Health Care Assistant, Assistant Practitioner and Registered Nurse Apprenticeships


1 day conference
07 Feb, 2018 12 Apr, 2018
Course 1: 7 February 2018 (Fully Booked)
Course 2: 12 April 2018
All prices include VAT MORE INFO
Hospice House, 34-44 Britannia St, Kings Cross, London. WC1X 9JG
Download programme

Book online

Useful information

Looking in detail at delivery approaches

About the event

In 2014 we began providing you with information about Apprenticeships and how they would become increasingly important for hospice workforce development. RN and Nursing Associate Apprenticeships are now a reality and the health professions covered by Apprenticeships continues to grow. Continued contact with hospices has shown that securing excellent provision from quality providers remains a challenge and that many of those responsible for making decisions about workforce development would benefit from seeing what Apprenticeship delivery looks like and developing their understanding of the funding and costs. This event from St Christopher’s with contributions by Health Education England, BPPU, The Open University and Lifetime Training will show you delivery models and materials and provide signposting for further information and support.

  • What will I learn?

    By the end of this event you will be better able to:

    • Share the content of the Health, Assistant Practitioner and Registered Nurse Apprenticeships with colleagues
    • Explore new opportunities that Apprenticeships bring for your healthcare workforce career pathways, recruitment strategies and staff development programmes
    • Have informed discussions about delivery options with providers to negotiate the right model for your organisation
    • Develop collaborative approaches with other hospices for Apprenticeship delivery
    • Access further advice and information from the NHEC, BPPU, The Open University and Lifetime Training.
  • Who is it for?

    This event is for those who influence and lead workforce development including those in HR, Education , Finance and clinical roles.

  • Conference speakers

    • Sam Donohue, Senior Nurse: Policy, Health Education England. Sam leads on the development of the RN and Nursing Associate Apprenticeships
    • Sally Garbett, Vocational Programmes Manager at St Christopher’s Hospice and National Hospice Education Collaborative which supports hospices with vocational education/Apprenticeships
    • Professor Lynne Gell, Director of Nursing and Health Care Education at BPPU and Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy
    • Paul Armer, Corporate Development Manager (Health) at The Open University
    • Phil Whitehouse, Head of Curriculum & Learning Technologies at Lifetime Training.
  • Programme

    09.45 Arrival, registration and refreshments
    10.00 Welcome and Introductions (Sally Garbett, St Christopher’s)

    • Today’s agenda and domestics
    10.10 Why health and Nursing Apprenticeships matter: new opportunities and career pathways for the health care workforce (Sam Donohue, HEE)
    10.40 Questions to Sam Donohue
    10.50 Apprenticeships have changed; take a fresh look (Sally Garbett)

    • For existing and new staff: From zero hours to full time
    • Leading from the top: cross hospice responsibility for Apprenticeships from HR and finance to the managers of the Apprentices
    • Content and funding; making sense of the detail
    • The features of excellent provision ; what to look for in a provider
    • Negotiating the delivery. Options to explore
    11.15 Break
    11.30 Apprenticeships for the support workforce: Health Care Support Workers and Assistant Practitioner’s (Phil Whitehouse)

    • Job roles, Standards and Assessment plans
    • Delivery models: the learner journey, teaching, formative assessment, qualifications
    • End point assessment explained
    • How the funding works for levy and non levy employers
    12.45 Lunch
    13.30 Introducing the Degree level Registered Nurse Apprenticeships. (Sally Garbett)

    The afternoon sessions will cover:

    • Professions, Standards , Assessment Plans and entry requirements
    • What this looks like in practice: the learner journey, employer support, teaching, mentorship, assessment and qualifications
    • End point assessment for Degree level Apprenticeships
    • Funding
    13.40 BPPU: RN Apprenticeships and related modules to aid progression

    BPP offer the Nursing Degree Apprenticeship for Adult, Child and Mental Health Fields of nursing, focusing on patients with a diverse range of health and dependency needs, including; physical and emotional care requirements. BPP’s mental health and adult apprenticeships address in particular the needs of the ageing population. This is a four-year, route with field specific, generic, and practice learning modules; Levels 4 through to Level 6. Successful completion of the Nursing Degree Apprenticeship will enable Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified Adult, Children’s, or Mental Health Nurse

    14.45 Break
    15.00 The Open University

    The Open University’s Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship supports employers to develop their healthcare support workers (HCSWs) towards registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, as either adult or mental health nurses.

    The OU Nursing Degree Apprenticeship is based on their successful practice-based pre-registration nursing programme – a flexible, work-based degree that is highly rated at 91% for student satisfaction, currently has over 1,000 student nurses and has helped more than 1,400 HCSWs register as qualified nurses since 2002.

    This session will help you to understand more about how a Registered Nurse Degree Apprentice works, what you need to put in place to be successful and the content of the course. It will draw on the OU’s 15 years experience of delivering a work-based nursing programme.

    16.00 Plenary: questions to the panel
    16.20 Signposting for further support and evaluation of the day
    16.30 Close
    Download programme

More information


If you have any questions about this or any of our other courses, please contact the Education team who will be happy to help

020 8768 4656

You might also be interested in

Everyday Mindful

1 day | 28 Mar, 2018
Course 1: 7 February 2018 (Fully Booked)
Course 2: 12 April 2018

Quality End of Life Care for All (QELCA©) Train the Trainer Programme

2 days | 19 Mar, 2018 24 Sep, 2018
Course 1: 7 February 2018 (Fully Booked)
Course 2: 12 April 2018

Advanced Assessment in Enhancing Palliative Care Practice

10 days | 22 Jan, 2018
Course 1: 7 February 2018 (Fully Booked)
Course 2: 12 April 2018

Talk to us

  • If you want to know more about an education event, or would like to discuss bespoke options, get in touch

    020 8768 4656

  • Get our updates

Learning at St Christopher’s

St Christopher's Education
Our programme

Why our education programme?

We have a well-established programme of high quality, cutting-edge, specialist palliative care education, designed for those working in the UK and internationally.
Studying here

Why St Christopher's?

Education is at the heart of St Christopher’s mission to promote and provide hospice care of the highest standards.
How we educate

Why our way of learning

Including the Namaste toolkit

Library and bookshop
Containing material on all aspects of palliative care, death and bereavement

Other helpful information

More about St Christopher's education

St Christopher’s Education Centre and VAT charges

At St Christopher's, a registered charity, it is important for us to maximise any surpluses to reinvest in the objectives of the charity.

Unfortunately, the manner in which we undertake our training currently means we are not able to invest as much of our surplus as possible, therefore from the 1 December 2017, St Christopher’s Education Centre will charge VAT at the standard rate on our training courses, the reason for this change in pricing is twofold:

i) We want to be able to reinvest any surpluses made from training back into all of our charitable objectives rather than only Education

ii) We want to be able to reclaim the VAT on costs relating to developing and running the training courses