Job Introduction

Looking to kickstart a career with the NHS?

You can, through our Healthcare Support Worker Development (HCSWD) programme.

Acting as your entry point into the NHS, you will receive the training, support, and supervision you need to become a Healthcare Support Worker (HCSW) or more commonly known as a Healthcare Assistant (HCA).

Achieve this all whilst receiving weekly pay, paid annual leave and all the other great benefits NHS Professionals offers our bank members. Once you have successfully completed the programme you will be able to work flexibly at any of our partner Trusts.

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    Pay Rates:
    Days: £9.50

    Saturdays/Nights: £13.40

    Sunday/Bank Hols: £17.39

    About the Trust

    We have a unique opportunity to learn on the job with Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust at Trafford General Hospital over a 3-month paid supervised placement programme.

    Rated ‘Good’ in their most recent CQC report, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) provides a wide range of services from comprehensive local general hospital care through to highly specialised regional and national services. As one of the largest acute Trusts in the UK, MFT is a leading provider for a significant number of specialised services including cardiac, respiratory, urology cancer, paediatrics, women’s services, ophthalmology and genomic medicine. Located in and around Manchester, there are excellent transport links (local, national, and international) connecting you to Manchester City Centre, the motorway network, and Manchester International Airport. MFT also provides a free shuttle bus service for staff to each site.

    What the programme involves…

    During our programme you will work through the 15 Standards of the Care Certificate, learning how to meet the daily living needs of your patients as well as being a part of the NHS healthcare team. This includes supporting registered Nurses and other healthcare practitioners in providing patient care, from hygiene to personal and physical comfort.

    Benefits of joining

    By joining, you can receive some exciting benefits:
    Career Progression – Achieve a Care Certificate and begin your journey with the NHS.

    Weekly pay – Work this week, get paid next week.

    Paid annual leave – Build holiday allowance.

    Provide patient care – Provide care, safety, and welfare for patients.

    Join the NHS family – Become part of a healthcare team.

    Dedicated training and supervised shifts – Support from your ward / area and skilled mentors.

    Main Responsibilities

    Typical duties will involve but not limited to:
    Carry out clinical procedures/tasks as required.

    Clinical tasks will be determined by the nature of your work and local policy e.g. monitoring the effects of medication.

    Obtain and test samples and other specimens

    Clearing and re-stocking consulting rooms

    Contribute to discharge process

    Care of wounds

    Check pain levels and requesting pain relieving medication on patient’s behalf

    Assist in preparing for clinical procedures and clearing the environment afterwards as appropriate

    The Ideal Candidate

    Who we are looking for…

    We will only consider candidates with at least 3 months healthcare experience within the last 2 years.

    We are looking for someone who has a passion for care as well as following the six enduring values that underpin ‘compassion in practice’. The 6Cs are defined as: Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage, and Commitment.

    Please note that we require:
    You must be over the age of 18 or turning 18 before the planned classroom training week.

    You work at least 30 hours a week across earlies, lates and nights during the programme. This is a total of 390 hours over 3 months.

    It is very important that you have a commute time of 30 minutes or less to the hospital via car or public transport, please check your travel times before you apply.

    What’s next?

    Attendance of Assessment Day – Planned for Monday 20th February 2023

    Attendance of FREE classroom training – Planned for Monday 13th March to Wednesday 15th March 2023

    Attend an Induction week (37.5 hours supervised placement) – Planned for Mid April 2023

    After the programme

    Once you have completed your placement and the Care Certificate 15 Standards, you can work as a HCSW or HCA for the Trust at any of their locations, and at any of our NHS Professionals partner Trusts, through the bank.

    As your first step in healthcare with the NHS, this could provide you with the opportunity to progress your career by accessing further training outside of the programme. In time, you could become a Senior Healthcare Assistant. After that, you could then apply to train as an Assistant Practitioner or Nursing Associate, enabling further career avenues such as a Nurse, Podiatrist or Midwife.


    Apply to the HCSWD programme today and if successful, you will be placed onto at least a 3-month full time placement.

    We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    As an equal opportunities organisation, NHSP is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective bank members and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender reassignment, or marriage and civil partnership. We believe there is a strong case for the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda and we strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a range of backgrounds to apply.


    Please note, you will be contacted by email throughout the recruitment process, so please check your emails, including your junk/spam regularly. We regret we cannot contact everyone who is not selected for an interview, therefore if you do not hear from us within 21 days after submitting your application, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.

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