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Coventry NHS Work Experience & Apprenticeships FAQs

Commonly asked questions regarding work experience and apprenticeships in the Coventry NHS service. If you have a question that is not answered here please feel free to contact us or post online and someone will reply to you as soon as possbile.

FAQs regarding careers in the NHS are covered on the NHS Careers website.

What is a healthcare support worker?

Health Care Support Workers carry out the routine care tasks required to look after patients who are staying in hospital or at home. They work under the supervision of qualified nursing staff. Health Care Support Workers may have a variety of duties, depending on the type of environment they work in and the people they look after.

How much will I get paid?

You will be paid £95 per week for the duration of the apprenticeship training contract.

Will I be guaranteed a job at the end of the apprenticeship?

You will not be guaranteed a job. However, as long as you have completed all the elements of the apprenticeship framework, you will be guaranteed an interview for a Healthcare Support Worker post.

Will I have to work nights and weekends?

No. Trainees will not be expected to work nights and weekends.

How many hours a week will I have to work?

Trainees will work a full working week of 37.5 hours from Monday to Friday.

Where will I be based?

You will be based at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire, on either the Walsgrave site in Coventry or at St Cross Hospital based in Rugby.

What sort of things will I be doing?

Once you have completed your initial training, you will be carrying out all the duties, under supervision, of a Healthcare Support Worker. These duties could include: taking patients' temperature and pulse rate, performing urine tests and applying simple dressings. If patients are confined to bed for a long time, the Health Care Assistant helps to turn them at regular intervals to prevent them from getting pressure sores. Some patients may also need help in feeding themselves. Health Care Assistants may also provide emotional support, for example, by reassuring patients before an operation or explaining hospital procedures.

What sort of support will I have on my apprenticeship?

You will be fully supported throughout your apprenticeship, both by UHCW and NTC Training. You will have both a named supervisor and a named mentor on the ward. We are also running monthly apprenticeship forums, which will be informal meetings where apprentices can meet and support each other. There will also be guest speakers from various disciplines within the NHS.

What training will I receive?

You will receive training from NTC Training and UHCW jointly. As part of the Apprenticeship framework, you will work towards an NVQ in Health & Social Care, as well as a Technical Certificate and Key Skills Award. You will also receive training on the Ward from your mentor and supervisor. As well as this, you will attend workshops and forums which will enable you to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of a Healthcare Support Worker.