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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
Training Qualifications UK 03333 583 344
NOCN 0300 999 1177
Pearson Education Limited +44 (0) 7879 602674
Innovate Awarding Limited 0117 3142800
Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) 0845 226 0350
NCFE/CACHE 0191 240 8950
City and Guilds 0844 543 0000
More Information

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