transferred and/or used as entry to higher education.

Are there any entry requirements?
Learners must be working in an appropiate NHS Screening role in order to start the qualification.
All learners will require a qualified Assessor to start the Health Screeners Diploma qualification. 
Programmes without a qualified Assessor can request Assessor training as part of the learner application at an additional cost.


How much does the qualification cost?
The cost of the Health Screeners Diploma differs between the screening Pathways as detailed below:

 Screening/Grading Pathway Cost
 Diabetic Eye Screening
 Mandatory units + DES Screening
 Mandatory units + DES Grading
 Mandatory units + DES Screening/Grading 
 Diabetic Eye Optometrist Screening
 Diabetic Eye Optometrist Grading
 Diabetic Eye Optometrist Screening & Grading 
 Diabetic Eye Assistant Role
 Individual cost per unit
£850
£800
£900
£500
£500
£900
£500
£300
 Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
 Mandatory units + AAA £800
 New Born Hearing Screening
 Mandatory units + New Born Hearing  £850
 Assessor Qualification
 Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment  £500


How do I apply?
To apply for the Health Screeners Diploma qualification or the Assessor training, please email us at ghn-tr.drsadministrator@nhs.net to request an application form.


Further qualification details can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-population-screening-education-and-training

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