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Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare

Developing the role of the assistant practitioner can help employers ensure they have the right flexible mix of skills to meet complex patient needs, freeing up registered practitioners to deliver what they have been uniquely trained for.
The Level 5 higher apprenticeship assistant practitioner is for learners who work or want to work as an assistant practitioner in Healthcare and related services. Specific competences required for the role will vary depending on the clinical area within the assistant practitioner is working.Assistant practicioner

Assistant Practitioners work in a range of healthcare settings. They assess, treat and care for patients, in specific circumstances. They carry out delegated tasks from health professionals and are accountable for certain tasks themselves; sometimes they work independently.

On completion of the qualification, learners may progress onto further qualifications specific to their work context.
Within the higher apprenticeships learners must achieve a Level 5 QCF Diploma.   
Maths and English qualifications are not a mandatory requirement for higher apprenticeships. However when applying for this programme initial assessments will be undertaken to ensure competence in Maths and English at Level 2.

To achieve the Level 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare, learners must achieve 108 credits from the mandatory units, a minimum of 5 credits from optional group A1 and a minimum of 7 credits from optional group A2.

Mandatory Units

City & Guilds Unit Number

Unit Title

Credit Value


Understand safeguarding of children and young people (for those working in the adult sector)



Promote professional development



Work in partnership in health and social care or children and young people’s setting



The structure, organisation and function of the human body



Use and develop systems that promote communication



Champion equality, diversity and inclusion



Lead and manage infection prevention and control within the work setting



Develop health and safety and risk management policies, procedures and practices in health and social care or children and young people’s settings



Manage quality in health and social care or children and young people’s setting



Undertake a research project within services for health and social care or children and young people



Conduct and support others in the assessment of individuals health and wellbeing



Promote effective nutrition and fluid balance



The principles and philosophy of healthcare



Lifespan developments and healthcare needs



Understand the principles and application of physiological measurements


Optional group A1 – Learners must take a minimum of 5 credits

City & Guilds Unit Number

Unit Title

Credit Value


Safeguarding and protection of vulnerable adults



Safeguarding and protection of young people


Optional group A2 – Learners must take a minimum of 7 credits

City & Guilds Unit Number

Unit Title

Credit Value


Understanding the principles theories and concepts related to and developing a work team in a healthcare environment



Lead and manage a team within a health and social care or children and young people’s setting.



This programme is delivered two days a month, via classroom activity over 15 months. With an 18 month time frame for completion self-directed study is an expectation. The qualification consists of assignments and a portfolio of evidence, with assessment in the workplace.

Whilst there are no entry requirements, the learner must be working and supported in a role where change management and/ or influences in practice can be demonstrated and evidenced.
Within the workplace support from a line manager, mentor and/ or supervisor must be obtained.

The expectation is that the mentor would support the learner/assistant practitioner a minimum of 3-4 hours a month.

Dynamic Training UK will be providing mentor training to support this role.

Click here to view Skills for Health Assistant Practicioners in the NHS in England Report 2015

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