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Allied Health Profession – Therapy Support: Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship

Level: 3
Duration: 18 months
Description:

Allied Health Profession (AHP) – therapy support workers work with individuals in a range of settings, your clinical and therapeutic duties will vary accordingly. There are 12 different AHP professions (9) and you may carry out tasks associated with a single profession or tasks that relate to a range of them. Your supervisor will usually be a registered Allied Health Professional. Illness, disability or a change in life circumstances often means that people have to learn or be supported to do things in new and different ways. This can change the pattern of a life-course but individuals can often expect to regain and enjoy a quality of life through the therapeutic and clinical support you provide. Some individuals may have short term needs eg an injury. Others may have long-term physical and/or mental illness or learning disability that affects their independence, function or way of living. You will be required to work with the individual either on their own or within a group setting. You may also work with others to support the individual eg training carers or working with families.

Entry requirements:

Health and Social Care experience and a minimum of two GCSE at grade 4 (grade C) or above in Maths and English is desirable. Functional Skills can be obtained on the course.

Where will I study:

Training 2000 Blackburn OR your employers location (depending on cohort size)

What will I learn?

You will be able to:

  • assist nurses with delegated clinical tasks in line with assist registered practitioners with delegated therapeutic or clinical tasks and interventions in line with current legislation and policy
  • assist with clinical risk assessments
  • contribute to referrals to or discharge from services
  • monitor and maintain the environment
  • recognise the impact of mental or physical capacity, a health condition, learning disability or overall wellbeing on the therapeutic or clinical task or intervention and adapt as appropriate
  • enable individuals to meet optimum potential
  • record interventions and progress against defined outcome measures
  • Other tasks are determined by your local work setting and policies.

You will know and understand:

  • basic human anatomy and physiology
  • which therapeutic or clinical tasks and interventions you will routinely be expected to carry out within your role including standard approaches to identify, manage, rehabilitate or maximise an individual’s function
  • local clinical risk assessments and management plans relevant to the setting
  • the impact of the stages of growing, developing and ageing on physical and mental function and wellbeing; what is meant by frailty; the end of life phase; the impact of disease progress
  • the referral and discharge process, the functions, availability, eligibility and limitations of wider services offered within and external to your organisation and how to signpost people to them
  • how to assess that the environment is appropriate for the therapeutic or clinical task the potential impact of difficulties or impairments (e.g. cognitive, perceptual, physical, emotional, social) on someone’s ability to function in their environment; how to adapt or change a task to promote participation; the impact of mental health on a person’s functioning; how someone’s overall wellbeing or underlying condition may affect the way they present and how to adapt accordingly
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Date last updated:06 May 2021

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