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Apprentice Mortuary Assistant

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20th May 2021

** 14 month Fixed Term Contract - Apprenticeship **

We welcome applications from individuals wishing to become an Apprentice and gain experience in the NHS. You will develop new skills and knowledge whilst working with an established team gaining valuable work experience and a recognised apprenticeship qualification.

You will be enrolled with a local education provider and will be required to complete your Customer Service Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard Programme within the duration of the placement.

The mortuary department forms part of the Cellular Pathology service, which also includes Bereavement services, Medical Examiner Service, Histopathology and Cytopathology. This is a busy and diverse service, which acts as both a hospital and public Mortuary. There are approximately 4 000+ deceased patients per annum under the care of the Mortuary (including HM Coroner’s referrals, neonatal/perinatal and paediatric cases and forensic post mortems). Approximately 850 post-mortems carried out each year. The Mortuary also annually performs approximately 800-1000 viewings for the bereaved and ID for police/Coroner’s cases.

The successful post-holder will complete a period of appropriate in house training to enable them to, maintaining the Mortuary in a clean and efficient manner and ensuring maintenance of Mortuary facilities and equipment. Identify potential hazards to health and take measures to minimise or eliminate these risks in the Mortuary. Demonstrate knowledge of the laws and codes of practice relating to the Mortuary and implement legal requirements in relation to the deceased and/or their tissues and organs. Demonstrate appropriate administrative procedures and deal correctly with users of the service and visitors to the Mortuary and post mortem room.

There is a strong element of repetitive, heavy manual handling, including that of deceased patients, so adherence to Trust manual handling procedures is essential. The post holder must also be able to possess the emotional strength and resilience to deal with all related Mortuary duties whilst maintaining a calm, mature and compassionate disposition.

The interviews will feature a second, enhanced interview process, during which time, shortlisted candidates will be expected to attend the Mortuary to gain experience in aspects of the Mortuary environment and duties associated with the role. This may include observing a PM from the viewing gallery. The date will be agreed with the candidates selected for the second stage, approximately 1 week after the first interview.

Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be:

  • Aged 16+
  • Resident in the UK/EEA for the last three years
  • Must not have a Degree, Level 4 qualification or above
  • Must NOT be in any form of formal government-funded education

Qualifications and Skills Required:

  • Good general standard of education
  • 4 GCSE’s at Grade D / 3 or above (or equivalent)
  • Good standard of literacy and numeracy
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good IT skills

The NNUH are pleased to be able to offer a variety of challenging apprenticeships. Should you be selected for interview we may wish to discuss with you a range of alternative positions for you to consider.

Full time: 37.5 hours per week

Interview Date

11th June 2021

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Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 31/05/2021


£161.25 per week


This job is located in Norwich

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