Apprentice Healthcare Assistant - COVID-19 in Gloucester

Job description

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.

Working in healthcare is more than just a job. It's a chance to change lives!

Gloucestershire Hospitals are looking to recruit Apprentice Healthcare Assistants

Our Trust have a number of positions available on various wards and departments at both 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 Apprenticeships and Careers Team

  • have access to a virtual learning platform

  • receive support from others in the cohort

  • attend webinars / 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 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 18’s will not be required to work nights.

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 Andrea Harford, Apprenticeships and Careers Coordinator on 0300 422 5109 or Apprenticeship & Careers Team on 0300 422 5176.

The closing date for applications is: 18th October 2020

Literacy and Numeracy Initial assessments will be held on Friday 23rd and Monday 26th October 2020.

Interviews will be held on 30th October and 2nd November 2020 at Sandford Education Centre, Cheltenham General Hospital

Successful applicants will start as HCA apprentices on Monday 7th December 2020

No alternative dates can be arranged

For more details of the role and requirements of the apprenticeship, please see Job Description 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’



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