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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 29/11/2021.

Healthcare Support Worker Apprentice

Job Reference: 284-HCSWBULK-22

Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Various Departments
Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
£18,546 to £19,918 (pro rota if part time)

If you are Ambitious, Brave and Compassionate there has never been a more exciting time to join our team. Ambitious and proud to provide world-class care everyone who works at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust team plays an important role in making our hospitals the incredible places they are. Our vision is to build a world leading team to deliver world class care.

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust are committed to creating the best place to work, where all staff can reach their full potential. We believe in promoting and enhancing inclusion, diversity and equality and welcome and encourage applications from all areas of the community, who meet the criteria for the role, regardless of age, gender, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation. We look forward to receiving your application. BWC is committed to inclusion and diversity. Please ensure that you review the person specification for this post prior to applying as this is what you will be shortlisted against. If you believe your experience means you meet the criteria, please draw this out in your application.

Any false information on your application form can lead to withdrawal of any offer of employment, disciplinary action and/or a criminal conviction

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s (BWC) NHS Foundation Trust is looking for motivated individuals to join us as Healthcare Support Worker (HCSW) Apprentices. We have a broad range of roles across the organisation in clinical areas including surgical and medical wards, day surgery, paediatrics, maternity and theatres.

The Hospital is split over 3 sites, well established within the thriving multi-cultural city. We welcome, and encourage applicants from all walks of life, as everyone has something special to give to this world class team.  If this has got you thinking, “I can do this”, then don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity for enthusiastic people to kick start their health care career within a specialised Women’s and Children’s Trust and to begin a journey which will provide an exciting and fulfilling career pathway.

The HCSW Apprenticeship is an ideal start in a health care career for individuals that are new to health care roles and have no previous qualifications in this field.                    

 This post is not for candidates who have experience or qualifications in healthcare.

This is a front line clinical role and you will undertake a HCSW Apprenticeship whilst working alongside support workers, registered professionals and medical staff.  HCSWs play a vital role in the care of patients; working under the direction of healthcare professionals they take care of the day-to-day needs of patients by providing help with personal care, meals and mobility. They also carry out a range of housekeeping duties as well as performing patient observations such as taking a patient’s temperature, pulse, respiration rate and blood pressure.

We have a dedicated team who will support you in your apprenticeship programme. They will work closely with you and your manager to provide a comprehensive development plan detailing your objectives and workplace goals.

You will be given time during your working hours for study towards the apprenticeship to attend training sessions on the underpinning knowledge of procedures and policies that impact on the role.  The job of Healthcare Support Worker is a physical one and successful apprentices will be expected to work a shift pattern which will include early mornings, evenings, nights and weekend working to support the 24 hour care we provide. 

You will be given an annual leave entitlement, inclusive of public holidays.

On successful completion of the Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship and Cavendish Care Certificate, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in your chosen field.  We have opportunities for you to join the Trainee Nurse Associate Programme, and pathways to complete Nurse/Midwifery/ODP training at university.

HCSWs are expected to be friendly, caring and sensitive with the confidence to communicate with patients and healthcare professional colleagues, of all backgrounds and ethnicities. 

Everyone at BWC has a responsibility to ensure a high standard of care is delivered to our women, infants, children, young people and families. A kind, caring and professional attitude is required whilst considering dignity, privacy, cultural and religious needs are maintained.

We are looking for candidates who are ambitious, brave and compassionate and are able to demonstrate a high level of commitment to the Apprenticeship programme.   

We would love to hear from you if you would like to join Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust on an Apprenticeship programme and begin your career in healthcare

To apply you must:

  • Be over 18
  • Have an understanding of how to care and be compassionate, whether with adults or children
  • Have Maths and English GCSE  A-C/9-4  grade


Level 2 numeracy and literacy functional skills/key skills

(proof of achievement will be requested prior to interview) if you are unable to evidence your Math’s and English you will not be able to proceed to interview

The program will consist of classroom-based training followed by regular Apprenticeship teaching

Any further information you require please contact either                                   

Vicci Hornsby 07827 826252 or Denise Higginson 07867 371794;

Or email  or

Interviews will take place virtually on Monday 6th December 2021.

The apprenticeship programme will commence on 7th March 2022.

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