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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Management Degree Apprentice

Job Reference: 152-S206.19

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Human Resources
Sentinel House, Poole
Starting at 21,986pa

Dorset HealthCare is a dynamic, forward-thinking Trust, running 12 local hospitals and providing a wide range of integrated community and mental health services to a population of almost 700,000 people. Whether working in busy urban locations such as Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester and Weymouth or serving residents in rural areas, our 5,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do.

Staff thrive in a supportive, ‘family’ atmosphere in which we recognise that the importance of how we do things is just as important as what we do, and what we achieve. We strongly encourage behaviours that promote compassion and care between colleagues, supporting staff to be proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy. We are also an organisation which leads the way in challenging stigma and discrimination experienced by those with lived experience of mental health problems or emotional distress. We relish the chance to provide quality care – a recent survey showed that 90% of staff feel their work makes a difference to patients and service users.

As well as job satisfaction, staff enjoy benefits ranging from a car lease scheme to free use of beach huts, flexible working options and a host of advanced training and career development opportunities. We offer a 24/ 7 employee assistance service, alongside many health and wellbeing initiatives.

Dorset itself offers the opportunity for a truly outstanding work/life balance, whatever your age or outlook. Millions of people each year come to holiday in the place where most of our staff live and work every day - enjoying access to award-winning beaches along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, picture-postcard villages, great weather and stunning countryside. We have excellent schools, top-rated family attractions and endless sporting/leisure opportunities, plus plenty of country pubs and lively nightclubs.

Do you have a keen interest in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion? Are you looking to kick start your career with a degree apprenticeship?

We are very pleased to be able to offer a new, unique and exciting Chartered Management degree apprenticeship in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. The post holder will have a positive impact on Dorset HealthCare Staff, Patients, Carers and Families. Working with the Equality and Diversity Manager in partnership with local community groups and stakeholders to develop services and challenge cultural norms.

We are looking for an individual who is enthusiastic, methodical, hard-working, self-motivated and who can work flexibly in a team with the ability to be solution focussed.

The successful candidate will work towards a 4 year Chartered management degree apprenticeship which will be funded by Dorset HealthCare, the Learning provider and delivery model is to be confirmed.

The successful candidate will work towards a Band 6 and will be on the Annex 21 model, starting salary will be £21,986 pa. This will increase each year the candidate is on programme.

The role will be based in Dorset HealthCare’s Headquarters at Sentinel house in Poole but will regularly work across different sites within Dorset.

This role will offer an excellent opportunity to develop personally and professionally, and you'll be encouraged to attend our own in-house training courses. There may be further opportunities to develop the role depending your interests and strengths.

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to kick start your career and allow you to earn, learn and gain experience.

Entry Requirements:

You are eligible to apply for this post if you are living in England and not taking part in full-time education, you are aged 16 or over and do not hold a degree qualification within the same area.

You must have achieved GCSE Grade C, equivalent or above, in English Language and Maths e.g. Key/ Functional skills

You must hold 3 A Levels (Grade C+) or a relevant and recent Level 3 qualification.

A keen interest in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion work, ideally some experience of working with community groups.

Determination to complete a Chartered Management degree while working full-time.


Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust will provide:

A dedicated mentor to support you through your apprenticeship, providing support and advice within the workplace, as well as helping you manage the balance of work and apprenticeship studies. You will have the opportunity to develop personally and professionally and will be encouraged to attend our in-house training courses and shadow colleagues from other services. There may be further opportunities depending on your interests and strengths. As an employee of Dorset HealthCare you will have access to our extensive e-learning platform to help support your growth and development in your new role. You will also be able to apply for vacancies at the Trust within the same staff group, allowing you the opportunity to join the Trust on a permanent basis.

Did you know? As an apprentice you will have access to the NUS extra student card (your training provider will give you more information about your NUS card on your enrolment to your apprenticeship). For a small fee you will also be able to apply for the Blue Light Card, both cards will give you access to more than 200 discounts from retail stores and restaurants.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Sophie Downton 01202 277182

Our vision:

is to lead and inspire through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Our ambition:

is to inspire patients, partners, local people and professionals alike by achieving excellent clinical outcomes and experiences, by supporting people with compassion and kindness, and by being experts in our roles.

Our Behaviours:

How we do things around here is just as important as what we do and what we achieve. Our behaviours provide a guide to bringing our vision to life, and help everyone think about how they approach their work and other people. The behaviours below, have been identified by those within and external to Dorset HealthCare as being the most important, and are behaviours we hope everyone will experience at Dorset HealthCare.





Reliable and Trustworthy

Be part of an organisation leading the way to challenge the stigma and discrimination experienced by those with lived experience of mental health problems or emotional distress.


Before applying for this post, please refer to the ‘Application Guidance’ for further guidance on the recruitment process. Please also ensure that you have read the job description and person specification carefully.

It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date due to an exceptional response - please apply for this vacancy as soon as possible.

Please note the Trust does not pay interview expenses.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third party recruitment system, TRAC. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Dorset HealthCare transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system and to accept a privacy notice under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

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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