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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).

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. 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. Assistant Practitioners will therefore develop additional skills and knowledge based on their employer’s requirements depending on the clinical or professional area within which they are working.

Qualifications and End Point Assessment Information

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. The end Point Assessment will:

  • Provide apprentices with a showcase opportunity to provide oral and documentary evidence of their knowledge, skills and behaviours developed during 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
  • Test the knowledge acquired by the apprentice throughout the apprenticeship

The end point assessment includes the following components:

  • A multiple choice and short answer test
  • An observation of practice undertaken in the workplace
  • A reflective journal completed by the apprentice and an interview

The final assessment and grading will be undertaken by the Independent Assessor. Marks will be allocated across the areas being assessed, with a maximum possible mark of 100.

 Grade Total Mark 
 Distinction  70+
Merit  60+ 
Pass  50+ 
Fail  Less than 50 

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

Delivery will be in partnership with employers and adopt a blended approach of on and off the job training and professional development. Apprentices will receive training and mentoring in the workplace and knowledge, skills and behaviour development at York College through classroom and research based activities on one day a week day release.

During the Apprenticeship you will achieve the City and Guilds Level 5 Assistant Practitioner in Healthcare and the Care Certificate if not already achieved in practice. The programme duration is 24months to complete all elements including the external end point assessment requirement for the qualification.

The structure to achieve the Level 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare, learners must achieve 120 credits from a combination of mandatory units and optional units. The units covered are:

  • Understand safeguarding of children and young people
  • Promote professional development
  • Work in partnership in health and social care
  • The structure, organisation and function of the human body
  • Use and develop systems that promote communication
  • Champion equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Lead and manage infection prevention and control within the setting
  • Develop health and safety and risk management policies, procedures and practices in health and social care
  • Manage quality in health and social care
  • Undertake a research project within services for health and social care
  • Conduct and support others in the assessment of individual’s health and well being
  • Promote effective nutrition and fluid balance
  • The principles and philosophy of healthcare
  • Lifespan developments and healthcare needs
  • Understand the principles and application of Physiological measurements
  • Safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults
  • Understand the principles, theories and concepts reacted to leading and developing a work team in a healthcare environment

You will be expted to

To attend college one day a week.

Clinical skills developed throughout the programme covering:

  • Catheterisation
  • Venepuncture
  • First Aid
  • Verification of Death

Entry criteria

Employers will set their own entry requirements, but it is expected that the individual would have worked with an operational role within the industry to start on this apprenticeship standard. There is a requirement to have literacy & numeracy skills equivalent to GCSE at grade C or level 2 Functional Skills in English and Maths.

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 Certificate during the first part of their apprenticeship
  • An accredited 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.


18 - 24 months


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.

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