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Apprentice Healthcare Assistant



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2nd June 2023
Apprentice Healthcare Assistant

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust

The closing date is 19 June 2023

Take your first step on the pathway to a rewarding career within the NHS. Benefit from stability, security and commitment to career development. The Apprentice Healthcare Assistant could be your entry into a variety of clinical roles within the organisation. We are looking to appoint enthusiastic and well-motivated people to multiple Apprentice Healthcare Assistant positions across Norfolk. On completion you will receive a nationally recognised Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship. This will be a Level 2 qualification for a 14 month fixed term post with a guaranteed position as a Healthcare Assistant within the Trust will be offered subject to successful completion of the course and suitable conduct.

Positions available in:

  • Caroline House, Norwich
  • North Walsham Hospital
  • Kelling Hospital
  • Dereham Hospital
  • Ogden Court, Wymondham
  • Mill Lodge, Taverham

If you are aged 16-30 and not currently in education, employment or training, our colleagues at the Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership (supported by the Princes Trust), can provide application and interview coaching. To request this support please contact ellen.faure@nhs.net

Main duties of the job

You will work within ward and community teams, working with patients with various needs providing direct patient care. Excellent communication skills and a supportive approach to team working within the various clinical settings are key. Demonstrating the ability to working within the Trust behavioural framework will be essential to the role.

You will have the ability to manage your own learning supported by the allocated supervisors, Clinical Education Team and Talent for Care team in order to gain new knowledge and skills to benefit them and the service. This is a great opportunity to learn while working in an area with patients with various care needs.

Good interpersonal skills are essential as well as the ability to balance academic studies and the work in practice.

About us

NCH&C is proud to be the first standalone NHS community trust in the UK to achieve an 'Outstanding' rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Our focus is on continually improving the quality of care we offer to local people and on improving access to that care, helping people to move seamlessly from one service to another. Praising NCH&C's "compassionate, inclusive and effective leadership at all levels", the CQC observed that our staff are well supported to make positive changes and innovations.

We welcome applications from people who share our values of Compassion, Community and Creativity, and can help us deliver outstanding care in our local area.

As an organisation we support the following initiatives:

  • Disability Confident Employer
  • Age Positive
  • Step in to Health
  • Mindful Employer - Being positive about mental health
  • Armed Forces Covenant - Bronze award
  • Carers Friendly Tick Award

If you are aged 16-30 and not currently in education, employment or training, our colleagues at the Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (supported by the Princes Trust), can provide application and interview coaching. To request this support please contact NWICB.Careers@nhs.net

Job description
Job responsibilities

  • Assist with patient hygiene needs; including toileting, nail care and oral care.
  • Be able to provide appropriate equipment for toileting, mobility aids to support activity and utensils to support food intake.
  • Supporting staff to undertake blood glucose monitoring; skin assessments; frailty and falls screening and malnutrition reviews.
  • Undertake observational monitoring, including Temperature; Pulse; Respirations; Blood Pressure measurement, oxygen saturations, urinalysis and Sepsis screening as appropriate. This may also include neurological observations and other monitoring within the clinical setting, which supports the Trusts ability to identify those patients at risk of deterioration.
  • Apply Health Coaching principles to support and empower the patient, promoting their self-esteem and independence.
  • Managing challenging behavior, including dementia, distressed patients or others within the care environment.
  • Other potential skills include, undertaking phlebotomy procedures; undertaking Electrocardiogram recordings.
  • Skills appropriate to the placement area may include, End of life care, Dementia care; and principles of wound management.

Person Specification


  • Previous nursing / care assistant role
  • Some work or voluntary experience


  • Knowledge of Microsoft Software (eg: Word, PowerPoint) or willing to develop
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Ability to recognise own limitations
  • Ability to recognise when help is needed
  • Good communication skills


  • Ability to balance study and work


  • Must be willing to complete the Care Certificate


  • Desire to work in a caring/clinical profession

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
Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust

Various locations across Norfolk



Employer's website
https://www.norfolkcommunityhealthandcare.nhs.uk (Opens in a new tab)
For questions about the job, contact:
Talent For Care

Talent For Care Team



Depending on experience £14,189 pa

Contract - Apprenticeship

Duration - 14 months

Working pattern - Full-time

Reference number - 839-5331084-GP

Job locations - Various locations across Norfolk




Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 19/06/2023


£14,189.00 per annum


This job is located in Various locations across Norfolk

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