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 very wide variety of roles that have been developed locally by employers to meet individual service need. 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 planning1. 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, Learning Disabilities as well as hybrid roles that cross traditional occupational areas.
Qualification and Level
By the end of the programme and to become an Assistant Practitioner, Apprentices must have achieved the following:
- Level 2 English and Maths - (equivalent to GCSE grade C or above)
- Demonstrated that they have met the standards of the Care Certificate6 during the first part of their apprenticeship
- An accredited level 5 occupational competence qualification such as a Foundation Degree, other Level 5 Diploma of Higher Education or the Level 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare
Industry Specific Requirements:
- Work in line with The Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England.
The purpose of the end point assessment is to test (in a synoptic way) the skills, knowledge and behaviours of the apprentice as set out in the apprenticeship standard. End point assessment:
- Provides apprentices with a showcase opportunity to provide oral and documentary evidence of their knowledge, skills and behaviours developed throughout the apprenticeship
- Enables the independent assessor to assess the skills and behaviours of the apprentice by observing the apprentice in the course of their normal work
- Tests the knowledge acquired by the apprentice throughout the apprenticeship.
The end point assessment includes the following components:
- A multiple choice test
- An observation of practice undertaken in the workplace
- An evidence portfolio completed by the apprentice with an interview
The apprenticeship includes Pass and Distinction grades with the final grade based on the apprentice’s combined performance in each assessment activity.
Method(s) of delivery:
In order to meet the apprenticeship standard, apprentices will undertake a 24 month period of on programme learning, development and continuous assessment that is managed by the employer with the support of York College. The on-programme pace will be driven by the apprentice as well as by the breadth of experience an employer can offer prior to the 24 months, after which end-point assessment will take place.
Apprentices must also have achieved a minimum of Level 1 English and Level 1 Maths and to have taken level 2 English and Maths tests prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.
For those Assistant Practitioners who wish to progress into Registered Practice, the apprenticeship can provide credits into some Higher Education programmes aligned to professional registration.
York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.