Our assistant practitioner training programme enables employees who are interested in progressing their skills to participate in a 12 to 18 month programme. The trainee assistant practitioner (TAP) is supported to complete their training and, when qualified, is responsible for providing a high standard of nursing care, within their scope of practice, as delegated by the nurse on duty, which encompasses resident choice and makes the best use of valuable resources. In the absence of the nurse the TAP assists the unit, ensuring that clinical support, leadership and governance is gained from registered professionals within the home. Credits from this course can be used to progress within a clinical career, into nursing for example.


Reporting to: Registered Nurse/Nurse – Team Leader/Clinical or Deputy Manager/Home Manager

What does the role involve?

TAPs work under the supervision of a nurse, clinical lead or member of the home management team, while also having day-to-day charge of several care assistants.

During an average shift TAPs undertake a wide variety of clinical and administrative tasks. They participate in shift handovers, give out medication, perform specialised procedures such as taking blood, testing urine, monitoring blood glucose and blood pressure levels, as well as wound care. They also help ensure that residents’ care plans are updated, detailed and person centred and regularly liaise with GP practices and other medical professionals. This involves effective communication and coordination to ensure that residents receive the most appropriate all-round care.

Another part of the TAP’s routine is to offer support, compassion and reassurance to residents, especially those who are at end of life, while also nurturing strong relationships with residents’ families. They act as a bridge between the home and the relatives, providing regular updates on their loved ones’ wellbeing and addressing any concerns or questions. This connection with families is absolutely vital in providing full transparency and fostering trust in the care provided.

In addition to their full on-the-job training, TAPs regularly have to submit written assignments, undergo observations by external assessors and receive mentoring by the nurses on duty as part of the course. Together, the written and practical aspects of the course help prepare TAPs to perform the role and gain confidence in dealing effectively with a range of different situations including the management of staff.


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