Duration (EXCL EPA)

24 Months (£14,000)


EPA Duration

3 Months


Start Date



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 of 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 needs. 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 may be tasked with higher levels of responsibility than Healthcare workers.

Course Overview

As part of the Health Care Assistant Programme, you will be required to develop Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours in the below areas within your organisation:

  • The principles and philosophy of health and social care
  • The physiology, organisation, and function of the human body including how to undertake physiological measurements
  • 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, including personal occupational development and supervision and teaching of other staff
  • Provision and promotion of holistic, person-centred care and support, duty of care, and safeguarding of individuals including team-working, case management, communication, assessment, and effective health promotion.
  • Risk management, including infection control and prevention, health and safety and risk assessments
  • The importance of the strategic environment in health and social care and the implications of the individual
  • The importance of current evidence-based practice within the scope of the role

Course Delivery

The course will typically be completed over a 24-month period, which will include monthly knowledge delivery through either webinars or face-to-face sessions.

The learners will also be observed in the workplace on at least 2 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 10-12 weeks thereafter, which will require the Employer’s 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 (EPAO). Revision and mock activities will be completed with the learner prior to the final assessment.

End Point Assessment

As part of the Apprenticeship Standard, you will be required to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of your programme with an external Independent Assessor (EPAO).  Throughout the programme, your tutor will prepare you for the End Point Assessment and complete mock assessments prior to your final assessment.


The following elements will be completed during the End Point Assessment for the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Standard

  • A multiple choice and short answer test
  • Observation
  • Reflective journal completed by the apprentice
  • Professional Discussion


At the end of the final assessment, the below grades will be awarded by the EPAO:

  • Fail
  • Pass
  • Merit
  • Distinction


As part of the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Standard you will be achieving the following qualifications:

  • Apprenticeship Standard Certificate in Healthcare Assistant Practitioner
  • Level 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare
  • Functional Skills Maths (Level 2)*
  • Functional Skills English (Level 2)*


*Will be achieved if relevant qualification not already held prior to the Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

Typical applicants will display a good attitude, a positive approach to learning and development, and a high level of ambition. Apprentices will need to sit an initial assessment in both English and Maths.


Where a learner does not hold an equivalent to or GSCE grade 4 (C) or above, you will need to sit Functional Skills Level 2 English and Maths prior to taking the End Point assessment.

Learner Journey

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Government Funding

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Skills For Health Quality Mark


Hart Learning & Development’s Healthcare apprenticeships team has been awarded the Skills For Health Quality Mark in recognition of our outstanding healthcare training. The standard recognises, defines, and endorses superior delivery of learning and training in healthcare.


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