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Healthcare Sector Skill Council

Sector Profile

As per the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Human Development Report (HDR) 2007, in spite of the absolute value of the Human Development Index (HDI) for India improving from 0.577 in 2000 to 0.611 in 2004 and further to 0.619 in 2005, the relative ranking of India has not changed much. India ranks at 128 among the countries with medium human development out of 177 countries of the world as against 126 in the previous year. India ranks 4th in the pharmaceutical sector by volume and 8th in terms of its value. However we are yet to achieve a lot in terms of our health indices. Expenditure on social sectors as a proportion of total expenditure, after decreasing from 20.4% in 2002-03 to 19.5% in 2003-04, increased steadily to 22.3% in 2006-07 and 22.5% in 2007-082. The Health Infrastructure in the country now includes:

  • 266 medical colleges, 268 Colleges for BDS courses and 104 colleges conduct MDS courses with total admission of 30,290, 20,080 and 2,069 respectively during 2007-08;
  • 1,597 Institutions for General Nurse Midwives with admission capacity of 59,138; 461 colleges for Pharmacy (diploma) with an intake capacity of 27,735 during 2006-07; 9,923 hospitals having 4,80,306 beds; 1,44,988 Sub Centers, 22,669 Primary Health Centers and 3,910 Community Health Centers as on March 2006;
  • 21,351 & 3,203 Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) dispensaries & hospitals during 2007;
  • 903 Government licensed blood banks, 358 voluntary blood banks, 666 Private hospital blood banks; and, 483 other private commercial centers as of 2007.

Some of the important initiatives undertaken by the Government to address the requirements of healthcare include: the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), funding for support mechanisms of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) for every village, strengthening of primary health infrastructure and improving service delivery, implementation of the state-based surveillance program. the country, i.e. the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP), focusing on AYUSH, family planning program for achieving Millennium Development Goals, etc. For the users of healthcare services, the choice is increasing and the ability to afford the best is rising. Consumers are migrating from the single doctor nursing homes to a more organized hospital delivery format, analogous to the retail sector. There are benchmarks and brands of multi-locational providers across industry. Owing to information explosion, the Indian healthcare consumer is engaging in ‘comparison shopping’ - looking at quality healthcare not only in urban but also the rural areas and tier II cities.

About Healthcare Sector Skill Council

The Healthcare Sector Skill Council (HSSC) is a Not-for-Profit Organization, registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The Council has been promoted by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and leading Healthcare Industry Members representing both public and private sector, financially supported by NSDC. The key objective of the Council is to create a robust and vibrant eco-system for quality education and skill development in paramedics and allied healthcare space in the country. In addition, the Healthcare Sector Skill Council serves as a single source of information on healthcare sector with specific reference to Skill and Human Resource Development in India.
The Council is aimed to develop National Occupational Standards & Qualification Packs for various job-roles in paramedics and allied healthcare, Identify skill-gaps, Design Courses and Training Content, Set Standards, Put-in place an Assessment & Certification Mechanism, Accredit Training Institutes, Provide Placement Support and Help Institutes Build & Upgrade their Capacity through train-the-trainer program.

Contact Information:
CEO/COO: Mr. Ashish Jain
Email: Ashish.jain@healthcare-ssc.in
SPOC: Cedric Seemonti
Email: Cedric.peters@healthcare-ssc.in
Address: Healthcare Sector Skill Council
Office No.: 711, DLF Tower A, 7th Floor
Jasola District Centre
New Delhi - 110025
Phone:011-40505850
Grievance Cell Member:

Dr. Shubnum Singh, Member, Governing Council of HSSC
Ashish Jain , CEO, Healthcare Sector Skill Council
Email :Ashish.jain@healthcare-ssc.in

Qualification Packs


Blood Bank Technician Level 4

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q2801
  • Job Role:
  • Blood Bank Technician Level 4
  • NVQF Level:
  • 4
  • Role Description:
  • Work in a lab to collect, label and store blood

Training Partners

Cardiac Care Technician Level 4

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q0101
  • Job Role:
  • Cardiac Care Technician Level 4
  • NVQF Level:
  • 4
  • Role Description:
  • Individuals in this job role assist in performing invasive and non-invasive diagnostic examinations and therapeutic interventions of the heart and/or blood vessels at the request or direction of provider

Training Partners

Dental Assistant

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q2401
  • Job Role:
  • Dental Assistant
  • NVQF Level:
  • 4
  • Role Description:
  • P rovides support to the dentist to perform dental procedures in a timely, efficient and safe manner. Prepare for and support patients for treatment .

Training Partners

Diabetes Educator Level 4

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q8701
  • Job Role:
  • Diabetes Educator Level 4
  • NVQF Level:
  • 4
  • Role Description:
  • Provides education and skills for effective diabetes management in patients with diabetes or at risk of developing diabetes

Dialysis Technician Level 4

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q2701
  • Job Role:
  • Dialysis Technician Level 4
  • NVQF Level:
  • 4
  • Role Description:
  • Operate machines and perform dialysis on patients with acute or chronic kidney failure. They are responsible for the operation, cleaning, and sterilisation of the dialysis machines.

Diet Assistant

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q5201
  • Job Role:
  • Diet Assistant
  • NVQF Level:
  • 4
  • Role Description:
  • Prepare food, ensuring safe food handling, ensuring safety and hygiene of food and regulating diet under the supervision of a registered dietician

Emergency Medical Technician - Advanced

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q2302
  • Job Role:
  • Emergency Medical Technician - Advanced
  • NVQF Level:
  • 5
  • Role Description:

Training Partners

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q2301
  • Job Role:
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
  • NVQF Level:
  • 4
  • Role Description:
  • Providing emergency medical support and care to individuals who are critically ill or injured and transporting them to a medical facility within stipulated time limits.

GDA ( General Duty Assistant) Level 4

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q5101
  • Job Role:
  • GDA ( General Duty Assistant) Level 4
  • NVQF Level:
  • 4
  • Role Description:
  • Individual on the job provides patient care and help maintain a suitable environment. Some of the key responsibilities of the General Duty Assistant are to provide patient’s daily care, patient’s comfort, patient’s safety and patient’s health needs.

Histotechnician Level 5

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q0401
  • Job Role:
  • Histotechnician Level 5
  • NVQF Level:
  • 5
  • Role Description:
  • Process and prepare tissue specimens from surgery and other patient service areas

Training Partners

Home Health Aide Level 4

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q5102
  • Job Role:
  • Home Health Aide Level 4
  • NVQF Level:
  • 4
  • Role Description:
  • Provide routine individualized healthcare to the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities at the patient's home.Monitor or report changes in health status. Provide personal care such as bathing, dressing, and grooming of patient.

Medical Equipment Technician (Basic Clinical Equipment)

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q5601
  • Job Role:
  • Medical Equipment Technician (Basic Clinical Equipment)
  • NVQF Level:
  • 3
  • Role Description:
  • Install, maintain and repair patient care equipment

Training Partners

Medical Laboratory Technician

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q0301
  • Job Role:
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • NVQF Level:
  • 4
  • Role Description:
  • Medical laboratory Technician perform complex tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease

Training Partners

Medical Records & health Information Technician

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q5501
  • Job Role:
  • Medical Records & health Information Technician
  • NVQF Level:
  • 4
  • Role Description:
  • Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system

Training Partners

Pharmacy Assistant

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q5401
  • Job Role:
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • NVQF Level:
  • 4
  • Role Description:
  • Perform many pharmacy-related functions and review prescriptions or requests for refills that they receive from patients and nurse

Training Partners

Phlebotomy Technician

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q0501
  • Job Role:
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • NVQF Level:
  • 3
  • Role Description:
  • Phlebotomy technicians are responsible for collecting and preparing blood samples which undergo laboratory testing

Radiology Technician Level 4

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q0201
  • Job Role:
  • Radiology Technician Level 4
  • NVQF Level:
  • 4
  • Role Description:
  • Perform diagnostic imaging examinations such as X-rays, CT and MRI scans under the guidance of a Radiologist. Prepare patients and operating equipment for tests, keep patient records, adjusting equipment’s based on patient need and test recommended and maintaining equipment. Prepare work schedul

Training Partners

Refractionist Level 4

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q3002
  • Job Role:
  • Refractionist Level 4
  • NVQF Level:
  • 4
  • Role Description:
  • Provides vision care and refraction under the supervision of an ophthalmologist. They assist with taking patient histories, performing diagnostic tests and procedures, dispensing optical prescription and maintaining records.

Training Partners

Vision Technician Level 4

  • Pack Code:
  • HSS/Q3001
  • Job Role:
  • Vision Technician Level 4
  • NVQF Level:
  • 4
  • Role Description:
  • Performs administrative and certain clinical duties i.e. scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, and dispensing ophthalmic prescription

Training Partners