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NOCN EPA Healthcare Assistant Practitioner

This NOCN EPA will assess the competency of a Healthcare Assistant Practitioner apprentice against the Skills, Knowledge and Behaviors specified in the Standard.

  • Reference: Healthcare Assistant Practitioner
  • Level: 5

Duration: 18-24 months • Funding Band: 10 • Max Funding: £12,000


Assistant Practitioners work as part of the wider Health and Social Care Team and have direct contact with patients, service users or clients providing high quality and compassionate care. Assistant Practitioners work at a level above that of Healthcare Support Workers and have a more in-depth understanding about factors that influence health and ill-health (e.g. anatomy and physiology). Assistant Practitioner is a job title applied to a very wide variety of roles that have been developed locally by employers to meet individual service need. Upon successful completion of this standard, individuals will have obtained the core skills, knowledge and values/behaviours to become an Assistant Practitioner.

Examples of common work activities include assisting in total patient assessment, coordination of care (including referrals to other practitioners) and higher clinical skills such as catheterisation, wound care and discharge planning. Assistant Practitioners can be found working in a range of areas such as Cancer Services, Physiotherapy, Genito-Urinary Medicine, Orthopaedics, Hospice Care, Mental Health, Social Care, Community, Occupational Therapy, Learning Disabilities as well as hybrid roles that cross traditional occupational areas. They will develop additional skills and knowledge based on their employer’s requirements depending on the clinical or professional area within which they are working.

Entry requirements

Individual employers set selection criteria for their apprentices.


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