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Healthcare Assistant Practitioner

Course Code: APP-CAR

Level: 5
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care

Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 18 months
When you'll study: One day a week at the College

About the course

Assistant practitioners work as part of the wider health and social care team and have direct
contact with patients, service users, or clients providing high quality and compassionate care.
Assistant practitioners work at a level above that of healthcare support workers and have a more
in-depth understanding about factors that influence health and ill-health (e.g. anatomy and
physiology).

An assistant practitioner is a job title applied to a very wide variety of roles that have been
developed locally by employers to meet the individual needs of a particular service. Upon
successful completion of this standard, individuals will have obtained the core skills, knowledge, and values/behaviours to become an assistant practitioner.

Examples of common work activities include assisting in total patient assessment, coordination
of care (including referrals to other practitioners) and higher clinical skills such as
catheterisation, wound care, and discharge planning.

Assistant practitioners can be found working in a range of areas such as cancer services,
physiotherapy, genito-urinary medicine, orthopaedics, hospice care, mental health, social care,
community, occupational therapy and learning disabilities as well as hybrid roles that cross
traditional occupational areas. Assistant practitioners will therefore develop additional skills and
knowledge based on their employer’s requirements depending on the clinical or professional
area within which they are working.

What you'll learn

An Apprenticeship is broken down into three learning categories: skills, knowledge and
values/behaviours. For the Level 5 Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship, you will
cover the following …

Behaviours:

  • treat individuals with dignity, respecting individual's beliefs, culture, values and
    preferences
  • respect and adopt an empathetic approach
  • demonstrate courage to challenge areas of concern and work to best practice
  • adaptable
  • demonstrate discretion.

Knowledge:

  • the principles and philosophy of health and social care
  • the physiology, organisation and function of the human body
  • lifespan developments and healthcare needs from prenatal to end of life/bereavement
  • research and development in the health and social care sector to inform and improve quality of care
  • provision and promotion of holistic person centred care and support, duty of care and
    safeguarding of individuals
  • the importance of the strategic environment in health and social care and the implications
    for the individual
  • the importance of current evidence-based practice within scope of the role.

Skills:

  • undertakes defined clinical or therapeutic interventions appropriately delegated by a
    registered practitioner
  • manages own work and case load and implements programmes of care in line with
    current evidence, taking action relative to an individual’s health and care needs
  • allocates work to and supports the development of others and may supervise, teach,
    mentor and assess other staff as required
  • maintains and further develops own skills and knowledge, and that of others, through
    recognised continuing professional development (CPD) activities enabling flexibility in
    practice and responsiveness to changing service needs.
  • promotes effective interprofessional and multi-disciplinary team working with peers,
    colleagues and staff from other agencies and provides appropriate leadership within the
    scope of the role
  • provides holistic assessment of individuals, implementing programmes of care and
    modifying individualised care plans within their scope of practice
  • demonstrates the ability to communicate complex sensitive information to a wide variety
    of professionals through a variety of methods including the use of interpersonal skills,
    written and verbal effectiveness, accurate record keeping, keeping information
    confidential and appropriate use of technology and equipment for the role including data
    entry
  • promotes and understands the impact of effective health promotion, empowering, healthy
    lifestyles such as movement and nutrition and fluid balance
  • undertakes physiological measurements as part of an assessment of an individual's
    healthcare status and following evaluation, makes appropriate changes or
    recommendations to care plan and reports changes when the nature of the change falls
    outside of the agreed scope of the role
  • uses and promotes a range of techniques to prevent the spread of infection including
    hand hygiene, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and waste management
  • promotes and maintains a safe and healthy working environment
  • identifies and manages risks, including assessment of moving and handling risk and
    understanding the nature of risk as it applies to the safeguarding of vulnerable individuals
  • promotes and advocates equality, diversity, and inclusion
  • proactively makes recommendations to improve the quality of service delivery.

You will be taught, guided and assessed on the above topics over the duration of your
Apprenticeship to prepare for your achievement. This will be done via tutor practical sessions
and visits at the workplace from your designated assessor who will ensure you are competent in
the job you are doing.

Entry requirements

To undertake this Apprenticeship you will be required to undergo an assessment with the course
tutor. This is nothing to worry about! The tutor will have a conversation with you in order to
assess your employability skills and your willingness to learn. They will also want to find out
about any prior knowledge you may have. The assessment may include a practical task and a
short workbook of basic questions about the industry.

If you do not already hold a GCSE at a grade 4-9 (A-C) or Functional Skills (level 1-2) in English
and maths then you will be asked to complete a short assessment to determine what level you
are currently working at. The results from this, combined with your tutor meeting, will ascertain whether we will be able to accept you onto an Apprenticeship and work with you to find an
employer to begin your learning journey.

Assessments/Exams

You will be required to complete an end-point assessment with pass, merit and distinction
grading prior to achieve this Apprenticeship.

The end-point assessment is the name given to a series of tests you must take to prove your
ability to do the job you have been training for. These tests take place at the end of the
Apprenticeship following a period of training and development.

This Apprenticeship has an expected duration of 18 months, however, this may vary depending
on your readiness to sit the end-point assessment.

What's next?

For assistant practitioners who wish to progress into registered practice, the Apprenticeship can
provide credits towards some higher education programmes aligned to professional registration.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

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