Nursing Assistants

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Be where everyone matters

Join an organisation that cares for everyone. Bringing together 10 hospitals and community services from across Manchester, Trafford and beyond; at Manchester University Foundation Trust we pool our knowledge, skills and resources to be the best for our patients, and each other. Each and everyone plays their part in providing outstanding care so join us as a Nursing Assistant or Trainee Nursing Assistant and we’ll give you every opportunity to build a hugely rewarding career with us, offering you great job satisfaction in knowing your dedication and commitment has made a real difference to our patients.

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Your future Career

The role of a Nursing Assistant is absolutely critical to our overall workforce as it provides direct patient care so without our amazing team of Nursing Assistants; we wouldn’t be able to offer the outstanding care we do in each of our 10 hospitals and across our communities.

That’s why we want talented people from all backgrounds to choose to join our diverse team as a Nursing Assistant or as a Trainee Nursing Assistant whether you already have a level 2 NVQ or apprenticeship, have substantial work experience, or want to do an apprenticeship programme. You’ll need to have a passion for people with a caring and compassionate disposition, have strong communication skills and be a great team player with a responsible and hardworking attitude and not be afraid to support patients with personal needs and mobility so demonstrating patience, dignity and respect will come naturally to you.

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What's on offer

A fully supported training programme will be provided for you, both on and off the job. To join us as a Nursing Assistant, you’ll already possess a Level 2 or higher qualification in Health Care Support or equivalent or carry the relevant work breadth of work experience and we’ll assess this at the time of your application.

If after reading the Person Specification for the job you’re really interested in taking up this rewarding role and don’t have the relevant qualifications or work experience, then don’t worry, we are able to offer you a role as a Trainee Nursing Assistant undertaking an apprenticeship which will be fully funded by the Trust.   You’ll be assessed to establish which programme would be suitable based on your health related experience and previous qualifications. The programme consists of 15-21 months intensive training in order to prepare you for the role and on successful completion of the programme, you’ll be a qualified Nursing Assistant.  What’s more, you’ll make great friends with new colleagues and enjoy the buzz of team camaraderie and all that comes with that.  We have great staff benefits too which include:

  • a permanent contract
  • a comprehensive induction programme
  • full and part time career development training
  • a minimum of 27 days annual leave per year plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time staff)
  • access to a range of employee benefits including childcare vouchers
  • discount rates at our on-site nursery
  • staff discounts and salary sacrifice schemes
  • the opportunity to join the NHS Pension Scheme
  • cycle to work scheme (subsidised costs for purchasing bikes)
  • starting salary for a Trainee Nursing Assistant: £17,004 per annum
  • starting salary for a qualified Nursing Assistant starts at £18,005 per annum
  • opportunity to progress onto higher level training programmes

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The important stuff

As a minimum, you’ll need to have level 1 functional skills in Maths and English or equivalent, however, if you don’t have these we can signpost you to organisations who can support you in attaining these.

Given these roles are working in a care setting, you’ll be expected to work early, late and complete night shifts which will be paid at the appropriate enhanced rate. You’ll be supporting patients who are both poorly and heavily or solely reliant on you for their care which means you’ll need to have an open, empathetic and caring nature with strong personal resilience and not be put off by working on your feet throughout your shifts.

You’ll also need to help to patients with eating, drinking, washing and toileting which is a key part of the role in order to provide the very best of care. To summarise, here are some of the key tasks you’ll be expected to do in the role and this varies depending on where you’re based but mainly involves:

  • washing and dressing patients
  • serving meals and helping to feed patients
  • helping patients to move around
  • toileting patients
  • making beds
  • talking to patients and making them comfortable
  • monitoring patients’ conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight

You’ll also need to be:

  • caring and kind
  • cheerful and friendly
  • willing to be hands-on with patients
  • willing to do personal care tasks (washing, toileting, etc.)
  • able to follow instructions and procedures
  • able to work in a team but use your own initiative
  • prepared to work on your feet for a full shift

And finally, you’ll also need to have strong skills in:

  • communication – i.e. – be able to speak confidently and clearly including listening
  • organising and recording information
  • observation of people
  • personal resilience
  • team working
  • time keeping
  • reliance

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Before you apply

We’d really encourage you to watch our talking heads video above of one of our dedicated  Nursing Assistants’; Kayleigh, to offer you an understanding of the role and the rewarding career this opportunity can give you. Our dedicated careers site will also give you some really helpful information about our Nursing Assistant Open Days and events where we might be attending in the city centre of Manchester to give you a chance to come and meet some of our team and talk to us about the job in more detail, ask those burning questions – maybe even take a tour – click on this link to find out more mft.nhs.uk/careers/

It’s important to read the Job Description and Person Specification in full and if it’s a role that really resonates with you and you feel you’d find rewarding as a career, based on your qualifications, skills and experience you should then submit an on line application.  This should outline your educational achievements and qualifications and your key skills and experience remember to draw off both work and non-work related experience – this could include your role as a parent, caring for a loved one or friend, experience in customer services or volunteering where you’ve dealt with people or children in a supporting role.

At the point the vacancy closes, the team will make an informed decision based on the information you have provided if you are to be shortlisted for a qualified Nursing Assistant or Trainee Nursing Assistant role and you’ll then be invited to attend a Recruitment Event and further information about what that event entails will be provided to you at the time.

We look forward to receiving your application!

NB: This vacancy is always open for you to apply from 10:00am every Monday morning (with the exception of a bank holiday Monday when it will reopen on a Tuesday morning after 10:00am) and closes every Sunday evening at Midnight, therefore,  you’ll only be able to submit your application between these times.