CACHE collaborates with Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust to develop Level 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) is one of the largest mental health and disability Trusts in England employing more than 6,000 staff, serving a population of approximately 1.4 million, providing services across an area totalling 2,200 square miles. CACHE collaborated with NTW during the development of the Level 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare.

This qualification provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as an Assistant Practitioner. The qualification also maps to the Assistant Practitioner (Health) Apprenticeship Standard where the Level 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare is a mandated qualification.

 CACHE worked closely with Annette Connor, Apprenticeships and Career Development at NTW, in the development of the qualification to ensure the skills gained by learners would be relevant in practice. Annette commented: “It was great working with CACHE to develop this qualification and we know it will reflect the needs of our workforce as we have had the opportunity to contribute our experience and opinions.

The Level 5 Diploma is important as it provides development pathways for allied health professionals, allowing them to build and develop the skills and knowledge needed to manage practices.”

Shuma Hussain, CACHE Qualifications Development Manager, said: “We really value working with our stakeholders who are specialists in their field and ensure that our qualifications are current, fit for purpose and reflective of the roles in practice.  By working collaboratively with vocational experts such as Annette as well as many other experts means that we develop content and materials that are needed and that will support with delivery and assessment. We are also able to share information early on in the qualification development with our stakeholders often months ahead of launch offering the chance to really shape and influence the end products.”

The qualification is suitable for those currently working in an assistant/practitioner role in an appropriate setting. Upon completion of the qualification, learners may work as an Assistant Practitioner in a range of areas, including Mental Health, Social Care, Hospice Care, Physiotherapy and more. To find out more about this qualification, visit our qualhub website.

At CACHE we welcome this collaborative approach and are always looking for new stakeholders to support us with our developments. If you would like to find out more, please contact NCFE Stakeholder Engagement Officer, Vicky Marlee.