Where will this course lead?

Senior healthcare support workers work alongside professional/registered practitioners to deliver healthcare services to a high standard. You will ideally be an experienced support worker and carry out a variety of clinical and non-clinical duties. You will work in a range of environments from clinical settings, GP surgeries, midwifery units, operating theatre, assessment centre and the persons own home.

This will be as part of a progression within a career in care and can also provide ongoing continuing professional development.

What will I study?

Care certificate- this is a vocational component and will demonstrated through a portfolio of evidence.

Diploma Level 3. This includes mandatory units such as safeguarding, duty of care and communication. Then there will be optional units selected relevant to the area of care currently working within.

Within the standard the following pathways/specialisms are available:

Adult nursing support
- Maternity support
- Theatre support
- Mental health support
- Children and young people support,
- Allied health profession - therapy support

When your employer and the college confirm that you have completed the:

Care certificate
- Vocational Diploma in the identified pathway
- A learning journal within the last 3 months

You will be entered for the end-point assessment which includes:

Situational judgement test (multiple choice exercise based on real life scenarios)
Observation of practice
A learning journal completed by the apprentice with an interview

How will this course be delivered?

You will be required to attend one day a week for 18 months at college.
You will be expected to undertake self-study and be able to evidence this.
You will be required to use an electronic portfolio system to collate your evidence.

What qualifications will I get?

Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship Standard

Within this will be the care certificate and a Level 3 Diploma in the pathway chosen.

How will I be assessed?

Combinations of methods are used to assess vocational competence and knowledge. Methods include work-based assessments, questions and answers, discussions, written work, e-evidence, observations and portfolio building.

How do I get a place on the course?

Employers can receive advice and support from the Employer Services team at Solihull College and University Centre.

What are the entry requirements?

You must have achieved level 2 Functional skill in Maths and English. You will also achieve a certificate programme with the college prior to enrolment onto an apprenticeship.
You will be in paid employment within the care sector in a suitable role.
You will have undertaken the Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service process within the workplace.

What else do I need to know?

How much will the course cost?
Please contact the college Employer Services Business Advisors for more information about funding and costs.

Is there anything else I will have to pay for in order to enrol as an apprentice?

Have you got a question about this course?
Please contact the College Employer Services Business Advisors or the Head of School for Health and Social Care.

What can I do after this course?

You could progress onto an assistant practitioner or a nursing associate role.



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