ABOUT THE COURSE
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 will be working in partnership with individuals, families, carers, and other service providers. Locations of work may include one or multiple of the following:
- Hospitals or hospice
- Health or day case unit
- Birth centre or midwifery-led unit
- Someone’s home
- Operating theatre
- Nursing or care home
- Assessment centre
- Local community/services including school, prison, GP surgery
- Charity or voluntary organisation
Learners can opt for 6 different options which include – adult nursing, maternity support, theatre support, mental health support, children and young people support, and therapy support.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Duties are delegated to you in line with care plans. Not all duties are routine and you will need to use your knowledge, experience, and understanding to take decisions within your area of responsibility.
You are accountable for your work and for reviewing the effectiveness of your actions. The role is undertaken following a period of experience in healthcare so you are able to demonstrate best practices and act as a role model. You may supervise or guide the less experienced staff in your team. You must follow the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers.
- Adult nursing support,
- Maternity support,
- Theatre support,
- Mental health support,
- Children and young people support,
- Allied health profession – therapy support
For more information on the apprenticeship please visit the Institute of Apprenticeships
WHAT WILL I NEED?
You will need:
- To be aged 16 or older
- To be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week with 20% of your normal working hours set aside for you to complete your training and study
- Apprentices will be required to have or achieve level 1 English and Maths and to have taken level 2 English and Maths tests prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.
All applicants must have an interview and assessment in English and Maths to confirm that the apprenticeship is suitable for them.
Employers may also set additional entry requirements, as a prerequisite to working with them.
WHAT THE COURSE LEADS TO
On completion of this course, you can progress onto further study in this field or into a career in the health and social care sector.