Apprentice Healthcare Assistant
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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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 Clinical Wards and Area: Departments at Cheltenham General Hospital and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Accountable to: Ward /Departmental Manager Location: Cheltenham or Gloucester
The Apprentice Healthcare Assistant position at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience and training in an acute hospital. 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.
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Main duties of the job
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 patients personal needs are met, and the patients 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. The apprentice will be working towards assessments throughout the apprenticeship to complete the Health Care Support Worker standard which includes:
Person Centred Care
Mental Health and well-being
Duty of Care
Safeguarding and protection
End of life care 4 Infection Control
Health and Safety
We provide acute hospital services from two large district general hospitals, Cheltenham General Hospital and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Maternity Services are also provided at Stroud Maternity Hospital. We remain the major provider of secondary care services in the area and analysis shows that for Gloucestershire we are the leading acute healthcare provider by a significant margin.
At Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust we are committed to delivering great experience and outcomes for our patients. Our patients are at the heart of everything we do, and pivotal to this are our nurses, midwives and care staff, whose dedication, expertise and kindness ensures that patients receive the very best care throughout their treatment
The Apprentice Healthcare Assistant position is an entry role into the NHS and the first step on a pathway to a career in registered nursing and other professional roles.
To attend all mandatory components of the Apprenticeship Standard including:
GHNHSFT mandatory training
Apprenticeship webinars / workshops once a month delivered in our Education Centres
Ward / Department based observations Competencies as determined by the line manager as relevant to the work area /department
Regular progress review meetings face to face with the assessor
Ability to get on well with people at all levels, communicate and work effectively as a team member
Accept designated workload to assist the qualified nursing staff, observe and verbally report on the continual progress of the patient
Ensure patient safety and assist them with their essential nursing and personal care needs including washing, dressing, drinking and help at meal times
Communicate effectively with patients (especially where their ability to do so is compromised), relatives and visitors
Have responsibility for personal development and complete the Healthcare Support Apprenticeship Standards within the time frame
Adhere to Kindness and Respect Behaviours to project a professional appearance in behaviour and manner of dress and always be courteous when talking to colleagues, patients, their families and visitors on the ward
Observe confidentiality and data protection at all times
Assist the smooth running of the ward by carrying out other duties including unpacking stores, tidying and cleaning equipment Access and use of electronic patient record systems, intranet and email communications
Understand and adhere to Trust Policies and Procedures
The job of Healthcare assistant is a physical one and successful apprentices will be expected to work a rotational shift pattern, including early mornings, evenings and weekend working. Typical shift pattern may consist of: Early: 07:15 - 15:15 Late: 13:15 - 21:15 Night: 20:45 - 07:45
Alternatively, some areas offer long days of working (over 18s only). 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 and have 2 consecutive days off. Under 18s will not be required to work nights. Please see the full job description and person specification by accessing the documents under the Supporting Documents heading.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
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.
Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).
From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).