Changes to health apprenticeships from 1 January 2014

Thu Dec 12 13:00:00 UTC 2013

Following a review of health apprenticeships in England, Skills for Health have announced changes to seven apprenticeships with effect from January 2014.  

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The changes relate to all apprentices starting on the following apprenticeships in England on or after 1 January 2014:

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health (Clinical Healthcare Support)
  • Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care (Health Pathway)
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Health (Clinical Healthcare Support)
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Health (Healthcare Support Services)
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care (Health Pathway)
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Health (Allied Health Profession Support)
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Health (Maternity and Paediatric Support).

Where the qualification structure includes the following optional units, apprentices must select as below:

  • Dementia (apprentices must take either Level 2 Dementia Awareness or Level 3 Understand the Process and Experience of Dementia)
  • Mental Health (apprentices must take Level 3 Understand Mental Health Problems)
  • Physiological Measurements (apprentices must take Level 3 Undertake Physiological Measurements).

Guided learning hours

As of 1 January 2014, the minimum off-the-job guided learning hours across all of the frameworks listed above will increase. The new calculations are 175 hours for 12-month frameworks and 263 hours for 18-month frameworks. This change also affects the following frameworks:

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health (Healthcare Support Services)
  • Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health (Emergency Care Assistance)
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Health (Pathology Support)
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Health (Perioperative Support)

For full details, please read this notice from Skills for Health.

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