Healthcare support workers (HCSWs) work as part of a team providing high quality and compassionate care to individuals. You will carry out well-defined routine clinical duties like monitoring an individual’s conditions (by checking things like blood pressure, temperature or weight), checking on their overall progress, comfort and wellbeing.
Depending on where you work, you may also help them to eat, drink, wash, dress or go to the toilet. You will prepare individuals for healthcare activities carried out by other members of the healthcare team, looking after them before, during and/or after those activities in line with their care plan. You will also carry out non-clinical duties and, depending on where you work, this could include things like keeping records, making beds, tidying up your work area, returning or cleaning the equipment used during a clinical activity. You will be able to address straightforward problems in your day to day work, reporting concerns and changes to the appropriate person in a timely manner . HCSWs work in a range of healthcare settings and your team may include workers from both health and social care. You will report to a registered healthcare practitioner who will directly or indirectly supervise your work.
You will be able to work effectively as part of a team. You will always act within the limits of your competence, knowing who to ask for help and support if you are not sure. You will work within agreed ways of working, following the relevant standards, policies and protocols used in your workplace including the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England. During the first part of this apprenticeship you will be supported to achieve the Care Certificate, which forms part of your induction and covers the fundamental skills needed to provide quality care.
An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns and gains valuable experiences. They are a great opportunity for people over the age of 16 in England who are early in their career, looking for a career-change, or looking to upskill in their current job.
Alongside on-the-job training, apprentices spend at least 6 of their working hours each week completing off the job training, usually at college, which leads to a nationally recognised qualification.
An apprenticeship includes:
● paid employment with holiday leave
● hands-on-experience in a sector/role of interest
● at least 6 hours off-the-job training
● formal assessment which leads to a nationally recognised qualification
Tameside college will work with you to find a suitable employer for your apprenticeship, or you may already have an employer who is willing to support you on your apprenticeship journey.
Apprentices must be paid at least the apprenticeship minimum wage. More information about the apprenticeship minimum wage can be found at https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates
Level 2 apprenticeships: 3 x GCSE grade 3 and minimum GCSE grade 1 in maths and English (or equivalent)
Level 3 apprenticeships: 4x GCSE grade 4 and minimum grade 3 in Maths and English (or equivalent)
You will be assessed for your apprenticeship at work by your visiting skills coach and for the knowledge/technical elements at college by your teacher. Evidence produced in the workplace for your apprenticeship programme will be continually assessed on an ongoing basis throughout your apprenticeship.
At the end of your apprenticeship you will sit an end point assessment (EPA). End-point assessments test the knowledge, skills and behaviours that an apprentice has gained during their training. Unique to each standard, EPA demonstrates the competence of an apprentice in their role. This competence is valued by current and future employers.
After completing an apprenticeship, you could continue to train for an advanced, higher, or degree level apprenticeship, or a related vocational qualification. Many people continue their progression with the same employer they undertook their apprenticeship with. Alternatively, on completion of a level 3 apprenticeship, you could go on to university.