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Senior Healthcare Support Worker

Course Code: AP3

Level: 3
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

Senior healthcare support workers help registered practitioners deliver healthcare services to people. As an experienced support worker, you carry out a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare or therapeutic tasks, under the direct or indirect supervision of the registered healthcare practitioner. You provide high quality, compassionate healthcare, following standards, policies or protocols and always acting within the limits of your competence. You may work in a range of services e.g. hospital, community, health or day care unit, birth centre or midwifery led unit, someone’s home, operating theatre, nursing or care home, assessment centre, hospice, school, prison, GP surgery, charity or voluntary organisation; working in partnership with individuals, families, carers and other service providers.

What you'll learn

Duties are delegated to you in line with care plans. Not all duties are routine and you will need to use your knowledge, experience and understanding to take decisions within your area of responsibility. You are accountable for your work and for reviewing the effectiveness of your actions. The role is undertaken following a period of experience in healthcare so you are able to demonstrate best practice and act as a role model. You may supervise or guide the less experienced staff in your team.

Entry requirements

When recruiting, employers may select apprentices with prior experience as a support worker.
Acceptance on this Apprenticeship will be determined through completion of Functional Skills entry assessments with our Work-based Learning team and a vocational assessment carried out with the College’s health and social care team.

Assessments/Exams

You must complete a Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support prior to taking the end-point assessment. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment. Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job.

What's next?

After a period of working and gaining experience, you may be able to work towards an Assistant Practitioner or Nursing Associate post or, providing you meet the entry requirements, apply to university to become a registered healthcare practitioner.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. Just complete and return an application form.