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Training and Assessment


The qualification has been designed to reflect work based learning and compliment previous methods of training. Learners should not have to undertake significantly more work than the previous methods of training. However, learners are expected to provide further evidence and formalisation of additional learning outcomes for a number of mandatory units that cover the competencies required to work within a health care setting.

All learning is undertaken within the work place and all assessments are based on demonstrating and evidencing work place based competency.


1. Education Resources

Mandatory units

There a number of mandatory units that must be completed by learners. Some of the training is covered during the induction of new staff to programmes and trusts.

Many of the mandatory units for the Diploma for Health Screeners are taken from the Health Care Certificate. The following links access training resources and materials used to support NHS Trusts provide the Care Certificate.

Learners and local programmes can use theses presentations, workbooks and resources to support learners undertake the mandatory units. Please note assessors must ensure that the learning outcomes and indicative content is covered by this material as some units may require additional learning and evidence of competency.

Core units: Health Screening and Programme Specific

All screener learners will be required to undertake the Health Screening Principles unit plus the programme specific units.

  • AAA: 3 programme specific units
  • NBH: 5 programme specific units
  • DES: 6 programme specific units (dependent upon their job role)

Click here for an outline of the required units for the 3 NHS screening programmes.

NHS Screening provides e-learning resources for the 3 programmes – click here to access

The e-learning modules compliment the learning outcomes for the qualification units and on successful completion of each e-learning unit and associated multiple choice questions a certificate is available to print of as evidence.

Please note e-learning modules should be used to provide the initial fundamental learning. Local programme support will be required to underpin additional knowledge, understanding and assessment  to ensure that the learners complete the units for the Diploma for Health Screeners.


2. Assessor (CAVA) qualification

To support the implementation of the new qualification qualified assessors will be required to assess the qualification at a local level. It is a requirement of the four awarding organisations that an assessor holds (or is working towards) a formal assessor qualification. For the Diploma in Health Screeners the required assessor qualification is the Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement qualification (CAVA). Individuals already holding the D32/33 or A1 qualifications are not required to re-qualify.

PHE screening have been working closely with an awarding organisation to provide programmes with a streamlined process to obtain the CAVA qualification. It is recognised that you may have been carrying out assessments within your current role and offer you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills, knowledge and competence through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

There are three stages to the streamlined process:

  1. Stage 1: The completion of a Skills Scan.  The purpose of the Skills Scan is to support you in identifying the extent to which you have achieved the elements of the core units of the assessor qualification through your life and work experiences. 
  2. Stage 2: Your NOCN assessor will review your completed Skills Scan and a telephone/web conference will be arranged with you to discuss the content.
  3. Stage 3: Summative assessment will take place. Your assessor will agree a date and time. This assessment will be carried out via a web-conference (or similar) and recorded. Feedback will be given and your assessor will confirm whether or not the recommendation for the award of credit will be made.

For the financial year 2016/17, Health Education England have provided funding, administered by PHE, to support assessors from each local DES, AAA and NHSP programmes to undertake the Certificate in Assessing Vocational achievement (CAVA) via NOCN using the above streamlined process.

To register to undertake the CAVA via the streamlined process please complete the registration details following the programme specific web links below (N.B. Only the individual undertaking the CAVA to complete the survey):





3. The Role of the Assessor

The role of the assessor is to provide guidance, mentorship and assess the work of the learner in their workplace whilst they are undertaking the qualification. They will be expected to make an informed judgement about the range of evidence a learner may produce to demonstrate their competence to meet the assessment criteria.

Assessor responsibilities include:

  • Planning and supporting the screening training programmes
  • Carrying out assessments in accordance with assessment specifications and correctly completing all compulsory assessment documentation
  • Observing and assessing learners in their workplace
  • Providing objective feedback to the learner about performance and achievement
  • Devising and agreeing an assessment action plan with the learner as appropriate
  • Examining learner portfolios of evidence to ensure it meets the qualification requirements
  • Questioning learners about how they would deal with non-standard situations
  • Keeping records of learners’ progress

Internal and external quality assurance will carry out checks on the work of assessors and approved/awarding centres, to make sure assessment processes are being carried out properly.


4. Assessment methods

A number of assessment methods are available to ensure that learners have achieved competence in the learning outcome.

These are not limited to but can include:

  • Portfolio of evidence/experience
  • Log books
  • Clinical assessments
  • e-Learning and associated assessments
  • On-line tests
  • Assignments
  • Case studies
  • Reflective practice
  • Professional one to one discussions with expert witnesses and assessors
  • Short notes
  • Course attendance

The approved/awarding centre and awarding organisation will be able to provide further assistance as to the appropriate method of assessment for the required units.

Learners have different styles of learning that may require tailored assessment methods. Local programmes and their assessors in conjunction with the approved/awarding centres will determine the most appropriate method of assessment to ensure the learning outcomes are demonstrated.

Each unit consists of a number of learning outcomes that the learner will need to be able to evidence their competency and understanding of to successfully complete. Assessors will be provided with additional indicative content and must ensure these are demonstrated by the learner to certify competency. Learners should not see the indicative content for the units; it is intended as a guide to assist assessors.

To ensure quality and to provide feedback to assessors, a number of assessments will be sent to the approved/awarding centres for external quality assessment.


5. Using Expert Witnesses

An expert witness is someone who can observe a learner’s performance at work and provide evidence to support the assessment process. Evidence may be in the form of a written statement or voice recorded account.

The use of expert witnesses is encouraged because it broadens the learner experience and heightens the profile of the screening programme.

Expert witnesses are particularly useful when CAVA qualified assessors and learners are working in different locations or have specialist knowledge and skills. Also helpful if a learner is performing an uncommon activity when the assessor may not be present to observe. For example when a learner is dealing with health and safety, quality, or safeguarding incidents or supporting a patient in clinic with a unique disability and/or patient need.

For further details please see 'Using Expert Witnesses' document.


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This website no longer has the most up-to-date information about education and training for the NHS screening programmes.

Read the NHS population screening: education and training page on GOV.UK for guidance and resources.

Access e-learning for all NHS Screening Programmes on Health Education England's e-learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) website.