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Senior healthcare support worker

Providing high-quality and compassionate specialist health and social care for a range of people.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


3 (equivalent to A levels at grades A to E)

Typical length
18 months
Current funding band
Up to £5,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

Candidates will usually have previous experience as a support worker.

What apprentices will learn
  • principles and philosophy of health and social care
  • complex and routine clinical duties and care plans
  • patient assessment and coordination of care
  • infection prevention and control
  • team management, including delegating tasks, and training, mentoring and supervising colleagues
  • supporting specialist senior healthcare support workers in their duties
  • promoting health and well-being
  • specialist skills: maternity, adult nursing, theatre, mental health

Depending on the specialism they choose, candidates will achieve 1 of these qualifications:

  • level 3 diploma in clinical healthcare support
  • level 3 diploma in maternity and paediatric support
  • level 3 diploma in perioperative support
  • level 3 diploma in mental health care

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

  • take the test for level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)
Professional registration

None specified.

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
City and Guilds 0844 543 0000
NOCN 0300 999 1177
Training Qualifications UK 03333 583 344
Innovate Awarding Limited 0117 3142800
NCFE/CACHE 0191 240 8950
Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) 0845 226 0350
Pearson Education Limited +44 (0) 7879 602674
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.