Health & Social Care Support Workers

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What type of roles can we offer you within The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust?

The role of a Support Worker is varied.  You will be working under the guidance of a registered professional such as a Nurse or Physiotherapist.

Role options are:

  • Healthcare/Health and Social Care Assistant (Band 2) - providing direct care to patients on wards and in a variety of community settings
  • Healthcare/Health and Social Care Assistant (Band 3) - providing patient care with advanced clinical skills whilst supervising other Healthcare Assistants (HCAs)
  • Assistant Practitioner (Band 4) - working alongside qualified staff carrying out agreed procedures independently
  • Theatre Support Worker - providing assistance to Nurses and Doctors in the theatre environment whilst supporting patients
  • AHP Support Worker - working in environments such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy or speech and language therapy, supporting patients to regain skills, follow exercise programmes and learn new techniques.

What training or qualifications do you need to join us?

There are no set entry requirements for the Band 2 Support Worker roles, but we would like you to have a good standard of English and maths, and experience of care giving is an advantage. It is important to be caring and kind, to be willing to do personal tasks such as washing and dressing, and to be a team player.

For a Band 3 Support Worker role we expect that you hold a level 2 health related apprenticeship or other vocational qualification, and that you hold or are willing to work towards a level 3 apprenticeship or equivalent.

For a Band 4 Assistant Practitioner role we expect that you hold an Assistant Practitioner qualification, normally a foundation degree.

What is it like working for The Trust?

The Trust supports professional development for staff to excel in their chosen field:-

Sam started in the Trust as a Band 2 Support Worker and undertook an NVQ Level 2. She obtained a post as a Band 3 and completed an NVQ Level 3.  She then gained a place at University using the sponsorship scheme supported by the Trust, and returned as a qualified Nurse.

The Trust supports continued learning, enabling staff to progress to achieve their full potential:-

Julie worked in the textile industry for many years whilst caring for a relative. She obtained a job as a Care Worker and completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health. As a result of this and the increase in her confidence she successfully obtained a post as an AHP Assistant and is due to start the Advanced Apprenticeship shortly.

“I enjoyed all of the programme; the study days, the training events… all of which I can now implement on the ward.  It has been an eye opener.”

“It has raised my self-confidence, as I was becoming aware of my progress towards the completion of the diploma.”

“I have positive experiences overall.  I gained a lot from diploma units which were directly related to my current job role.”

What development opportunities do we offer you?

Upon commencement in post you will attend the Care Certificate programme to ensure that you have the fundamental skills and knowledge to care for our patients. You will then complete the Care Certificate assessment booklet (unless you already hold a health related vocational qualification eg NVQ).

Following this you may progress to an apprenticeship with the Trust.  This may be an Intermediate Apprenticeship in Clinical Healthcare Support, or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Clinical Healthcare Support, Perioperative Support, AHP Support or Maternity and Paediatric Support.

You will have the opportunity to undertake single qualifications, such as venepuncture, physiological measurements or ECGs. You may also wish to progress to a mentorship or assessor qualification to support new staff to the organisation.

How do you get to work in this exciting team?

All opportunities are advertised through our website www.pat.nhs.uk/vacancies

For further information or if you have any questions

Please contact the Workbased Learning Team within the Learning and Organisational Development Department on 0161 720 4847 or 0161 921 4978 or email nursing.recruitment@pat.nhs.uk