FdSc Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprentice - Foundation Degree in HealthSouthwark Campus
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.
- 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 students 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
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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
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.
Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)
All pre-registration students need to be DBS cleared before going on placement. You’ll need to have an enhanced DBS check even if you have had one before and will not be able to go on placement until this is complete.
The DBS process is not difficult but can take some time so it's best to get started as soon as you receive your email. You will receive the email during Summer 2021.
DBS update service
If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please bring in your original green DBS certificate for the document check. To take advantage of the update service, your certificate needs to be classified as 'Enhanced' and workforce must be listed as 'Adult and Child'. If you have any queries, please email us at email@example.com.
How to complete your DBS
Our DBS supplier, Verifile, will send you an email with all the details you need to complete your DBS.
Verifile will give you instructions to log into their system and complete your personal details and information. To complete the process, you'll need your passport or driving licence and 5-year address history including dates when you moved in/out.
You can use your application number to track the progress of your DBS.
When you've finished, your Disclosure Statement will be mailed to the most recent address in your submission, so please make sure it's correct. We don't automatically receive a copy of this Statement, which is why we need you to bring it in as part of the next step.
Frequently asked questions
My Social Work friends said they need to pay. Do I need to pay?
Only Social Work applicants need to pay for their DBS. It costs £46 and can be purchased on our online store.
What do I need to declare on my DBS?
Please include any and all major and minor, spent and unspent convictions, cautions, warning and reprimands, even if they relate to juvenile offences or seem trivial or unimportant. Some minor offences will not prevent you from going on placement or being offered a place on your course, but still need to be reviewed so it’s best to be honest and include everything. Also, the more information you include about any offences can help reduce the time it takes to assess them.
I’ve applied for/had a DBS in past. Do I need to do it again?
Yes, you do. You need to have an up-to-date DBS. Once you have received the email from our DBS supplier make sure you start the process straight away. All details of how to do this will be outlined in the email. If you don’t complete your DBS in the timeframe given, we may withdraw your offer even if term has already started. So it’s important that you get started as soon as you receive the email.
Why do I need an enhanced DBS check?
Government legislation requires all Higher Education Institutions who offer courses where students may come into unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults to have this check. These checks also help us to ensure duty of care to our students, and create a safer environment for patients seen by our students.
Who reviews my DBS?
As part of the University’s admissions process, declarations of any offence may be referred to a virtual panel made up of senior managers from partner NHS Trusts and/or other sectors within Health and Social Care. Any DBS that is considered by the panel will be anonymised. The panel members then deliberate and make a recommendation whether the application be rejected, accepted or request further information or documents.
When will I hear back from the panel about my DBS?
If you have declared an offence, we might ask for more information from you in writing which will help the panel make a decision. Once your declaration has been referred to the panel it can take up to 28 working days to be processed.
Which address do I use?
You need to put your current address on your DBS application because this is where your Statement will be mailed. If you’ve moved house between submitting and receiving your DBS, make sure you have mail forwarding set up so that you’ll receive your statement. If you’ve moved recently, make sure you have proof of your new address (such as a new bank statement) to bring for your document checks.
I’ve lost my statement. What do I do?
If you’ve lost your statement you will need to pay £46 to purchase a new one.
I’ve had my application rejected due to my DBS declaration/disclosure. Can I appeal the decision?
Yes. If your application has been rejected due to your DSB declaration/discloser, you will be sent a letter to confirm this. There will be instructions in the letter about how you can appeal and which supporting information you need to provide. Once a decision has been made you will receive a letter from the School Executive Team.
Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you will need to produce three accepted documents from this list to be verified.
Providing documents whilst campus is closed due to COVID-19
LSBU help desks are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are temporarily accepting ID documents and DBS certificates for Update Service checks by email. Documents should be clear and legible; DBS certificates should include all pages. Please send your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Document check on campus
Southwark: Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building Monday – Friday between 9am-11am or 1pm-4pm
Havering: come to reception at Havering Monday – Friday between 8:30-10:30am, 12-2pm, 4-5pm
Document check at the Post Office
If you’re not able to come to campus, you can get your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a fee of £10.50. To do this, make photocopies of your three accepted ID documents and take your DBS form, copies and originals of your documents to the Post Office. The Post Office will stamp the form and photocopies and given them back to you. Email your post office receipt, stamped form and stamped documents to 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.
Occupational Health (OH)
An exciting part of many of our Health and Social Care courses is the opportunity to learn off-campus and work with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.
The second part of your occupational health check is to get any inoculations that you may need from your GP. When attending your GP appointment, please take printed copies of these two documents with you.
Occupational Health appointment
After these steps are complete you will receive an email from OHWorks Ltd inviting you to attend an appointment on-campus with an Occupational Health Nurse. These appointments take place during the week and sometimes when your classes have already started.
The OH team have prepared this guide which outlines what to expect at each stage. If you have queries or concerns about your Occupational Health clearance or inoculations please contact the Occupational Health team.
Frequently asked questions
I don't want to get vaccinations. Can I opt out of these?
We have a duty of care to students and patients and so need to make sure you have the correct level of immunisation before you go on placement. You won’t be able to go on placement if you don’t have this or are not OH cleared.
My local GP doesn’t have my vaccination history. What should I do?
Contact the OH team at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to advise you.
What if I can’t make my OH appointment?
Please contact the OH team to reschedule at least 48 hours in advance. Remember that you won’t be able to go on placement until you’re cleared.
I’ve already registered with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit (DDS). Do I still need to tell the OH Nurse about my condition?
Yes. Tell the OH Nurse about all conditions including specific learning difficulties even if you’ve declared these in the past. This will allow us to make reasonable adjustments whilst you’re on placement.
If I’ve declared a condition to the OH Nurse, do I need to register with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit as well?
The information you share with the OH Nurse will be treated with confidence, meaning that it won’t be automatically shared with the DDS team. The DDS team can help you to receive support for your lectures, assignments and exams so it’s worth to register with them and provide evidence of your condition if you need this support.
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 and some practical sessions in our skills laboratories will require you to wear a uniform and name badge. You will be measured for uniforms specific to your course as part of your Welcome Week activities after enrolment. In the meantime, we have prepared answers to frequently asked questions that you might find useful.
Frequently asked questions
Do I get a uniform for when I go on placement?
Yes, LSBU will supply you with uniforms for your placement with the exception of Social Work and Health and Social Care BSc students who are not required to wear uniforms for their placements.
Which uniforms will I receive?
Nursing and midwifery students will receive two pairs of trousers, three tunics and a name badge. Polo shirts will be issued instead of tunics for students studying mental health nursing, physiotherapy, chiropractic and sport rehabilitation. ODP students will receive one set of scrubs top and trousers.
How long do the uniforms need to last?
The items are to last for the duration of your programme of study.
How do I know what size I am?
A measuring and distribution service will be available by the uniform provider at both Southwark and Havering campuses. As garments are fitted for work purposes they need to allow for flexibility of movement so it’s best to have the uniform provider measure you up.
Am I able to request a longer tunic?
You can request a longer tunic for religious or medical reasons. To do this, you should advise the uniform supplier at the measuring session. These tunics are 2 inches longer and sleeves finish just above the elbows. Due to infection control, full length sleeves are not permitted.
Can I use a preferred name or a nickname on my name badge?
Name badges are professional and need to include your formal names.
What do I do if I lose or damage my name badge?
You can order a replacement name badge direct with the uniform provider. Badges need to be worn at all times when you are at placement.
Can I order more uniforms?
You are welcome to purchase additional items at Work in Style. You will need to log in using your student ID and then follow the step-by-step instruction. Please note that dresses are not available.
Can I try on my uniforms?
You should try on your uniforms the day you receive them so that the staff at the measuring service can help arrange any size exchanges. If you choose not to try on your uniforms and require different sizes at a later date you will need to purchase these through the uniform provider’s online portal at your own cost.
What do I do with my uniform after I complete my studies?
They are yours to keep – you do not need to return the garments.
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.