Assistant Practitioner

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Assistant Practitioners carry out their duties in a range of settings, such as hospitals, clinics or in the community (e.g. GP surgeries). They work in a wide range of health and care services for example, diagnostic services, rehabilitation, orthopaedics, oncology, end of life care, mental health and learning disabilities.

Assistant Practitioners are often hybrid roles aligned to local population and service needs and cross traditional occupational boundaries. The broad purpose of the occupation is to work alongside registered healthcare professionals in providing high quality and person-centred compassionate healthcare and support to individuals.

End Point Assessment (EPA)

The assessment methods for the EPA are outlined below:

Method Coverage Assessed by Grading Grade Weighting
Observation of practice Knowledge, skills and behaviours EPAO Fail/Pass 50%
Professional Discussion underpinned by a Portfolio of Evidence Knowledge, skills and behaviours EPAO Fail/Pass/Distinction 50%

Performance in the EPA will determine the overall apprenticeship grade of:

  • Fail
  • Pass
  • Distinction

The EPA period begins when the EPAO confirms the gateway requirements are met and is typically three months.

End Point Assessment Gateway

The employer must be content that the apprentice is working at or above the occupational standard.

The apprentice must meet the gateway requirements before starting their EPA, these are:

  • Achieved English and Maths qualifications in line with the apprenticeship funding rules.
  • Achieved 200 credits of the Foundation Degree Assistant Practitioner. The final 40 credits are assigned to the EPA.
  • The apprentice must have passed any other qualifications listed in the Assistant Practitioner (Health) occupational standard ST0215.
  • For the professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence the apprentice must submit a portfolio of evidence.

Sample Assessment Materials

A range of Sample Assessment Materials will be made available for current apprentices on the EPA Moodle page.

The Apprenticeship Standard

The Apprenticeship Standard (ST0215) can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education website.