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Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Healthcare Assistant Training

Trainee Health Care Assistants (HCAs) are expected to attend a nine day classroom based training programme before going on to complete ten supernumerary shifts. They have six months to complete a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates their understanding of the role and clinical competencies to show ability.

There is an academic requirement of Maths or English at A-D or recognised equivalent. Candidates will sit a literacy and numeracy test as part of the interview process.

Advertisements go out in the first week of alternate months. We interview four months in advance of the start date. You can register for email alerts with NHS Jobs www.jobs.nhs.uk so when an advert is placed you will receive an email.

There are two types of contract:

  1. Substantive, which involves joining a ward team for a set number of hours per week with rosters given six weeks in advance. Hours are based on 7.5-hour day shifts or 10-hour night shifts. Annual leave is paid.
  2. Central Bank Services offer a zero hours contract where HCAs provide their availability so offers flexibility and may require working at very short notice. Shifts are generally shorter and range between 6-hour day shifts and 10-hour night shifts. There is also the potential to work alternative shift times to suit the need of the person and the Trust. Central Bank enables people to work in a variety of areas.

Patient care is a 24-hour occupation. Care staff are required to work a range of shifts including night duty, at weekends and during public holidays. For those with ward based contracts annual leave is negotiated with the ward matron to fit in with the needs of the whole team, leave during school holidays cannot be guaranteed.

Shift times start at 07.00 / 07.30, 13.00 / 13.30 or 20.30 / 21.00.

The advert contains role specific information which we encourage people to read before applying.

When writing their personal statement people should try to include as much detail about how they meet the person specification as they can, including transferable skills from other jobs and experience. We use the person specification to shortlist. Adverts close when we have enough applications so people should apply quickly providing they meet the person specification. We shortlist ‘blind’ so have no knowledge of the applicant’s names, gender, age or ethnicity.

Common reasons why people may not get shortlisted include:      

  • Not listing qualifications fully – we are looking for evidence of Maths or English A-D, simply putting they have a degree does not provide this for us. An NVQ in healthcare is advantageous but not essential.
  • Not completing job history – any voluntary work can be put here.
  • Poor personal statement not indicating why they want the role and why they would be good at it.
  • Not completing reference section.
  • Badly handwritten forms in blue pen.