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Specialist Clinical Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard Consultation


Apprenticeship Standard for Specialist Clinical Practitioner

Background: Apprenticeship Standards describe the high-level knowledge, skills and behaviours required to carry out a defined occupation. They are developed by employer led Trailblazer groups and are available for a range of different occupations from level 2 through to 7.

Rationale for developing a standard for this occupation: Specialist Clinical Practitioners work in a wide range of settings using enhanced clinical skills in a specialised area of practice.  The government has identified specialist clinical practice as a priority for significant workforce growth and in being central to delivering clinical services set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.  Specialist Clinical Practitioners consult with patients, their family, carers and the multi-professional team using enhanced levels of clinical judgement, skills and knowledge to assess patient needs and devise and evaluate complex care plans. Specialist Clinical Practitioners must be registered with either one of the statutory healthcare regulators or with one of the following accredited voluntary registers: The Academy for Healthcare Science, Register of Clinical Technologists or Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists. Given the varied nature of individual specialist clinical practitioner roles, an apprenticeship will ensure that the common knowledge, skills and behaviours are not only formally recognised but will also be transferable between roles and organisations. 

Structure of the standard: Trailblazers must develop standards that comply with the criteria set out by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education in their 'How To' Guide. The criteria mean that the standard must:

1. Be completed in line with their template 
2. Describe an occupation which is defined and distinct (with minimum overlap with other apprenticeship standards)
3. Use high level descriptors rather than providing a detailed curriculum.

Full details of apprenticeships commonly used in the health sector can be found on HASO.

Please download the draft standard document here before you start so that you can refer to it whilst you are completing the survey.

How long will it take to complete the survey?
It should take in the region of 20 to 25 minutes.

What is the deadline for responding to the online survey?
The deadline for the consultation is 12.00 noon Wednesday 23 September.

Thank you for taking part.