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End Point Assessments at Dynamo Healthcare Training

The introduction of independent end-point assessment (EPA) is one of the biggest changes in the Government’s Apprenticeship Reforms.

End-point assessment is a new way of assuring quality in the apprenticeship system

Why has end-point assessment been introduced?

The Richard Review, an independent report on apprenticeships commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), recommended a move to end-point assessment for three reasons:

  • A more holistic assessment at the end of an apprenticeship would allow apprentices to be assessed once they had gained the maximum experience possible
  • Assessment at the end of training gives employers and providers much more control over the design and structure of the on-programme training of the apprentice
  • End-point assessment also frees up providers from continuous assessment allowing them to focus more on training and learning.
  • The registered assessment organization and the assessor must be independent of, and separate from, the training provided by the provider and employer. This is essential otherwise there is a clear conflict of interest and the quality of standards and processes can not be guaranteed.
  • End Point Assessment is a process of ensuring that the learner undertaking the new standards for Apprenticeships have sufficient knowledge and skills within their area of work as determined by the Sector Skills Council.
  • Once an apprentice has completed their apprenticeship, they will be ‘signed off’ by their employer as ready for end-point assessment of their knowledge and practical capabilities. In most cases, the assessment will be graded and must show the apprentice is fully competent and productive in the occupation.

For some information on EPA processes and support for employers please view Pearson Awarding Body below.  Pearson provide a range of support materials and resources to ensure the apprentice can be fully prepared and ready for their EPA assessment.

Lead Adult Care Worker

Senior Healthcare Support Worker

Healthcare Support Worker

Adult Care Worker

For information on Funding and the changes from the 1st may 2017 please view

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Adult Care Worker and Lead Adult Care Worker Assessment Strategy

EPA will ensure that all the requirements of the assessment strategy is met.

Conduct a Situational Judgement Test presenting a range of real life scenarios about which the learner will have to answer questions in a multiple choice format.  This is an online assessment undertaken under exam conditions and the IQA will invigilate the exam.

EPA will hold a professional discussion no more than 45 mins long, only if the judgement test is passed.  The discussion will draw questions from prior learning, experiences, the apprentices self assessment and testimonies from service users.  There will also be a set number of questions that are always asked related to the standard.

The EPA will also check the Apprentice has sufficiently passed the Care Framework Certificate and NVQ Diploma in Health and Social Care.  (Level 2 for Adult Social Care and Level 3 for Lead Adult care Worker).

Learners will be expected to complete Level 1 English and Maths functional skills and attempt level 2 English and Maths functional skills if they are doing the Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship and don’t hold minimum Grade C or equivalent in GCSE’s.

Learners completing the Lead Adult Care Worker will have to complete the level 2 English and maths functional skills if they don’t hold a minimum Grade C or equivalent in GCSE’s.

Healthcare Support Worker

The EPA will ensure that all the requirements of the assessment strategy are met.

They will invigilate a multiple choice test.

Observes the apprentice in practice (90 mins).

They review the evidence in the apprentice’s portfolio for approximately 60 mins.  The portfolio is a collections of observations in practice, reflective accounts and other evidence to demonstrate competence during work.

They undertake an interview with the apprentice to confirm knowledge and competence.

The EPA decides if the components have been met and the apprentice has passed.  The apprentice can resit any areas they have failed after 1 month and within 12 months.

Complete Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths and attempt level 2 English and maths functional skills if they don’t have minimum GCSE grade C or equivalent.

A Senior Healthcare Support Worker must complete:

• The 15 standards required by the Care Quality Commission (as set out in the Care Certificate)

• Level 2 maths and English Functional Skills if they do not already hold minimum GCSE Grade C or equivalent.

• The level 3 NVQ Diploma in Clinical Healthcare Support.

• A learning journal completed during the 3 months leading up to the planned date of the end point assessment.

Judgement on whether the apprentice is ready for the end point assessment is taken by the employer who should gather views from the training provider and the apprentice to inform this decision. Apprentices should not be put forward for the end point assessment before they are ready.

The EPA will complete the End Point Assessment including:

  • Multiple choice/short answer test. The apprentice sits the test which the independent assessor administers (60 minutes)
  • • Practical observation. The assessor observes the apprentice in the course of their normal work (minimum of 90 minutes)
  • • Learning journal and interview. The assessor assesses the learning journal generated by the apprentice
  • The interview takes place between the assessor and the apprentice at the end of the assessment (minimum of 30 minutes, maximum of 60 minutes)

For final certification, the apprentice must have passed all components in the end point assessment. At the conclusion of the end point assessment, the independent assessor collates the evidence and determines the final grading for the apprenticeship. The grading decision is made solely by the independent assessor.

The apprentice must attempt all components of the end point assessment on their first attempt.

Should the apprentice fail any components they are required to re-take only those components which they have previously failed. Re-takes are permitted after 1 month and within 12 months but not after 12 months. The number of times an apprentice is permitted to re-take the end point assessment within the permitted 12 month time frame is determined by the employer.