Senior Healthcare Support Workers help registered practitioners to deliver healthcare services to people. As an experienced support worker, you carry out a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare or therapeutic tasks, under the direct or indirect supervision of the registered healthcare practitioner.
You provide high quality, compassionate healthcare, following standards, policies or protocols and always acting within the limits of your competence.
You may work in a range of services such as a hospital, community, health or day case unit, birth centre or midwifery-led unit, someone’s home, an operating theatre, a nursing or care home, an assessment centre, a hospice, a school, a prison, a GP surgery, a charity or a voluntary organisation. Your role could involve working in partnership with individuals, families, carers and other service providers.
Employers may select apprentices with prior experience as support workers.
Maternity Support Units:
Theatre Support Units:
Mental Health Support Units:
Children and Young People Units:
Therapy Support Units:
Before going forward for end-point assessment, you must have completed:
The end-point assessment will consist of a:
Your employer will need to provide you with any personal protective equipment (PPE) required legally and to help you undertake your role safely.
You can move on to a higher level apprenticeship on completion of this qualification.
Health care assistant Michael Smith has recently completed his apprenticeship and is already “a really valuable” team member on ward 206 at the Royal Derby Hospital.
Michael, 21, took levels two and three in Health and Social Care at the Roundhouse, where he also gained valuable work experience through the innovative Employer Academy run in partnership with the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.
This voluntary work helped him secure clinical apprenticeship role with the Trust.
Michael trained on orthopaedic Ward 206 and was supported academically throughout his apprenticeship by DCG.
He is now a qualified Health Care Assistant on the ward – following in the footsteps of his mum and brother.
Michael said: “I’m happy as an HCA, but in future I may look at becoming a nurse practitioner or physiotherapist.”
Senior Ward Sister Lynsey Heald described Michael as “a really valuable member of the team” and said his college study programme and work experience through the Employer Academy helped prepare him for the ward.
She added: “He’s really hard working and he’s got a lovely way with the patients, and he gets on really well with the team.
“Doing the health and social care courses really helped because he knew what to expect. They become a bit more confident, as well. We’ve got a recent new apprentice and Michael’s really taken her under his wing.”
I like caring for people, I’m enjoying the job and I really like the team. I’d recommend it.