Primary Care Apprenticeships: Improvement Practitioner, Level 4


Improvement Practitioners use a blend of Lean and Six Sigma, project and change management principles and tools to identify and lead the delivery of change across organisational functions and processes.


Improvement Practitioners can be found across all sectors and functions including NHS, Pharmaceuticals, Local and County Councils, Hospitality, IT, Food products, Voluntary / Charity, automotive, banking, engineering, property, retail, telecoms, Utilities, Insurance etc.​ Typically, Practitioners lead smaller projects and/or play a key supporting role in a larger programme – tackling issues that may require swift problem solving or re-occurring challenges that require in-depth analysis and the implementation of a range of effective and sustainable countermeasures.


They are the focal point for all stakeholders and responsible for communication throughout a project. Typical activities include: Identifying potential opportunities, diagnosing issues, proposing solutions, and implementing changes and controls Coaching teams and sharing best practice When leading projects they may manage small teams ensuring motivation and momentum.


There are a variety of job titles associated with the occupation, these include, but are not limited to: Business Improvement Practitioner, Continuous Improvement Manager, Process Excellence Manager, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Quality Control Senior Analyst, Environmental Compliance Manager, Engineer (Environmental, Mechanical, Geotechnical, Civil, Chemical, etc.), Environmental Construction Management, Environmental Data Analyst, Environmental Health and Safety Officer, and Transportation Engineer.​


Entry Requirements: Individual employers will set their own entry requirements.


Qualifications: Level 2 English and maths will need to be achieved prior to taking the end point assessment. Those with an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Legacy Statement will need an Entry Level 3 in English and maths. British Sign Language (BSL) will be accepted as an alternative qualification to functional skills in English for apprentices where BSL is their first language.


Duration: Typically 14-18 months


Maximum Funding: £6,000 - If you are a non-levy paying employer (Co-investment), the cost will be £300 equating to 5% of the maximum funding.


Review date: After 3 years


Providers: Improvement Practitioner (Level 4) (education.gov.uk)


For more information: Standards - HASO (skillsforhealth.org.uk)


Contact the Kent & MedwayTraining Hub: kmccg.pcthapprenticeships@nhs.net