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Clinical Healthcare Support Apprenticeship at York College

Course description

This provides the skills and knowledge required to become competent in supporting Health Professionals (eg doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and healthcare scientists) to provide clinical healthcare. Apprentices are employed as clinical healthcare support workers/healthcare assistants and work alongside health professionals providing patient care in a range of settings that include:

• Community clinic or health centre
• Patients’ homes
• Care homes
• Community delivery suite
• Laboratory
• GP surgery

Course content

Intermediate Apprenticeship Level 2 in Clinical Healthcare Support

Mandatory units include:

• Introduction to personal development in health, social care or children’s and
young people’s settings
• Introduction to communication in health, social care or children’s and young
people’s settings
• Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children's and young
people’s settings
• Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and
young people’s settings
• Contribute to health and safety 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
• Implement person centred approaches in health and social care
• Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
• Handle information in health and social care settings

Optional units must include:

• Dementia awareness
• Understand mental health problems
• Provide support to manage pain and discomfort
• Obtain and test specimens
• Support individuals to carry out their own healthcare procedures
• Clean and store clinical equipment

Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 in Clinical Healthcare Support

Mandatory units include:

• Dementia awareness (now a mandatory unit at level 3)
• Understand mental health problems (now a mandatory unit at level 3)
• Taking physiological measurements (now a mandatory unit at level 3)
• Cleaning, decontamination and waste management
• Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
• Promote communication 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
• Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care
• Promote person centred approaches in health and social care
• Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings
• Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care and children’s and young people’s settings

Optional units can be chosen from over 100 subjects, examples include:

• Provide support to manage pain and discomfort
• Undertake tissue viability risk assessments
• Undertake treatments and dressings of wounds
• Conduct hearing assessments
• Vision screening

Additional study

• Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS) preparing you for the apprenticeship and the workplace

Entry requirements

To start either course you must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. For the Intermediate Level you will a minimum 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths (grade 4 or above). For the Advanced Level you will have already achieved the Intermediate Level or alternatively will have experience of working in this type of role.

Assessment

The Assessor will visit the workplace every 6 weeks to carry out workplace assessments.

Future opportunities

This course can lead to employment within a healthcare environment such as a community clinic, doctor’s surgery, care home etc. and also the opportunity to work towards higher level qualifications such as nursing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact York College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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