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Apprenticeship training course

Healthcare assistant practitioner (level 5)

Providing, supervising and coordinating high-quality and compassionate health and social care for a wide range of people.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national diploma (HND).
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Cancer services
  • Community
  • Genitourinary medicine
  • Healthcare assistant practitioner
  • Hospice care
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Occupational therapy
  • Orthopaedics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Social care
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Undertakes defined clinical or therapeutic interventions appropriately delegated by a Registered Practitioner.
  • The importance of current evidence based practice within scope of the role.
  • Allocates work to and supports the development of others and may supervise, teach, mentor and assess other staff as required.
  • Maintains and further develops own skills and knowledge, and that of others, through recognised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities enabling flexibility in practice and responsiveness to changing service needs.
  • Promotes effective inter-professional and multi-disciplinary team working with peers, colleagues and staff from other agencies and provides appropriate leadership within the scope of the role.
  • Provides holistic assessment of individuals, implementing programmes of care and modifying individualised care plans within their scope of practice.
  • Demonstrates the ability to communicate complex sensitive information to a wide variety of professionals through a variety of methods including the use of interpersonal skills, written and verbal effectiveness, accurate record keeping, keeping information confidential and appropriate use of technology and equipment for the role including data entry.
  • Promotes and understands the impact of effective health promotion, empowering, healthy lifestyles such as movement and nutrition and fluid balance.
  • Undertakes physiological measurements as part of an assessment of an individual's healthcare status and following evaluation, makes appropriate changes or recommendations to care plan. Reports changes to the Registered Practitioner when the nature of the change falls outside of the agreed scope of role.
  • Infection Prevention and Control: Uses and promotes a range of techniques to prevent the spread of infection including hand hygiene, the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and waste management.
  • Health and safety: Promotes and maintains a safe and healthy working environment
  • Risk Management: Identifies and manages risks, including assessment of moving and handling risk and understanding the nature of risk as it applies to the safeguarding of vulnerable individuals.
  • Promotes and advocates Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).
  • Proactively makes recommendations to improve the quality of service delivery.

Full information on Healthcare assistant practitioner (level 5) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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