Healthcare Assistant Practitioner – Level 5

in Medical Engineering & Health care

Healthcare Assistant Practitioner – Level 5


24 Months (not including End Point Assessment).

Delivery Location

IoT Dudley

Delivery Partners
Dudley College

Delivery Model
  • Day release
Entry Requirements
  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care (or related subject)
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience
  • An international equivalent of the above


Occupational Profile

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 needs. Upon successful completion of this standard, individuals will have obtained the core skills, knowledge and values/behaviours to become an Assistant Practitioner.

Assistant practitioners work across the NHS in most departments they could be working in:

  • Respiratory medicine, testing and assessing lung function
  • Occupational therapy, assessing people’s need for aids and equipment at home
  • Operating theatre area, scrubbing and assisting in surgical and other procedures, or monitoring patients recovering from surgery
  • Providing personal, social, therapeutic and rehabilitative care (e.g. bowel care and management, catheter insertions etc.)
  • Dietetics, encouraging people to make healthier food choices
  • Bio-medical science, analysing samples in a lab
  • Mental health services, supporting adults or young people with mental health issues
  • Stroke rehabilitation, helping people recover in their own homes
  • Emergency medicine, treating patients so they can return home as soon as possible
  • Radiography, helping to diagnose or treat a patient’s illness
  • A health centre or GP surgery, changing dressings and monitoring medication
  • Hearing services, as a hearing aid dispenser.

Assistant practitioners will work under the direction of a health professional such as a Nurse. The level of training and experience means they can often work alone, without supervision, they will carry out agreed procedures, referring to a professional for guidance when necessary.

Training and Development Summary

This apprenticeship will cover the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the apprenticeship standard; these will include:

Year 1 (Level 4 Higher National Certificate)

  • Law, Policy and Ethical Practice in Health and
  • Demonstrating Professional Principles and Values in Health and Social Care Practice
  • Supporting the Individual Journey through Integrated Health and Social Care
  • Fundamentals of Evidence-based Practice
  • Health Education in Action Specialist Unit
  • Effective Healthcare Practice using Maths
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology

Year 2 (Level 5 Higher National Diploma)

  • Innovation and Improvement through Action Research (Pearson-set Project)
  • Reflective Approaches in Implementing Person-centred Practice
  • Supporting Individuals through Significant Life Events
  • Supporting Team and Partnership Working Across Health and Social Care Services
  • End of Life Care Planning and Support
  • Pharmacology and Medicine Management
  • Recognising and Meeting the Needs of People with Long-term Health Conditions
Professional Recognition and Career Progression

This qualification can progress you onto training as a healthcare professional such as Nurse, Dietician, Physiotherapist or Healthcare Science Practitioner.

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