Health and Social Care (England)

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Framework ID: FR03524
Issue number: 14
Issued: 28 August 2015

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Skills for Care & Development

Contact name: Linda Currin
Telephone number: 0113 241 1200
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An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. It allows the apprentice to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and personal skills, required for their immediate job and future career. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work context. This broader mix differentiates the Apprenticeship experience from training delivered to meet narrowly focused job needs.

On completion of the Apprenticeship the apprentice must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in the range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.

This is the sole apprenticeship framework for people employed in delivering adult social care in England. This framework is also suitable for some workers in the health sector. This framework covers the health and social care sectors which include:

  • The National Health Service
  • Private providers
  • Local authorities
  • Voluntary organisations

Adult social care sector

Social care is the term given to a wide range of care and support for people with assessed need. Social care services are administered through local authorities working with voluntary, private and independent social care organisations. Councils may also provide services themselves or commission others to do so.

In social care this framework provides a suitable way to meet the development and qualification needs of a variety of roles and job titles, including care workers, community, support and outreach workers, personal assistance, domiciliary care workers, supervisors and senior care workers. The apprenticeship framework is inclusive of emerging roles in adult social care. As well as being suitable for existing staff, this framework gives apprentices extensive opportunities to gain employment in the social care sector as well as in some health care roles.

There were 1.75 million paid jobs in adult social care in England in 2009, of these 1.61 million are directly employed at a place of work and 140,000 are employed by agency, bank and pool workers, volunteers, students and others including self employed. The majority of these roles are at operational level, for which this Intermediate and Advanced level apprenticeship framework is suitable, working with adult service groups: older people, people with learning disabilities, sensory and physical impairment service users and those that require extra care support. People who use services are supported in a variety of settings including their own homes, supported accommodation, day care provision and residential accommodation. The sector is steadily expected to grow in size of employees, needing a minimum of 2 million workers by 2025, giving potential apprentices great potential for a career in a growing sector.

Health sector

In the health sector, this framework is suitable for healthcare assistants or clinical support workers. This framework supports the broad vision of the sector to develop an increasingly skilled, flexible and effective workforce whilst maintaining high quality and safe care for patients and it addresses specific outcomes of the Skills for Health Sector Skills Assessment 2011. The health sector comprises of over 2 million people who are working in the NHS (public sector) as well as with voluntary and private healthcare providers and employers. The range of roles within the sector is very varied and the NHS careers site lists in the region of 300 different jobs. Individuals are likely to stay within the health sector for the majority of their working lives although they are also likely to change between different job roles and different employers as their career progresses.

There is a range of challenges for the health sector as a whole: an ageing population creates higher demand for services and ongoing care; patients have a greater choice of which services and treatments they access; and the current economic climate means that budgets are tight. Apprenticeships are one of the many ways in which employers within the health sector are seeking to address some of these increasing pressures. A qualified and competent support workforce is vital to the patient experience and to the smooth running of services. Clinical healthcare support workers tend to have delegated responsibility for a range of tasks which enables the Health Professionals (e.g. nurses, doctors, allied health professionals) to fulfil their own roles more effectively.

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