Healthcare assistant practitioner

Healthcare assistant practitioner

“A healthcare assistant practitioner provides, supervises and coordinates high-quality and compassionate health and social care for a wide range of people”

A healthcare assistant practitioner works as part of the wider health and social care team and has direct contact with patients, service users or clients, providing high-quality and compassionate care. As an apprentice, you’ll work toward a level above that of healthcare support workers, so you’ll develop a more in-depth understanding of factors that influence health and ill-health. As a healthcare assistant practitioner, you’ll be able to undertake a wide variety of roles across a range of areas, including cancer services, physiotherapy, genito-urinary medicine, orthopaedics, hospice care, mental health, social care, community, occupational therapy and learning disabilities, or a mixture. Examples of common work activities that you’ll undertake 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.

Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely A-levels or equivalent qualifications

Achievement upon completion: Level 5 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree

Potential salary upon completion: £20,000 per annum

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