Healthcare Assistant Practitioner 


















Providing, supervising and coordinating high-quality and compassionate health and social care for a wide range of people.

Job Profile

Assistant Practitioners work as part of the wider health and social care team and have direct contact with patients, service users or clients providing high quality and compassionate care. Assistant Practitioners work at a level above that of Healthcare Support Workers and have a more in-depth understanding about factors that influence health and ill-health (e.g. anatomy and physiology). Assistant Practitioner is a job title applied to a very wide variety of roles that have been developed locally by employers to meet individual service need. Upon successful completion of this standard, individuals will have obtained the core skills, knowledge and values/behaviours to become an Assistant Practitioner.

Examples of common work activities include assisting in total patient assessment, coordination of care (including referrals to other practitioners) and higher clinical skills such as catheterisation, wound care and discharge planning (1). Assistant Practitioners can be found working in a range of areas such as Cancer Services, Physiotherapy, Genito- Urinary Medicine, Orthopaedics, Hospice Care, Mental Health, Social Care, Community, Occupational Therapy, Learning Disabilities as well as hybrid roles that cross traditional occupational areas. (2) Assistant Practitioners will therefore develop additional skills and knowledge based on their employer’s requirements depending on the clinical or professional area within which they are working.

By the end of the programme and to become an Assistant Practitioner, Apprentices must have achieved the following:

  • Level 2 English and Maths - (equivalent to GCSE grade C or above).

  • Demonstrated that they have met the standards of the Care Certificate (6) during the first part of their apprenticeship

  • An accredited level 5 occupational competence qualification such as a Foundation Degree, other Level 5 Diploma of Higher Education or the Level 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare.

  • Industry Specific Requirements: Work in line with The Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the qualification, learners may work as an Assistant Practitioner in a range of areas. These include:

• Cancer Services
• Mental Health
• Social Care
• Learning Disabilities
• Hospice Care
• Physiotherapy
• Genito-Urinary Medicine
• Orthopaedics
• Occupational Therapy.



18-24 Months



Employer Contribution

5% / £600


Employer Incentive (New staff only)

£3,000 (Jan 2022)



Jan 2022 - Open

Entry Requirements

Suitable for those currently working in an assistant/practitioner role in an appropriate setting.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, but learners will need to be at least 19 years of age. It is also recommended that they hold a Level 3 or above qualification in a related area.