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Healthcare Support Worker Apprentice The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is one of the leading cancer centres in the world. We are currently looking for enthusiastic and committed HCAs to join our nursing team as apprentices. We are committed to helping its staff develop in their current job and beyond, so this could be the start of a new and rewarding career.

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Closing date: 15 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Days and shifts are to be confirmed, this maybe shift work and may include evenings and weekends.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    12 Months

  • Possible start date

    05 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    02 Aug 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    5 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

By the end of the apprenticeship, you will be able and expected to carry out the responsibilities listed below, under the guidance of the shift co-ordinator.
Clinical Responsibility – Patient Care
· To undertake and practice the Care Certificate standards.
· Monitor and record patients’ vital signs (including blood pressure, pulse, temperature, oxygen saturation) and report any abnormal results to registered nursing staff.
· Measure and record patients’ height and weight.
· Perform venepuncture and venous blood sampling, following training and assessment.
· Undertake clinical tasks relevant to the specific clinical area following competency sign off. For example, ECG; Urinalysis; MRSA screening swabs, recording of allergies on EPR and other clinical tasks where training/ competency sign off has been deemed appropriate for HCSW and has been ratified through NRRAC.
· Assist with nutrition where applicable (e.g. assisting with menu completion, feeding assistance) working closely with the ward host/hostess.
· To demonstrate an understanding of infection control issues by attending mandatory training; understand infection control policy and procedure, accept responsibility for own infection control practice and be willing to challenge others’ practice.
· Direct or escort patients and their belongings between departments and clinical areas.
· To collect patients’ medications from pharmacy.
· Assist in the provision of basic care to patients so as to ensure their comfort, cleanliness and wellbeing (e.g. assist with mouth care, hygiene and eye care).
· Report to registered nurses any problems arising during observation of or conversations with patients and carers.
· Co-operate with all colleagues to maintain a presentable and safe environment.
· To ensure that all patient/public areas including bedside, where applicable, and utility rooms are clean and tidy at all times, and to inform an appropriate member of staff when the required standard is not maintained.
· To clean equipment on a daily basis, including trolleys and drip stands. To inform the nurse in charge when repairs are needed.
· Collect blood products from the laboratory in accordance with the hospital transfusion policy (The post holder will only perform this task after training and assessment of competency as per Trust policy).

To monitor ward equipment service/calibration history and in conjunction with the ward sister/charge nurse ensure all equipment is maintained as per Trust policy.
· Ensure stock levels of clinical and non-clinical supplies are maintained through ordering, storing and rotating stock and safely disposing of our of date stock.
· To assist nursing and medical staff with various clinical procedures when delegated appropriately by a registered nurse.
· To report faulty equipment to the relevant department for repair.
· Prepare patients for discharge and ensure that rooms/bed areas are ready for the prompt reception of a patient at any time. This may involve appropriate cleaning of the bed, bed table, locker and any other moveable item of furniture, as a bed is vacated in the course of the day/evening. Request cleaning of all areas used by patients.
· Assisting with daily bed making as required.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship level 2

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will have the opportunity to become a substantive member of our staff, develop further, enhance existing and gain new skills and knowledge. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Number skills, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade 3- 9) Desired

Things to consider

We have multiple vacancies across Sutton (Surrey) and Chelsea. Successful applicants should be able to work on both sites, if required, and to be flexible to meet the needs of the role. They should be flexible to meet the needs of the service (e.g. shift work)

About the employer

The Royal Marsden NHS Trust is the largest comprehensive cancer centre in Europe with a national and international reputation for high quality patient care, research & development and education. It is situated on 3 sites; two in Central London and one at Sutton in Surrey. Within the Blood Sciences department, we are midway through a significant procurement campaign to replace all the major analytical platforms in Biochemistry, Haematology and Blood Transfusion.


The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


Downs Road



Mariyana Gospodinova


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Apprenticeship standard

Healthcare support worker

Level 2 (GCSE)

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