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Trainee Nursing Associate

Job Reference: 841-19-116-AJ

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust was formed on Tuesday 1st October 2019, following the merger of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust. The two Trusts joined together to provide integrated mental health, physical health and learning disability services to communities.

Trainee Nursing Associate


Hours: 37.5 hours per week

2 year fixed term training contract including shift patterns


Salary: Agenda for Change Band 3 - Gloucestershire Care Services NHS trust Trainee Nursing Associate Terms and Conditions


Department/Area: Countywide, including inpatient & ICT in Gloucestershire Care Services

NHS Trust and external organisations to meet the course learning outcomes


Accountable to: Line Manager


Location: Various within Gloucestershire Care Service NHS Trust



Progress your career and be part of the transformation of the nursing and care workforce!


Gloucestershire Care Services are looking to recruit experienced Healthcare Support Workers to this exciting opportunity to develop new skills & knowledge and become a Registered Nursing Associate. This new role will deliver quality hands on care for patients, whilst helping and encouraging them to look after their own health across a variety of settings. This role bridges the gap between Healthcare Assistants and Registered nurses and will offer a future opportunity to progress into nursing roles.


This is a developmental role and Trainee Nursing Associates will work towards progression to the Registered Nursing Associate role through the successful completion of a Trainee Nursing Associate apprenticeship, which includes the attainment of a Level 5 Foundation Degree qualification.


The Trainee Nursing Associate will be based as an employee with Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and be enrolled to the apprenticeship programme with the University of Gloucestershire for a two year duration. The planned programme (subject to change) incorporates day release to University, employment in a specific setting, and placement rotation to experience working in other healthcare services to gain a wide appreciation of health and care settings.


On successful completion of the programme you will be able to apply for a Registered Nursing Associate position. This opportunity is suitable for existing Healthcare Assistants/ Support Workers who meet the following requirements:


1) Previous experience of working as a clinical support worker within a healthcare setting, ideally within the NHS

2) GCSE/O level English and Maths Grades A-C or equivalent Level 2 functional skills (Certificates will be required at Interview – please see attached document for further details)

3) Level 2 or 3 diploma (NVQ) in a health related subject or equivalent

4) The Care Certificate

5) Committed to continued employment and building a career in healthcare within Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust on completion of the course

6) Be able to travel countywide and work a full range of shifts i.e. early, lates, nights, weekends, bank holidays


Successful applicants will start on the Trainee Nursing Associate Programme in September 2019 and remain on programme for two years. No alternative dates can be arranged for interview or commencement of the programme.


For more details of the role and requirements of the Trainee Nursing Associate please see Job Description attached. Please ensure that you read the frequently asked question document attached before applying.


All notifications will be through email.


Closing date: Monday 22nd July 2019

Value based interviews & assessment: 1st & 2nd August 2019.


For further information please contact Sarah Reakes, Practice Education for Trainee Nursing Associates email:


This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check with an Adult Barring List check. Successful candidates are expected to undertake a DBS check at their own cost and sign up to the DBS update service.


Online Assessment
NHS 'Values for healthcare' challenge

As part of your application you are invited to complete the NHS 'Values for healthcare' challenge available at

All NHS employees share a belief in the quality of patient care. It is important that our shared beliefs are part of everything we do to ensure that our role has a positive impact on the lives of patients. Try one of the 'Values for healthcare' video challenges at the link above and find out whether you have what it takes to join the NHS.

You can choose any one of the featured job roles for your challenge - don't worry too much about having to match your choice exactly to the type of job role you are thinking about. You only need to follow one job role to complete the challenge.

If you are invited to interview you may be requested to bring a copy of the outcome of the 'Values for healthcare' challenge with you.

Applicants who have been shortlisted will be contacted via NHS Jobs. Please check your account regularly. If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks of the closing date you have probably not been shortlisted. We are sorry that on some occasions we are unable to let you know the outcome of your application personally. The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

Applicants should note that all appointments to Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probation period.(excluding Medical Staffing appointments).

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.

Please note that if you are successful in your application and you have previously worked for an NHS Trust, Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust will request confirmation of your previous NHS service from your last NHS employer via the inter authority transfer system to verify service, pension, sick pay entitlement and pay grade. Your permission will be sought at application and /or later in the process.

Flexible working arrangements will be considered. Any request will be set against genuine operational requirements and limitations and it is not obligatory for a manager to accede to the request.

For positions Band 8a and above there is a requirement to participate in an on-call rota to ensure a high quality of care for patients at all times and continued support to all staff with access to the right knowledge and expertise. For further information on this please consult the job description.

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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