Assistant Practitioner (Health) Higher Apprenticeship - Perioperative Care


Designed for Support Workers working in an Operating Theatre setting to prepare them for employment as a Band 4 Assistant Practitioner (Health) in Perioperative Care.

Who is it for?

This apprenticeship has been designed for Support Workers working in an Operating Theatre setting to prepare them for employment as a Band 4 Assistant Practitioner (Health) in Perioperative Care.

What are the entry requirements?

To be eligible to apply for the course, individuals must be in employment with a sponsoring health or social care employer, be working a minimum of 30 hours per week and have a minimum Level 2 Numeracy and Literacy in addition to one of the following:

  • Five GCSE's grade A - C or the equivalent
  • A QAA recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma or equivalent
  • NVQ Level II or Level III in Health or Health and Social Care plus a minimum of one years' experience within a health and/or social care setting

What qualification will be achieved

On completion of the course apprentices will be awarded a Foundation Degree Science (FdSc) in Perioperative Care. On successful completion of the independent end point assessment apprentices will be awarded the Assistant Practitioner Health Higher Apprenticeship.

Overall Apprenticeship Grade: Distinction / Merit / Pass / Fail

How long is the apprenticeship?

The apprenticeship typically runs for 2 years.

When can you start?

The course starts in September.

When do they attend lessons?

The course includes one day classroom based and independent study, and 15 hours per week of supervised, protected time and practice based learning in the workplace.

What happens in lessons?

The course is delivered using a variety of methods including face-to-face teaching and distance learning. During their studies, apprentices will learn from a number of experts in perioperative care including academic staff from the University, guest speakers, service users and carers. Two modules each year will be with students studying the Foundation Degree through a differing apprenticeship pathway; this provides students with opportunities to learn generic skills with others from different healthcare settings. The rest of the modules are specific to the Operating Theatre setting, developing specific knowledge and skills commensurate with the role of Band 4 Assistant Practitioner (Health) in Perioperative Care.

How will the Apprenticeship be assessed?

All modules will have a variety of assessments; these are tasks set to produce a variety of work appropriate to the module topic, which are graded and contribute to progression through the degree. The assessments include written assignments and reflective accounts, oral presentations, development of clinical competencies, and a portfolio of evidence. The employer is expected to assign a work place mentor who will facilitate the development of clinical competencies and portfolio of evidence and meet with the apprentice and assessor to discuss progress.

In addition to the on-programme assessments all apprentices must undertake an independent end-point assessment which is a synoptic assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours that have been learnt throughout the apprenticeship. The purpose of the assessment is to make sure the apprentice meets the standard set by employers and are fully competent in the occupation.

End-point-assessments are graded and an apprenticeship certificate is only awarded after end-point assessment is successfully completed..

How much will it cost?

Levy paying organisations pay from their digital account, the course falls within the �12K funding band. Non-levy payers will cover 10% of the total cost of the programme.

What will the apprentice study?

There will be a range of units which will run for the length of the course.

Topics include:

Year 1 Modules

  • Skills for Higher Education
  • Caring communication
  • Law and Ethics for Surgical Support Practitioners
  • Biological sciences for Surgical Support Practitioner
  • Developing Competency in the Provision of Surgical Practice

Year 2 Modules

  • An introduction to evaluating the evidence for practice
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Contexts of perioperative practice
  • Demonstrating Competency in the Provision of Perioperative Practice

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