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Apprentice Healthcare Assistant - Health and Social Care Placement

Mid Yorkshire Hospital
Competitive salary
Closing date
26 Jan 2022

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Thank you for your interest in a post at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Every employee at the Trust strives to provide excellent patient experience every single time. We strive to be an excellent employer for every one of our employees from the day they apply for employment with us. We have four core values, developed by our staff, and these are at the heart of everything we do to enable us to deliver our ambitions of excellence. You can find out more about our vision and values from our videos and website, which you can access via this page.


The Government has announced (subject to parliamentary approval) that all NHS staff who are deployed as part of CQC regulated activities and who have face-to-face contact with patients and/or service users (including incidental contacts) will need to have both their first and second Covid vaccines by 1 April 2022. Therefore, before submitting any application for employment, please note that it will be a condition of any offer of employment that, where the role falls within the scope of these regulations, you must satisfy these requirements unless you belong to one of the groups who are exempt, which are:
  • Those under the age of 18
  • Those who are clinically exempt
  • Those who are exempt due to a short term medical condition. Pregnant women may choose to exercise this exemption - however this expires 16 weeks after giving birth.

If you have any concerns about whether this affects your eligibility to undertake a role with the Trust, you may wish to contact the recruiting manager to discuss this further. Please note that if you are successful, the pre-employment health check will require evidence of vaccination status, where appropriate, and your vaccination status will be retained as part of your employment health record.

Thank you for your interest in working for The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, supporting Health and Social Care across Wakefield.

These roles have recently been created as part of a joint venture between the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and local adult social care services, to improve the experience of our patients when transferring from one care provider to another. These roles will appeal to individuals wanting to develop their experience of delivering care across a variety of settings.

Successful post holders will be employed by the Trust and will commence an initial placement, which is likely to be for 6 months, working in a variety of social care settings across the Wakefield and Pontefract locality. During this period, you will have the opportunity to directly support patients who are transferring from hospital into care homes, to ensure all their needs are met and that they settle successfully. You will work directly with your assigned patients to assist their settlement. Following your initial placement, you will continue to work within one of our adult inpatient, community or other hospital- based services within Mid Yorkshire Hospitals.

You will personally make a difference to the lives of patients and their carers and relatives every single day. Our Healthcare Assistants work at the heart of our multidisciplinary teams who support our patients by assisting the Registered Nurses in planning, delivering and evaluating care. This will require you: to be able to communicate effectively with a broad range of individuals, both verbally and in writing; to share our commitment to maintaining high standards in everything we do; and to demonstrate that you can work effectively within a team that behaves in accordance with our values.

The roles are varied and busy as you will be working a variety of shifts including 'long days', nights, weekends and bank holidays. We will support you to achieve full training for your core duties including achievement of a national Care Certificate, and we will support your continued development.

You will need access to transport to enable you to support your patients in the appropriate setting. It is also a requirement, before you are able to commence in post, that you have been appropriately vaccinated against covid-19. This will form part of the pre-employment health screening requirements and will be a requirement of your employment.

To be eligible to work as a Apprentice Healthcare Assistant, we expect that you hold Level 1 in Functional Skills/Key Skills in Numeracy and English.

Once you have successfully completed your apprenticeship, you will automatically become a Healthcare Assistant. To be eligible for a funded apprenticeship, you must be over the age of 16, a resident in the UK/EU for the last three years and you must not hold a degree, or level 4 qualification (or above) or a vocational qualification in the same pathway or subject, e.g. BTEC or GCSE.

Please note, you will need to be available to start immediately, and before you apply there are a few things you need to consider:

Interview days will take place on:

- Tuesday 18th January 2022

- Tuesday 25th January 2022

You must be available to attend via Microsoft Teams.

If you need any help with your application or have any questions about the application process, our recruitment team will be happy to help you via or 01924 546152

Best of luck with your application!

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