If you work in NHS breast screening and want to develop your career as a Mammography Associate (MA), why not apply for an MA apprenticeship?
The MA Level 4 apprenticeship course hosted by the NBIA at Wythenshawe Hospital’s Nightingale Centre, part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, is recruiting for the September 2021 intake. This will be cohort 5 of the popular programme, which began in September 2019.
Mammography Associates work within the NHS Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP) and symptomatic services, undertaking routine two-view mammography, producing images of consistently high quality to meet rigorous NHSBSP standards.
The 12-month full time programme is delivered by Health Education England working across the North East. The NBIA has been providing online training modules to ensure the programme could continue during the pandemic. The apprentices’ employers will provide their clinical training, with a practice educator from the NBIA team also offering support.
Areas of study include: clinical mammography, mammography science, professional practice, quality assurance, communication and team working, and health and safety. All MA trainees have access to a dedicated online learning hub.
There is increased demand for breast screening services, particularly as they resume following the pandemic restrictions. The MA programme is playing a important role in tackling significant staff shortages across the breast imaging workforce, supporting the early detection and treatment of breast cancer.