Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprentice - Foundation Degree in Health FdSc
As an assistant practitioner, you'll 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 about factors that influence health and ill-health (e.g. anatomy and physiology).
Our apprenticeship programme aims to prepare staff to undertake the role of Assistant Practitioner within the healthcare sector by giving you the opportunity to:
- Develop practical ability in the skills laboratory and through work-based learning.
- Assess, plan and implement care delivery and make sound judgements about the effectiveness of the delivery.
- Evaluate and apply research findings.
- Gain personal and transferable skills including assessing & planning, problem solving & decision making, health promotion, interdisciplinary working, interpersonal skills and reflective practice.
The full apprenticeship standard and assessment plan can be found on the IfA website.
Why a Healthcare Apprenticeship at LSBU?
- Modules have been designed to better equip students for a specialised degree.
- Enables a springboard to career and subject-specific degree level studies in Health and Social Care.
- Unique work experience offered with world-renowned organisations.
- Our staff are experts, with a great deal to share.
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- Human anatomy and physiology in health and illness
The module aims to facilitate students to develop their understanding of the importance of person centred care. It also looks to assist the student to organise their workload to enable them to assess patient/client needs, plan, deliver and evaluate care within the context of their clinical environment.
- Person centred care
In this module, students will demonstrate an understanding of the normal anatomy and physiology and homeostatic mechanisms of the human body systems across the lifespan. They'll explore a number of conditions and disease processes which their patients may present with and reflect upon their role in the support and care provided for these individuals.
- Core skills for practice
This module aims to support studfents in the acquisition of a range of fundamental care skills which are essential for the safe delivery of care. It will ensure that students understand of the role of the assistant practitioner and the importance of working within their job description and local clinical policy will be discussed. We'll encourage students to explore the underpinning theory which supports the delivery of these skills through the examination of local policies and protocols and national guidelines.
- Public health and wellbeing
Here, students will heighten their awareness of current public health issues, policies and initiatives. They'll also identify their role in working towards the public health initiatives through strategies such as screening, education and information giving
- Role related skills development
This module aims to support students to identify the parameters of their role and the components of their job description. It looks to support the development of the skills which they need to provide a wide range of patient care in the clinical setting.
- Case management
In this module, stidemts will be introduced to the subject of case management, considering how they plan and organise their workloads to meet the needs of a group of patients, their role within the team and the needs of their work environment. We'll encourage them to question how they prioritise care and how they react to the changing needs of patients in their work environment.
- Advanced role related skills
Here, students will identify the parameters of their role and the components of their job description. They'll support the development of the advanced skills which they need to provide a wide range of patient care in the clinical setting.
- Supporting learning in practice
This module aims to introduce students to some of the underpinning principles of teaching and assessment. They'll explore the importance of role boundaries and examine how professional relationships are built and maintained within the working environment. Students will also explore issues such as enhancing positive student behaviours and supporting weak or failing students.
- Supervision and leadership
Students will be introduced to a range of leadership and supervision models. They'll be encourage to explore which of these styles they recognise from their work environment, and examine the strengths and weaknesses of each. This allows them to practice some of the required skills within the safe environment of the classroom.
- Personal and professional development
This module aims to equip students with the skills required to progress their career to their desired level and role upon completion of the Foundation Degree.
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Teaching and learning
Apprentices undertaking an apprenticeship standard are required to undertake 20% off-the-job training; this is a requirement stipulated by government and must be facilitated by the employee. This component will be achieved through face-to-face teaching, blending learning, group study and clinical observations in practice. In addition to the face-to-face teaching days, the employer is expected to provide additional time for the apprentice to undertake the blended and independent learning.
All modules need to be taken in the order specified.
Whilst all modules are compulsory, they will be developed to include delivery for all staff in all health care settings, there will be elements that relate to specific service groups e.g. mental health, learning disability and children and young people. To address these differing service needs client specific groups will be used in sessions using a “flipped classroom” approacht. Students will attend their place of work for the duration of the course.
24 months including End Point Assessment (EPA).
Apprentices will be assessed on a modular basis and will experience assessment methods that reflect those they will take at end point assessment.
End Point Assessment (EPA)
In collaboration with LSBU, the employer will identify an end point organisation upon commencement of apprenticeship. LSBU is currently using Pearson.
This is conducted by an independent organisation and consists of:
- A multiple choice and short answer test
- An observation of practice undertaken in the workplace
- A reflective journal completed by the apprentice and an interview
The academic award is designed to prepare the apprentice for end point assessment, providing opportunities to practice these methods of assessment.
In order to be considered for entry to the course applicants will be required to meet the following:
- Employed in a role that meets the apprenticeship standard for assistant practitioner job profile – assistant practitioners work at a level above that of healthcare support workers. The assistant practitioner is a job title applied to a very wide variety of roles that have been developed locally by employers.
- Have their manager’s support
- Minimum of Level 2 English and Maths
The apprentice is required to complete the care certificate during the induction of the apprenticeship if they do not already hold a completed care certificate. The employer is responsible for the delivery of statutory and mandatory training for the duration of the programme.
The employer will identify a supervisor in clinical practice who will support the apprentices learning in the clinical environment. LSBU staff will ensure the manager is kept informed of progress, achievements and issues as they arise. This may include visits to the place of work, phone/video calls etc. The employer will decide when the apprentice is ready for the end point assessment and will notify the Independent Assessor.
Literacy and numeracy
By the end of the programme it is a requirement that apprentices must have achieved Level 2 English and Maths. All students will be offered an initial assessment and diagnostic of their literacy and numeracy skills at the beginning of their study. Literacy and numeracy support and teaching will be based on an individual’s need and will be discussed with the apprentice and employer.
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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An Apprenticeship Standard is comprised of a programme of study, an End Point Assessment and on-the-job learning. This means that in addition to meeting academic requirements, you’ll need to be employed in a role related to your apprenticeship. The process of applying depends on whether you have an employer to sponsor (and support) you.
If you are employed and your employer has confirmed they will support your apprenticeship:
You are welcome to submit an application via our online application system. You’ll need to provide details of your employment/employer as part of the application. You’ll also need to ensure you and your employer meet the requirements – find out who can be an apprentice to see if you meet the entry requirements and employer commitments to find out more about your employer’s role.
If you are not employed:
- You will need to find a job role related to the apprenticeship you wish to apply for, with an employer who is happy to support you. If you would like to find an employer to support your apprenticeship with LSBU, you can search which employers are currently advertising Apprenticeships via the National Apprenticeship Service website searching for ‘London South Bank University’ as keywords.
- If there are no search results, this means there are currently no vacancies. We update our vacancies regularly, so please do check back regularly.
- Many employers advertise their apprenticeship vacancies on their websites or via other portals. You could search for ‘find an apprenticeship’ online.
- When you’re ready to apply, see the government's advice on how to write a winning apprenticeship application and make your application using our online application system.
Further information for apprentices
If you’re a prospective apprentice, you can find out more about who can be an apprentice on our student pages.
Further information for employers
Fees and funding
The cost of the apprenticeship is paid fully by the employer (sometimes part funded by the government) through apprenticeship levy. The apprenticeship levy is a pot of money some companies pay into, which all businesses have access to spend on the training costs of apprenticeships. Companies fall into two categories: levy-payers (who pay into the pot) and non-levy payers (who do not). You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers
The apprentice does not contribute toward the cost of study.
Apprenticeship standards are all assigned a funding band by the Government – these funding bands are the maximum amount the Government will fund via the levy towards a given apprenticeship standard. There are currently 30 funding bands ranging from £1,000 to £27,000.
Employers with less than 50 staff sending an apprentice aged 16-18 will have 100% of the training costs paid by the government. All employers who employ an apprentice aged 16-18 on the first day of teaching will receive a £1,000 incentive from the government. You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers.
Some modules include field with and site visits, which may be residential or outside the United Kingdom, ranging from three to five days. These are organised by the Division and students are required to contribute towards the cost. If there are any field trips or any course visits as part of your course, we will let you know in good time.
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Prepare to start
There are steps the apprentices, the employer and the University need to complete before you start your course. Take a look at the steps to be completed in the New Students: Apprentices section. Employers may also like to look at our steps to offering an apprenticeship.
Study skills induction programme
You will undertake 5 consecutive days of study skills to prepare for studying a foundation degree at the University. This will include: induction, academic writing, reading and searching literature, effective reading, SWOT analysis of skills, referencing, revision and exam technique.
You need to declare any previous convictions, cautions, warning or reprimands through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Find out more on the DBS process for applicants.
To see when and if convictions and cautions are removed from the DBS certificate check the filtering rules for the criminal record check certificates.
For more information please read our DBS FAQs.
To complete the DBS application and get your ID documents checked, please follow the steps below:
If you already have a DBS certificate and are part of the DBS update service, we need to see the hard copy of your DBS certificate. You’ll also need to e-mail email@example.com the details below so that we can perform a status check on the update service website:
- Your DBS certificate number
- Your name as it is on the DBS certificate
- Your date of birth
You will need to bring in and show us three accepted ID documents so we can verify your application. You can bring them to the Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building during working hours, Monday-Friday (9am-11am, 1pm-4pm). No appointment is needed.
If you are unable to physically come to campus and show your three forms of required ID, you can use the Post Office which offers an identity document checking service for a fee of £10.50.
Take photocopies of your three items of ID documents and your three original documents with you to the Post Office.
The Post Office will stamp the form and the photocopies and give them back to you
The documents should be scanned (including the Post Office receipt) and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have further questions you can email email@example.com.
Enrolment and Welcome Week
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.
Please read our guide to immunisation, screening and health clearance.
If you have met the conditions of your offer download and complete an online medical questionnaire. This will go to our current occupational health provider. You can only enrol on your course when this is complete. For further information please read our Occupational Health FAQs.
Before you enrol on your course take the GP Vaccination and Screening History Form (PDF File 117 KB) to your GP for them to complete, sign and stamp.
Once you’ve enrolled take the form to the meeting with the occupational health nurse so the nurse can check your immunisation status and confirm this for your placement. If you do not complete the occupational health process you cannot go on placement and this may jeopardise your continuation on your course.
If you have any questions you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.
Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.
Most placements will require you to wear a uniform on placement or during some practical sessions in our skills laboratories. This will be provided along with a formal name badge.
You'll have to pay for any additional or replacement uniforms. For more information, see our uniform FAQs.
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