Senior Healthcare Support Worker (Clinical)- Perioperative Apprenticeship Standard Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

The Healthcare Apprenticeship Standard provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to work in a variety of health and social care settings; from helping people with a particular need to providing vital assistance to healthcare professionals in the care of patients.

The Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support is an occupational qualification for learners who work in Healthcare Support roles in England, in the following areas of Healthcare nursing support 2. maternity support 3. theatre support 4. mental health support 5. children and young people support 6. allied health profession – therapy support

The optional units are designed to meet the requirements of a range of healthcare services and to support the delivery of the Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship standard for England and include the following areas.

• Clinical Care

• Health Navigation

• Care of Older People

• Learning Disability Support

• Community Support

• Maternity Support

An Apprenticeship is a work-based training programme designed around the needs of both employers and employees, which leads to nationally-recognised qualifications for the apprentice.

This training is flexible and is predominantly ‘on-the-job’ meaning it takes place on your work premises. An apprenticeship will ensure that you are properly trained to perform the job you need to do. Anyone can be an apprentice, from a school leaver looking to enter the workplace to an existing employee who wants to progress in their chosen career.

Apprenticeships are flexibly structured to fit around your needs without disruption. They are designed so that, where possible, the work you do as an apprentice during the day counts towards your development and qualification.

Advanced level apprentices follow work-based learning towards a Level 3 qualification (equivalent to 2 A-levels). To start this level of apprenticeship you should ideally have five GCSEs (grade C or above) or have completed an intermediate level apprenticeship or equivalent.

The role as a Senior Healthcare Worker is undertaken following a period of experience in healthcare so you are able to demonstrate best practice and act as a role model. You may supervise or guide the less experienced staff in your team. You will follow the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers, the multi-professional HEE Quality Framework and the 6C’s.

The way that apprenticeships work is changing. The new Standards system will completely replace current Frameworks by 2020. There is now a transitional phase where the current Framework and the new Standard will run side-by-side as Standards are embedded.

The Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard Senior Healthcare Support Worker (Clinical) includes, Level 3 Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support, flexible to suit all fields across the health and social care sector so you can choose a pathway of learning that suits your role now or for the future. The diploma qualification consists of mandatory units covering core knowledge and skills competencies with optional specialisms which can be are combined in flexible ways to reflect the real working context of different learners. The optional units are designed to meet the requirements of a range of healthcare and care services and to support the delivery of the Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship Standards Transferable Skills, such as Functional Skills, which cover more general work-related skills like communication (literacy), team working, problem solving (numeracy) and using new technologies in understanding the job you are training for. A synoptic End Point Assessment (EPA) will include two distinct components. Firstly, the completion of a situational judgement test answered through a multiple choice exercise (but not necessarily undertaken as an online or computer-based test) and secondly, a professional discussion. To achieve final certification, you must have completed and achieved all elements of the end point assessments in addition to the Care Certificate and the Diploma.

Senior Healthcare Support Workers help registered practitioners deliver healthcare services to people. As an experienced support worker, you carry out a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare or therapeutic tasks, under the direct or indirect supervision of the registered healthcare practitioner. You provide high quality, compassionate healthcare, following standards, policies or protocols and always acting within the limits of your competence. You may work in a range of services e.g. hospital, community, health or day case unit, birth centre or midwifery led unit, someone’s home, operating theatre, nursing or care home, assessment centre, hospice, school, prison, GP surgery, charity or voluntary organisation; working in partnership with individuals, families, carers and other service providers.

The qualification is approved by Skills for Health and is designed to support the on- programme element of the Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship standard in England.

Assessment Methods

Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard Senior Healthcare Support Worker is a competence-based qualification which is assessed by a portfolio of evidence. You we be measured against learning outcomes and assessment criteria described in each unit of the qualification. You must meet all the learning outcomes within the chosen units and meet the rules of combination to be able to be awarded the qualification. The majority of assessment will be work-based, using real experiences, written assessments and observations by a qualified assessor.


Modes of assessment include:

  • Direct observation
  • Oral questioning
  • Case studies
  • Assignments and projects
  • A learning journal
  • End Point Assessment (EPA)

Progression Options

This qualification allows you to learn, develop and demonstrate the skills and knowledge required for employment and/or career progression in a role which has some autonomy, delegated responsibility or where there may be a need for supervision of others. Learners can progress to the Pre-registration Nursing, Trainee Nursing Associate Apprenticeship or the Higher Advanced City & Guilds Level 5 Diploma in Assistant Practitioner (Health) providing they are in an appropriate job role.

Opportunities may also be available to progress to a Higher Apprenticeships for the Lead Practitioner in Adult or Assistant Practitioner (Health) or specific health related higher education programmes, providing all entry requirements are met.

Course Summary

Course Title Senior Healthcare Support Worker (Clinical)- Perioperative Apprenticeship Standard Level 3
Entry Requirements

  • An
    appropriate role in the healthcare sector

  • Working
    towards or completion of the Care Certificate as part of a high-quality
    induction programme     

  • Initial
    assessment and a Skillscan 

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The staff have been very supportive they will do anything to help whether it be staying late or putting in 100% to make the lessons more suited to you. The staff have backgrounds in the specific course in which you want to take which helps to get another person’s view on what it’s like to work in the sector and also the course covers all areas of the subject and there is nothing that isn’t covered within the syllabus and modules.

Lauren Pierce - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care

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