Apprentice Health Care Assistant Cambridge Nursing Home

This is a new apprentice position for an experience and qualified (level 2) health and social care apprentices to progress onto level 3.

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    35 hours a week on a shift system

    Total hours per week: 35.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    18 months

  • Possible start date

    14 Sep 2017

  • Date posted

    03 May 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Advanced Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

General job summary

  • To ensure that the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being of all Service Users (SUs) is maintained at the highest possible level in the pleasant, safe and harmonious environment of the Home.
  •  To maintain Confidentiality at ALL times
  • To be aware of their responsibilities in maintaining the Health & Safety of all SUs
  • To undertake relevant QCF Level 3/Care Certificate training and other training identified by the manager in relation to improving and maintaining standards of care
  •  Washing and bathing residents, ensuring that they maintain a good level of personal hygiene, care of hair, scalp, nails, dentures, teeth, feet and toe nails
  • Feeding needs of clients who are incapable of feeding themselves, serving meals in a presentable manner.
  • To care for incontinent residents and meeting their special needs
  • To care for the elderly frail clients
  • Pressure areas care and preventing sores where possible, applying cream under supervision
  • To take care of the SUs’ clothes and personal belongings
  • To ensure that clients are suitably dressed at all times
  • To tidy SUs’ rooms and wardrobes ensuring the residents’ rooms are clean and tidy at all times
  • To ensure SUs’ clothes are laundered daily/weekly
  • To take reasonable care to prevent damage to clothing, equipment etc.
  • To take care of the dying, and when necessary assisting the person in charge in the last offices
  • To participate in activities for the general leisure and social care of the SUs’.
  • To remove and dispose of clinical and other domestic wastes and place in the appropriate containers for disposal.
  • To participate in the assessment and reviews of to assess the needs of each SU when requested.
  • To monitor the needs of each SU and report any change of needs to the Senior Care Assistant.
  •  To be involved with other carers in establishing and formulating possible alternative methods of care to facilitate individual SUs’ needs when requested.
  •  To encourage clients to learn new skills, take up new interests and activities and maintain those they already have.
  •  To seek to understand the emotional and personality problems among residents and to work through such problems with the assistance of other professionals in group sessions where necessary.
  • To assist in various leisure activities outings where necessary.
  • To help residents when necessary in casual shopping (but never proprietary drugs -see drugs policy) to assist residents in selection of clothing.
  • To be fully aware of emergency fire exits and equipment
  • To be able to use emergency equipment if necessary and be able to practice
  • To know of and put into practice when required the drill for emergency evacuation in case of fire.
  • To report all accidents and incidents, however minor to the Nurse in charge
  • To report defects in equipment to the management and comply at all times to the policies of the Home in relation to Health & Safety policy at work.


Responsibility and accountability

  • Your first point of contact is always the Registered Nurse on your floor.
  • Whilst on duty, you are accountable to the Registered Nurse and to the Senior Registered Nurse.
  • All Care Assistants are responsible for his/her own actions or inactions.
  • All staff must be in good health and must report to the Nurse in Charge any sickness, infections, diseases and other condition which may affect their work.

Professional duties

  • To assist Care Assistants to develop their professional skills, particularly their caring skills for the smooth running of the Home under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, Senior Registered Nurse or any of the management team.
  • To assist in the teaching and supervision of Care Assistant in training as directed by the Registered Nurse, Senior Registered Nurse or any of the management team.
  • To help in the supervision and follow up the training of the Care Assistants.
  • To ensure and if necessary, to arrange, regular meetings with other Senior Carer Assistants to promote peer learning and transfer of knowledge.



Personal and Professional development

  • To attend courses for own professional development in your time and the time organised by the employer.
  • To keep up to date with research and advances in nursing and to implement individualised nursing care.
  • To comply
  • To maintain knowledge of current trends in health care and in the profession.
  • To participate as required in service user dependency studies and quality assurance programmes.
  • To attend courses for your own professional development in your time and the time organised by the employer.
  • To keep up to date with research and advances in nursing and to implement individualised nursing care.
  • To comply with the statutory requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act in attending fire and safety instruction.
  • To participate as required in patient dependency studies and quality assurance programmes.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Good communication skills
  • Patient

Personal qualities

Personal Attitude

  • Persons selected for Care Assistants posts must have a genuine interest in caring for the elderly. Being practical, flexible, and hardworking would be an advantage. 
  • All care workers must be trustworthy, reliable and of good character. 
  • He/she should have the following characteristics:
  • To show respect for the Individual SU at ALL times
  • To maintain dignity, privacy and confidentiality of the SU
  •  Seek to establish and develop a relationship with the clients and encourage participation in the activities of the home and encourage interaction between clients.
  • You must take pride and care in your daily work.
  • You must adhere to codes of dress set by the Home.

Qualifications required

  • GCSE Maths and English A-C/or equivalent is desirable
  • You will need to have a level 2 in Health and Social Care to apply for this role we will ask to see your certificates.

Future prospects

Good for the right candidate

Things to consider

You will work on a rota system that will include weekends and evenings

About the employer

Cambridge Nursing Home in Wanstead, East London provides care and support for 49 residents. It is a family-run business that takes pride in knowing all its residents and staff. The management team has over 30 years' experience owner-operating care homes in the London Borough of Redbridge


Cambridge Nursing Home


65 Cambridge Park


E11 2PR

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Training provider

  • L3 Health and Social Care
  • L2 Functional Skills – English and Maths

Apprenticeship framework

Health and Social Care

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Newham College of Further Education


Lynn Parsonage 020 8257 4586

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2017