MSc nursing (L&D) with NMC registration Apprenticeship Programme

Expiring today

North Staffordshire Co
Harplands Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent
Competitive salary
03 May 2021
08 May 2021
Role Type
Start Date
Outstanding- our journey continues

We're proud to be only one of two specialist Mental Health Trusts in England rated Outstanding by the CQC.

And we are not stopping there.

Our aim is to be Outstanding in ALL we do and HOW we do it.

And that's OUR aim for YOU.

MSc nursing (learning disability) with NMC registration Apprenticeship Programme

- Commencing August 2021

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation and we'd like you to be part of it.

We have 6 Learning Disability Nurse Master's Degree Apprentice opportunities for individuals who are enthusiastic, caring and compassionate and have the drive and ambition to complete the two year apprenticeship to become a registered Learning Disability Nurse.

This is such a unique opportunity for anybody wishing to develop nursing skills and expertise in the Learning Disability field. As an apprentice at Combined Healthcare you will have the rare opportunity to experience Learning Disability nursing in adult and childcare in both inpatient and community services, all within our Trust. This will not only support your learning and development, it will also offer a board range of exciting NHS Learning Disability specialist career pathways.

Our vision is to remain Outstanding in all we do and how we do it. We have excellent experienced clinical placements and our academic partner is Derby University; jointly we will support you to grow to your full potential. You'll work and learn with the best.

Full entry requirements are detailed in the job description and include: GCSE Maths and English at a grade C/4 or above or equivalent (Please note that this is essential and not superseded by other academic achievements) PLUS an honours degree in any subject at a 2:2 or above. You will also be able to evidence that you have 450 hours of practice/work experience in a role supporting people gained in either a paid or voluntary capacity or through education work experience. If your application is successful, you will be required to complete two electronic portfolios to evidence how your past experiences are relevant to a career in nursing as part of your university application process.

On successful application and interview (and subject to the portfolio submission), you will complete a variety of block placement experiences and academic studying over the 2 years. You will have supervisors and assessors in practice and academic support from the university to enable you to meet the NMC platforms of nursing and end point assessments. Through our vision to become digital first the Trust will loan you a laptop and mobile phone to support your academic studying and enable you to deliver personalised recovery for people who use our services. Placements may include working from home so you will need access to your own wifi and a confidential space to work in. If using a vehicle to travel to placement areas, you will need business insurance for your car to enable you to claim travel expenses.

We have supportive clinical structures which will enable you to build on your existing skills, support service users, develop your practice and enable your career to progress. We work with a number of professions, and in joining our Trust you would have the opportunity to be an important part of this multi-disciplinary team from day one of your career journey with us.

Following completion of the Learning Disability Master's Degree apprenticeship we would hope that successful apprentices would gain a permanent role with us as a Registered Learning Disability Nurse, whereby we have an excellent preceptorship programme that supports your transition from a student to a registered practitioner.

We are very keen to attract a diverse range of applicants to reflect all sectors of our communities and welcome applications from under represented and minority groups.

The Trust offers many benefits, including:
  • Pension
  • Sickness policy
  • Life cover
  • Enhanced maternity cover
  • Car lease scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Free parking
  • On site Gym
  • One paid DBS application
  • Flexible working
  • Access to digital platforms and laptop during your training

Successful applicants onto the apprenticeship will be awarded a contract with the Trust which will last for 26 months and your salary will be circa £8,400 (£4.30 per hour) in line with the national apprenticeship minimum wage in the first year, and national minimum wage for your age in subsequent years.

Virtual Interviews are scheduled to take place during w/c 17th May 2021

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Zoe Grant

Job title: Head of Professional Nurisng

Email address:

Telephone number: 0752592448

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We aim to be outstanding as a diverse and inclusive employer. We are keen to develop our workforce representation from currently under-represented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities; Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans (LGBT) people and those living with physical, mental and/or sensory disability. We offer a variety of flexible working / job share opportunities for both full and part time staff. Applications are welcomed from current and previous service users.

All correspondence will be sent to you via the email address you applied from, please check your junk / spam email folders regularly.

We reserve the right to close the post in the event of high levels of response. You are advised to submit your application form as soon as possible. Priority will be given to NHS staff across the region who are at risk of redundancy, where the vacancy is at the same band or one below their current band and candidates meet the essential criteria for this post. All employees new to the Trust will be subject to a 6 month probationary period. Clinical staff bands 1-4 that are new to the Trust are required to complete a Care Certificate. ALL POSTS INVOLVING ACCESS TO PERSONS IN RECEIPT OF HEALTH SERVICES WILL BE SUBJECT TO A DISCLOSURE & BARRING SERVICE DISCLOSURE.

By applying for this post you are agreeing to "North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust" transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system TRAC. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. If you are offered a job your information will also be transferred into the NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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