24 Months (not including End Point Assessment).
IoT Dudley Starting September 2021
• Day release.
Minimum GCSE Grade D/or above in mathematics and English.
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.
This Apprenticeship will cover the knowledge, skills and behaviours set out in the Apprenticeship standard, these will include the apprentice:
• Undertaking defined clinical and therapeutic interventions
• Organisation and function of the human body
• Supporting, mentoring and assessing other staff in the department
• Efficient multi-disciplinary team work
• Holistic assessment of patients and service users modifying care plans where appropriate
• Promoting healthy living, nutrition and fluid balance
• Undertaking physiological measurements recommending changes to care plans where appropriate
• Risk Management, Health and Safety and Infection Control.
End Point Assessment
Full time apprentices will spend 24 months on-programme (with an additional 12 weeks for EPA) working towards the Apprenticeship Standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training. The EPA provides apprentices with a showcase opportunity to provide oral and documentary evidence of their knowledge, skills and behaviours developed throughout the Apprenticeship and enables the independent assessor to assess the skills and behaviours of the apprentice by observing them in the course of their normal work.
The EPA consists of the following components:
• Multiple Choice Test
• Observation of Practice
• Reflective journal complete by the apprentice and interview.
This qualification can progress you onto training as a healthcare professional such as Nurse, Dietician, Physiotherapist or Healthcare Science Practitioner.