Apprentice in Adult Nursing Support

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

An apprenticeship in Adult Nursing Support is a new role within the trust and will form a vital part of the team that supports the staff and patients in wards and departments throughout the hospital.

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Closing date: 20 Jan 2017

Apprenticeship summary

Weekly wage


Working week

Shifts TBC

Total hours per week: 37.50

Apprenticeship duration

20 months

Possible start date

01 Mar 2017

Date posted

21 Dec 2016

Apprenticeship level

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

Reference number



21 available

Working under the direction of qualified nursing/ midwifery staff, healthcare assistants carry out a wide range of duties, to care for, support, and provide information to patients and their families:

  • Apprentices will support patient by assisting them with their hydration, nutritional, hygiene and mobilisation needs. They will also perform basic medical checks, such as taking a patients temperature, pulse and respiration rate.
  • The primary focus of their role, however, will be to focus on the care of patients who are confused or have dementia, to provide them with appropriate stimulation, re-orientation to help keep them safe.
  • This apprentice will form part of a hospital pool of staff, who will report to the site team each day and be allocated to care for confused patients throughout the hospital.
  • This way, the role will provide a considerable amount of experience in working within different departments and wards, but there will be some continuity in terms of being able to look after the same group of patients for a number of shifts at a time.

An apprentice will be working towards a Level 3 diploma in Clinical Health Care Support prior to completion of their apprenticeship. They will be supported to attend college to study on a day release basis.

Suitable candidates for the role are friendly, caring, patient and sensitive individuals, who are able to offer social stimulation as well as care to the patients they tend. They will also demonstrate the Trust values – Kindness, Respect, Safety and Excellence – in all aspects of their role.

The post holder will aim to ensure that all patients are provided with a safe and high quality standard of care. They will be aware of the Care Quality Commission standards and support the multi-disciplinary team ensuring that they are maintained. The individual must provide a patient centred approach and will be expected to uphold and maintain the standards of care to support a culture of compassionate care. 

All short listed candidates will be required to attend an assessment day which will be on Friday 3rd February 2017 at West Thames College. So what are you waiting for apply now for your opportunity to work for the NHS!

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Ability to resolve problems
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to meet targets
  • Have a genuine interest in working with and helping patients
  • Be able to work as part of a team
  • Be able to handle complaints and difficult situations

Personal qualities


  • Professional and flexible
  • Driven and positive
  • Have a genuine interest in working with and helping patients
  • Ability to manage stress
  • Well presented, polite, tactful and friendly


Qualifications required

  • L2 in Health & Social Care
  • Computer literacy
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Clear and concise English
  • GCSE in Maths & English grade C and above (or equivalent)

Future prospects

On successful completion of the Apprenticeship programme, the apprentice will be eligible to continue in the Healthcare Support Worker role as a substantive member of staff with the option of continuing their studies. In addition to the in-house clinical skills courses available; venepuncture and ECG recording for HCAs as examples, the development pathway could include the Level 5 Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship, Level 5 Nursing Associate Apprenticeship when released and the opportunity to apply for salary support for Pre-Registration Training

About the employer

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust runs two main hospitals: •Chelsea and Westminster Hospital •West Middlesex University Hospital We also offer a range of community based services, including our award winning sexual health and HIV clinics across London. With 5,000 staff caring for nearly one million people locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, we provide a range a specialist clinical services as well as general hospital services for people living locally, which include A&E and maternity at both our hospital sites. Our ambition is to lead the NHS with world class, patient focused healthcare delivered locally. Our teams will go beyond for their patients and community in order to deliver against this aim. We aspire to lead the way within the NHS by providing world class patient focused healthcare, delivered locally.


Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


369 Fulham Road


SW10 9NH

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Training provider

  • NVQ L3 in Adult Nursing Support
  • Transferable skills in Maths and English
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities

Apprenticeship framework

Health - Healthcare Support Services

Training provider


Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by West Thames College

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Closing date: 20 Jan 2017