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Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship Standard

What you need to know about the Highfield Level 3 End-Point Assessment for Senior Healthcare Support Worker

Who is this Standard for?

This apprenticeship is for individuals working within a healthcare environment. Senior Healthcare Support Workers help registered practitioners deliver healthcare services to people. As an experienced support worker, the apprentice will carry out a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare tasks, under the direct or indirect supervision of the registered healthcare practitioner. They will provide high quality, compassionate healthcare, following standards, policies or protocols and always acting within the limits of your competence. They may work in a range of services, for example hospital, community, health or birth centre, someone’s home, nursing or care home, hospice or GP surgery; working in partnership with families, carers and other service providers.

Highfield provides end point assessment services for the following options from the standard:

  • Option 1: Adult Nursing Support
  • Option 2: Maternity Support
  • Option 3: Theatre Support
  • Option 4: Mental Health Support
  • Option 5: Children and Young People Support
  • Option 6: Allied Health and Profession - Therapy Support

Programme structure

This is a level 3 apprenticeship standard that has a typical duration of 24 months.  Apprentices will be placed in healthcare role and supported by a tutor to achieve the Healthcare Support Worker standards, as well as Level 2 maths and English qualifications. 

Selecting the correct Assessment Plan

This standard is currently being assessed against two different versions of the assessment plan. The assessment plan to be selected is determined by the apprentice’s on-programme start date. For more information and to access the full EPA kit and the Gateway Readiness Report for each version, please visit here.  

End-Point Assessment methods (AP02 03/17)

  • Multiple-Choice and Short Answer Test
  • Observation
  • Learning Journal and Interview

End-Point Assessment methods (AP02 09/18)

  • Multiple-Choice Test
  • Observation
  • Professional Discussion

Apprenticeship Standard and EPA Timeline - this document (available here) supports employers, training providers and apprentices by providing them with the clear time frames required to complete each stage of the apprenticeship and end-point assessment journey, through to ESFA certification.

Apprentice Support and Guidance Documents 

These documents support employers, training providers and apprentices preparing for end-point assessment.

Think About - Practical Observation

Think About - Professional Discussions

Think About - Reflective Statement