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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 29/10/2020.

Apprentice - Healthcare Support Worker (Nursing Assistant)

Job Reference: 387-APPRENTICE-HCSW-202

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
Trainee - Nursing Assistant
Trustwide, Bristol
£15,057 pa pro rata - Band 2 Annex 21

There really has never been a more exciting time to join us; University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and Weston Area Health NHS Trust have merged together to be come one organisation. Our newly merged Trust has a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff, aiming to deliver exceptional local services for local people and specialist services across the South West and beyond. Together, we form one of the largest NHS trusts in the country.

University Hospitals Bristol & Weston NHS Foundation Trust is committed to offering excellent care through our tailored apprenticeship Pathways. We really value our Healthcare Support Workers who play an essential role in supporting the delivery of the highest standard of quality care to our patients.

We have full time (3 long shifts per week) opportunities in the Division of Medicine including ED, MAU respiratory etc., for caring and compassionate healthcare professionals, with the ability to work with others in a busy, pressurised team environment. Flexibility is essential as you will be expected to work to a varied shift pattern to provide 24 hour cover, 7 days a week. You will be expected to work long days, nights, weekends and bank holidays on a flexible shift pattern.

If you are interested in a career as a Healthcare Support Worker, we can offer you a fixed term Apprenticeship contract for a period of 14 months/20 months dependant on your educational requirements. The apprenticeship will consist of 4 elements: initial assessment, Functional Skills (maths and English), job specific training (both in the workplace and off the job) culminating in an End Point Assessment of which you will be fully prepared. We want all our Healthcare Support Workers to become successful, competent and confident carers so we are committed to ensuring the ongoing development through a number of additional apprenticeship programmes thereafter; the opportunity to develop within University Hospitals Bristol and Weston starts here.

Once you have successfully completed all of the components of the apprenticeship within the agreed timescale, you will be considered for a permanent Experienced Nurse Assistant position, and your salary will rise to £18,005 per annum, pro rata.

You must be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, and have excellent interpersonal skills. You will be hard-working, with strong organisational skills and be willing to deliver excellent care directly to our patients, making a real difference to their stay in hospital.

Experience is not essential, but experience of working in a care setting will support your application.

If you are shortlisted, our recruitment team will invite you to attend a webex interview and you will need to provide certificates to evidence your maths, English or relevant qualifications.

**Please note: we anticipate a high level of interest in this position and may close the vacancy early once a sufficient amount of applications are received. Therefore, please make sure you complete and submit your application at an early stage**

For further details / informal visits contact:

Ann Sherwood, Talent Acquisition Manager

Email address:


University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust is CQC rated Outstanding. As one of the largest acute Trusts in the country and the major teaching and research centre for the South West, we have over 13,000 staff, over 100 different clinical services. Working in ten hospitals across Bristol and Weston, we offer a wide range of careers and jobs. Together we support the delivery of excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond.

Our hospitals are based across Bristol and Weston-super-Mare, meaning you can enjoy the very best of both worlds; city living within a stone’s throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, with easy access to all that the South West has to offer.

UH Bristol and Weston is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust is an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we’re meeting our pledge.

To comply with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 all applicants must be able to speak fluent English to an appropriate standard which will be assessed at Interview.


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