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Trainee Nursing Associate

Job Reference: 180-FTNA-191203-EX

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Trainee Nursing Associate - Apprenticeship
Addenbrookes Hospital - Division Corporate, Cambridge
CUH Apprenticeship Career

Closing date for applications: midnight, 25th August, 2019

Our Trust

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust comprises Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. With over 9000 staff and over 1100 beds the priorities of the Trust focus on a quality service which is all about people – patients, staff and partners. Recognised as providing ‘outstanding’ care to our patients and rated ‘Good’ overall by the Care Quality Commissioner, is testament to the skill and dedication of the people who work here. CUH’s values – Together- safe, kind, excellent – are at the heart of patient care, defining the way all staff work and behave. The Trust provides accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge, together with specialist services, dealing with rare or complex conditions for a regional, national and international population.

Trainee Nursing Associate(TNA)

This is an exciting opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge through the Trainee Nursing Associate (TNA) apprenticeship. CUH will commence a cohort of 24 Trainee Nursing Associates in December, 2019.

Working within teams Nursing Associates will deliver high quality, compassionate care complementing the work of Registered Nurses. Nursing Associates are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

You will work as a TNA and train over a 2 year period to attain a Level 5 Foundation Degree qualification and Higher apprenticeship. The programme incorporates university day release, work based learning, and rotation to experience working through a combination of academic theory and work-based practice, and you will develop skills across the four disciplines of nursing: Adult, Child, Learning Disabilities and Mental Health.

The Trainee Nursing Associate will:

  • Deliver high quality, compassionate care under the direction of a Registered Nurse
  • Have proficient attitudes and behaviours compatible with CUH Values
  • Work as part of a designated clinical and care team delivering care that focuses on the direct needs of the individual
  • Carry out specific delegated clinical and care tasks and responsibilities to a high standard and competency
  • Work with a practice assessor to take responsibility for developing their own clinical competence leadership and reflective practice skills
  • Develop by the end of the programme the ability to work without direct supervision, at times delivering care independently in line with the individual’s defined plan of care within parameters of practice of the Nursing Associate role
  • Be available to work a variety of shifts covering a 24 hour period, to be able to support our patients when needed

If you have already completed a Foundation Degree in a health related subject it may be possible to accredit your prior learning, this would enable you to compete the TNA apprenticeship in a shorter time period.

Upon completion of the TNA apprenticeship you will become a Nursing Associate (Band 4) registered with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

Minimum entry requirements:

  • Experience as a health care support worker/clinical support worker
  • Kind, caring and compassionate
  • Good organisational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to delegate and organise own workload
  • Reliable and dependable
  • Available to work a variety of shifts covering a 24 hour period, to be able to support our patients when needed


  • GCSE grade 9-4 (old grade A*-C) English Language and maths.
  • National Care Certificate or the commitment to achieve this if you are offered a place on the Apprenticeship
  • To pass the CUH/University assessments as part of the selection process

If you already have a Foundation Degree in a related healthcare subject, you may be able to undertake a shortened Nursing Associate programme.


The salary is £17,264 per annum and will increase to £17,546 from 1st April, 2020.

There may be some flexibility for experienced healthcare support workers and/or those working in a clinical role elsewhere in the NHS to commence on a higher rate.

Assessment and Interview Date: 21st September, 2019

To find out more about this exciting opportunity please download the information pack and other documents attached.

For further details / informal visits contact:

You can email us at or call 01223 274844

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust includes Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospitals. We are one of the largest and busiest hospitals in the country with an outstanding reputation that is down to the exceptional people that work here.

Our philosophy is to keep the patient at the heart of everything we do. Every person that works for the Trust, regardless of their role, comes into contact with our patients and visitors and so is expected to uphold our values of Together - Safe, Kind, Excellent at all times.

We look for people who are willing to go the extra mile, not because they are asked to, but because they are committed to being part of a healthcare team that delivers an excellent caring service to our patients.

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment.

Please be aware that once submitted via NHS Jobs, your application will be moved and handled through TRAC Systems and communication will be sent to you via TRAC Systems. You will be updated by email and/ or text regarding the progress of your application, however the vacancy will not be updated on NHS Jobs. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are made an offer, information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

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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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