Higher apprentices at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
are among the first group to complete a new pilot training programme in a
regional first for healthcare employers.
Trainee Assistant Practitioners (TAPs) at eight healthcare providers in South
Yorkshire have achieved the Healthcare Assistant Practitioner Diploma at Level
5 and graduated this week.
include three colleagues from The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust; Marie Pye,
Melissa McTague and Cheryl Naylor. Marie and Melissa attended a graduation
ceremony on 12 November at Sheffield’s Holiday Inn Royal Victoria Hotel to
celebrate their achievements.
higher apprentices, also known as TAPs, have studied for 18 months, spending
four days a week in the workplace and one day a week at The Sheffield College.
Dougan, Workforce Development Practitioner at The Rotherham NHS Foundation
Trust, said: “The Trainee Assistant Practitioners
have worked so hard over the last 18 months. Their determination and commitment
has been admirable, so it is great to see them at their graduation today.
I wish them the very best in their future careers”.
higher education course has been introduced mainly by NHS employers to help
them better meet the changing health needs of patients and develop a skilled
workforce to support healthcare professionals.
General Hospital, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, BMI Hospitals, Sheffield
Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Sheffield Health and Social
Care NHS Trust, St Luke’s
Hospice Sheffield and The
Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust are all involved in the
Foulkes, Chief Executive and Principal of The Sheffield College, added: “I am
really pleased for the TAP graduates. They have worked incredibly hard for
their achievements and are a credit to both the College and their employers.”
added: “I’m delighted that this programme is developing a healthcare workforce
for the future and enabling these higher apprenticeship graduates to go further
in their careers by training them in the skills their employers need.”
TAPs support registered nurses, theatre staff and healthcare scientists to
deliver patient care by taking on specific tasks and caseloads in specialist
wards and clinical departments. They assess, plan, implement and evaluate care
role bridges the skills gap between an experienced health care assistant and a
registered nurse, and is a stepping stone to nurse training resulting in a
recognised qualification and confirming the employers’ commitment to investing
in their staff.
qualification has enabled the TAPs to progress with their careers in the
workplace with some going onto a full or part-time nursing or paramedic
practice degrees at university.