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Shaping the future assistant/associate practitioner workforce; a Hampshire case study.

Knight, A., Parker, J., Carmichael, H., Esser, A. and Aspden, C., 2015. Shaping the future assistant/associate practitioner workforce; a Hampshire case study. British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, 9 (3), 144 - 149.

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DOI: 10.12968/bjha.2015.9.3.144


This case study looks at the two-year full-time-equivalent Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care, initially developed in partnership between University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Southampton Solent University, Hampshire, UK. The aim of this collaborative initiative is to develop healthcare support workers to gain and apply the required knowledge, skills, values and behaviours to care for patients/families/other service users and relatives in complex clinical situations, within the emerging role descriptors of an Assistant/Associate Practitioner (AP), often within a specialist/specified context. Since the initial cohort of students began in January 2012, the foundation degree now has over 100 students/healthcare support workers across the two years and is being delivered in partnership with an increasing number of NHS trusts. This paper will discuss the innovative and unique features of this foundation degree in health and social care, including the collaborative model of its curriculum design, delivery and management.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Assistant/Associate Practitioner; Healthcare support worker; Partnership working; Interprofessional learning; Competency work-based learning; Workforce development.
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:26338
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:13 Mar 2017 11:32
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:02


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