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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 11/08/2021.

Healthcare Assistant (Get into Nursing)

Job Reference: 155-CR-NM-0721-86

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
Nursing Resource Team
£18,005 to £19,337 pa

One Team One Trust

There are many reasons to work at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust (STSFT). From our commitment to putting people first to our accessible services and award winning teams. We have a passion for research, innovation and tackling inequalities. STSFT is committed to respect, fairness and civility. We promote a compassionate, caring and positive culture and working environment.

We aim to be an ‘employer of choice’ and we invest in our people. Looking after our workforce’s health and wellbeing is a priority for STSFT. We also provide access to high quality education, training, career progression and support.

With an operating income of around £563 million and non-current assets of £241m, the Trust employs around 8,300 people. The Trust provides a range of hospital services to a local community of around 430,000 residents. We also provide a range of more specialised services outside this area, in some cases to a population as great as 860,000.

We provide a range of community based services across Sunderland, South Tyneside and Gateshead. This includes areas such as Community Nursing, Family Care and Therapy Services.

Inpatient facilities are provided from Sunderland Royal Hospital (SRH), South Tyneside District Hospital (STDH), St Benedict’s Hospice and from the specialist Sunderland Eye Infirmary. This gives a total of around 1200 acute beds, as well as a state-of-the-art critical care facilities.

We offer our staff outstanding benefits. This includes an onsite at Fitness Centre (SRH), libraries at both hospital sites, chaplaincy support, interpreting and translation provider and access to a Childcare Co-ordinator to help staff with their childcare arrangements.

“Get Into Nursing” Healthcare Assistant

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust are offering an opportunity to gain paid caring experience for 6 months as a Healthcare Assistant, prior to applying for a place on the undergraduate adult nursing degree programme at the University of Sunderland.

The “Get Into Nursing” programme enables those with the academic requirements necessary to gain admission to the BSc Adult Nursing degree an understanding of nursing in an acute setting, prior to commencing the undergraduate programme.

Participants on the programme will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain vital experience of caring for patients whilst working as part of the team on the front line of the NHS
  • Be involved in an innovative learning opportunity for people who are interested in applying for a BSc Nursing degree leading to qualification as a registered adult nurse
  • Participate in workshops and activities alongside other aspiring nurses at University of Sunderland.

What do we want from you?

  • You should be intending to apply to Sunderland University for the BSc Adult Nursing degree - you must already meet the academic criteria for the University of Sunderland BSc in Adult Nursing before you commence in post in October / November 2021 (see Person spec). PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL NOT BE PAID BY THE TRUST DURING YOUR UNIVERSITY PROGRAME.
  • You musthave no or little paid experience of caring and you must not have already worked in a post delivering direct patient care within the NHS (applicants who have experience of providing care to patients should instead contact the University of Sunderland admissions team about their degree in Nursing programmes)
  • You must be aged 17 or over
  • You must be able to work 37.5 hours each week (across a variety of shifts) as your main employment to gain the necessary experience to support you in your application for the BSc Adult Nursing degree
  • You must aspire to become a registered nurse, with a genuine interest in adult nursing.
  • The offer for the Get Into Nursing programme comprises of a joint offer between the Trust and University of Sunderland, so that on successful completion of this programme and following a short selection process (reference from South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust and one-to-one interview with University of Sunderland, you will be considered for progressing directly onto the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing (April 2022)
  • You must be committed to return to undertake your programme placements with the Trust, if you go on to secure a place at the University.

Applicants will not be considered from people who are already Healthcare Assistants or qualified nurses, either in the UK or overseas. The programme does not provide a route into the following nursing fields: Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability Nursing.

Completion of the Get Into Nursing programme does not enable applicants to be financed by the Trust whilst undertaking their adult nursing degree. However, you will complete the Care Certificate as part of the Get Into Nursing programme, which will enable you to apply to NHS Professionals to work as a bank Healthcare Assistant during your degree study.

As this programme is part of a strategic initiative to enable local people to develop health careers in the area, preference will be given to applicants who live or work in South Tyneside or Sunderland and wish to take up a future career as an Adult Registered Nurse within the area. However, consideration will be given to those outside of the locality who are committed to working in South Tyneside and Sunderland on completion of their studies.

The academic entry criteria can be found on the Person Specification for the Get Into Nursing Programme.

All candidates will be expected to undergo a Teams interview and will be asked to provide evidence of their qualifications before the interview

Please note interviews will be taking place on Tuesday 17th August 2021.


Before commencing/submitting your application form, please ensure that you read the attached Job Application Process/Confirming Appointment Procedure Candidate Guidance

Important note on completion of the reference section of Application Form - In line with NHS Employment Check Standards, if you are successful at interview, the Trust, as part of the recruitment process will seek to confirm a 3 year employment/training/education history. Therefore, when completing the reference section of your application form, please give the address, telephone number and work email address of each of your current/previous employer and/or educational establishment that cover the last 3 years. If you are currently a professional student due to qualify, please also provide the details of your mentor. Failure to complete this section may result in your application not being processed.

You will be able to track the progress of your application via NHS Jobs. If you have been successful at shortlisting you will be invited to interview via NHS Jobs using the e-mail address you have registered. You should check your SPAM / Junk folders as well as your inbox. If you have not been contacted within 6 weeks of the closing date you should assume your application has been unsuccessful.

Please quote the job reference number in all correspondence.

Please note the vacancy may be closed early if exceptional volumes of applications are received and late applications will not be accepted or considered.


As from 1st November 2020, it is a requirement of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust that all successful candidates who require a DBS for the post they have been offered pay for their DBS certificate. The method of payment is a salary deduction from your first month's pay.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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