Apprentice Healthcare Worker Kent and Medway NHS Trust

Would you like to be part of a forward thinking progressive service? Do you want to develop your skills, with the backing of a well-developed nursing team, and have the opportunity to participate in appropriate training for this role? If the answer is yes, we have Apprentice Healthcare Worker vacancies at Tarentfort Centre Dartford.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 25 Sep 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    37.5 hours per week

    Total hours per week: 37.50

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    02 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    17 Aug 2017

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    3 available

The Tarentfort Centre is a low secure environment that offers inpatient provision to male patients, aged 18 and over with a learning disability whose offending behaviour and mental health needs require that they are detained under the Mental Health Act in secure conditions.

Treatment, care, and advice is provided by skilled multidisciplinary teams, conforming to the Care Programme Approach and the principles of Valuing People.

The patient, and where possible their families, carers and advocates, are involved as much as possible with their treatment, care and rehabilitation.

The Environment

The Tarentfort Centre has 20 beds. Each bedroom offers en-suite facilities. Other facilities include:

* Open courtyards
* TV
* Lounge and
* Several other rooms for therapeutic activities and treatment groups.

The building has standard features of security for such settings, including airlock entry doors, alarm systems, separate facilities for visitors, and secure outdoor areas to provide fresh air and recreation for those who cannot access other on-site or community facilities.

Where possible, a balance has been struck in the design and equipping of the unit between the need for features of physical security and for an environment appropriate for longer-term admission.

Facilities for skills development and therapeutic activities are provided within the secure building, and further on-site rehabilitation facilities for those who are able safely to access a setting of lower security.

Staffing is provided at levels that maximise both the safety of patients and others and the opportunities for patients to take part in a regular, structured programme of meaningful activities, as well as the development of therapeutic working relationships between patients and members of all disciplines
The Apprentice Healthcare Worker is a key member of the multidisciplinary care team and will have continuing responsibility to:

Deliver an effective and competent level of care under the guidance and supervision of the associate workers, senior associate workers, qualified nurses and occupational therapists, determined by the patient’s plan of care.
To efficiently undertake basic health and social care duties which may include the following duties as directed: 
Support the work of the multidisciplinary team by:

  • Consistently delivering a patient focused service, which promotes optimum independence
  • Offering appropriate support and advice to the patients
  • Recording accurately all care given as required
  • Enable patients to maintain and improve their independence by promoting involvement in the therapeutic activity programme
  • Noting and reporting accurately any care given and/or information required by the nurse in charge
  • Give physical care as required or instructed
  • Promote patient’s appearance and personal hygiene by offering support and advice in personal hygiene and ensure that suitable toiletries are available
  • Promote a healthy, safe and secure environment by adhering to Trust statutory health and safety requirements and maintain confidentiality of information at all times in compliance with Trust policies
  • Assist patients and ward managers to maintain a clean and healthy ward environment and assist patients in all aspects of daily living skills as required
  • To be a flexible and supportive member of the team
  • Attend and take part in team meetings & regular reviews with line manager
  • To prepare for and attend assessment meetings and participate in relevant training programmes as required by the Trust
  • Throughout the training period the post holder will be expected to complete all 
  • educational and training as required
  • To sign a learning contract with the training provider and adhere to the agreement

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Knowledge and Experience
  • Ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing
  • Interest in Health and Social Care services
  • Be willing to develop knowledge and skills

Personal qualities

  • Patience and resilience will be essential

Qualifications required

Preferably GCSE English & Maths Grade C or above (or equivalent) but not essential.

Future prospects

Ongoing training and development, following successful completion of your apprenticeship.

Things to consider

This vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are received. Please ensure you apply early to avoid disappointment. The current National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £3.50 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age if they are aged 19 or over and have completed their first year. The minimum wage rates are £5.60 an hour for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for anyone aged 21 and over. Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

About the employer

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust provides mental health and social care services for Kent in partnership with Kent County Council. In Medway, we work closely with the local unitary authority to provide joined-up health and social care services. As one of the larger mental health trusts in the country, we cover an area of 1,450 sq miles and serve 1.7 million people across Kent and Medway. The Trust’s income is £173m with 3,260 staff, plus a further 230 staff seconded from Kent County Council, providing a range of mental health and other specialist services from around 50 sites. Our services are predominantly provided around key urban centres including Maidstone, Medway and Canterbury, but we provide a range of services in community locations, reflecting the urban and rural mix of the area. The Trust has also introduced telemedicine to enhance accessibility.


Kent and Medway NHS Trust


Elizabeth Raybould Centre

Bow Arrow Lane



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Training provider

  • Adult care worker Apprenticeship
  • Functional Skills in English L1
  • Functional Skills in Maths L1

Apprenticeship standard

Adult care > Adult Care Worker

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Lifetime Training Ltd

Employer's Application Instructions

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This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 25 Sep 2017