Apprenticeship Standard: Senior Healthcare Support Worker

The Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship standard is designed for apprentices working in roles where they carry out a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare or therapeutic tasks, under the direct or indirect supervision of the registered healthcare practitioner.

Job roles may be 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.

Options within this apprenticeship standard are:

  1. Adult Nursing Support,
  2. Maternity Support,
  3. Theatre Support,
  4. Mental Health Support,
  5. Children and Young People Support,
  6.  Allied Health Profession – Therapy Support

Full details of the standard are available on the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

Mandated qualification requirements

The Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship standard requires achievement of the following qualification for all apprentices:

Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support

This qualification is suitable for the following options within the Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship standard:

  • Adult Nursing Support
  • Mental Health Support
  • Allied Health Profession – Therapy Support

Complementary additional support qualifications

The following qualifications may be used to support apprentices to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.

English and Maths support

All apprentices must also achieve level 1 English and maths and take the test for level 2 prior to taking their EPA. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the  minimum requirement is Entry Level 3.

You may find our Functional Skills qualifications, or bite-sized English and Maths qualifications can help support apprentices to achieve this.

Support Materials

A range of support materials are available to approved centres and these can be accessed through Prism.

View a sample of our support materials.