Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship

Senior Healthcare Support Workers help registered practitioners deliver healthcare services to people carrying out a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare tasks, under the direct or indirect supervision of the registered healthcare practitioner .

The Senior Health Care Support workers role is undertaken following a period of experience in healthcare so you are able to demonstrate best practice and you may supervise or guide the less experienced staff in your team.

Key qualities required to become a senior health care support worker include: treating people with dignity; respecting individual’s diversity, beliefs, culture and values; showing respect and empathy for those you work with; being adaptable, reliable and consistent and showing discretion, resilience and self-awareness.

Our apprenticeship will offer you a rewarding and worthwhile job with excellent career opportunities in a range of healthcare settings to include : hospital, community, health or day case unit, birth centre or midwifery led unit, someone’s home, operating theatre, nursing or care home, assessment centre, hospice, school, prison, GP surgery, charity or voluntary organisation; working in partnership with individuals, families, carers and other service providers.

Our Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship will offer you a rewarding and worthwhile job with excellent career opportunities, and the chance to:

  • Earn a salary
  • Take paid holidays
  • Gain qualifications
  • Learn job-specific skills and training

Our flexible and bespoke courses are designed to meet the different needs of employers and apprentices, with tailored delivery methods including:

  • E-Portfolio
  • E-Functional Skills
  • Regular communication
  • Flexible Online learning resources.
Information for Applicants

What knowledge and skills are covered?

The apprenticeship combines developing your practical and theoretical skills, together with experience gained in the workplace to include:

Assisting nurses with delegated clinical tasks e.g. support people to receive medication or non-oral treatments ● Monitor the effects of medication ● Care for stomas ● Taking ECGs ● Care for individuals with catheters or nasogastric tubes ● Carrying out screening activities ● Supporting adults to develop and maintain skills for everyday life.

Duration

Apprentices usually take 18-24 months to complete this apprenticeship, during which they participate in training, development and ongoing review activities. In order to meet the apprenticeship standard, apprentices will be required to achieve:

  • Minimum of Level 2 English
  • Minimum of Level 2 Maths
  • Complete the 15 standards required by the Care Quality Commission
  • Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support
  • Care Certificate

Apprentices can only attempt the mandatory end-point assessment once the above have been achieved.

Our staff will deliver high-quality training, regular support, progress reports, workplace observations and action plans to support the apprentice from entry through to the gateway for end-point assessment.

What are the entry requirements?

Candidates should have a strong interest in the area of Health and Social Care. They will need to be dedicated and committed to their study, and be responsible for their own learning. It will be necessary to attend an interview with the Apprenticeship team, and be asked to complete basic skills assessments in English and Mathematics. GCSE grades A*-C (9-4) in English and Maths are desirable. If this requirement is not met, then all apprentices without Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship; this can be done via online learning or onsite at the college.

In addition, you must undertake the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process prior to starting your apprenticeship.

How often do I have to attend college?

This Apprenticeship programme is delivered in the workplace, so that you can gain experience and skills from your employer in conjunction with further online learning. Day-release study days may be required, and will be planned individually with your employer. Attendance at college may be required for interviews, Functional Skills exams and end-point assessment exams.

How will I be assessed?

There are three components that make up end-point assessment for the Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship to include:

  • A multiple choice and short answer questions test
  • An observation of practice
  • Review of learning journal and an interview

Our assessors will carry out observations in the workplace, and will support you with regular visits and reviews to ensure you are ready for the end-point assessment. Learners will be expected to complete work set within target dates, and work independently.

Assessment methods include: practical workplace observations, assignments, professional discussions, research projects, case studies, questioning and a final exam.

What can I do next?

After a period of working and gaining experience, you may be able to work towards an Assistant Practitioner or Nursing Associate post or, providing you meet the entry requirements, apply to university to become a registered healthcare practitioner.

Information for Employers

How is my business going to benefit from an Apprentice?

How is my business going to benefit from a Senior Healthcare Support Worker’ apprentice?

Apprenticeships are a means of developing a skilled, motivated and qualified workforce, resulting in increased flexibility of the workforce and increased organisational efficiency to include:

  • Improved staff retention with Healthcare teams
  • Develops organisational values and behaviours alongside clinical skills
  • Helps build a confident, capable workforce that can progress within NHS careers
  • Builds workforce flexibility and capability by increasing the range of tasks that can be undertaken
  • Frees up nurses and other clinical staff to take on more specialised tasks

Healthcare support workers can perform vital roles in healthcare delivery across both primary and secondary care, and will benefit your business by bringing up-to-date skills and knowledge to your organisation. The senior Health care support worker apprentice will be able to :

  • Assist with delegated clinical tasks
  • Undertake a range of physiological measurements on adults
  • Assist with tissue viability risk assessments
  • Assist with caring for wounds
  • Obtain and test samples and other specimens
  • Support frailty, end of life care
  • Contribute to discharge from services

What will this cost my business?

Since April 2017 the way that government funds apprenticeships in England has changed. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3 million are required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy monthly via HMRC.

  • If the levy applies to your business you will be required to pay 0.5% of your entire wage bill into the levy. This will be offset against a levy allowance worth £15,000 for each tax year
  • You will only be able to use your levy payment for government backed apprenticeships through providers who are registered on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

From April 2017 all existing apprenticeship frameworks and new apprenticeship standards (often referred to as trailblazer standards) will be allocated to Government funding bands.

Funding bands determine the maximum amount of money that Government will contribute for the training delivery and end-point assessment of each apprenticeship. All approved apprenticeship standards have already been allocated to funding bandings with maximum funding caps.

If you take on an apprentice who is between 16 and 18 years old at the start of their apprenticeship, you will receive a payment to help meet the extra costs of employing them. This will be paid to you through the training provider in two £500 instalments at 3 months and 12 months  if the apprentice continues in learning beyond this point.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account. Where there are no longer funds in this digital account the Government will co-invest 90% of the funding with the levy paying employer being the asked to contribute the remaining 10% on a monthly basis.

Levy paying employers can estimate their funding contributions through the use of the free Funding Apprenticeship Systems calculating tool.

The agreed funds will be taken from the employer’s digital account to pay the training provider, up to a maximum amount of funding allocated by Government to that particular apprenticeship.

For non-levy paying employers the Digital Apprenticeship Service will not be available until at least 2018. They will need to discuss and agree a price with their training provider.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

This Apprenticeship programme is delivered in the workplace, so that apprentices can gain experience and skills from you in conjunction with further online learning. Day-release study days may be required, and will be planned individually with you as an employer. Apprentice attendance at college may be required for interviews, Functional Skills exams and end-point assessment exams.

How is the apprentice assessed?

There are three components that make up end-point assessment for the Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship to include:

  • A multiple choice and short answer questions test
  • An observation of practice
  • Review of learning journal and an interview

Our assessors will carry out observations in the workplace, and will support you with regular visits and reviews to ensure you are ready for the end-point assessment. Learners will be expected to complete work set within target dates, and work independently.

Assessment methods include: practical workplace observations, assignments, professional discussions, research projects, case studies, questioning and a final exam.

What about support in the workplace?

Our occupationally competent and highly experienced assessors will work closely with your staff to support your apprentice as they complete work-based tasks and assignments.

Our staff will deliver high-quality training, regular support, progress reports, workplace observations and action plans to support your apprentice from entry through to the gateway for end-point assessment.

Our flexible and bespoke courses are designed to meet your business needs with tailored delivery methods, including:

E-Portfolio, E-Functional Skills, Regular Communication, Online Learning Resources.

Why should I choose Colchester Institute to support my recruitment and retention?

Apprenticeships – What we can offer

Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are expert at connecting the right people, to the right training, to the right business and when it comes to Apprenticeships, our Apprenticeship Advisors can support your business every step of the way.

As part of our service we can support your business with:

  • Advertising the Apprenticeship vacancy
  • Manage the applications received in line with your individual requirements
  • Match prospective candidates already known to us
  • Conduct initial pre-screening for candidates
  • Carry out visits to your premises alongside regular reviews to support you, your staff and your apprentice
  • Advice on any grants or funding where available

Our team will provide:

  • A fee free recruitment service.
  • Personal 1:1 Apprenticeship Levy advice and guidance.
  • A dedicated Account Manager.
  • Industry experienced, professional, technical tutors.
  • Bespoke programmes available upon request.
  • An Essex priority skills focus.
  • Free employer events.

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Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship
LevelLevel 3
LocationColchester
Duration18 - 24 months
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateStarting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, will be communicated post-employment and sign-up
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£3,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£300
What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

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