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TQUK Level 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare (RQF)

(MQA NQF level 6 equivalence)

Healthcare Assistant Practitioners (HAPs) work as part of a wider health and social care team, having direct contact with patients, service users or clients to provide high-quality care. HAPs work at a level above Healthcare Support Workers and have a more in-depth understanding of factors that influence ill-health, including anatomy and physiology. HAPs can work in a wide variety of roles that have been developed locally by Employers to meet individual service needs.


The TQUK Level 5 Diploma for Assistant Practitioners in Healthcare (RQF) will teach apprentices all the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours required to be a HAP, preparing them for work in areas such as Cancer Services, Physiotherapy, Genito-Urinary Medicine, Orthopaedics, Hospice Care, Mental Health, Social Care, Community, Occupational Therapy, Learning Disabilities as well as hybrid roles that cross traditional occupational areas.


Assistant practitioners are experienced staff working in support roles, alongside qualified healthcare professionals. They work across the UK public healthcare in most departments so you could be working in:

  • respiratory medicine, testing and assessing lung function

  • occupational therapy, assessing people’s need for aids and equipment at home

  • an operating theatre area, scrubbing and assisting in surgical and other procedures, or monitoring patients recovering from surgery

  • providing personal, social, therapeutic and rehabilitative care (e.g. bowel care and management, catheter insertions etc.)

  • dietetics, encouraging people to make healthier food choices 

  • biomedical science, analysing samples in a lab

  • mental health services, supporting adults or young people with mental health issues

  • stroke rehabilitation, helping people recover in their own homes

  • emergency medicine, treating patients so they can return home as soon as possible

  • radiography, helping to diagnose or treat a patient's illness

  • a health centre or GP surgery, changing dressings and monitoring medication

  • hearing services, as a hearing aid dispenser


The qualification covers a wide range of units which have been categorised around the following six themes:

Theme 1: Principles and philosophy of healthcare
Theme 2: Working with others
Theme 3: Person-centred practice for positive outcomes 
Theme 4: Safe ways of working
Theme 5: Clinical activities and interventions 
Theme 6: Professional development.

Who is it suitable for?  

This qualification is a top up to your level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support or  a Top up to your Level 4 Diploma in Adult care.

What are the entry requirements?

Completion of Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support (RQF) or  Level 4 Diploma in Adult care (RQF) or any equivalence.


Do you need to be working to take this qualification?

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement to be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills. It is not essential for learners to be in employment to undertake this qualification. MITQ has made arrangement with healthcare support companies who will be taking our students on board for their training portfolio.

How many credits are required to complete it?

Learners must achieve 92 credits from 18 mandatory units. All units will be internally assessed using an Assessment of Learning. A range of methods can be applied which could include: direct observation of practice, professional discussion, work product or a portfolio of evidence.

How is it assessed?

All units are internally assessed by your Tutor or Assessor using a portfolio of evidence. At the end of our academic year TQUK will carry out an External Quality Assurance of the qualifications.

How long will it take to complete this qualification?

Learners can usually complete the qualification within 12 months on a full-time basis. Students will be attending classes on 2 full days per week and posted in Healthcare workplaces for practical 3 days per week.

Overseas Opportunities

Healthcare worker falls in the Shortage Occupation List of many countries such as Canada and Australia. Candidates can apply for jobs abroad once they have completed this diploma.

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