Bridging the skills gap: apprentice assistant practitioners having an impact in mental healthcare services

Morris, Andy ORCID: 0000-0003-2140-6934 and Donovan, Patricia ORCID: 0000-0002-7806-2194 (2019) Bridging the skills gap: apprentice assistant practitioners having an impact in mental healthcare services. British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, 13 (9). pp. 452-457. ISSN 1753-1586

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Abstract

It is important to have a well-trained workforce and this is especially so in mental healthcare services. This article is the first of four looking at mental healthcare services and the apprentice assistant practitioner (AAP). The background to the introduction of assistant practitioners (AP), both in generic terms and more specifically their potential in mental health provision, will be explored. The present situation in mental health services will be examined, along with how the AP role might help mitigate some of the critical challenges faced in this area of health. The development of higher apprenticeships will be discussed in relation to standardisation of the AP role and how universally recognised apprenticeship standards around knowledge, behaviours and values will aid a more consistent understanding of the AP position and their consequent deployment in services.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2019 11:34
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2019 13:54
Identification Number: 10.12968/bjha.2019.13.9.452
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/2526

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