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FdSc Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprentice - Foundation Degree in Health

Southwark Campus

Mode: Apprenticeship

Overview

Compassionate care

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.

Apprenticeship Employment Guidelines
Apprenticeship Evidence Pack Guidance

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.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Apprenticeship
Duration
2.5 years
Start Date
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

Year 1

  • 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.

Year 2

  • 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.

Employability

Employability Service

For those interested in construction and wanting a professional level job, quantity surveying could be ideal. Quantity surveyors have to make sure that projects meet legal and quality standards, as well as ensuring clients get good value for money. Understanding organisational structure and cost control aspects of construction projects are essential for quantity surveyors.

Take a look at some potential careers, including quantity surveyor, in our Prospects section.

Recent graduates have become quantity surveyors/estimators, site managers, construction project managers and commercial managers. And you can choose to extend your qualifications by taking on further postgraduate study.

Teaching and learning

Off-the-job training

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.

Modules

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.

Duration

24 months including End Point Assessment (EPA).

Assessment

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:

  1. A multiple choice and short answer test
  2. An observation of practice undertaken in the workplace
  3. 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.

Entry requirements

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

Employer commitments

Care certificate

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.

Supervisor

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 students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Apprenticeship
Duration
2.5 years
Start date
Application code
4919
Application method

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

If you’re an employer, you can find information about the employer commitments and further related information on the related pages for business.

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.

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 email a copy to hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk and then bring in your hard copy 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 hscdbsoh@lsbu.ac.uk.

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?

What do I need to declare on my DBS?

I’ve applied for/had a DBS in past. Do I need to do it again?

Why do I need an enhanced DBS check?

Who reviews my DBS?

When will I hear back from the panel about my DBS?

Which address do I use?

I’ve lost my statement. What do I do?

I’ve had my application rejected due to my DBS declaration/disclosure. Can I appeal the decision?

Document check

Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you'll need to bring your DSB Statement along with three accepted documents from this list to be verified at either our Southwark or Havering campus. Document checks can be completed for free at either campus, no appointment is necessary.

If you cannot get to either of our campuses, you can have your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a small fee.

Document check on campus

Document check at the Post Office

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.

Questionnaire

The first part of your occupational health check is to complete the online questionnaire which our occupational health provider will review.

Complete your online questionnaire

GP appointment

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.

Vaccination Screening Advisory Letter
GP Vaccination and Screening History

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?

My local GP doesn’t have my vaccination history. What should I do?

What if I can’t make my OH appointment?

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?

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?

Holidays

Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.

Practice placements

Most health and social care courses’ practice placements will operate outside normal working hours e.g. evenings, nights, weekends and bank holidays.

Uniforms

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?

Which uniforms will I receive?

How long do the uniforms need to last?

How do I know what size I am?

Am I able to request a longer tunic?

Can I use a preferred name or a nickname on my name badge?

What do I do if I lose or damage my name badge?

Can I order more uniforms?

Can I try on my uniforms?

What do I do with my uniform after I complete my studies?

Fees and funding

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.

Bands

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.

Incentives

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.

Cost

You can find out the funding band for an Apprenticeship Standard on the Government website. To find out how much we are charging, please get in touch with us at apprenticeships@lsbu.ac.uk

Field trips

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.