24 months (£12,00)
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). Assistant Practitioner is a job title applied to a wide variety of roles that have been developed locally by employers to meet individual service need. 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. They can be found working in a range of areas such as Cancer Services, Theatres, Genito-Urinary Medicine, Hospice Care, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities.
An Assistant Practitioner works under the supervision of a Registered Practitioner who will remain accountable for any delegation of activities, however they maybe tasked with higher levels of responsibility than Healthcare workers.
Whilst the delivery of training and some of the content will be tailored to employer’s needs, there are key elements that must be covered throughout:
The course will typically be completed over a 24-month. The knowledge delivery programme will run for 18 months, with delivery of knowledge twice a month, primarily through a webinar. The remaining 6 months will be individually tailored to meet timely achievement and EPA preparation. The learners will also be observed in the workplace on at least 3 occasions to identify the standards of competence are being met. There will also be recorded professional discussions covering competence towards the standard. The Tutor will complete a progress review in the first 6 weeks and every 12 weeks thereafter, which will require the Employers presence. All work will be stored on an electronic portfolio ready to be submitted to the End Point Assessment Organisation.
At the end of the 24th month, the learner will have a final assessment with an End Point Assessment organisation. Revision and Mock activities will be completed with the learner prior to the final assessment.
Learners will need to evidence 20% off the job hours using teaching sessions, shadowing in the workplace, time spent writing tasks; Off-the-job training is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an apprenticeship
Typical applicants will display a good attitude, a positive approach to learning & development and a high level of ambition. Apprentices will need to sit an initial assessment in both English and Maths and if they are starting the course without a GSCE grade 3 (C) or above they will need to sit Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths before completion of the apprenticeship.
As well as ensuring full competency as an Assistant Practitioner, this standard provides a foundation for potential progression into undergraduate healthcare professions such as nurse training.