If you are interested in applying to become an AA, but unsure whether you meet the requirements, you should read the AA role specification and contact the Stem Cell Coordinator at your nearest stem cell unit in the first instance.
If you wish to proceed, you will need to complete an Application Form, which must include details of a referee to support your application (usually Head of Department or line manager), and submit it to the HTA. The HTA will only accept applications from people where a Stem Cell Coordinator has confirmed there is a need for additional AAs to be trained for their unit.
The will review the application and request a reference. Once a satisfactory reference has been received, the individual will be contacted with details of the next training event. All AAs receive training from the HTA and this allows them to conduct interviews for all bone marrow and PBSC cases.
Before AAs start conducting interviews, a current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate or Protection of Vulnerable Groups check must be in place. After the training, the HTA will apply for an enhanced DBS check for the AAs based in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. If the applicant has a valid enhanced DBS check issued within the last 6 months of the AA training, the HTA will accept this as a valid check.
For AAs based in Scotland, individual Health Boards will be requested to apply for their PVG checks.
It is recommended that once accredited, AAs observe an AA interview with an experienced AA at their transplant unit.
For enquiries about the AA role, the person specification, or further information on how to apply to become an AA, please email email@example.com or call 020 7269 1900.