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NOCN EPA Senior Healthcare Support Worker

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

  • Reference: Senior Healthcare Support Worker
  • Level: 3

Duration: 18-24 months • Funding Band: 4 • Max Funding: £3,000


Senior Healthcare Support Workers (HCSW) help registered practitioners deliver healthcare services. As an experienced Support Worker, they carry out a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare or therapeutic tasks, under the direct or indirect supervision of a registered Healthcare Practitioner. They will provide high quality, compassionate healthcare, following standards, policies or protocols and always acting within the limits of competence. They may work in a range of services e.g. hospital, community, health or day-case unit, birth centre or midwifery led unit, someone’s home, operating theatre, nursing or care home, assessment centre, hospice, school, prison, GP surgery, charity or voluntary organisation; working in partnership with individuals, families, carers and other service providers.

There are six options within this apprenticeship standard:

  1. Adult Nursing Support
  2. Maternity Support
  3. Theatre Support
  4. Mental Health Support
  5. Children and Young People Support
  6. Allied Health Profession - Therapy Support

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements. Individual employers may set their own selection criteria for their apprentices, for example prior experience as a support worker.


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