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AHP Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a genuine job with an accompanying skills development programme.  Apprentices gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills they need for their immediate job and future career, all while earning a wage.

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An apprenticeship will give you the skills, knowledge and behaviours to deliver safe and effective care. There are many benefits when considering an apprenticeship; each programme will allow the apprentice to:

  • Be recognised for the work you do
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Develop job specific skills
  • Study whilst you are working
  • Further career potential
  • Achieve nationally recognised qualifications

We offer a number of apprenticeships within the Allied Health Professions

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Senior Healthcare Support Worker

This apprenticeship is available for existing members of staff and is delivered internally under our main employer provider status. Being a senior healthcare support worker involves providing high quality and compassionate specialist health and social care for a range of people, including children and young people. It is a good option for our Support Workers within our children and young people Care Delivery Service. This apprenticeship can be a step on the way to becoming an Occupational Therapist. 

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Occupational Therapist

We provide a pathway of career development to enable support staff from within the Trust to progress and do an apprenticeship to achieve their HCPC Registration in Occupational Therapy. Occupational therapists work with individuals to enable them to participate in meaningful occupations and activities in everyday life.

The apprenticeship involves a wide mix of learning at Brighton University, in the  workplace, formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practice new skills in a real work environment. The occupational therapy apprenticeship programme is typically 4 years, usually starting in September.

The diagram below shows a potential career pathway for those interested in becoming an occupational therapist via an apprenticeship route. Depending on your existing qualifications, you may be eligible for an occupational therapist apprenticeship first, without first having to do a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification.

Level 1

Care Certificate

Commitment: 12 weeks


Mandatory training for all substantive healthcare support workers.

Job role

Roles include Healthcare Assistant, Nursing Assistant, OT Assistant, Physiotherapy Assistant and Community Support Worker.

The Care Certificate is achieved by completing both theory and applied practice within the work environment.  Completion of statutory and mandatory training requirements account for the completion of 7 standards, the remaining 8 modules are achieved through workbook completion and observed practice.

Entry criteria

Be in a healthcare supporting role.

Level 2

Adult Care Worker

Commitment: 12 – 15 months


Frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs.

Job role

Support individuals to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives which is at the heart of person centred care.  May work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.

Entry criteria

Care Certificate

Level 3 – Option 1

Senior Healthcare Support Worker

Commitment: 15 – 18 months


Providing high-quality and compassionate specialist health and social care for a range of people.

Job role

Help registered practitioners deliver healthcare services to people.  You will carry out a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare or therapeutic tasks, under the direct or indirect supervision of the registered healthcare practitioner.  You provide high quality, compassionate healthcare, following standards, policies or protocols and always acting within the limits of your competence.

Entry criteria

Care Certificate

Level 6 (Degree)

Occupational Therapist

Commitment: 48 months


Working with individuals enabling them to participate in meaningful occupations and activities of everyday life.

Job role

A highly developed knowledge and professional skill-set to enable you to work across a range of settings and environments.  Working with individuals from birth to end of life including those with physical and mental health conditions, injury, learning disabilities, long-term conditions, palliative care needs and those who find themselves displaced from their societies.

Entry criteria

Level 3 qualification or equivalent and direct healthcare experience.

Please note all applicants will need to have approved level 2 qualification in English and maths, such as GCSEs/O Levels at a grade C or above.  The Trust has an ESOL and Functional Skills programme to support staff members who don’t and require further support.


You can find more detailed information on the occupational therapy apprenticeship here

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Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Advanced Clinical Practitioners manage defined episodes of clinical care independently, from beginning to end, providing care and treatment. This is a Level 7 Apprenticeship.

Entry criteria include:

  • Applicants must be registered with an appropriate professional healthcare body in the UK (for example, HCPC, NMC, RCOT) and should normally have a minimum of three years post-registration experience.
  • Applicants must hold a degree qualification

Applications for this apprenticeship are supported by the Nurse Education Team. If you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail and find out when the recruiting process begins, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You can find more detailed information on advanced clinical practitioner apprenticeships here.

Preceptorship – Newly Qualified Practitioners

Supporting newly qualified occupational therapists and other Allied Health Professionals is crucial if we are to continute to deliver consistently high quality care to people who use our services. Making sure that newly registered professionals are supported through the transition from student to qualified practitioner is an important priority for our Trust.

As a newly qualified occupational therapist, when you start at Sussex Partnership you will be allocated a Preceptor to support you through the process of preceptorship and help you to further develop your practice. You will be given the time and space to consolidate your skills through a personally tailored development programme. You will also have the opportunity to meet up with other new graduates for peer support.

You will receive regular clinical, professional and managerial supervision, as well as being abe to access internal training and development opportunities to help you to grow in confidence and skills as a professional and further develop your professional identity.  The programme helps to support you to grow in your role as an Allied Health Professional, in terms of your clinical and professional skills. 

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Professional Education

We currently take students on placement mainly from the University of Brighton, but also from Canterbury and Southampton. We have approximately 60 student placements each year, covering the full range from novice to competent, and across both the part time and full time routes to registration as an occupational therapist.  Placements are provided across the full range of Trust service areas.

We also hold 2 open days each year for people interested in training as an occupational therapist.

Practice educator courses are held by local Universities throughout the year. A requirement for attending the course is that occupational therapist staff offer a placement and then attend a follow up day to focus on reflections, group discussions and additional learning related to the experience of taking students.

We provide a small number of placements to both physiotherapy and speech and language therapy trainees. These are predominately in our learning disability services.

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Return to practice

We also offer return to practice placements on request. Return to practice provides the opportunity for Allied Health Professionals who have been away from the professions for some time to refresh their clinical and professional skills, and to reach the standard required to register with the HCPC.

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