Skills for Health launches core standards for Assistant Practitioners – UK – 12 November 2009

Posted on November 24, 2009. Filed under: Allied Health, Workforce | Tags: , |

News Release
For release: 12 November 2009
Skills for Health launches core standards for Assistant Practitioners
New core standards for Assistant Practitioners are published today by Skills for Health, the Sector Skills Council for healthcare.
The standards were developed in response to requests from employers and commissioners concerned at variation in the responsibilities, education and training of staff employed in the role.
The six standards cover the deployment and management of Assistant Practitioners, as well as their recruitment, education and training, competences and development.

Definition

“An Assistant Practitioner is a worker who competently delivers health and social care to and for people. They have a required level of knowledge and skill beyond that of the traditional healthcare assistant or support worker. The Assistant Practitioner would be able to deliver elements of health and social care and undertake clinical work in domains that have previously only been within the remit of registered professionals.  The Assistant Practitioner may
transcend professional boundaries. They are accountable to themselves, their employer, and, more importantly, the people they serve.”

Press release

The Standards

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