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Adult Nursing Support: Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship

Level: 3
Duration: 18 months

Senior adult nursing support workers look after adults in a range of settings, duties will vary accordingly. In most instances your supervisor will be a registered nurse. Some people you support have short term needs; eg they have sustained an injury. Others may have long-term conditions which affect them every day, all their lives eg asthma, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, dementia, depression, stroke or arthritis. Many people suffer from more than one condition eg an older person who has sustained a fall and has a wound that needs regular dressing, may also have heart disease. Some people will need round the clock care, being able to do very little for themselves, requiring you to look after all their personal needs including feeding, washing, going to the toilet as well as carrying out clinical tasks like checking their blood pressure or pulse.

Entry requirements:

Health and Social Care experience. A minimum of two GCSE at grade 4 (grade C) or above in Maths and English is desirable.

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
  • undertake a range of physiological measurements on adults
  • assist with tissue viability risk assessments
  • assist with caring for wounds
  • obtain and test samples and other specimens
  • support frailty, end of life care5
  • contribute to discharge from services
  • monitor and maintain the environment, equipment and resources; perform first line calibration on clinical equipment and manage stock control
  • recognise limitations in mental capacity and respond appropriately
  • Other clinical tasks are determined by your local work setting and policies eg: support people to receive medication or non-oral treatments; monitor the effects of medication; care for stomas; take ECGs; care for individuals with catheters or nasogastric tubes; carry out screening activities eg hearing or vision; monitor swallowing, prepare or carry out extended feeding techniques.

You will know and understand:

  • which clinical tasks you will routinely be expected to carry out within your role
  • the range of physiological states that can be measured including body temperature, height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, urinary output, breathing rate, oxygen saturation, and blood sugar levels; the types of equipment used for measuring physiological states in adults and how to check they are in working order
  • the importance of skin integrity and how to check it
  • how to care for wounds
  • how to take and test venous and capillary blood and other specimens
  • what is meant by frailty; the end of life phase and factors which impact on the care of the dying or deceased
  • the discharge process, the availability and services offered by the extended health and social care system
  • where to source equipment and resources
  • the importance of early diagnosis in relation to dementia and other cognitive issues; why depression, delirium and the normal ageing process may be mistaken for dementia
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Date last updated:06 May 2021

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