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Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship

Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship

The Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship is for people working in a senior support role, helping registered practitioners in delivering healthcare services to patients. As a more experienced support worker, you will carry out a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare tasks, both under the direct and indirect supervision of the registered healthcare practitioner. You will need to provide high quality, compassionate healthcare, following standards, policies or protocols and always acting within the limits of your competence.

Apprenticeship Components

  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Healthcare Support Worker
  • Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support – Portfolio of evidence, workbooks and observations in the workplace
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths – Invigilated test for Mathematics –
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English – Two invigilated test, discussion and presentation
  • 20% off the job training – Variety of evidence
  • End Point Assessment – Multiple Choice & Short Answer Test, Observation of Practice, Learning journal and Interview

Structure of the Course

This qualification consists of mandatory units covering knowledge and skills competencies with optional specialisms which can be combined in flexible ways to reflect the real working context of different learners.

The optional units are designed to meet the requirements of a range of healthcare services and to support the delivery of the Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship standard for England and include the following areas:

  • Clinical Care
  • Health Navigation
  • Care of Older People
  • Learning Disability Support
  • Community Support
  • Maternity Support 

To achieve the level 3 diploma in Healthcare Support, learners must achieve a minimum of 65 credits. To do this they must achieve 45 credits from the mandatory units and a maximum of 20 credits from the optional units. Out of the total 65 credits 37 credits must be at level 3 and above.

What is Off the Job Training?

While on programme as an Apprentice all learners must spend a minimum of 20% of their apprenticeship conducting ‘off the job training’ towards their qualification. This could include; lectures, role-playing, simulation exercises, online learning, manufacturer training, practical training such as; mentoring, shadowing, industry visits and attendance at shows/conferences/competitions. This could also include time spent writing assignments/assessments.

This does not include; English, Maths, progress reviews, on programme assessment, or training which takes place outside the apprentice’s paid working hours.

What is the End Point Assessment?

The end point assessment is split into three parts. A multiple choice and short answer test, that will cover all the core knowledge areas, there will be 30 multiple choice questions and four short answer questions. The second part will be an observation of practice, where the independent assessor will spend a minimum of 90 minutes observing the apprentice during the course of their normal working day. The final part of the assessment will be a learning journal and interview. The learning journal is completed by the apprentice in the 3 months prior to the end point assessment. It may contain a range of sources of evidence but will need to have 3 reflective accounts completed by the apprentice to a total of 1000 words. The final interview will last for a minimum of 30 minutes, the purpose being to enable the apprentice to further showcase their knowledge, skills and behaviours from across the standard.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, however candidates will ideally already have a Grade ‘C’ or equivalent above in Maths and English, if not this will need to be achieved before completion of the apprenticeship. All learners will be required to carry out Initial Assessments in Maths and English, prior to enrollment on the course. Learners will need to be working a minimum of 30 hours per week to meet the apprenticeship funding guidelines.

Progression Routes

After completion and a period of gaining experience within your job role, you may be able to work towards an Assistant Practitioner post or apply to university to become a registered healthcare practitioner.