Senior Healthcare Support Worker, Apprenticeship
The Senior Healthcare Worker apprenticeship is an advanced pathway designed for experienced healthcare professionals seeking to further enhance their skills and knowledge in the field. This specialised program will equip you with the expertise and leadership capabilities required to excel in senior level positions. Your will choose a specialist pathway and your course will be tailored, to include the relevant knowledge, skills, and behaviours to develop in your chosen field of Health and Social Care.
The pathway areas you will choose from:
Adult Nursing Support
Mental Health / Learning Disabilities Support
Children and Young People
Therapies (Suitable for those in the Allied Health Professions)
As an experienced support worker, you will 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 will be expected to provide high quality compassionate healthcare, following standards and policies or protocols as laid out by your employer. Through a combination of practical training, theoretical learning, and real-world experiences, you will develop advanced skills in patient care, critical thinking, decision-making, and effective communication.
Learners on this apprenticeship will be employed in Health or Social Care by a regional industry employer. An apprenticeship provides a unique opportunity to acquire industry-specific qualifications and valuable hands-on experience while earning a salary. You’ll have the chance to work closely with experienced professionals in the healthcare sector, meaning you’ll gain practical skills that make you highly employable and give you a head start in your career.
WHAT DOES THIS COURSE INVOLVE
You could work in a range of settings, including hospitals, working in partnership with individuals, families, carers, and other service providers. You may supervise or guide less experienced staff within your team, following the code of conduct for healthcare support workers and adult social care workers.
You will study a range of criteria to complete the apprenticeship standard in your chosen pathway, which will be adult nursing support, mental health support, or allied healthcare support.
The end-point assessment will assess the skills, knowledge and behaviours required for this role via a multiple-choice test (MCQ), a practical observation and a portfolio interview.
Upon completion, and after gaining experience, you may choose to work towards applying for an assistant practitioner or nursing associate post within the workplace. Alternatively, you may apply for degrees in Integrated Mental Health and Social Care or Health and Social Care Practice at University Centre Weston.
Learners enrolling onto the L3 SHCSW Apprenticeship should have at least 6 months of practical experience in a clinical setting relevant to their chosen pathway. It is strongly recommended that learners under the age of 18 apply instead for the Level 2 Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship before progressing to the Level 3 due to the nature of some tasks included in the Level 3. There are no formal qualifications required. However, you will be assessed to ensure that you can achieve English and maths functional skills to a minimum of Level 2 prior to the completion of your apprenticeship. To be an apprentice, you will need to find a suitable employer. Click here for advice: How to Apply for an Apprenticeship | Weston College
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