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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 06/12/2020.

Apprentice Nursing Associate

Job Reference: 311-H054-20

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
Apprentice Nursing Associate
Across Pennine Care NHS FT, Ashton-under-Lyne
£19,737 - £21,142 pro rata

We are proud to provide high quality mental health and learning disability services, both inpatient and in the community across five boroughs of Greater Manchester - Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop.

Our vision is for a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities and our staff work hard to deliver the very best care for the people who use our services. We’re really proud of our #PennineCarePeople and do everything we can to make sure we’re a great place to work.

Our ambition is to maximise people’s potential and we aim to promote an inclusive environment and improve the diversity of our workforce so our people truly represent the communities we serve.

All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post. We would also encourage applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness, either individually or as a carer.

If you come and work for us we will offer a range of benefits and opportunities, including:

1. Generous annual leave entitlement for Agenda for Change and Medical and Dental staff.

2. Flexible working opportunities to support your work/life balance

3. Access to Continued Professional Development

4. Involvement in improvement and research activities

5. Health and Wellbeing activities and access to an excellent staff wellbeing service

6. Access to staff discounts across retail, leisure and travel

If you are Kind, Fair, Ingenious and Determined then we want you to come and join our #PennineCarePeople

An exciting opportunity to apply for an Apprenticeship to train as a Nursing Associate has arisen

Are you looking for a challenge and an opportunity to establish a new career within healthcare?

The Nursing Associate role bridges the gap between a support worker and a Registered Nurse, providing a workforce for future healthcare.

The training is a minimum of 2 year generic Apprenticeship programme leading to a Foundation Degree as a Nursing Associate. The University costs for the programme are fully funded. 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 around a number of clinical placements which will include:

  • Adult, Mental Health, Child and Learning Disability
  • At home, close to home and within the hospital

Successful internal candidates employed in a substantive healthcare role will be seconded to complete the apprenticeship. During the programme the Trainee Nursing Associate (TNA) will be employed at a Band 3. As an internal candidate you must have the support of your line manager to apply for this secondment opportunity.

Successful external candidates will be employed on a 30 month Apprenticeship. During the programme the Trainee Nursing Associate (TNA) will be employed at a Band 3.

The programme will start in March 2021. The TNA will rotate into placements within Pennine Care and may be required to undertake placements in a neighbouring organisation to gain, for example, adult physical health experience. The academic aspect of the programme will be delivered by University of Salford.

Overall, TNAs will work clinically for 80% of their time and attend University for 20% per week. Time at University may be one day per week or in blocks of time or a mixture of both. Please note that during Covid19 restrictions the majority of university learning may be delivered remotely.

What qualifications do you need to apply for the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship?

The minimum entry requirements are:

GCSEs Grade C or above in Maths and English Language / New GCSE Grade 4-9 in Maths and English Language OR Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English (not entry level 2) are essential.


¨ Demonstrate an ability to study at Diploma level with a commitment to complete a Foundation Degree Apprenticeship

¨ Experience working within healthcare

¨ Vocational Qualification Level 2 / 3 in Health is desirable

¨ Intermediate IT skills

This vacancy will close when a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Shortlisted candidates will be informed after Tuesday 7 December 2020

Interviews will be held week commencing 14th December 2020

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameAlison Walker-SmithJob titleClinical & Professional Apprentice ManagerEmail addressalison.walkersmith@nhs.netTelephone number07342098134Additional contact information

For further information please contact or ring 07342098134

A Trainee Nursing Associate Questions & Answers leaflet is also attached

All new starters to Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust who are appointed to a post which requires a Disclosure Barring Certificate check (DBS) will be recharged for the full cost of the check. Substantive staff will have the amount deducted from their first months’ salary. Members to the Trust bank must repay the full amount from their first pay. The Trust encourages all staff and bank workers to register with the DBS update service at an annual cost of £13, for bank members this is obligatory. The cost of an enhanced DBS check is £40 and for a standard check £23, both attract an administration charge of £3.50.

  • Priority will be given to applications from NHS employees with an at risk status
  • This post is on PCFT T&C's. If you are an internal employee currently on transferred T&C's and you are voluntarily applying for this post please be aware that should you be appointed the T&C's of this post will transfer to PCFT.
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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.

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