The Academy for Healthcare Science is the single overarching body for the entire UK Healthcare Science (HCS) workforce, working alongside the healthcare science professional bodies, and also professionals from the life science industry and clinical research practitioners, helping to strengthen the visibility of the contribution of those workforces.

Could you play an important role by becoming a Lay Assessor for the Academy for Healthcare Science?

Are you able to demonstrate professionalism and strong interpersonal skills?

Do you have a sound understanding of assessment principles and a keen sense of objectivity and consistency?

Then this may be the perfect opportunity for you.

Role Description

As a Lay Assessor with the Academy, you will work alongside professional scientific and academic assessors to play a decision-making role in confirming that Healthcare Scientist applicants are eligible for registration for either on one of our registers accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, or with the Health Professions Council (HCPC). We run an Equivalence assessment process which leads to eligibility to apply to join the HCPC’s statutory register as a clinical scientist.

No prior experience is required. You will undergo training and gain the skills required in assessing candidates against key values and standards.

The role is flexible in terms of commitment.

This is a Healthcare focused role and if you feel you have excellent team working skills, a strong patient and public orientation, the ability to exercise impartial judgement and complete confidentiality, we would be very pleased to hear from you.

In return you will be paid between £150 per full day (shorter sessions are paid on a pro-rata basis).

We are seeking to recruit to a diverse panel of Lay Assessors and welcome applications from all, particularly applications from people from ethnic minority groups, all ages, people from the LGBTQ+ community and applicants who may be neurodiverse or have a physical disability.

Role opportunities

  • Review portfolio or documentary submissions to recommend an outcome about Equivalence and co-ordinate with other panel members to come to a final agreement. The time commitment can vary, normally between three hours, half a day and a couple of day’s work in total.
  • Chair the interview panels that are used in one of our Equivalence assessment processes. These normally take place Monday – Friday and are virtual meetings. They last for two hours, including pre and post interview discussion with the panel. The Chair will need to pre-read portfolios prior to the interview. We will consider your availability when allocating assessment sessions.
  • Contributing to short term task and finish groups to take forward particularly pieces of work.

How to get in touch

To express your interest and receive further information by completing the online form available at:

If you would prefer to submit your expression of interest in a different format, please contact:

Closing date for expressions of interest is 31st January 2024.