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 Practitioner is a job title applied to a very wide variety of roles that have been developed locally by employers to meet individual service need. Assistant Practitioners can be found working in a range of areas such as Cancer Services, Physiotherapy, GenitoUrinary Medicine, Orthopaedics, Hospice Care, Mental Health, Social Care, Community, Occupational Therapy, Learning Disabilities as well as hybrid roles that cross traditional occupational areas.


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.

Programme details

You will be allocated a Skills & Development Coach who will support and guide you for the duration of your apprenticeship. The apprenticeship programme will be delivered as blended learning. Blended learning is a combination of both online and face to face delivery. You will need to have good internet access and a suitable device such as a smart phone, laptop, or tablet to work on. Microsoft Teams is used for coaching sessions and ZOOM is currently used for taught sessions. Please discuss accessibility with your employer as these applications are required, in order for you to complete your training.

On-programme Training, Development and Assessment

Apprentices usually take 18 - 24 months to complete this apprenticeship during which they participate in training, development and on-going review activities. These typically include:

  • Induction which is specific to their workplace and at a minimum meets the standards of the Care Certificate
  • Study days and training courses
  • Formal programmes of lectures, seminars and workshops that are provided as part of their regulated qualification
  • Mentoring/buddy support
  • Completion of portfolios, essays, reflective accounts and projects through which the apprentice gathers evidence of their progress
  • Structured one to one reviews of their progress with their employer and/or training provider

Apprentices will complete the Level 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare.

An apprentice will obtain knowledge in:

  • the principles and philosophy of health and social care
  • the physiology, organisation and function of the human body
  • lifespan developments and healthcare needs from prenatal to end of life/bereavement
  • research and development in the health and social care sector to inform and improve quality of care
  • provision and promotion of holistic person centred care and support, duty of care and safeguarding of individuals
  • the importance of the strategic environment in health and social care and the implications for the individual
  • the importance of current evidence based practice within scope of the role

An apprentice will gain skills in 

  • Responsibilities and duty of the role
  • Personal Development
  • Team Working
  • Assessment
  • Communication
  • Person-centred care and wellbeing
  • Physiological Measurements
  • Risk Management
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Quality

Assessment gateway

Your employer will make the decision as to when you are ready to undertake the end point assessment. In order to be put forward for end point assessment, you will need to have achieved the key requirements and qualification of your apprenticeship. 

End point assessment

The end point assessment is undertaken by an independent assessment organisation chosen by your employer and comprises of a multiple choice and short answer test, an observation of practice and a reflective journal interview.  You will need to pass all three components to achieve and complete your apprenticeship.

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