Trainee Nursing Associates - Bridgwater

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
12 Feb 2018
16 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Main area
Band 3Contract
Fixed TermHours
Full time 37.5 hoursJob ref
Somerset Partnership

Somerset NHS PartnershipTown
£16,968 - £19,852 per annumClosing
20/02/2018 12:00

Advert February 2018 (internal applications only)
Band 3 Trainee Nursing Associate
An exciting opportunity is available to be part of a second cohort to pilot Nursing Associates throughout Somerset. This is a 2 year full time developmental role and Trainee Nursing Associates will undertake an apprenticeship programme offering a blend of work placed learning, placements and study days, requiring successful candidates to be flexible in working across different environments and education settings.
Nursing Associates work at a level above that of Healthcare Support Workers, supporting colleagues to deliver high quality patient care and as an outcome of their training, have a more in-depth understanding about factors that influence health and ill-health.
The trainee will work towards progression into the post of Nursing Associate through successful completion of the Nursing Associate training programme which includes the attainment of a level 5 Foundation Degree in Science for Nursing Associates . They will develop and maintain knowledge, skills and competencies related to the role of Nursing Associate within the service and through completion of the Nursing Associate training programme which includes working in care settings and delivery of person-centred care.
The Nursing Associate training programme combines and integrates both academic and work-based learning through close collaboration between employers and education providers. Trainee Nursing Associates are employees based in a particular organisation in a specific setting, they will experience working in alternative settings in order to gain a wide appreciation of many health and care contexts and are able to fulfil all the requirements of the programme. Learning provision will be provided by Bridgwater and Taunton College at their Taunton campus
In order to be considered for this opportunity candidates must have the following:

GCSE Maths and English A-C, or functional skills at level 2. You will need to provide your certificates
Level 3 in any subject (level 2 will be considered with experience alongside a Certificate in Bridging Skills for Higher Education in Health or equivalent)
One reference from current line manager
Must be able to travel to placements within the County of Somerset and occasional visits to University of the West of England in Bristol

On successful completion of the programme you will be a qualified Nursing Associate and be able to apply for Band 4 Nursing Associate roles. You will also be able to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for registration as a Nursing Associate (this is Subject to confirmation from the NMC). In addition this new role provides an access route to registered nursing with Accreditation of Prior Experience or Learning (APeL) opportunities being explored as the programme progresses.
Application to include 500 word statement, as follows:
Please outline why you are applying for the role of Trainee Nursing Associate (500 words maximum). Any Additional Learning Needs (e.g. dyslexia) that you are aware of should be disclosed at the end of your personal statement as an additional paragraph and will not be counted within your 500 words.
Closing Date Tuesday 20th February 2018 12 noon
Interviews Part 1 & 2
Part 1 26th or 27th February 2018

Maths and English Assessment
Certificate check – evidence of qualifications must be produced

Part 2 – 5th or 6th March 2018

Applicants who clear part 1 of the selection process will be invited to a selection day held at Bridgwater & Taunton College on one of these dates

Successful applicants will commence the programme w/c 23rd April with a full week of college based induction and attend college weekly on either a Tuesday or Thursday subject to confirmation.
You will be employed within the Trust in a clinical area that is grounded firmly in direct care provision working with patients, families and carers in a range of settings in primary, secondary, community & social care.
We are currently employing trainee Nursing Associates in medical, surgical and specialist nurse lead areas, mental health, district nursing and community hospital settings.

Trainee Nursing Associate Cohort 2 – key dates


Opportunity announced


Applications close


Feedback to candidates


Maths & English assessment & certificate check (selected candidates will only be invited to attend on one date)


Selection workshop and interview (candidates will only be invited to attend on one date)


TNA cohort 2 start date


At Somerset Partnership, we offer some excellent benefits over and above the standard NHS benefits. Here are just some of them:

At Somerset Partnership we have an excellent ‘Refer a Friend ‘ scheme. We recognise that our staff are our most valuable resource and we are proud of the excellent levels of service our Trust provides to our service users and of the dedication and conscientious of our staff. With this in mind, we feel that our staff are best placed to refer likeminded professionals to join our Trust. We offer substantive employees a referral bonus of £1000 for every successful staff referral they make. For more information please contact the Recruitment Team.
We also have a relocation assistance programme and we pay for your registration if you are newly qualified member of staff.
Other benefits at Somerset Partnership include:

Excellent annual leave entitlement
NHS Pension Scheme
On site, free car parking in a number of our hospitals/units
Childcare voucher scheme
National NHS discounts
Annual Staff Recognition Awards
Long service awards
Training and development
Flexible working practices and career breaks
Family friendly benefits
Salary sacrifice schemes

On 1 January 2018 Somerset Partnership NHS Trust joins many other parts of the NHS by going Smokefree. This means there will be no smoking anywhere on our hospital and community sites including the grounds and gardens. For further information, please visit the public website.

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