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Become an assistant practitioner

Assistant practitioners are a developing part of the workforce, and work to a level above that of a health care assistant (HCA). Sometimes known as associate practitioners, they take on more responsibilities, under the supervision of registered nurses.

A varied role

Assistant practitioners work in a range of health settings with nursing staff. A day in the life of an AP is varied and depends on the field you’re employed in, but generally your responsibilities will take place under the direction and supervision of health care professionals. There is often opportunity to progress onto further training through your employer – such as secondment or entry onto a nursing degree.

What qualifications you’ll need

One of the most popular ways to become an assistant practitioner is to complete a foundation degree in health care, which involves a combination of study and supervised practice. Most assistant pracitioners start their career by working as a health care assistant (HCA) but this is not always a requirement for the post. If you are working as an HCA, your employer may support you through a foundation degree.  Make sure you find out from your employer if there are assistant practitioner posts available before you train for the role.