The Advanced Apprenticeship in Health (Perioperative Support) lasts 18-24 months and provides the skills and knowledge required to become competent in supporting Health Professionals (e.g. surgeons, nurses, operating department practitioners) within the operating theatre department

Apprentices are employed as Perioperative support workers or theatre support workers and work alongside Health Professionals providing patient care within the hospital operating theatre department. Typical duties include caring for patients before and after their operation, checking and looking after vital equipment and keeping the operating area clean. Staff in support roles such as this, need an awareness of health and safety issues; a reassuring manner with patients and an understanding of patients' rights to privacy and dignity.

  • About the Course

    You will study:

    • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
    • Promote communication in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
    • Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
    • Promote and implement health and safety in health and social care
    • Principles of safeguarding and protection in health and social care
    • Promote person centred approaches in health and social care
    • The role of the health and social care worker
    • Promote good practice in handling information in health and social care settings
    • The principles of infection prevention and control
    • Causes and spread of infection
    • Cleaning, decontamination and waste management
    • Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
    • Transport, transfer and position individuals and equipment within the perioperative environment
    • Contribute to the safe use of medical devices in the perioperative environment
    • Assist in the delivery of perioperative care and support to individuals
    • Measure and record individuals' body fluid balance in a perioperative environment
    • Assist in receiving, handling and dispatching clinical specimens
    • Provide support to the surgical team when preparing individuals for operative and invasive procedures
    • Perform the non scrubbed circulating role for perioperative procedures
    • Prepare anaesthetic environment and provide support for pre and post-operative anaesthesia and recovery
    You will also complete courses in:
    • Personal learning and thinking skills
    • Mathematics functional skills level 2
    • English functional skills level 2
    • Employment rights and responsibilities.
  • Entry Requirements

    For the Advanced Apprenticeship programme, you should be 16 years or older, working at least 30 hours per week.

    Previous qualifications in care are not required but you will need to have basic literacy and numeracy ( Level 1 or above).

    Before commencing the apprenticeship, it will be necessary to undertake a criminal record check through the Disclosure and Barring Service as you may be working with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults.

  • Progression

    These are rewarding support roles with a direct impact on patient experience. Many apprentices complete their apprenticeships and continue to work as theatre support workers with delegated responsibility assigned to them by the practitioners they work along side. This may include supervision of other team members.

    A Higher Apprenticeship in Health (Assistant Practitioner) is available which an apprentice may proceed onto as they progress in their career if they are able to meet the employment and academic requirements. This will enable them to practice as an Assistant Practitioner.

    To become a qualified Health Professional (eg Nurse, Operating Department Practitioner) apprentices would have to progress from their apprenticeship to undertake a specific qualification, often a 3-year university Degree, which, on completion, would enable them to register as a professional. To do this, individuals would have to meet the specific entry qualifications as outlined by their chosen Higher Education Provider.

  • Assessment Method

    To successfully complete the Apprenticeship, the following elements need to be achieved:

    Competence Qualification:

    City & Guilds level 3 Diploma in Health (Perioperative Support). Your assessor will go through these units with you and your employer in more detail and discuss how the credits work so you may achieve your qualification successfully. Your assessor will visit you in the workplace to assess you to ensure you meet the minimum national standards.

    Personal Learning and Thinking Skills: Evidence will be collected to show that the following skills have been acquired:

    • Creative thinking
    • Independent enquiry
    • Reflective learning
    • Self-management
    • Teamwork
    • Effective participation.

    Transferable skills qualifications

    • Mathematics Functional Skills Level 2
    • English Functional Skills Level 2

    Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
    The ERR (Employment Rights and Responsibilities) programme is now covered by the online e-learning found on the Instructus website.

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Course Info


Part Time

Level 3

Location Isleworth

City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Health (Perioperative Support).

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