Apprentice Care Assistant Lady of the Vale Nursing Home

This is a great opportunity for a passionate and ambitious candidate to commence their Health & Social Care career within Lady of The Vale Nursing Home!

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Closing date: 23 Oct 2017

Apprenticeship summary

  • Weekly wage


  • Working week

    Between 33 and 37 hours per week - on a shift basis

    Total hours per week: 33.00

  • Apprenticeship duration

    12 months

  • Possible start date

    30 Oct 2017

  • Date posted

    30 Nov 2016

  • Apprenticeship level

    Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

To work as a member of a team, under the direction of the Registered Nurse (R.N) and Lead Carer. Being responsible for carrying out the duties assigned to ensure the highest possible care for the resident.

Main Areas of Responsibility:

1. Care of the Resident.

  • Introducing new residents to the home and other residents.
  • Helping residents with their activities of daily living i.e. toileting, washing, dressing, hair care, nail care, oral hygiene etc
  • Assisting residents as necessary to get to and from bed, helping with mobility and maintaining their comfort.
  • Assisting with physio and occupational therapies/hobbies.
  • Escorting residents on visits i.e. to hospital, dentist etc
  • Answering the door and telephone as and when requested and giving the appropriate message promptly.
  • Serving meals, assisting residents and clearing away afterwards. Helping residents who are unable to feed themselves.
  • Helping to make drinks and snacks – washing dishes as necessary.
  • Carry out regular checks on residents throughout the shift – taking into account the residents’ needs and privacy.
  • Adhere to all health and safety rules and encourage others to do so.
  • To promote the ethos of the home and Congregation.

2. Assisting and Working with Registered Nurses and Lead Carers.

  • Assist with the making of beds and tidying rooms.
  • Record charts as deemed necessary i.e. input & output charts, pressure relief charts etc
  • Assist with admissions and discharges of residents.
  • Ensure all personal information concerning residents, staff and the operation of the home is kept confidential.
  • To try to resolve any concerns/complaints from residents/families and report to your Lead Carer.

3. General Care

  • Tidying wardrobes, cupboards and drawers in the residents’ rooms.
  • Arrange flowers and dispose of dead flowers.
  • Clean bath after use by resident.
  • Handling clean and soiled linen correctly – checking clean linen supplies.
  • Keeping residents personal linen clean and tidy and in a state of repair i.e. sewing on buttons and tending to small repairs.
  • Assist with laundry duties as needed- especially when laundry staff are not on duty, (this may include helping with the ironing of clothes).
  • Ensure that equipment used by residents is cleaned and disinfected, as necessary. All members of staff must clean up spillages as they occur.
  • Assist with general cleaning and tidying duties.
  • Adhere to the homes policies i.e. health and safety, infection control, discipline etc
  • Ensure that all personal information concerning residents and staff is kept confidential.
  • Display courtesy and sensitivity to residents and their relatives at all times.
  • Report all accidents and incidents to the Registered Nurse.
  • Report any complaints / obvious change in residents’ condition to the Registered Nurse.
  • Ensure that professional advice is adhered to in the carrying out of all duties.
  • Undertake any other duties assigned by the person in charge.
  • Report on and off duty to the Registered Nurse.
  • Ensure a high standard of personal hygiene and neatness in uniform adhering to the uniform policy at all times.
  • Co-operate with off duty and leave arrangements to ensure adequate staff coverage.
  • To attend appropriate training as and when necessary.

This job description is intended to reflect a broad outline of responsibilities for the post. It is not a definitive list of tasks. The post holder will be expected to contribute to the development of services within the home and undertake such duties that ensure the needs of residents, other staff and the organisation are met.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Hardworking
  • Committed
  • Caring
  • Good communication
  • Flexible

Personal qualities

  • Caring
  • Ambitious
  • Hardworking
  • Good team worker
  • Able to use initiative

Qualifications required

GCSE Grades A*-D or equivalent are essential for this role.

Future prospects

You may be given the chance to progress to a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

Things to consider

As part of our apprenticeship recruitment process, you will be required to attend a Numeracy, Literacy and Interview Assessment at our Futureskills Campus on Dakota Avenue, Salford, M50 2PU. Should you be successful at this stage, we will then submit your application to the employer for further consideration. Important Other Information: Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.40 per hour from 1st October 2016. This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. More info is available at Individuals who already have a Level 4 qualification are now eligible for a Level 5 or above Higher Apprenticeship only. They are not eligible for funding for an Intermediate Level, Advanced Level or Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship.

About the employer

The House was purchased by the Sisters in 1930 as a place where elderly people in need of Nursing Care could be assured of a safe, happy and caring home. Even at that time there was a need to have places where those with nursing needs could be looked after with skill and care and yet as much like home as possible.In those days there was no central heating, only coal fires, no lifts... Things have changed.... Now we have two lifts, passenger lift and wheelchair lift.  The home is now a modern Nursing Home with 39 beds. Most of the rooms are single rooms, some with ensuites. We have two double rooms. We are situated on the edge of the Cheshire plain and has mature gardens surrounded by idyllic beautiful countryside which is fully accessible to the Residents. Our bedrooms vary in size and Residents often bring some of their own things to personalise them. All have soothing views of the grounds of the home. There are many different sitting rooms and a dining room. Meals are varied and can be taken in the dining room or in their own room. We are a Catholic Foundation but we have residents of many faiths or none. We also have a chapel where Mass is celebrated regularly.


Lady of the Vale Nursing Home


Grange Road



WA14 3HA

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Training provider

You will work towards your Level 2 Diploma in Health & Social Care. Functional Skills Maths and English will be included if required. All training will be delivered in the workplace.

Apprenticeship framework

Health and Social Care

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Salford City College


Jon Hobson 0161 631 5555

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Closing date: 23 Oct 2017