Reference Quantity: ST0215

Particulars of normal

Typical Job Titles

Assistant Practitioner


18-24 months



Assessment Date

After 3 years

Job profile

Assistant Practitioners work as a part of the broader well being and social care group and have direct contact with sufferers, service customers or purchasers offering top quality and compassionate care. Assistant Practitioners work at a stage above that of Healthcare Assist Staff and have a extra in-depth understanding about components that affect well being and ill-health (e.g. anatomy and physiology). Assistant Practitioner is a job title utilized to a really vast number of roles which have been developed regionally by employers to fulfill particular person service want. Upon profitable completion of this customary, people may have obtained the core expertise, information and values/behaviours to change into an Assistant Practitioner.

Examples of widespread work actions embody helping in complete affected person evaluation, coordination of care (together with referrals to different practitioners) and better scientific expertise corresponding to catheterisation, wound care and discharge planning (1). Assistant Practitioners will be discovered working in a spread of areas corresponding to Most cancers Providers, Physiotherapy, Genito- Urinary Drugs, Orthopaedics, Hospice Care, Psychological Well being, Social Care, Group, Occupational Remedy, Studying Disabilities in addition to hybrid roles that cross conventional occupational areas. (2) Assistant Practitioners will due to this fact develop extra expertise and information based mostly on their employer’s necessities relying on the scientific or skilled space inside which they’re working.

Obligations and duties of the function

An Assistant Practitioner works beneath the supervision of a Registered Practitioner (3) in accordance with employer

coverage, protocols and customary working procedures. The Registered Practitioner stays accountable for the suitable and efficient delegation of actions and should make sure that the AP has the competency, confidence and experience to hold out such actions. Having accepted the exercise, the AP is accountable for his or her actions. In a state of affairs the place the AP feels they don’t have the required expertise or capacity then they need to alert the registered practitioner instantly.


Assistant Practitioners have to be:


Assistant Practitioners should at all times:

  • Trustworthy
  • Caring
  • Compassionate
  • Conscientious
  • Dedicated

  • Deal with people with dignity, respecting particular person’s beliefs, tradition, values and preferences
  • Respect and undertake an empathetic method
  • Show braveness to problem areas of concern and work to greatest observe
  • Be adaptable
  • Show  discretion


  • the ideas and philosophy of well being and social care
  • the physiology, organisation and performance of the human physique
  • lifespan developments and healthcare wants from prenatal to finish of life/bereavement
  • analysis and improvement within the well being and social care sector to tell and enhance high quality of care
  • provision and promotion of holistic individual centred care and assist, responsibility of care and safeguarding of people
  • the significance of the strategic atmosphere in well being and social care and the implications for the person
  • the significance of present proof based mostly observe inside scope of the function




Obligations and duty of the function

Undertakes outlined scientific or therapeutic interventions appropriately delegated by a Registered Practitioner.

Case Administration

Manages personal work and case load and implements programmes of care consistent with present proof, taking motion relative to a person’s (4) well being and care wants.

Supervision and Teaching

Allocates work to and helps the event of others and should supervise, train, mentor and assess different employees as required.

Private Growth

Maintains and additional develops personal expertise and information, and that of others, by means of recognised Persevering with Skilled Growth (CPD) actions enabling flexibility in observe and responsiveness to altering service wants.

Team Working

Promotes efficient inter-professional and multi-disciplinary group working with friends, colleagues and employees from different companies and offers applicable management throughout the scope of the function.


Supplies holistic evaluation of people, implementing programmes of care and modifying individualised care plans inside their scope of observe.


Demonstrates the flexibility to speak complicated delicate data to all kinds of pros by means of quite a lot of strategies together with the usage of interpersonal expertise, written and verbal effectiveness, correct report holding, holding data confidential and applicable use of know-how and tools for the function together with knowledge entry.

Individual-centred care and wellbeing

Promotes and understands the influence of efficient well being promotion, empowering, wholesome existence corresponding to motion and diet and fluid stability.

Physiological Measurements (5)

Undertakes physiological measurements as a part of an evaluation of a person’s healthcare standing and following analysis, makes applicable adjustments or suggestions to care plan. Reviews adjustments to the Registered Practitioner when the character of the change falls exterior of the agreed scope of function.

Threat Administration

Infection Prevention and Management: Makes use of and promotes a spread of methods to stop the unfold of an infection together with hand hygiene, the usage of Private Protecting Gear (PPE) and waste administration.

Well being and security: Promotes and maintains a protected and wholesome working atmosphere

Threat Administration: Identifies and manages dangers, together with evaluation of transferring and dealing with danger and understanding the character of danger because it applies to the safeguarding of weak people.

Equality and Variety

Promotes and advocates Equality, Variety and Inclusion (EDI).

High quality

Proactively makes suggestions to enhance the standard of service supply.

By the tip of the programme and to change into an Assistant Practitioner, Apprentices should have achieved the next:

  • Degree 2 English and Maths – (equal to GCSE grade C or above).
  • Demonstrated that they’ve met the requirements of the Care Certificates (6) throughout the first a part of their apprenticeship
  • An accredited stage 5 occupational competence qualification corresponding to a Basis Diploma, different Degree 5 Diploma of Increased Training or the Degree 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare.
  • Trade Particular Necessities:

    • Work consistent with The Code of Conduct for Healthcare Assist Staff and Grownup Social Care Staff in England.


For these Assistant Practitioners who want to progress into Registered Apply, the apprenticeship can present credit into some Increased Training programmes aligned to skilled registration.


(1) record is just not exhaustive

(2) record is just not exhaustive

(3) ‘Registered practitioner’ – could embody registered nurses, AHP practitioners, medical, well being care science and dental practitioners in addition to registered social employees

(4) ‘People’ – these requiring care and assist, could embody sufferers, service customers or purchasers

(5) Physiological Measurements embody exams and procedures that target assessing how nicely the physique is functioning

(6)  The Care Certificates has been designed to fulfill the necessities set out within the Cavendish Assessment (2013) on the request of the Secretary of State to overview and make suggestions on the recruitment, studying and improvement, administration and assist of the well being and social care assist workforce

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