Clinical Healthcare Assistant Apprentices – Mental Health at NHS Black Country Apprenticeship Academy

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About the Black Country NHS Apprenticeship Academy

The Black Country NHS Apprenticeship Academy combines practical (on-the-job) learning with formal, theoretical and knowledge-based learning that is delivered directly by NHS experts. 93% of the NHS’ apprentices go on to gain permanent employment after they have completed their apprenticeship.

Clinical Healthcare Assistant Apprentices – Mental Health

New opportunities exist for candidates to gain skills and experience in supporting the delivery of high quality care within our NHS Mental Health and Learning Disability In-patient units. Your learning journey will be further supported by offering you a recognised healthcare study programme aiming to consolidate your practical knowledge and theory together.

You may at present be a personal carer, a school leaver or an individual returning to work and simply seeking a new and rewarding career. We will train you to become a Healthcare Assistant Apprentice specialising in either Mental Health or Learning Disabilities.

We are seeking 14 individuals to join our service delivery. You must be able to:

  • Demonstrate compassion
  • Provide care with dignity and respect
  • Be able to listen and communicate sensitively and with empathy
  • You need to be willing to learn new skills, have a flexible approach to work and be able to demonstrate the skills and qualities necessary to work within our in-patient areas

These apprenticeship opportunities will enable successful candidates to develop knowledge, skills and experience in Mental Health and Learning Disability In-patient care units, and help prepare you for a potential career in this particular health care setting.

The ability to work a shift pattern is essential; you could be starting your 8 hour shift as early at 7:00am. Other days you could be finishing as late as 7:00pm. You will be steadily embedded into this shift rota, but will be expected to be available between these hours from the outset.

You must be willing and able to undertake a Level 2 Health and Social Care qualification. This will be delivered on-site with in-house assessor’s visiting you on a regular basis and setting tasks for completion. This qualification must be achieved within the 52 weeks placement opportunity.

Main Duties

  • To assist in the basic care and assessment of patients
  • To assist with therapeutic interventions and activities as directed
  • To assist patients in undertaking daily living activities e.g. washing, bathing, nutrition, hydration, in accordance with the patient care plan
  • To be informed and aware of the patients clinical condition and individual circumstances to ensure the care and comfort of patients
  • To contribute to the patient’s plan of care by communicating any relevant observations.
  • To support admission and discharge procedures. Ensure policies around patient’s property and valuables are followed
  • To assist with general clerical activities
  • To work with all members of the ward team to promote high quality care
  • Undertake tasks which have been delegated to you, or for which you have been deemed competent
  • Be aware of and work within the limitations of your role, knowledge, skills and competence
  • Raise any concerns with the above with your mentor or line manager
  • To assist in the maintenance of a safe environment
  • To develop skills and knowledge in the area of mental health/learning disability care
  • To be aware of and comply with Health & Safety, Fire Regulations and all other policies laid down by Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • To undertake any other duties of a similar nature consistent with the responsibilities of this post in order to provide a quality service

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