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Care workers and home carers

Up to £24,000

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Healthcare support workers (HCSWs) work as part of a team providing high quality and compassionate care to individuals.

You will carry out well-defined routine clinical duties like monitoring an individual’s conditions (by checking things like blood pressure, temperature or weight) and checking on their overall progress, comfort and wellbeing. Depending on where you work, you may also help them to eat, drink, wash, dress or go to the toilet. You will prepare individuals for healthcare activities carried out by other members of the healthcare team, looking after them before, during and/or after those activities in line with their care plan. You will also carry out non-clinical duties and, depending on where you work, this could include things like keeping records, making beds, tidying up your work area and returning or cleaning the equipment used during a clinical activity. You will be able to address straightforward problems in your day to day work, reporting concerns and changes to the appropriate person in a timely manner. HCSWs work in a range of healthcare settings and your team may include workers from both health and social care.

Qualification and Level

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Healthcare Support Worker. The apprenticeship includes Pass and Distinction grades with the final grade based on the apprentice’s combined performance in each assessment activity.

Method(s) of delivery:

In order to meet the apprenticeship standard, apprentices will undertake a minimum 12 month period of on-programme learning, development and continuous assessment that is managed by the employer with the support of York College. The onprogramme pace will be driven by the apprentice as well as by the breadth of experience an employer can offer prior to the minimum of 12 months, after which an end-point assessment will take place.

Entry critera:

There are no entry requirements to the apprenticeship but employers may run their own selection process. Apprentices without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 English and maths prior to completion of their apprenticeship.


12 months

What next?

Apprentices who complete the Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship at Level 2 may progress onto the senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship at Level 3.

York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.

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