Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Level 5

Role Profile

Assistant Practitioners 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 Aim

About the Course

The Assistant Practitioner programme is ideally suited to those individuals that work in a senior position in such areas as Nursing Homes, Hospices, Acute Trusts and Community Interest Companies (formally Primary Care Trusts/PCTs). Having completed this diploma, workers may then progress into undergraduate healthcare professional programmes such as Nurse training.

Typical Job Role

Upon completion of the qualification, learners may work as an Assistant Practitioner in a range of areas. These include:
Cancer Services
Mental Health
Social Care
Learning Disabilities
Hospice Care
Genito-Urinary Medicine
Occupational Therapy.

Method of Delivery

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.


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.

Entry Requirement

Have a valid passport / birth certificate / resident permit and NI Number. Must have lived in the UK and/or EU for 3 years prior to apprenticeship start date. The apprenticeship offers substantive new skills and knowledge in your existing new role. Must not be undertaking another apprenticeship at the same time

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Career Progression

For those Assistant Practitioners who wish to progress into Registered Practice, the apprenticeship can provide credits into some Higher Education programmes aligned to professional registration.


15-24 months

There was a time when I would never have considered being a project manager, but I’m not far behind that now.

Charlie Chandler

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