Apprentice Healthcare Assistant

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Job summary

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:

Care Certificate

Communication

Person Centred Care

Mental Health and well-being

Duty of Care

Safeguarding and protection

End of life care 4 Infection Control

Health and Safety

About us

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.

Date posted

30 September 2021

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£10,132 a year

Contract

Apprenticeship

Duration

15 months

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

318-21-X7670SM

Job locations

Trustwide

Gloucester

GL1 3NN


Job description

Job responsibilities

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Minimum of 4 GCSE's (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and preferably a Science, Physical Education or Health and Social care based subject
  • GCSE Grade D (3) or above in English and Maths or equivalent Functional Skills Level 1 in English and Maths
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Word and email programmes

Experience

Desirable

  • Experience (through placement or employment) of working
  • Previous experience in a healthcare environment

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Essential

  • A desire to work in a hospital environment caring for acutely unwell people with kindness, compassion and with dignity and respect
  • Ability to work on own initiative, independently and as part of a team
  • Clear communication skills; verbally, in writing and the use of IT
  • To get on well with people at all levels, communicate and work effectively as a team member
  • Project a professional appearance in behaviour and manner of dress
  • Be courteous when talking to colleagues, patients, their families and visitors on the ward and to treat everyone with dignity and respect
  • Knowledge of physical and psychological needs of people (patients)
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Minimum of 4 GCSE's (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and preferably a Science, Physical Education or Health and Social care based subject
  • GCSE Grade D (3) or above in English and Maths or equivalent Functional Skills Level 1 in English and Maths
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Word and email programmes

Experience

Desirable

  • Experience (through placement or employment) of working
  • Previous experience in a healthcare environment

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Essential

  • A desire to work in a hospital environment caring for acutely unwell people with kindness, compassion and with dignity and respect
  • Ability to work on own initiative, independently and as part of a team
  • Clear communication skills; verbally, in writing and the use of IT
  • To get on well with people at all levels, communicate and work effectively as a team member
  • Project a professional appearance in behaviour and manner of dress
  • Be courteous when talking to colleagues, patients, their families and visitors on the ward and to treat everyone with dignity and respect
  • Knowledge of physical and psychological needs of people (patients)

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).

Additional information

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).

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Trustwide

Gloucester

GL1 3NN


Employer's website

https://www.gloshospitals.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Trustwide

Gloucester

GL1 3NN


Employer's website

https://www.gloshospitals.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)

For questions about the job, contact:

Apprenticeship Coordinator

Andrea Harford

andrea.harford@nhs.net

03004225109

Date posted

30 September 2021

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£10,132 a year

Contract

Apprenticeship

Duration

15 months

Working pattern

Full-time

Reference number

318-21-X7670SM

Job locations

Trustwide

Gloucester

GL1 3NN


Supporting documents

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