The Open University’s Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship enables healthcare support workers to develop the knowledge, skills and experience to fulfil the role of Assistant Practitioner. The role of Assistant Practitioner fills a crucial gap in healthcare delivery between a healthcare support worker and registered practitioner.
Our Higher Apprenticeship in Health is a practice-based learning programme that combines on and off-the-job learning and development, delivered flexibly around the demands of your workplace. Apprentices will learn new skills and knowledge whilst carrying out real work as part of a team in a healthcare setting.
Through completion of this apprenticeship, learners will gain:
For employers, it provides the opportunity to develop and retain current staff as well as bring in new talent. Because apprentices study flexibly alongside work, they will put their newly acquired knowledge and skills into practice immediately, for the positive benefit of patients and service users. The programme will enable you to:
The programme is suitable for new and existing healthcare support staff who are responsible for delivering direct care and have the potential to take on greater challenges and responsibility as Assistant Practitioners.
It will support the development of Assistant Practitioner roles across a wide range of acute and community services including care for older adults (long term conditions; end-of-life care, dementia care, mental health and other service user groups) as well as services for Children and Families. The programme will equip apprentices with the capabilities to work with different healthcare professionals such as nurses, occupational therapists; physiotherapists; speech and language therapists depending on, and tailored to, the specific needs of service.
The Higher Apprenticeship includes a 180 credit core programme of essential knowledge and skills including:
In addition, apprentices undertake 60 credits of specialist learning from a range of options, chosen by you to best suit the service setting, including:
An apprenticeship requires at least 20% of an employee’s time to be allocated for off-the-job study, our tutor-supported online learning gives you the flexibility to pick the most suitable times proactively and reactively and minimise disruption to service.
This means apprentices are not required to be on day release at the same time and frontline services are protected; it also means travel costs and expenses are minimised. Online delivery is both varied and interactive, using rich media formats that engage and enthuse apprentices on their journey. Learning is perfectly suited for staff working shifts, as it can be accessed 24/7 on computers, tablets and mobile devices, and can be immediately applied into working practice. Online forums and discussion groups allow apprentices to learn from others from different service settings and with different backgrounds.
In addition to a designated academic and professional lead for healthcare and account management support, we will deploy expert staff to support you and your apprentices:
Learners will also have access to a Student Support Team for advice and guidance on any aspect of their learning including support relating to any declared learning difficulties or disabilities.
Through effective partnership with employers and supervisors and through the practice-portfolio assessment, employers can identify and assess specific skills and competencies in accordance with local requirements.
Apprentices will undertake two work-based learning modules, where they will be required to reflect on their role and apply academic knowledge to their working practices and document their acquisition of skills and competencies in a portfolio.