Trainee Assistant Practitioner
The trainee assistant practitioner (TAP) will be supported by the home to complete their training towards be assistant practitioner. When qualified, TAPs are 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 will assist the unit, ensuring that clinical support, leadership and governance is gained from registered professionals within the home.
Lisa-Marie Lock, trainee assistant practitioner
Lisa-Marie started nearly five years ago as a carer, quickly progressing to senior care assistant/med tech, and she is currently studying to be an assistant practitioner.
Mother-of-two Lisa-Marie was drawn to work in care when her mother-in-law passed away in hospital. Inspired by the care her mother-in-law received from the healthcare assistants during her last days, Lisa says that she feels there is a need for more care assistants like this. As the oldest of four daughters, she’s also used to taking responsibility. “I like helping people,” she says. “For me, it’s an honour to look after others. I love chatting to residents and their families – for some residents, the staff here are their family.”
Eighteen months ago, Lisa-Marie decided that she wanted a further challenge and so embarked on training as a trainee assistant practitioner (TAP) via a Level 5 in Leadership and Management. As a TAP, Lisa-Marie has a great deal of responsibility with the day-to-day charge of several care assistants. She also gives out medication, under the supervision of a nurse, as well as taking blood pressures and making general observations about residents’ health. She helps ensure that residents’ care plans are as person centred as possible, liaises with GP practices and other medical professionals to meets the resident’s needs, chases medication supplies and interacts extensively with residents’ families. In addition to the practical side of her on-the-job TAP training, there are also written assignments, observations by external assessors and mentoring by the registered nurses on duty.
“I’m happy with the TAP role and all I have learnt while in training,” she adds. “It has given me great confidence and taught me different leadership skills along the way, and I can adapt these as I see fit with all the tasks I need to complete. I’m also now able to teach new staff as I was taught when I first arrived at Ashridge. It’s important to remember that whenever we are giving care to a resident we should do so with a smile on our faces – sometimes it really is just that little thing that make a big difference!”