Our first group of staff to undertake the new End Point Assessment as part of achieving the apprenticeship standard level 2 for healthcare support workers have completed the assessment and passed with flying colours.
The new apprenticeship standard level 2 for healthcare support workers started in October 2017, replacing the NVQ and QCF qualification framework for support workers. The major change is that there is now an End Point Assessment in addition to the assessments that have long been part of the course. The End Point Assessment is carried out under exam conditions by City and Guilds, who are the awarding body for the course, and the apprentices need to pass three parts – multiple choice questions, an observation in practice and a professional discussion.
Congratulations to all the apprentices and the staff who have supported them through their journey, they have all done fantastically well and worked very hard to complete this course.
This apprenticeship programme is an opportunity for support workers to further their careers whilst working – upon successful completion they can move on to the trainee nursing associate or trainee assistant practitioner apprenticeship programmes, which can then lead on to training to become a registered nurse.
Six of the healthcare support workers have already started the new trainee nursing associate programme and one healthcare support worker has been appointed to the post of band 3 therapy assistant.
This course runs twice per year and takes 12-18 months. It is a mixture of ward-based hands-on experience and one day a week of classroom learning.