Senior Healthcare Support Worker (Maternity Support) Apprenticeship - CertHE
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The Senior Healthcare Support Worker (Maternity Support) Apprenticeship is a full-time apprenticeship delivered at the City South campus. The course has been carefully designed to provide you with the skills you require in order for you to undertake your role safely within the maternity workforce. The course equips successful candidates for a range of roles in maternity settings....
- Level Apprenticeship
- Study mode Work Based Learning
- Location City South
- Award CertHE
- Start date September 2023
- School School of Nursing and Midwifery
- Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences
The Senior Healthcare Support Worker (Maternity Support) Apprenticeship is a full-time apprenticeship delivered at the City South campus. The course has been carefully designed to provide you with the skills you require in order for you to undertake your role safely within the maternity workforce. The course equips successful candidates for a range of roles in maternity settings. Expert teaching staff in our School of Nursing and Midwifery and School of Health Sciences provide the guidance needed to facilitate your development of the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours that will support and advance your career.
How to apply
You apply for a degree apprenticeship in the same way you apply for a normal job. You’ll need to submit an application to the recruiting employer.
Employers advertise degree apprenticeships throughout the year and there is no application cycle like there is with university applications. The vacancy will state when the application deadline is, and when the apprenticeship is due to start.
You cannot apply directly to the University for a degree apprenticeship. To apply for an apprenticeship, you first need to find one that you are interested in applying for.
The NHS Jobs website is where the vacancies are advertised. It only shows live jobs (so it won’t tell you previous vacancies, nor what’s coming up), so you will need to check it regularly to see new vacancies as the employers advertise them.
What's covered in this course?
The course has been carefully designed in collaboration with local maternity providers, to provide you with the skills you require for you to become safe, competent Senior Healthcare Maternity Support Workers within the maternity workforce. The course aligns with the Health Education England Maternity Support Worker Competency, Education and Career Development Framework.
The course equips successful candidates for a range of roles within maternity settings. Expert teaching staff within our School of Nursing and Midwifery and School of Health Sciences provide the guidance needed to facilitate the development of the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours that will support and advance your career.
During your time on the course, you will receive integrated theory and practical content. This will allow you to engage in teaching and learning activities in both the academic and clinical practice setting. You will explore maternity focused modules that will enable you to undertake a more in-depth study relevant to your role within maternity services, practice, and service user groups.
You will be supported in developing the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to care for women, babies and their families in line with your scope of practice. You will have the opportunity to develop clinical skills relating to your role as well as exploring a range of essential transferable skills and knowledge such as delivering compassionate care, effective communication, responsibility and accountability within your role, infection prevention and confidentiality to name but a few. The course also offers an introduction to anatomy and physiology, and examines social, psychological, and cultural influences relevant to your area of work.
Please be aware this programme is an apprenticeship. In order to meet the apprenticeship requirements, you must be working within a suitable maternity environment, and have the support of your employer throughout the Cert HE Senior Healthcare Support Worker (Maternity Support) apprenticeship. You need this before you can apply.
Applicants must have GCSE at Grade 4 (previously a Grade C) or above in English Language and Mathematics and be employed within a suitable maternity setting.
Please check the transferable skills document from Apprenticeship Certificates England to see if your qualifications meet the requirements for a Higher Apprenticeship.
Why study an apprenticeship?
- Apprenticeships offer work-based learning – the opportunity to build on existing knowledge and skills
- Highly experienced tutors who are all professionally qualified to support you at university
- At BCU we offer a supportive environment, especially for anyone returning to education after a gap or progressing to a university setting for the first time.
- Work-based clinical educators and clinical learning facilitators to support you in practice
- A wide range of support services available to you at university to support your learning journey
- We have excellent facilities, including a brand new building that offers state-of-the-art equipment that will support you in your studies. There are several study spaces and open access information technology support
How will I study?
Our evidence-based curriculum will empower you to contribute to the provision of high-quality holistic care both during your studies and in your future career. Collaborative working with employer partners and service users in all areas of learning, teaching and assessment is integral to our approach.
Facilities & Staff
Our School of Nursing and Midwifery is based at our City South campus in leafy Edgbaston.
We’ve spent £41million expanding our facilities at City South. These facilities offer hands-on practical experience, replicating the spaces you will come across in professional practice.
In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that you learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. Alongside physical spaces such as a mock operating theatre and wards, we also make use of online and virtual technology, such as our virtual ward and virtual case creator.
See more of our skills facilities at City South
Centre for Skills and Simulation
The Centre for Skills and Simulation offers a range of different spaces which replicate situations that you will encounter in practice. These include hospital wards, an operating theatre and a home environment room.
Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. The hospital wards can be adapted from low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.
The home environment room is the perfect space for teaching communications skills and allows us to simulate a community setting for our students. It is particularly useful for mental health nurses, learning disability nurses and midwives.
We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and simulation babies (SIM babies) which are anatomically correct manikins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills. The manikins contain software which replicates real symptoms, and can manipulate indicators such as blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM man can even ‘talk’ to the students as they are treating him, to add another dimension to learning.
The Seacole building has two open-access IT Suites which offer PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is also an IT Helpdesk for quick and easy help with your computing or internet issues.
Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:
- Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
- Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
- Microsoft Office software
- Research and statistical software
- Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home
Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.
In addition to desktop PCs, we also offer a laptop loan facility, allowing students to borrow a laptop for up to six hours while on campus.
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