Senior Healthcare Support Worker, Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard

Senior Healthcare Support Workers help registered practitioners 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 e.g. hospital, community, health or day care 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.

Next: What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Apprentices will learn:
? Principles and philosophy of health and social care
? Complex and routine clinical duties and care plans
? Patient assessment and coordination of care
? Infection prevention and control
? Team management, including delegating tasks, and training, mentoring and supervising colleagues
? Supporting specialist senior healthcare support workers in their duties
? Promoting health and wellbeing
? Specialist skills: maternity; adult nursing; theatre; mental health

1. Adult nursing support
2. Maternity support
3. Theatre support
4. Mental health support
5. Children and young people support
6. Allied health professional - therapy support

Next: Assessment

How will I be assessed?

End Point Assessment (EPA)

The end point assessment includes the following components:
1. A multiple choice and short answer test
2. An observation of practice undertaken in the workplace
3. A learning journal completed by the apprentice with an interview
The apprentice must also meet the 15 standards as set out in the Care Certificate

As part of the apprenticeship framework, reviews are completed every 12 weeks by the assessor where progress is discussed by the apprentice, assessor and employer.

Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

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.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

When recruiting, employers may select apprentices with prior experience as a support worker.

Individual employers set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English, although some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification. Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment.

Looking for Employment? See below for what to do next…

- Apply for this apprenticeship.  We can then support you to find employment and prepare your job application.

- Register your details and search online for vacancies at

- Check the College’s website page regularly (sometimes employers only want to recruit locally and so they advertise on our website and not the NAS website):

- Make sure your CV is up to date and is relevant to the job industry you are applying to.


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