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Perioperative Support Apprenticeship (Level 3)

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The health and social care sector is a vital industry that works to ensure the health and welfare of the individuals using these services. This role involves assisting and supporting healthcare professionals in the operating theatre department to provide excellent patient care.

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 looking to gain employment within this sector as a Perioperative Support Worker or Theatre Support Worker. These roles deliver patient care within operating theatres, monitoring patients before and after their operations and looking after vital theatre equipment such as oxygen cylinders. They also ensure that the operating area stays clean and tidy.

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:

  • Communicating with patients and healthcare professionals effectively
  • Complying with health and safety procedures
  • Learning about equality and inclusion
  • Undertaking personal development
  • Understanding the role of the healthcare professional
  • Complying and understanding safeguarding procedures
  • Assisting in the delivery of perioperative care and support of individuals
  • Performing the non-scrubbed circulating role for perioperative procedures

You will also gain the following qualifications:

  • Competence and Knowledge Qualification - Level 3 Diploma in Perioperative Support (City & Guilds)
  • Level 3 Award in Employment and Personal Learning Skills in Health (City & Guilds)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Maths (NCFE)
  • Level 2 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
  • 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 18 months. This will be discussed and confirmed with each individual apprentice after initial advice and guidance and initial 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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