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Clinical Healthcare Support Apprenticeship (Level 2)

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The health and social care sector is a vital industry that works to ensure the health and welfare of vulnerable people. This may involve working in nursing homes with the elderly, supporting children or young people facing difficult circumstances, or even offering advice within a health care setting.

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job training with work related qualifications for those aged 16 or above, living in England.

Apprentices will gain a good technical knowledge base of the sector as a whole and, combined with real, practical, work experience, will gain competency in the workplace and the development of transferable skills.

How much will I earn?

When undertaking an Apprenticeship, you will receive the current minimum wage rate for an apprentice, which is £3.50 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.

Who is this Apprenticeship suitable for?

This apprenticeship is suitable for those who are currently working within this sector or are looking to gain employment within this sector as a Clinical Healthcare Support Worker or Healthcare Assistant. These roles provide vital assistance to healthcare professionals that diagnose, treat and care for patients. They work in clinical services such as medical, surgical, outpatients, community and A&E. They are also involved in looking after the wellbeing and comfort of patients.

What type of work will I do and what qualifications will I gain?

Although apprenticeships will vary depending on your entry level and your employer, you will gain a range of skills from the varying tasks you complete, these could include:

  • Infection diagnosis and control
  • Understanding the impact of acquired brain injuries
  • Understanding the rights and choices for individuals with dementia while minimising risks
  • Handling information in health and social care settings
  • Working under supervision and alongside health and social care professionals

You will also gain the following qualifications:

  • Competence and Knowledge Qualification - Level 2 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support
  • Level 2 Award in Employment and Personal Learning Skills in Health
  • Level 1 Functional Skills Maths (NCFE)
  • Level 1 Functional Skills English (NCFE)

What skills and qualities will I need for this apprenticeship?

  • A respectful and caring approach to others
  • Must have empathy, patience and a willingness to deliver excellent care
  • Be 100% committed to your role
  • Be punctual
  • Have a passion for health and social care
  • Team working skills
  • The ability to use your own initiative
  • An understanding of health and safety guidelines
  • The ability to work calmly under pressure

    Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

This is dependent on your employer and on the level of the apprenticeship you apply for.

You will normally need at least grade C or above in your English and maths GCSEs. If you don't have these, don't worry. You can work towards your functional skills in English and maths alongside your apprenticeship training at St Helens College.

How long will this apprenticeship take to complete?

Depending on the level you enter and the employer you work for, an apprenticeship can vary in duration, from one year to four years. The average duration of this apprenticeship is 15 months. This will be discussed and confirmed with each individual apprentice after initial advice, guidance and assessments are completed.

How will I be assessed?

As an apprentice, you will be assigned an assessor, who will visit you in the workplace to observe the tasks you complete. You will also complete a number of relevant work-related modules at the College. All of which will contribute to the overall success of your apprenticeship.

How does an employer benefit from this apprenticeship?

This apprenticeship ensures that apprentices gain the skills and knowledge required to become an effective member of a highly skilled workforce whilst maintaining high quality and safe care for patients and addresses specific outcomes of the Skills for Health Sector Skills Assessment 2011.

What can I progress onto once I have completed my apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship you could progress onto the next level of study or you could go onto secure a permanent job with your current employer.

Ref: Caroline Lidster

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