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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 22/09/2019.

Apprentice Healthcare Assistant Medicine / Surgery

Job Reference: 318-19-X4177AN

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Medicine / Surgery
£10,132 pa, £5.18 per hour

Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have recently been awarded an improved CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we’ve achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients.

As a former winner of England for excellence award: Tourism destination of the year, the beautiful city of Gloucester and the scenic regency spa town of Cheltenham are fantastic places to work and live.

As a hospital Trust we are currently involved in over 100 clinical trials and studies, whilst also providing acute elective and specialist services to a population of over 620,000.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.

Come and be part of our extraordinary every day!

Become an apprentice learning and earning to kick start your career

Gloucestershire Hospitals are looking to recruit Apprentice Healthcare Assistants

Our Trust has a number of positions available on our wards and departments at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital

We care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for our patients

Come and join us to be part of our teams that are delivering

Best Care for Everyone

Job Title: Healthcare Assistant Apprentice

Hours: Apprenticeship contract

37.5 hours a week (Fixed Term for 15 months)

Salary: GHNHSFT Apprentice Terms and Conditions

£10,132 pa, £5.18 per hour

Department/Area: Clinical Wards and Departments are available at Cheltenham General Hospital and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Accountable to: Ward / Departmental Manager

Location: Cheltenham or Gloucester

The Healthcare assistant apprenticeship at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience and training in an acute hospital.

An apprenticeship is suitable for anyone who has an interest in pursuing a career in healthcare and gain a healthcare support worker intermediate level (2) apprenticeship qualification.

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.

Throughout the apprenticeship journey you will:

  • be supported in the workplace by a mentor

  • have the equivalent of a day a week ‘off-the-job training’ to develop your learning

  • be in regular contact with the Training Provider and the Lifelong Learning Team

  • have access to a virtual learning platform

  • receive support from others in the cohort

  • attend workshops where you will have the opportunity to discuss and share

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 and weekend working.

The standard shift pattern on the ward areas is:

Early: 07:15 - 15:15

Late: 13:15 - 21:15

Night: 20:45 - 07:45

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 apprentice will be required to:

  • Undertake delegated work of the multidisciplinary team to assist in the provision of individualised planned patient care under indirect supervision

  • 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 Lisa Ferris 0300 422 6318.

You are welcome to visit Redwood Education Centre, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital between 12midday and 1pm on Saturday 14th September to meet and talk with Nurses and healthcare professionals. This is a fantastic opportunity to find out more of what being an apprentice on our wards is about.

Closing date for applications is: Sunday 22nd September 2019

Literacy/Numeracy assessments will be held at Redwood Education Centre, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on Monday 30th September 2019

Interviews will be held on Monday 14th October 2019 at Sandford Education Centre, Cheltenham General Hospital

Successful applicants will start as HCA apprentices on Monday 2nd December 2019 and remain on programme for a minimum of 12 months

No alternative dates can be arranged

For more details of the role and requirements of the apprenticeship, please see Job Descriptions attached. If you have a specific interest in this area please highlights this on your application in the supporting information.

‘Our Trust uses a values based recruitment (VBR) approach, to ensure that we recruit the best employees with the right skills and values to support effective team working in order to deliver excellent patient care and experience’




Please note that this vacancy may close as soon as sufficient applications have been received, so please apply as soon as possible if you are interested. The Recruitment Team are unable to accept any applications after the position has closed on NHS Jobs.

Committed to safeguarding our community

If applicable for the post, all successful candidates will be required to pay for their own Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The cost will be £32 (standard checks) or £50 (enhanced checks), and will be recovered through two instalments from the candidate's salary. Please contact for further information.

The Trust is a safeguarding employer committed to the safeguarding and promotion of welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The Trust is committed to safe recruitment practices to protect children and vulnerable adults, and any appointment will be subject to satisfactory clearance. As part of the organisation's commitment to Safer Recruitment, candidates may request copies of relevant policies and procedures by contacting the Recruitment Team at

Committed to supporting service personnel

As part of our commitment to support Service Personnel, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in collaboration with the Career Transition Partnership, offer a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for all qualifying Service and Ex-Service Personnel. To qualify for a guaranteed interview, candidates must meet the essential criteria for the post and be either a current member of the Armed Forces, or be within the two year period of resettlement. If this applies to you please email the job reference number and your AR number to the Recruitment Team at

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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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