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Healthcare Assistant Apprentice

Job Reference: 841-19-177-BR

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust
Community Hospitals - The Vale
£10,132 per annum - £5.18 per hour

In September 2017, we announced that our Trust Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and 2Gether NHS Foundation Trust (2gether) were planning to join. From October 2019, we hope to be one organisation providing integrated community mental health, physical health and learning disabilities services. The new Trust will be called Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.

We are already working closely together but the benefits we really want for our communities can best be achieved if we become a single trust, delivering outstanding integrated physical and mental health care.

The aim of the proposed merger is to improve our services and ensure we are providing the most appropriate and seamless information, support and treatment for people with mental health issues, physical health problems or learning disabilities. It will mean we can help people as a ‘whole person’, not just separate conditions or symptoms. As healthcare professionals in the new Trust, you will be able to ensure better outcomes for service users which we know is really important to all clinical, medical and support professionals alike. For colleagues, it will also provide more opportunity to develop and realise your potential.

While our overall name will become Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, services in Herefordshire will be given their own, separate, name, which will be Herefordshire Mental Health and Learning Disability Services.

The details of the merger will be finalised early September and the Trusts hope to be one organisation from 1st October 2019.

Both Trusts are high performing with ‘good’ CQC ratings and strong financial foundations.

Job Title: Healthcare Assistant Apprentice 

Location: The Vale Hospital

Hours: 37.5 hours per week - Fixed term contract over 15 months

Salary: £10132 pa, £5.18 per hour

Department/Area: Clinical Wards and Departments at Community Hospitals in Gloucestershire

There is a new and exciting opportunity to work in Community Hospitals within Gloucestershire Care Services

The Healthcare Assistant apprenticeship at Gloucestershire Care Services is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience and training in community hospital settings.

An Apprenticeship is suitable for a school leaver who has an interest in pursuing a career within healthcare as well as gaining a Diploma – the level 2 in Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship Standard.

Healthcare Assistants 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.

Healthcare Assistants are expected to be friendly, caring and sensitive with the confidence to communicate with patients and healthcare professional colleagues.

The job of Healthcare Assistant is a physical one and successful apprentices will be expected to work a shift pattern this will include early morning, evening, weekend working and bank holidays.

The maximum working week is 37.5 hours / week; each shift pattern includes an unpaid break of 30 minutes.

The young person (under 18 years) will have a break every 4.5 hours worked; have 2 consecutive days off and will work a night shift only in exceptional circumstances when continuity of clinical care necessitates it.

The standard shift pattern on the ward areas are:

Early: 07:15am - 3:15pm

Late: 1:15pm - 9:15pm

Weekends and Bank Holidays

The workshops are held once a month in Gloucester and the successful candidates would have to travel to Gloucester to attend.

The key result areas for the role are that the apprentice will be required to:

  • To assist in the delivery of high quality patient care, promoting rehabilitation and independence under the supervision of qualified staff.
  • use a degree of initiative to ensure patient’s personal needs are met, and the patient’s condition is reported to qualified staff.
  • assist in maintaining a safe and healthy environment, by ensuring orderliness and hygiene and safety of the ward/department
  • gain competencies in skills specific to the role and department

At all times ensuring a high standard of care is delivered to patient’s carers and visitors and a kind, caring and professional attitude whilst considering dignity, privacy, cultural and religious needs is maintained.

For further information please contact Jo Rayer: 0300 421 8346 Email:

Interviews date: TBC

Successful applicants will start as HCA apprentices in Sept 2019

No alternative dates can be arranged

For more details of the role and requirements of the apprenticeship, please see Job Description attached.

Please note: Apprenticeships are used to develop new work-based skills and cannot be used to gain the same or similar qualification.

This post is subject to a DBS check and successful candidates are expected to undertake a DBS check at their own cost and sign up to the DBS update service.

The Trust aims to promote a culture of inclusion, where colleagues understand and celebrate the diversity and different perspectives of our service users and colleagues.

The Trust is a safeguarding employer committed to the safeguarding and promotion of welfare of children, young people and adults at risk. The trust expects colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment. The Trust is committed to safe recruitment practices to protect children and adults at risk, and any appointment will be subject to satisfactory clearance relevant to the post.

For customer-facing roles all applicants must be able to demonstrate that they can communicate in English with confidence.

Successful candidates are expected to self-fund either an enhanced or standard or basic DBS check, and sign up to the DBS update service if required for the role.

Candidates are advised to monitor their NHS jobs as initial feedback will be through their account. Interview dates will usually be advised to shortlisted candidates within 2 weeks of the closing date. This is not always the case and so if candidates have not had any feedback from their application, they can call the Recruitment Team on 0300 421 8602.

Subsequent conditional offers of employment will be via NHS jobs followed by communication via email and hard copy letters.

Please note that if you are successful in your application and you have previously worked for an NHS Trust, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust will request confirmation of your previous NHS service from your last NHS employer via the inter authority transfer system to verify service and pay grade.

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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