Tell us whether you accept cookies

We use cookies to collect information about how you use the NHS Jobs website. We use this information to make the website work as well as possible.

Return to search

Trainee Nurse Associate

Job Reference: 415-J20-426

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust
£19,737 - £21,142 per annum pro rata

Trainee Nursing Associates… Would you like to gain a Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice and work to become a Band 4 Nursing Associate? Are you a non-registered healthcare professional looking for the next step in your career? If so, an exciting opportunity has arisen for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to join our Trainee Nursing Associate Programme.

The Nursing Associate role will sit alongside existing nursing care support workers and offer support to a Registered Nurse, thus being pivotal in providing the workforce we need for the future on the frontline caring directly for patients.

During the programme the Trainee Nursing Associate will be employed for 2 years at Band 3 and, on successful completion, will automatically transfer into a Band 4 Nursing Associate post. The training is a 2 year programme leading to a level 5 Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice.

The University costs for the programme are fully funded and it is a training programme that combines both academic and work-based learning in the physical, psychological and public health aspects of care, from pre-conception to end of life. The programme is structured and you will experience a wide variety of placements across the breadth of health and social care sectors in different organisations, with the aim of giving trainees the widest exposure to healthcare.

You will also be expected to attend a Higher Education Institute (HEI) throughout the programme to complete the academic aspect of the programme this will be delivered by the University of Bolton at Petroc in Barnstaple. Essential qualifications/experience required in order to apply: Experience of working clinically within a healthcare environment (6 months minimum) GCSE English and Maths grade C or above or Level 2 literacy and numeracy skills - ESSENTIAL IT skills NVQ/QCF Level 2/3 Able to work as part of a team and have the ability to travel throughout the Trust region as required Able to commit to fully attending the study days and completing the academic modules required (2 year programme) We are looking for excellent communicators (both verbally and in writing) who are confident and comfortable working in a variety of health care situations.

If, like us, you feel excited about this new development and feel this is the next step for you then we would like to hear from you! Enquiries to and

Closing date: 2nd December 2020

Interview dates: 17th and 18th December 2020

Our values guide everything we do. At all times, we aim to:

  • Demonstrate compassion
  • Strive for excellence
  • Respect diversity
  • Act with integrity
  • Listen and support others

Our teams of care professionals work with patients and their families to support peoples’ independence, health and wellbeing. We provide support to avoid hospital admissions, and if an admission is necessary, we try to make each patient’s stay in hospital as short and effective as possible before working with them on a safe discharge home.

In our most recent staff survey, our staff voted us in the top 10% of NHS provider organisations to work for and we also came out as the top provider in the South West for our overall results. Our patients (through the Friends and Family Test) regularly report an average of over 95% satisfaction with our services.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. For further information and to self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship, please visit the UK Border Agency website. Note: we will be unable to obtain Tier 2 sponsorship for Bank positions.

Please note that we may close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applicants.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

SAFERJobs To stay safe in your job search we recommend that you visit SAFERjobs (, a non-profit, joint industry and law enforcement organisation working to combat job scams. Visit the SAFERjobs website for information on common scams and to get free, expert advice for a safer job search.

  • Investors in People Gold Logo
  • Disability Confident Employer
  • Improving Working Lives Logo
  • Mindful Employer Logo
  • Smoke Free Logo
  • Age Positive Logo
  • Stonewall Logo
  • Apprenticeships Logo