Care home assistant practitioner courses are standalone courses of several weeks’ duration. They provide the knowledge and skills to complete or assist with specific tasks that are covered in the training.
Assistant practitioner programmes are based on a 2-year curriculum of study that are attached to an accredited further education establishment. The course is based on a level 5 foundation degree and includes extensive supervised practice and sign off of competencies. Once complete, an Assistant Practitioner can support a registered nurse by undertaking delegated tasks that they are competent to perform.
An assistant practitioner is not a role specific to social care or to a particular social care setting. It has been developed to assist organisations to deliver high quality, patient-centred care in a variety of settings. Although not registered practitioners, assistant practitioners have a high level of skill through their experience and training.
Nurse associate programmes are required for NMC registration as a nurse associate and involve completion of a 2-year foundation degree. Only courses that are approved by the NMC will allow people to register as a nurse associate and work in a way that supports a registered nurse by monitoring as well as providing care. More information on what nurse associates can do and the training they require can be found on the NMC website.
A nurse associate is accountable for the range of tasks and activities set out in the NMC standards of proficiency and, once qualified, can undertake these without requiring additional competency checks.