Trainee Nursing Associate - Band 3

Band 3

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Band 3
Training Contract
37.5 per week
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Southmead Hospital
£16,800 - £19,655 per annum (pro rata)
29/06/2018 23:59

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Trainee Nursing Associate

Over 5,000 Nursing Associates (NA) will begin training this year in a new role that will sit alongside existing nursing care support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses to deliver hands-on care for patients.

North Bristol NHS Trust are recruiting for this new role starting in October 2018.

The programme will run over a two year period, helping to transform the nursing and care workforce.

Are you a non-registered healthcare professional looking for the next step in your career? If so, an exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our organisation as a Trainee Nursing Associate.

The Nursing Associate role will work alongside existing nursing care support workers and offer support to Registered Nurses thus being pivotal in providing the workforce we need for the future in the frontline caring directly for patients.

During the programme the Trainee Nursing Associate will be employed for 2 years at a Band 3 level and, on successful completion, will automatically transfer into a Band 4 Nursing Associate post within the Trust. This is a full time programme and all trainees must be prepared to work 37.5 hours per week.

This training programme will lead to a level 5 Nursing Associate Apprenticeship.  The University costs for the programme are fully funded and it is a training programme that combines both academic and work-based learning in the physical, psychological and public health aspects of care.

The programme is structured so that you will experience a wide variety of placements across the breadth of health and social care sectors in different organisations with the aim of giving trainees the widest exposure to healthcare. You will also be expected to attend study days at the University of the West of England (HEI) in Bristol throughout the programme to complete the academic aspect of the programme.


Selection Event 1 at North Bristol NHS Trust

Assessment centre/interviews will be held in the Learning & Research building AT Southmead Hospital in the week commencing 16th July 2018.  You will be required to sit a numeracy & literacy test on this day.

Selection Event 2 at UWE

Following successful interview at North Bristol NHS Trust you will be invited to a second selection event at the university.

For any staff recruited from outside North Bristol NHS Trust, you will be provided with all relevant induction and mandatory/statutory training.  You may also need to complete some additional clinical units depending on the level of experience you have had in a healthcare setting.

If we are unable to recruit the numbers required to commence a programme in October 2018, any successful candidates will be notified and their applications held until February 2019.

Essential qualifications/experience required in order to apply:

  • NVQ / QCF level 3 in Health & Social Care or A levels Grade C or above in science related subject
  • GCSE English and Maths (grade C or above) OR Functional skills in Maths and English level 2
  • Minimum of 12 months experience working in a healthcare setting

Please note this role is not suitable for those who already hold a registration from another country.

For further eligibility to apply please refer to the job description and for further information including an informal discussion, please contact  (Programme Lead)

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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For further eligibility to apply please refer to the job description and for further information including an informal discussion, please contact  (Programme Lead)