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Healthcare 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 practitioners work at a level above that of healthcare support workers and have a more in-depth understanding of factors that influence health and ill-health.
Assistant practitioners work in a variety of roles in healthcare, including supportive roles in nursing, operating theatres, biomedical science laboratories, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, mental health, social care, rehabilitation services and radiology.
We currently offer the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner pathway aligned to the Institute for Apprenticeships standard.
The apprenticeship has been developed alongside our partner NHS Trusts and local care providers. The course draws on considerable expertise to deliver a sector-specific curriculum including pathways into nursing, allied healthcare, healthcare science, and administration and management.
This apprenticeship is underpinned by FdSc Health and Social Care. Upon successful completion, you'll achieve a foundation degree in health and social care practice.
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This course offers you the latest technologies to enable you develop a range of clinical skills and knowledge, based on your employer's requirements and depending on the clinical or professional area in which you work. This could include health promotion and preventing ill health, monitoring care, team work, undertaking diagnostic tests, improving safety and quality of care, and contributing to integrated care working under the supervision of a registered practitioner.
This apprenticeship is suitable for those already working in a healthcare setting who feel they have the qualities and philosophy required to become a caring, effective, professional and safe practitioner. Assistant practitioner apprentices should demonstrate the following values:
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The University cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.
The module will provide an opportunity for you to develop skills in academic reading and critical writing to support learning at level 4.
You will learn about the biology of the main body systems, focusing on anatomy, physiology and pathology. You will also explore how the body systems interact to maintain homeostasis and gain an understanding of cellular function within the human body.
This module will explore contemporary approaches to public health and examine the historical origins of the discipline in Britain which lie in the 19th century industrial age and the movement of populations from countryside to crowded cities.
The module will explore accountability within health and social care by examining lessons learned from public inquiries and critical practice incidents.
This module aims to promote your understanding of the responsibilities, challenges and limitations of your professional role as a healthcare assistant practitioner (HCAP).
Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.
This module will examine the biological basis of disease exploring pathophysiological response to disease including fever, inflammation, cell signalling processes, cellular adaptations, cell transformation, proliferation, apoptosis, ischaemia, necrosis and impact of disease on the cell cycle.
This module will help you apply knowledge of teamwork, leadership theories and principles of equality to practice and equip you for future responsibilities supervising and assessing others in accordance with occupational standards.
This module will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to identify, plan and implement a small-scale project which will enhance or improve patient experience or service provision.
This module bridges care practice and academic study. It is strongly theoretical, focusing on a diverse array of concepts underpinning modern health and social care practice. It is also practical and explores the application of ideas and theories to practice.
Like its level 4 version - this is a wide-ranging module focusing on a diverse array of topics. It further explores expectations and limitations of the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner (HCAP) role.
Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.
Successful apprentices will graduate with a:Foundation degree in Health and Social Care Practice
Students are assessed through a combination of academic assignments and occupational standards assessments. Coursework assignments can include presentations, essays, exams, case studies, practical assessments, and reflective accounts.
Apprentices area also expected to go through an end-point assessment within three months of completing the course.Find out more
"The degree/apprenticeship mix is flexible and fits around your own working schedule. The long weekends at the University are a really good way to learn a lot in a short space of time and keep you thinking and engaged for the full three days. Everyone is very supportive and helpful."
Chris Wilde, European Manager at Eaton Ltd Aerospace Group, Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprentice.
Businesses with an annual payroll above £3million will be classed as a levy paying employer and will be able to use funds accrued in their digital apprenticeship service (DAS) account for payment of the training. Please contact us for guidance on fees if you are a non-levy employer which will cover at least 95% of the costs.
An apprenticeship levy payer is classed as any UK employer with a PAYE bill in excess of £3m. A 0.5% deduction will be taken from PAYE over this £3m marker directly through the HMRC.
This 0.5% becomes the employers levy fund, which they can use to upskill their existing staff with apprenticeship qualifications or introduce new apprentices to their organisation.Find out more
Non-levy paying businesses and businesses that need to supplement their digital levy account will need to co-invest 5% of the cost of the training. The government will pay the remaining 95%.
Small businesses (<50 employees) will receive 100% of the funding where the apprentice is 16-18 years old or is between 19-24 and has a local authority education, health and care plan (EHC plan).Find out more
The course fees will be covered by your employer.
The 2022/23 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:
While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an apprentice you'll earn while working and studying towards your degree.
There is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket is currently £15. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
Applicants will need to provide evidence of their ability to study at foundation degree level. GCSEs at grades C/4 or above in English and Maths (or their equivalents) are essential. Applicants must also have a relevant level 3 qualification. (For staff working in biomedical science a level 2 health care science apprenticeship is accepted). If all other criteria are met, it might be possible for applicants to submit a portfolio of evidence of recent academic study for consideration as an alternative to a level 3 qualification.
Interview including values based discussion/interview
All students will be required to undertake a criminal convictions check through the Disclosure and Barring Service. This is organised by the employer before enrolment.
Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.
An apprenticeship offers a unique blend of work experience and academic study. Candidates on an apprenticeship will work a paid job while simultaneously working towards a relevant qualification in their chosen field.
Apprentices are employees with a contract of employment which offers the same benefits and protections as any other employee. Apprentices will typically work for four days of the week, using the remaining day to attend classes and study.
Solent offers a divers range of higher and degree apprenticeships, all of which are underpinned with recognised and transferable degree qualifications (BA, BSc, etc).
Higher apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships give employees the opportunity to upskill in their chosen field or retrain for a new career while working.
They offer employers the opportunity to develop their staff - improving productivity, increasing knowledge, and boosting expertise within the workforce.Find out more
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