Level 3 Dental Nurse

Have you always wanted a career in the healthcare industry but you’re not sure where to start? Has the dental industry always been appealing to you but you don’t want to go to university? Well, the answers to those questions lie within this article, exploring the role of a Level 3 Dental Nurse and how an apprenticeship could be the perfect choice for you to kickstart your career.

Summary of the Role

A role of a dental nurse is an understated one, yet crucial in enabling dental professionals to deliver efficient and accurate services to patients. The primary purpose of the role is to provide chair side support to dentists and other professionals, working with them to provide patients with a high standard of oral healthcare, including keeping records and dictating notes on behalf of the dentist. Maintaining high standards of cleanliness and infection control are also important aspects of the role as dental nurses are responsible for the preparation, sterilisation and disposal of instruments, materials and medicaments used in dental procedures to ensure that all services undertaken are safe and hygienic. Other responsibilities include carrying out stock control and enforcing patient safety in the practice during their visits.

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Dental nurses work in clinical environments that could be located in NHS general dental practices or hospitals serving the community, as well as private or specialist practices. Dental nurses interact with patients of all ages, genders, backgrounds and cultures with varying beliefs, as well as other members of the practice team, such as receptionists or specialists. In more specific cases, they may also be required to interact with schools, the prison service or the military service.

Dental nurses are registered professionals and work within the standards and scope of practice as defined by the General Dental Council Scope of Practice document.

Knowledge and Skills you will gain

  • Acquire knowledge of the dental and regional anatomy
  • Knowledge of the wider dental and healthcare system
  • Understand legislation, policy and procedures outlined in the GDC
  • Provide chair side support during dental procedures
  • Communicate appropriately, effectively and sensitively at all times
  • Respect patients’ dignity and choices and act without discrimination
  • Effectively manage own time and resources

Qualifications required

Level 2 English* & Maths

*British Sign Language qualification as an alternative

Other details

Duration – 18 months

Occupational Level – Level 3

Regulatory body – General Dental Council

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you will be awarded with a Level 3 qualification for entry to the professional register as a dental nurse.

Conclusion

The Level 3 Dental Nurse apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity for ambitious and driven individuals to get your foot in the door in the healthcare industry and opens up a plethora of opportunities to continue your career path such as branching out into an Oral Health Practitioner role. This apprenticeship will provide you with key skills and knowledge that will help you to excel and flourish in the health and sciences sector and provide meaningful and appreciated care to the community.

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Level 5 Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship

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Are you compassionate about giving high-quality social care? If so, you’re in the right place to find out how the level 5 healthcare assistant practitioner apprenticeship could kickstart your dream career. Alternatively, you could change roles within your current organisation and complete the apprenticeship training. NHS apprenticeships are a great way to further your career.

Jobs and entry criteria for the level 5 healthcare assistant practitioner

The healthcare assistant practitioner works on an in-depth level to understand factors that influence health and ill health (e.g. anatomy and physiology). This apprenticeship allows the apprentice to obtain the core skills, knowledge and values/behaviours to become an Assistant Practitioner.

In this healthcare assistant practitioner apprenticeship role, you’ll experience a massive range of things from assisting in total patient assessment to the coordination of care (including referrals to other practitioners) and higher clinical skills such as catheterisation, wound care and discharge planning! Not only that but you may find yourself working in a range of areas. These could be 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. We’re hard-pressed to find a role that covers quite so many areas. We’re sure you’ll find the areas you like!

If you do not have your Level 2 English and Maths then you will get a chance to sit this during your apprenticeship as you’ll need this before you can do your end-point assessment.

Key responsibilities of a healthcare assistant practitioner

You shouldn’t fear any responsibilities as you’ll be in the capable hands of a Registered Practitioner! They will ensure you feel you are equipped to handle anything coming your way. If you ever don’t feel skilled enough to carry out anything, then alert them immediately.

Working in healthcare means you must be an honest and caring person. You should always be compassionate to others’ needs and committed to their betterment. The healthcare assistant practitioner apprenticeship requires you to treat individual beliefs and cultures with respect and be empathetic with what you come across. Demonstrating discretion and working to be practised as you may have to be courageous and challenge areas of concern.

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Nurse taking care of an old woman

Level 5 Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Core Competencies

The apprentice will be able to demonstrate:

  • the principles and philosophy of health and social care
  • the physiology, organisation and function of the human body
  • lifespan developments and healthcare needs from prenatal to end-of-life/bereavement
  • research and development in the health and social care sector to inform and improve the quality of care
  • provision and promotion of holistic person-centred care and support, the duty of care and safeguarding of individuals
  • the importance of the strategic environment in health and social care and the implications for the individual
  • the importance of current evidence-based practice within the scope of the role

The assessment plan, occupational standard and any extra documents will outline any extra competencies and what you need to do to satisfy them.

Healthcare assistant practitioner knowledge modules and vendor exams

The apprentice will have successfully completed a regulated level 5 occupational competence qualification. The EPA will test if the apprentice has taken all key competencies on board!

Your end point assessment:

  • Showcase your knowledge, skills and behaviours developed throughout the apprenticeship through oral or documentary evidence.
  • Will be observed during your normal work hours by an independent assessor.
  • Tests the knowledge acquired by the apprentice throughout the apprenticeship. The end-point assessment includes the following components:
    1. multiple choice and short answer test
    2. An observation of practice undertaken in the workplace
    3. reflective journal completed by the apprentice and an interview.

Conclusion

As you can see, the level 5 healthcare assistant practitioner will assist someone in really honing their healthcare practitioner skills. ApprenticeTips wouldn’t recommend this standard if we weren’t sure of the confident and widely skilled registered practitioner you can become! In addition, you will earn while you learn and for those Assistant Practitioners who wish to progress into Registered Practice, the apprenticeship can provide credits into some Higher Education programmes aligned to professional registration.

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Level 3 Metrology Technician Apprenticeships

Does learning about the science of measurement: using tools, equipment, instrumentation and software programs to improve the quality and throughput of goods and utilities excite you? Gaining invaluable knowledge and experience to help prepare you to work in a vast spectrum of industries from aerospace to healthcare. If this does excite you, Level 3 Metrology Technician Apprenticeships could be the career path for you. 

Jobs and entry criteria for level 3 metrology technician apprenticeships

The metrology technician apprenticeship provides a gateway to multiple roles and opportunities. Potential roles include Measurement research; Measurement application in the field, Laboratory or Manufacturing; and Quality and process support. The average salary for a Measurement Researcher is £36K a year in the United Kingdom. For Quality and process support roles, the national average salary is £38K in the United Kingdom. Demonstrating that these roles and career paths are well-paid options for any individual. With the variety of industries that metrology technicians can work in, apprenticeships in this industry will open doors and excite any candidate. 

The typical requirements for candidates wanting to join the level 3 metrology technician include: achieving a grade C or above at GCSE level in English and maths and a relevant science subject. If an applicant has previous experience, this may also make an individual suited for consideration, but if an applicant has no prior experience but has the appropriate qualifications, they will still be able to apply. Companies will select the criteria required for apprentices, so these may vary depending on the company’s asks. 

Level 3 Metrology Technician Apprenticeships

Key responsibilities of a metrology technician apprentice

The role of a Metrology Technician is to understand core measurement principles and practices and apply these to measurement activities, whatever industry they are involved with. Using a variety of channels to identify needs, planning and performing measurement tasks. When performing their day-to-day tasks, Metrology Technicians must adhere to statutory regulations and health and safety requirements, with most of the work performed with minimal supervision.  

Level 3 Metrology Technician Core Competencies

As a Metrology Technician apprentice, you will learn and develop skills to help complete your course competencies. These competencies include: 

  • The principles of metrology and their application within industries. Find more about the principles of metrology at Fluke Cals literature, in the link here.
  • Safe working practices and legislation, skills to adhere to statutory regulations and health and safety requirements.
  • Procedures and requirements regarding metrology technicians’ codes of conduct.
  • Understanding why topics such as quality requirements, assurance, verification, inspection, and processes, are important within Metrology.
  • The measuring environment, understanding anomalies and uncertainties, data collection, analysis, interpretation and providing results. 
  • Some of the mathematical techniques required include; statistics, process control methodologies, measurement systems analysis and algebraic expressions. All key for performing measurement tasks. 

Metrology Technician exams

To showcase an applicant’s knowledge and understanding of the Metrology Technician role, individuals have to complete exams to display their competency. The first is a Knowledge Test, this exam will consist of a multiple-choice test comprising 50 questions, with four answer choices per question. Taken under controlled conditions, usually on screen, and graded as a fail/pass/distinction.

The second exam will be a test of an apprentice’s Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours through Practical Observation. This exam is a 2.5-hour observation of the apprentice in the workplace or external controlled environment. Providing apprentices with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge, skills and behaviours. Graded as a fail/pass/distinction. 

The third and final exam is another test of the apprentices’ Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours but a Professional Review. This review will be a minimum of 30 minutes but up to a maximum of 1-hour structured discussion between the apprentice, and the independent assessor. Explores the period of on-programme learning and development. Assesses technical knowledge and evidence of the apprentices skills and behaviours. Graded as a fail/pass/distinction.

Key skills and behaviours

Here are a few key skills and behaviours required to complete the Metrology Technician Apprenticeship. 

Skills:

  • Identify measurement needs and make informed decisions about the measurement process and timescales required. 
  • Interpret information and documentation to support the measurement process.
  • Prepare the work environment and perform tests and checks on measurement tools, checking if they are suitable for use.
  • Act to resolve issues when non-conforming tools and equipment have been identified.

Behaviours:

  • Focus on quality and achieve a high level of attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Analytical skills and abilities for solving problems.
  • Be self-motivated and inquisitive, and have the confidence to speak up and challenge when appropriate.
  • Show determination and drive to keep learning and developing 

Conclusion

The Metrology Technician Apprenticeship is a perfect opportunity for individuals interested in measurements, and analytical thinking, who enjoy problem-solving and hands-on tasks. This apprenticeship opens a gateway to a variety of industries and varying sizes of companies. While gaining invaluable experience and knowledge, you will earn while you learn, so you can develop your career and save money while you do. After the apprenticeship, you can progress on your skills journey to qualifications reaching level 5.

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A health care science course that anyone can achieve: an apprenticeship

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Do you want to progress, but see no route in your own profession? Ever wondered what it would’ve been like if you’d taken a health care qualification like your colleagues? Well you can, with an apprenticeship!

For those of you who aren’t quite sure, this means you can keep earning whilst you learn! No university debt or fees, no extra hours of work on weekends. All this Level 6 apprenticeship (equivalent to an accredited bachelors health care degree) requires of you is your compassion; honesty; and conscientiousness towards others. This health care apprenticeship can earn you an average salary of 34K. Followed by opportunities to further progress your career after your apprenticeship. Completion of the healthcare course also awards you eligibility to apply as a Biomedical Scientist or join the accredited Register of Clinical Technologists for example.

So what does the role entail?

  • You will become an expert in applied science techniques, delivering patient sensitive tests and procedures (in some cases, including specialist therapeutic interventions). You will work on samples, patients and other equipment.
  • You’ll be responsible for the analysis of a wide range of diagnostic tests that contribute to the clinical assessment of patients for the presence of disease, the monitoring of health and the effectiveness of treatments
  • You’re required to use judgement, deal with ambiguity and supervise the training of others in the trainee practitioner and support workforce
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Skills you will learn as a care practitioner:

  • Ensuring the highest standards of person-centred care are practised so that each person is treated with dignity and respect with equality and diversity legislation, policies
  • Identifying ways of promoting good mental health/well being and the use of appropriate language to share complex information with the public, patients and colleagues, including giving and receiving feedback
  • Critically reflecting on your practice, keeping your knowledge and skills updated autonomously as a practitioner by responding to appraisal/feedback
  • Be responsible for the safety and functioning of equipment and use research, reasoning and problem solving skills to support improvements/innovation in health care science

The health care apprenticeship is typically a minimum of 36 months long. As a healthcare practitioner you can work in a range of different settings including hospitals, primary care, public health, and private sector hospitals – so there are many opportunities to find the right environment for you… Maybe it might be somewhere you already work, but in a new position. Or maybe this is completely new for you and that’s awesome! ApprenticeTips.com has more information on how to find the right course and training provider for you, but feel free to reach out to us on social media with any care qualification questions:

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Could You Be A Science Industry Maintenance Technician?

Do you want to work in an industry at the leading edge of technology? With opportunities at companies such as AstraZeneca, GSK, Ineos and Pfizer, there has never been a better time to become a Science Industry Maintenance Technician!

What is a Science Industry Maintenance Technician?

A science industry maintenance technician helps to ensure creation and maintenance of safe operation of science industry plant through the installation, maintenance, testing and repair of mechanical, electrical equipment and instrumentation. This role requires proactivity to help find solutions to problems and identify areas where their working environment can be improved. As well as core engineering skills, maintenance technicians need to follow safe working practices, specific to this industry. Work varies, using specialist safety equipment, completing shift work and working on sites running 365 day operations.  

Science industry maintenance technicians work in a wide range of companies, including, but not exclusively, chemical, petrochemical, polymer, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, engineering and nuclear manufacturing.

What Skills Do You Need?

Achieved a minimum of Grade C at Level 2 (GCSE) in:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Any Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) subject.

What Skills Are Desirable?

  • Strong Communication – You will be working with various stakeholders, therefore communicating effectively using a full range of skills will be required: Speaking, Listening, Writing, Body Language and Presentation.
  • Teamwork – Ensuring you are a team player, working effectively as part of your team.
  • Independence – The ability to take responsibility for your own work.
  • Proactivity – Initiating and completing tasks at work.
  • Awareness – Understanding of the impact your work on others.
  • Time Management – Ensuring work is completed on schedule and to an excellent standard.
  • Adaptability – To be able to react to change in a positive manner.
  • Perseverance – Pursue excellence in the face of adversity.
  • Willingness To Learn! – Someone who is motivated to improve.

What Skills Will You Gain?

  • Understand and follow internal and external regulatory procedures in order to meet the quality standards set out by both your employer and the industry regulators.
  • Understand your business’s Goals and Objectives. Taking into account your own role within the organisation and how you can help to meet those objectives.
  • Maintaining systems and equipment that are relevant to your discipline, whilst following regulatory procedures (or multiple if required by your job role).
  • Apply techniques to identify and solve problems before they can arise, this applies to all aspects of the job role. (This can include systems, components, and inter-personal relations)
  • Understand and display relevant technical knowledge within your discipline.
  • Understanding how to identify end of life issues with equipment.
  • Understand and apply information taken from briefs, engineering documents, specifications, manuals and databases.
  • Input and interpret data accurately and efficiently.

Why Should You Apply?

  • This apprenticeship takes place over a minimum of 36 months, where you will learn valuable skills from your paid employment whilst receiving the specialist training from your Apprenticeship provider.
  • Upon completion you will have achieved a: Level 3 (Advanced) qualification – Equivalent to 2 A-levels
  • Salary during employment (to be confirmed by the employer) and a potential base salary upon completion of £29,000 per annum.
  • Opportunities in industries including but not limited to automotive, biotechnology, chemical, engineering, formulated products, nuclear manufacturing, petrochemical, polymer, primary and secondary pharmaceutical.
  • It’s an excellent opportunity to kickstart or accelerate your career in the STEM industry!

Conclusion

The Level 3 Science Industry Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship is an amazing opportunity for career growth. With so many recognisable industry leaders taking on Apprentices, now is an excellent time to consider this career path. You will gain many desirable soft and hard skills that will make you an invaluable asset to the industry. You may choose to continue with your current employer or see where your experience and knowledge can take you in the industry. There is also further opportunity to study with at a higher level with an example of a Level 6 Science Industry Process Plant Engineer building upon the skills gained at level 3 to help design and manufacture chemical, biological or science-based technologies. The options and opportunities within the industry continue to grow as more resources are invested into apprenticeships, with both employers and apprentices seeing a bright future in the industry!

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Prosthetic and orthotic technician apprenticeship

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Are you passionate about helping people? A Level 3 prosthetic and orthotic technician apprenticeship qualification might be the first step into making ‘bringing a smile to people’s faces’ your career

Prosthetic and orthotic technician role summary

Prosthetic and orthotic technicians manufacture devices; which correct deformity and minimise pain and discomfort in people missing limbs and those with conditions that impair movement.

Prosthetic technicians create artificial limbs for patients without an arm or leg, whilst orthotic technicians create splints, braces, and special footwear for those living with conditions like arthritis and spina bifida.

Main responsibilities

Prosthetic and orthotic technicians mainly work in the NHS, but some also work at private clinics and companies that supply the NHS. The responsibilities of a Prosthetic and orthotic technician include:

  • Plan and create custom-made devices according to a given specification and timescale
  • Design orthoses and prostheses using various materials using digital imaging techniques, e.g. computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided modelling (CAM)
  • Design prostheses as similar to the missing limb as possible
  • Help people of all ages with various conditions such as spina bifida, scoliosis, stroke, diabetes, etc.
  • Collaborate with orthotists, prosthetists, and doctors.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this apprenticeship are set by individual employers but may include GCSEs, A-levels, and other related qualifications.

Necessary skills

Here are the necessary skills and knowledge needed to become a competent Prosthetic and orthotic technician:

  • An understanding of various physical impairments
  • Creative
  • Have great attention to detail and functionality.
  • Good communication skills – you will be working directly with patients and colleagues, so being personable is key.
  • Strong listening skills – it is crucial to listen to and consider your patient’s needs when designing and manufacturing the device.

How to apply

To do a Prosthetic and orthotic technician apprenticeship, you will need to apply with a health care provider. You can search for apprentice position openings on the NHS Jobs website and Find an Apprenticeship website.

Conclusion

Prosthetic and orthotic technicians play an integral role in improving patient quality of life. It is a rewarding role with many opportunities for innovation as our technology and knowledge progress. An apprenticeship will allow you to learn on the job and provide you with the necessary skills and experience to be a successful, fully qualified Prosthetic and orthotic technician.

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Level 4 Oral Health Practitioner Apprenticeship
Level 4 Mammography Associate Apprenticeship

Level 4 Oral Health Practitioner Apprenticeship

Have you always wanted a career in the dental industry? Or to learn how to care and educate those who need help with their oral health? If that appeals to you, read on to find out more about the Level 4 Oral Health Practitioner Apprenticeship and begin your journey to a rewarding career.

The Role Profile of an Oral Health Practitioner Apprentice

Being an Oral Health Practitioner apprentice requires you to have a high level of autonomy and responsibility when carrying out your work. Under the direction of a dentist, Oral Health practitioners will perform an array of oral health procedures to prevent poor oral health. This involves working in the patient’s mouth and applying fluoride varnish, tooth brushing, taking impressions and taking clinical photographs. As an Oral Health Practitioner, your role will fit alongside other dental professionals, working at a level above a dental nurse but below dentists.

Dental Professional Performing Procedure

In addition to working with dentists, Oral Health Practitioners work within the community to deliver helpful information about Oral Health. Interacting with a range of ages, you will visit schools, care homes, and hospitals to educate people about Oral Health. Furthermore, you will provide general health screenings in addition to oral health checks, to ensure that the whole health of the individual is being cared for. This may include checks for diabetes, blood tests and blood pressure checks.

Daily Duties of an Oral Health Practitioner

As an Oral Health Practitioner, you will:

  • Work with a number of different people of varying ages and abilities
  • Plan community sessions and work with stakeholders
  • Prepare the dental and clinical equipment and patient records for all sessions
  • Be responsible for infection control and keeping a safe, clinical environment
  • Examine patient’s mouths for dental plaque indices and debris scores
  • Directed by a dentist, you will apply fluoride to patient’s mouths
  • Be responsible for taking clinical photographs of patient’s mouths
  • Teach and assist people with dental healthcare tasks, such as brushing their teeth
  • Conduct general health screenings including blood tests and blood pressure checks
  • Educate people about their oral health
  • Motivate people to change their oral health habits, such as stopping smoking
  • Refer patients to dentists when necessary
  • Refer patients to other healthcare professionals when needed
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What is required of an Oral Health Practitioner:

As an Oral Health Practitioner, it is important that you are an understanding and caring individual who treats people with respect and dignity. As well as this, you must be able to work as part of a team, and be able to speak up when needed. You must follow best practice and be a reliable member of the healthcare team.

How to become an Oral Health Practitioner Apprentice

To become an Oral Health Practitioner Apprentice, you must currently be a dental nurse or other relevant registered dental care worker with the General Dental Council.

If you do not have level 2 English and Maths qualifications, these will need to be completed before end point assessment.

Conclusion

The Level 4 Oral Health Practitioner Apprenticeship is an amazing opportunity for those looking to progress in their dental career. Providing opportunities to progress once qualified, this career path is perfect for ambitious individuals with a passion for helping others. This apprenticeship will provide you with the key skills to flourish in the health and sciences sector, as well as the opportunity to provide care and help for those who need it every day.

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Level 4 Mammography Associate Apprenticeship

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Have you always wanted to work for the NHS? or wondered how to train to be a mammographer? If so, read on to find out how you could become an apprentice mammography associate. Help and support women with their wellbeing and health by learning and undertaking mammography of individuals as part of the NHS breast screening programme.

Occupational profile of Mammography Associate

The primary role of a mammography associate will be to undertake mammography of individuals, including individuals which have symptoms of breast disease. By the end of your apprenticeship, you will be expected to have a good understanding of breast anatomy, physiology and pathology. You will also be able to tell clinical signs and symptoms of breast cancer and be able to apply your knowledge of ionising radiation regulations. 

You will be taught technical skills in operating equipment in the breast screening programme, such as the specialised mammography equipment, and you will be responsible for monitoring the equipment’s functions and performance. You will learn how to use the specialised equipment to produce consistently high-quality images to meet the NHS Breast Screening Programme Standards.

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Responsibilities of Mammography Associate

Within the NHS, you will be working in a sector that can be sensitive, challenging, and will require a lot of discipline, and you will need to promote and maintain a professional practice. You will have responsibility for not only the specialised equipment, but for individuals in the NHS Breast Screening Programme, and the work environment. You will be expected to prepare and safely operate the specialised mammography equipment within standard operating procedures. You will also be expected to prepare and take care of individuals in the programmes, reassuring, advising, and supporting them during this sensitive time, you will be expected to have effective interpersonal and communication skills to help with this. 

During the role, you will be responsible for maintaining comprehensive and accurate records, using the information management systems. You will have the duty to perform and record routine regulatory quality control tests on all specialised equipment in the sector.

Mammography associates must act in a professional manner at all times, treating individuals with respect and dignity, as well as respecting individuals’ beliefs, culture, and values. Adopting an empathetic and discrete approach to situations, and demonstrating the courage to challenge yourself within the role and challenge areas of concern. You will be able to deliver a high-quality experience to all women during their time within the Breast Screening Programme and be committed to the role. 

Qualification requirements for the Level 4 Mammography Associate

The mammography associate apprenticeship provides an opportunity to work and learn within the breast imaging workforce, working in a team to help support women in the community. This apprenticeship provides an excellent opportunity for starting on a pathway into the NHS, which offers excellent career progression and learning opportunities.

The entry-level requirements for this level 4 mammography associate are a level 2 in English and Maths. Apprentices with our level 2 in English and Maths will be expected to achieve this prior to the end-point assessment. For apprentices with prior education, health and care plan, or a legacy statement, a level 3 in English and Maths (British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English for applicants whom this is their primary language). This gives everyone the chance to succeed and come out highly qualified at the end of the apprenticeship.

Conclusion

The level 4 mammography associate position is an excellent opportunity and starting point for anyone willing to take on the challenge of working in the health, care and science sector. The skills learnt during the apprenticeship will open up a range of progression opportunities in the field and will give you a range of work experience you can’t find at other places of work. In addition to the skills you will learn, you will also earn, allowing applicants of any age to work in the NHS Breast Screening Programme. This apprenticeship will give you a range of opportunities and experiences, allowing you to learn and grow in a rewarding career. 

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Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship: Midwife

Do you want to work towards gaining a degree qualification by training for a rewarding career? On a midwifery degree apprenticeship, you will learn how to give support and care to women and babies during the pregnancy, labour and postnatal period. 

What is a midwifery degree apprenticeship?

Midwives are responsible for looking after the mother and baby. They provide support, care and advice when necessary. They act as the first point of contact for a woman during pregnancy, labour and birth. Throughout this degree apprenticeship, you could become an expert in healthcare and birth, helping to support women through all outcomes. 

These apprenticeship programmes are designed to help develop your confidence, allowing you to become a competent and autonomous healthcare provider, with the knowledge needed to begin a career in midwifery. Throughout the course, you will learn from experienced midwives and practice in a variety of different healthcare rotations. You will get hands-on and real-world experience which will be vital in helping to prepare you to become a qualified midwife. 

A midwifery degree apprenticeship is an exciting new route into the healthcare profession. The apprenticeship is fairly new, having only been introduced in 2018. There will be options once you are qualified – most midwives are employed by the NHS while others work in the private sector or independently. These degree courses are typically 4 years long and will include study at a university campus, as well as practical learning that takes place at a hospital facility. 

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The daily duties of a midwife

  • Examining and monitoring women throughout their pregnancies and birth 
  • Assessing and writing care plans 
  • Responsible for antenatal care  
  • Conducting patient observations and screening tests 
  • Providing treatment and administering medication as required 
  • Supporting new parents 
  • Providing expert clinical advice 
  • Assisting with the birth and delivery of babies 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are set locally and determined by each university or employer. Generally you will need to meet the requirements of a level 6 degree at a relevant university. However, if you already have a degree, you will need to meet the requirements of a level 7 masters degree. If you are already a qualified nurse, you will take a level 7 master degree, approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).  

Benefits of a degree apprenticeship

  • Earn a salary and make a difference as a healthcare professional
  • You won’t need to pay tuition fees and will graduate without any student debt
  • Work as a fully qualified midwife once the course is completed
  • Help others while you train for your career
  • The course is a practical and hands-on challenge with many rewards
  • Learn a wide range of skills
  • Learn how to manage complicated situations
  • Work with and care for people on a regular basis
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The skills you will learn as a midwifery apprentice

As an apprentice midwife, you will need to demonstrate a variety of skills to complete the qualification. Throughout the apprenticeship, you will learn the following: 

  • To practice in accordance with the NMC standards, legislation and follow policy and procedures 
  • Communicate clearly with women, their partners and families 
  • Confirm, assess, and monitor pregnancy 
  • Determine and provide programmes of care and support 
  • During the antenatal period, provide care and intervention (where appropriate) 
  • Learn when and how to refer women and babies in need of further care 
  • Support and care for women during labour and birth 
  • Prepare for and manage emergencies 
  • During the postnatal period, work alongside women and other carers 
  • Examine and care for babies 
  • Administer medications safely 
  • Complete and retain records 
  • Work as part of the wider health and social care team

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Level 2 – Healthcare Support Worker

Have you ever thought of working in the healthcare industry? Or have you ever wanted to help those in need? Don’t look any further. This level 2 healthcare support worker apprenticeship requires no specialist education or previous experience. If you like taking responsibility and caring for others, then you would be the perfect fit.

This apprenticeship covers a whole manner of skills and high-quality behaviours which will make you a competent and job ready healthcare support worker.

Healthcare support worker in action

Job Profile

Healthcare support workers, work together in a team to provide quality care for individuals. Within 12-18 months you will have the capabilities to provide compassion and healthcare for individuals who cannot care for themselves. You will be fully qualified to carry out clinical duties, monitor conditions of those who are unwell, check progress and comfort of our patients to provide valuable health and social care.

Responsibilities and Duties of the Role

The role will enable you to take on a lot of responsibility and work closely with other care workers and patients. In order to progress, you will learn relevant standards and policies for this workplace, including the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England. Throughout this apprenticeship you will have constant support in order to achieve the highest success. We will also ensure you gain your Care Certificate which will form the fundamental skills you need to provide the best care.

Behaviours and Skills you will learn

You must treat every patient with the most compassion and dignity, respecting every individual’s belief, culture, and values. This job will require you to show empathy to the patient’s situation, to their families and show respect to everyone around you. At times this job will be tough, and you will face challenges, but working alongside the rest of the team, you will end up resilient against any tests that come your way. We ensure our teams are always supported throughout their days and once you learn to adapt to your surroundings, you can thrive.

The skills available to learn along the way are indispensable for any career and they will enable you to excel in this apprenticeship and any later role you may take on. Some examples of the skills learnt are:

  • Communication – communicating with individuals, their families, your colleagues and healthcare professionals. This will become so important to your role as you can make yourself and others understood, you may resolve conflicts with smooth communication, and you will be able to handle sensitive information which may be confidential.
  • Health Intervention – supporting individuals thought-out their conditions, being able to identify signs of pain and discomfort and able to promote physical wellbeing for others. You will learn how to do routine clinical tasks, such as blood pressure checks, taking temperatures etc. This is very valuable in acknowledging signs of wellbeing at its best and when it is deteriorating and promoting positivity in one’s wellbeing and physical health.
  • Person centered care – Promoting mental wellbeing and recognising when an individual has limits. Being able to notice those who are struggling with their mental health or general cognitive wellbeing, becoming forgetful or feeling anxious. These skills are important to remain positive in your role for the wellbeing of others and being able to report low mental health.
  • Personal development – Taking responsibility for others and for yourself in order to reflect on each individuals’ actions including your own. Being able to work in a team and develop skills within the team and individually to continue learning and upskilling. The role does have a lot of responsibility and you must follow the rules in place to manage your relationships and help others to the best of your ability.
  • Equality and Diversity – following the principles of equality and diversity and inclusion to ensure every individual always gets the same level of care and compassion. This will not only help those in care, but also help others recognise every individual matters.

These skills are only a few of so many that you will learn on this apprenticeship program. They will allow you to succeed in this course and lead to opportunity in many fields.

Assessment

Throughout the apprenticeship, while you are taking on new responsibility and learning new skills, you will be assessed throughout. You will have ongoing consultation with your superiors and training providers. This assessment aims to test the skills and knowledge you have learnt during your time on the apprenticeship and to test your skills as a health care worker. You will have the opportunity to showcase skills and methods of care that you have learnt as well as compiling a portfolio of your great work to evidence each part of your role to prove your understanding of the content and practical skills you have learnt. Finally, you will take part in an interview and get graded on each step of the apprenticeship course.

Conclusion

This apprenticeship provides a high level of knowledge and valuable, transferrable skills and behaviours, proving that the level 2 healthcare support worker is a fulfilling role for anyone to take on. Whether you’re looking to broaden your skills or wanting to start a career in healthcare, this job is perfect for someone starting out, with no skills required.

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Support worker apprenticeship