Apprenticeship of the Month: Apprentice Healthcare Support Worker, Northampton

January 08, 2020

Apprentice Healthcare Support Worker, Northampton

This post offers a truly exciting opportunity to gain qualifications while working to develop your future career.

From £16,980 plus enhancements, Career level A

Hours: 37.5

The position of Apprentice Healthcare Support Worker is for those wanting to build a long-term, progressive career within Mental Health.  This post is an introductory role and providing you show the talent and desire to progress, St Andrews Healthcare will support your career development for the longer-term.

Starting with this Level 2 qualification in the form of Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship (including English and Maths GCSE equivalent qualifications if required), you will be able to progress onto the Level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker or suitable Level 3 Apprenticeship.

The Level 3 Apprenticeship will then provide you with the basic qualifications required to follow a careers ladder into degree level roles such as nursing, physiotherapy, social care worker, and dietitian as well as many other professional healthcare job roles available at St Andrews Healthcare should you wish.

No prior qualifications are required and if you are spotted as highly talented, your career journey will be fully supported.

Please note though, to develop your career from level 2 to degree level via Apprenticeship programmes will require a timeline of approximately 7 years.

Conditions for Application

  • Must not hold an equivalent Level 2 or Level 3 NVQ qualification in the same subject
  • Must not be in any form of Government funded education currently or at the start of the Apprenticeship training
  • Be working on a full-time contract at St Andrews Healthcare
  • Be willing to be in a learning environment 2 days per month and complete self-study at least 0.5 days per month for the duration of 12 months (learning times will be during working hours)
  • Be willing to complete English, Maths and ICT qualifications in addition to the above, if you do not already hold GCSE’s or the equivalent.
  • Resident in the UK/EEA for the last three years.


Your role

As a HealthCare Support Worker, you will provide support that positively impacts the health and wellbeing of service users. You will be a highly visible and important front line member of staff within an established team of professionals including: Registered Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Responsible Clinician and Social Workers.

Throughout the service user’s journey, you will provide a high standard of care, working in line with the individuals treatment programme. Your role will include supporting service users in a number of ways, this may include:

  • reporting and sharing information on presentation and risk
  • recording and handing over information
  • carrying out observations and enhanced support
  • supporting service users accessing actives, leave and appointments
  • working with families and carers of the service user and external visitors
  • supporting individuals in activities of daily living
  • adherence to health and safety requirements and supporting a safe environment

attending team meetings within the ward to enhance positive practice, contribute to discussions involving patient care and be informed of updates applicable to your role

Your profile

We are looking to recruit Healthcare Support Workers who are:

  • Passionate
  • Reliable
  • Motivated
  • Interested in making a positive difference
  • Resilient
  • Caring and kind
  • Cheerful and friendly
  • Able to follow instructions and procedures

Able to work in a team but use your own initiative

You’ll also need:

  •   Communication and listening skills
  •   Organisational skills
  •   Observational skills


We offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • Pension
  • Sickness policy on par with the NHS
  • 35 days annual leave, increasing to 41 after 10 years’ service
  • Life cover
  • Car lease scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Free parking
  • Paid DBS application

Closing date:  Sunday 12th January 2020