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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 03/10/2021.

Trainee Nursing Associate

Job Reference: 405-21-N185TNA-B

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Education & Training
Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester
£20,330 - £21,777 per annum

Outstanding Hospital

We are the largest and most diverse employer in West Dorset with over 3,000 staff providing an acute hospital service to a population of over 250,000.

Our Mission is to provide outstanding care for people in ways which matter to them and to achieve this we ensure our values of Integrity, Respect, Teamwork and Excellence is at the core of everything we do.

We are a Trust that celebrates diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We would welcome applications from people in all under-represented groups.

Outstanding Career

Are you ready for the next step in your career? Are you looking for a developmental role that will enable you to utilise your skills and further develop?

We are very excited to say we are once again recruiting Trainee Nursing Associates for our March 2022 cohort! This apprenticeship role will enable you to progress into the level 5 Foundation Degree equivalent role.

The role of a Nursing Associate is to work with people of all ages, across a variety of settings in health and social care. As a vital part of our growing teams you will be responsible for providing the very best patient care as part of a multidisciplinary team.

The role delivers hands-on patient care as part of a Nursing team and is regulated in England by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Interested candidates must:

  • Hold GCSE’s Grade A-C (4-9) in Maths and English or key skills level 2 in Maths and English
  • Be able to provide the certificates for the above qualifications
  • Be prepared to commit to two years of training and completion of a foundation degree
  • Have experience in a Healthcare setting
  • Be prepared to undertake an interview process with Solent University

We are looking for passionate and caring individuals who are committed to providing the best care for their patients and ready for the next step in their career.

If you are successfully shortlisted you must complete a Solent University application form and provide your GCSE (or equivalent) certificates. We are unable to offer you an interview without these items.

Successful internal candidates will not remain in their current clinical area but will commence as a Trainee Nursing Associate with a new clinical team, to allow you to embrace the new role and the opportunity to undertake new learning experiences whilst training.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Jon Saunders, Practice Educator,, 01305 255316


Please read the job description/person specification carefully to ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience required

The closing date/interview date is subject to amendment; this vacancy may expire at short notice. All correspondence with applicants will be via email. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks please contact us on to find out whether you have been shortlisted

DBS - If you join us and need a new DBS check, we will recover the costs through a salary deduction (£40 - enhanced check or £23 - standard)

Applicants who subscribe to the update service or have a valid portable DBS will not incur a charge. There will be no charge to Volunteers/newly hired apprentices. Employees within AfC pay bands 1-4 can choose to pay through salary deductions over 3 months

VISA - Tier 2 visa applicants who are coming to work in an occupation defined by the relevant Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code, and their adult dependants, will need to provide a criminal record certificate from any country they have lived for 12 months or more in the past 10 years.

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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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