Assistant Practitioner

In primary care, Assistant Practitioners (sometimes referred to as Associate Practitioners) work alongside clinical staff to provide care for patients. APs usually complete a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care, a Qualification and Credit Framework Level 5 Apprenticeship programme or Diploma in Health Care.

While not registered practitioners, APs are highly skilled through both their experience and training, usually working under the direction of another health professional (such as a Nurse, or Physiotherapist). This position also provides opportunity for career progression for those in roles such as Healthcare Assistants.

Your role may involve:

  • Coordinating care (including referrals to other practitioners)
  • Performing a range of diagnostic tests (eg, ECG, blood pressure, spirometry)
  • Health education and health promotion
  • Supporting long-term condition management
  • Administering selected medicines and vaccines
  • Wound care

You might be suited to an Assistant Practitioner role if you are:

  • Caring, patient and understanding
  • Organised and methodical
  • Able to follow processes and protocols
  • Good at working in a team and with the public
  • Comfortable using a variety of medical terminology

Entry requirements and skills:

  • Relevant work experience within the NHS/a clinical support role (such as HCA)
  • Evidence of relevant Level 3 study (eg, A-Levels, BTEC or equivalent)
  • Individuals can be supported to undertake Level 5 foundation degree training often via apprenticeship route

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