Health & Social Care Assistant Apprentice (Hybrid Worker) Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

As a Health and Social Care Assistant, you will assist registered practitioners to deliver health and social care services to residents of Derbyshire.

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Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The minimum salary would be £15814.40 with a possible maximum of £20374.80.

  • Working week

    Over a 7-day rota, including evenings and weekends. Shifts will be from 8am to 2pm and 4pm to 10pm. 6 hour shifts.

    Total hours per week: 36

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    07 Dec 2023

  • Date posted

    09 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

You will carry out a range of clinical and non-clinical healthcare or therapeutic tasks under the direct or indirect supervision of the registered healthcare practitioner.

You will provide high quality, compassionate care following standards, policies or protocols and always acting within the limits of your competence.

You will learn to provide centralised care to patients, often within their own homes, to streamline their care experience and provide a meaningful, effective service.

Duties of the role depend on the locality you’re based but are likely to include:

  • Physical observations
  • Reablement
  • Recognition of wounds and appropriate escalation
  • Prompting of medication
  • Personal care
  • Following care plans
  • Signposting to relevant support/services

Whichever area you join, you become part of a talented, passionate team of people, committed to providing the best care and treatment to patients. You will also enjoy one of the most competitive and flexible benefits packages offered by any employer in the UK.

Every new employee is automatically enrolled into the NHS pension scheme (subject to eligibility) and you will get an excellent package of pension benefits, fully protected against inflation and guaranteed by the government. For more details see the NHS Pensions website.

We provide a fair mileage rate and the Trust's environmental goals are aligned to the DCHS Green Travel Policy.

The training you will be getting

The successful candidate will undertake the Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship standard (Level 3) this apprenticeship will be delivered in the workplace. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Permanent employment in this new role will be offered upon successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Ability to apply for a Trainee Nursing Associate Apprenticeship programme. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Personal Care Experience, Knowledge of health and social, Comply with infection control, Happy to seek guidance, Maintain relationships, Compassionate, Empathetic, Enthusiastic, Non Judgemental, Willingness to travel, Flexibility, Adaptability, Resilient, Confidence


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4 or L2 Functional Skills) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4 or L2 Functional Skills) Essential
Other Level 2 Care Related Qualification (Grade Pass) Desired

Things to consider

Emotional • Occasional direct exposure to distressing or emotional circumstances arising from patients and service users. • Potential direct exposure to end of life care/death. Mental • Working with a range of vulnerable adults with differing support needs and conditions. • Maintaining confidentiality within the confines of safeguarding procedures. • Working within a modernisation agenda, to meet the deadlines of a developing service. • Balancing the apprenticeship coursework/learning with working in the team. • Age 18 or over – the role involves independent working in the community setting therefore we will require applications from 18+ in line with skills for care. See the following link for further information: Ability to demonstrate our organisational values and behaviours: • Putting patients at the heart of everything that we do, promoting their health at every opportunity. • Go the extra mile for patients, carers, colleagues and the good of the organisation. • Continuously improve our performance and our services. • Eliminate waste and ensure we work as efficiently and flexibly as possible. • Fulfill the requirements of our professional standards. • Take responsibility for promoting the reputation and image of DCHS at every opportunity. Physical • The post holder will be required to support with safely moving patients and service users – equipment will be used to support this in line with organisational policy. • The post holder will be required to work and travel throughout Derbyshire and Derby city, including occasional evenings and weekends.

About the employer

We employ approximately 4,400 people, making us one of the largest providers of specialist community health services in the country. We serve a patient population of more than 1.1 million people across Derbyshire and Derby and have an annual budget of £200mn. We became a standalone NHS organisation in 2011 and a Foundation Trust with greater autonomy from 2014. We were subsequently rated ‘Outstanding’ overall by the Care Quality Commission in September 2019. We’re now integral to the Joined Up Care Derbyshire (JUCD) partnership of health and social care organisations working ever more closely as an Integrated Care System. We care for patients across a wide range of services and locations, including 10 community hospitals and 28 health centres. We also deliver care from patients’ own homes, GP practices, schools and care homes. Our digital transformation programme and contemporary ways of working mean we’re also able to deliver high quality virtual care via remote consultations, where clinically appropriate. Our own staff ranked us third best nationally in 'Britain's Healthiest Workplaces' survey (large organisations category). In an average day we care for: • Over 2,626 patients in our community nursing and therapy services • 255 people in our urgent treatment centres - of which 97% are treated within two hours. • 71 people in our community hospital beds and 14 in our older people's mental health beds • 506 patient appointments across our four community general practices • 346 children under 5 years old are seen by our health visiting service and 46 children are seen by our school nursing teams.


Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust


Ashgate Road



S42 7JE

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience


Isabelle Torrance


Apprenticeship standard

Senior healthcare support worker

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

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