Allied Healthcare Assistant

“The allied health professions are a diverse group of professionals who deliver high quality care to patients and clients across a wide range of care pathways and in different

settings including hospitals, the community, people’s homes and schools. They might also work in the independent sector or for charities.”

  • Suitable for staff working as a Physiotherapy Assistant, OT Assistant, Therapy Assistant amongst others
  • Available at Level 3
  • Case Study
  • Entry Requirements
  • Jane enrolled on an Advanced Apprenticeship in Health (Allied Health Professions Support) after successfully completing her Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care.  Jane currently works as a Senior Community Occupational Therapy Assistant working  for the NHS with patients in their homes across a wide geographical area covering much of Lincolnshire.  Jane previously worked in HR and recruitment for a major UK retailer before a change in situation allowed for a refocusing towards a career in the health and care sector.  Jane initially worked as a HCSW but quickly progressed to Occupational Therapy roles.

Jane was keen to progress from the Intermediate to the advanced programmes as this supported her day to day skills and knowledge development alongside a longer term ambition to explore the degree training opportunities.  “There is a real sense of achievement when completing an assignment you have enjoyed, but it is important to balance the study and work demands which can be challenging.”

Jane is enjoying the workshop element of the programme and felt there is a real sense of comradery.  “They’re lots of fun involving group interaction. It is great to help each other out with ideas and examples.” In reflecting upon apprenticeship opportunities for colleagues or new staff members, Jane said “definitely go for it, you have nothing to lose, doesn’t cost you anything apart from a bit of your own time. ” Advanced Apprentice in Allied Health Professions – NHS

Level 3
Functional Skills

Required Level 2 English and Maths
(unless prior certificate held e.g. GCSE grades A* – C or O-Level)

Employee Rights

All apprentices will undertake a unit of study focused on employee rights and responsibilities

Core Units

* Promote Communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
* Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
* Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
* Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s
* Promote person centred approaches in health and social care
* Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care
* Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings
* Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
* The role of the health and social care worker
* The Principles of Infection Prevention and Control
* Causes and Spread of Infection
* Cleaning, Decontamination and Waste Management
* Understand the process and experience of Dementia
* Understand Mental Health Problems

Options Units

A range taken  from a selection of over 60 – linked to individual role, skill and development need

* Provide support to maintain and develop skills for everyday life

* Assist in the implementation of programmes to increase mobility,
movement and functional independence

* Undertake physiological measurements

* Select and wear appropriate PPE for work in healthcare settings

* Assist the practitioner to carry out healthcare activities

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