Apprenticeship in Clinical Healthcare (Intermediate)


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Training on the Apprenticeships programme is currently funded for apprentices aged 16 - 18 years at the time of enrolment. An employer contribution is required for those aged either 19+ or who have a level 4 or higher qualification.






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Course programme

Summary: This work based course develops the skills and knowledge needed for a wide range of careers working in clinical healthcare.

Course description: All training on this course is delivered either in the workplace or at college, on a day release basis.
The apprenticeship framework will contribute towards developing a health sector with a skilled, flexible and effective workforce whilst maintaining high quality and safe care for patients.
Apprentices may be working in a variety of settings, including  a specific hospital department (e.g. therapy, cardiac or radiotherapy department), a community clinic or health centre, patients’ homes, care homes, a hospital labour or maternity ward, a community delivery suite, a laboratory,  a hospital neonatal or postnatal unit or clinic, or a GP clinic.
As a guide, clinical duties at Intermediate Level may include:

generally assisting with patients’ overall comfort and wellbeing

assisting healthcare professionals with clinical tasks

monitoring patients’ conditions e.g. taking temperatures, pulse, respiration and weight

helping people to mobilise

washing and dressing



bed making
Employers have endorsed the apprenticeship programme as it gives the broad base training in the skills for the occupational area through the completion of qualifications which are based on National Occupational Standards. This programme leads to better productivity, retention and a qualified workforce which aids the employer.
Additional measurable benefits include better team performance, productivity targets met or exceeded, quicker response time and reduced error rates.

Entry requirements: There are no formal entry requirements for this course. Apprentices who took their GCSEs more than five years ago and did not gain a C grade or above may need to take a literacy and numeracy test. Applicants will also be asked to attend a pre-enrolment interview.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16, whether they have just left school or have been working for years. As an apprenticeship is a work based qualification, applicants should either have an employer who has agreed to support them, or be seeking an apprenticeship position through our vacancies list. Once you have secured a position with an employer your training can begin.
Clinical healthcare apprentices should:

show enthusiasm for working in the health sector

have basic literacy, numeracy and communication skills on which the apprenticeship will build

have a suitable level of physical fitness to perform some aspects of the job roles (e.g. assisting in moving and handling of people)

be willing to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

be flexible as there may be a requirement to work rotas
Individual health sector employers may have additional employment entry requirements e.g. a current driving licence would also be an advantage (and may be necessary for some roles).

Objective: Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications.

Assessment: Assessment for this qualification is carried out both through formal assessment and in the workplace.

Academic progression: Students may progress from this pathway onto further qualifications specific to their work context. A wide range of qualifications are available for use within the health sector. These may include further apprenticeship frameworks e.g. Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Health (Clinical Healthcare Support), QCF qualifications or other work-related education and training to support continuing professional development.

Career progression: Many clinical healthcare support apprentices complete their apprenticeships and continue to work as clinical healthcare support workers or healthcare assistants, with delegated duties assigned to them by the practitioners they work alongside.

Costs: Training on the Apprenticeships programme is currently funded for apprentices aged 16 - 18 years at the time of enrolment. An employer contribution is required for those aged either 19+ or who have a level 4 or higher qualification.

Additional information

Attendance type: CampusDistance with attendanceMixed modeWork-basedAttendance pattern: Day/Block releaseCourse code: E0058Education level: Further educationStudy mode: FlexibleHow to apply: CollegeSector subject area: Health and Social CareDuration: One year (flexible)

Apprenticeship in Clinical Healthcare (Intermediate)

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