Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology

External Assessors for the Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Science (Anatomical Pathology Technology)

External Assessors for the Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Science in Anatomical Pathology Technology

What does an External Assessor do?

External assessors visit trainee APTs on the Level 3 Diploma APT course(s) in their home mortuaries. The role will include assessing the practical elements of Level 3 Diploma in the following areas:

Unit APT3.6A                   Assist with post mortem examinations

Unit APT3.7                     Preparation and operation of a mortuary

Unit APT3.8                     Prepare for post mortem examinations

Unit APT3.9                     Team working

Unit APT3.11                   Viewing of the deceased

The AAPT role in assessment

Training centres will be responsible for employing the use of external assessors, and AAPT assist in the facilitation of this process. In return external assessors will have all reasonable travel costs reimbursed.

There are no additional payments associated with this role, but as an external assessor you will obviously be entitled to valuable CPD credits and have the opportunity to assist in shaping the future role of the APT in a positive way by ensuring practical mortuary standards are high and maintained.

It is envisaged each student will need no more than 1, or possibly 2, days of external assessment.

Assessors are required in every region of the UK and a list of those who have qualified to become assessors will be held centrally by AAPT for centres to access.

What are the criteria for being an assessor of the Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Science in Anatomical Pathology Technology?

  1. AAPT membership at the class of Member or Fellow
  2. Qualified to either “old style” RSPH Diploma level or to hold the Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Science (Anatomical Pathology Technology) with at least two years post-qualification experience
  3. Professional Registration with either the Science Council or the Academy for Healthcare Science
  4. Attendance at an External Assessor Awareness event (offered over Zoom)
  5. External assessment of your practical post mortem skills

What is the first step?

The AAPT recommend that you gain professional registration with the Science Council or Academy for Healthcare Science before attending the awareness event.

Once your professional registration is confirmed, download and email this application form to declare an interest in attending an External Assessor Awareness event over Zoom.

The AAPT arrange a Zoom meeting when we have enough interested participants and will present the practical standards in more detail and the role of an assessor. AAPT can also discuss availability/practicality for you to have post mortem skills externally assessed.