Assistant practitioners (sometime known as associate practitioners) have skills and experience in a particular area of clinical practice. Although they are not registered practitioners they have a high level of skill through their experience and training. 

As an assistant practitioner, you'll always work under the direction of a health professional such as a nurse, dietitian, physiotherapist, podiatrist or biomedical scientist. Your level of training and experience means you can often work alone, without supervision. You'll carry out agreed procedures, referring to a professional for guidance when necessary.

What does an Assistant Practitioner do?

  • Respiratory medicine
  • Testing and assessing lung function
  • Assessing people‚Äôs need for aids and equipment at home
  • Providing personal, social, therapeutic and rehabilitative care 
  • Dietetics, encouraging people to make healthier food choices 
  • Mental health services, supporting adults or young people with mental health issues
  • Changing dressings
  • Monitoring medication

Entry Requirements

  • To train as an assistant practitioner, you have to be working in the NHS, often in a clinical support role such as healthcare assistant, dietetic assistant or maternity support worker.
  • As well as healthcare experience, trainee assistant practitioners have a healthcare qualification, usually at level 3, such as the CACHE Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support.
  • Knowledge of physical health, mental health and illness prevention, as well as more advanced knowledge