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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/11/2021.

Trainee Healthcare Support Worker

Job Reference: 156-3504984-C

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
Wheal Vor
£18,546 - £19,918 pa pro rata

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please read the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Applicant Information Pack document in the 'Further Links' section before applying for this position. This pack will provide you with all the details you need on how to make your application and what happens next. You can also view our Total Reward Package Information for details on our colleague benefits.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

All individuals should receive COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters to protect themselves and others unless they are exempt from doing so. As an applicant to RCHT you should be advised that it was recently announced that all staff who work in health and social care settings regulated by the Care Quality Commission will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from 1 April 2022 as follows:

1. Frontline staff* must be double vaccinated by 1 April 2022

2. To meet the deadline staff will need to have had their first vaccination by 3 February 2022

Therefore, if you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccination, we strongly advise you to do so as soon as possible. Click here to book:

At RCHT, we will require evidence of your COVID-19 vaccine status as part of our pre-employment checks. It is likely that you will be required to demonstrate this evidence a second time in person as part of our Occupational Health clearance process and also to help prevent fraudulent activity. Please see the attached document for more information.

Healthcare Support Workers – Band 2

To join the Core Team

Inpatient Healthcare Support Worker Training Centre

(Top floor of the Wheal Vor Unit)

A newly built and fitted out 28-bedded inpatient facility will be handed over to the Trust in mid-November. We are looking for experienced Healthcare Support Workers to support the Unit Leader to take forward a radical vision that will see this inpatients facility cohort stranded patients in hospital to facilitate timely discharges and deliver a successful health care support working recruitment and training centre.

These Healthcare Support Workers will be rostered onto Unit along with a team of practice educators, staff nurses and allied health professionals in the Core Team. You will be supervised providing direct care to a group of patients and further developing you reablement knowledge and skills. You will be working alongside a cohort of eighteen newly recruited HCSWs each six-week to introduce them to care and as they commence their care certificate training, before rotating off to support care provision and new development experiences in health and care services across Cornwall.

We are committed to supporting you complete the new Care Certificate+ Reablement competencies as a Core Team member.

The Unit will be introducing the traditional Early, Late and Night shift working patterns. There are full-time and part-time opportunities available working a variety of these shift patterns.

This is a unique opportunity to make a significant contribution to this future model of care by influencing HCSW career opportunities across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Sustainability is integral to the Trust achieving the NHS Net Zero target. All staff are therefore actively encouraged and supported to implement new ways of working within their field of expertise.

For further details / informal visits contact:


Nicola Brown - Acting Ward Manager - Wheal Vor by email:

Clare Rotman - Interim Associate Director of AHP's CFT/RCHT by email:

Frazer Underwood - Associate Director of Nursing by email:

Information submitted in your application via NHS Jobs will be transferred to Trac, our 3rd party recruitment system. This will enable the management of the recruitment process including retaining any related documents. Your data remains confidential and will not be shared with any other parties. By submitting an application, you authorise us to confirm any previous NHS service details via the ESR IAT process should you be appointed to the post.

Successful applicant details will be retained for the duration of your employment (and for a suitable time as required following your date of leaving). Unsuccessful applications are retained confidentially for a period of 13 months and then destroyed. If you have any questions relating to your personal data please contact the Trust’s Data Protection Officer by email

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here Work in the UK.

It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants.

Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge.

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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