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Trainee Nursing Associate

Band 3

Main area
Band 3
Fixed Term for 2 years
37.50 per week
Job ref
£19,332 per annum/ pro-rata
31/07/2019 23:59

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.


Many of our recruitment programmes use Value Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values


Nursing Associate trainee advert for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH)

The Nursing Associate role is a fast-evolving role which is being developed to bridge the gap between Registered Nurse and Nursing Assistant.  Trainees will undertake a two-year programme which will support them to attain skills and knowledge to enable them to provide high quality, compassionate care to our patients, working at a higher level than a Nursing Assistant and on completion attain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The training programme combines both academic and work-based learning across a range of healthcare settings.

Trainees will be required to gain skills, knowledge and experience working in a variety of health and social care settings and placements. These placements will be both within and external to our Trust so Trainees must be able and willing to travel as required and work different shift patterns according to the placement area. The trainee will be expected to work full time hours – 37.5 hours a week at Band 3 salary – Year 1 of study - £19,332 and year 2 £19,917. On successful completion a band 4 role can be applied for in the Trust.

The successful applicants will be accepted onto the academic programme to undertake a level 5 Apprenticeship (Nursing Associate) / Foundation Degree with Oxford Brookes University and will be released for a study day one day per week.

We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic and resilient individuals to help us continue to develop this new and exciting role in the Trust.

Applicants must be able to attend an assessment/selection day that the OUH will run jointly with Oxford Brookes University.

Essential criteria are outlined in the job description but include the following:

  • Applicants ideally would be able to demonstrate experience of working in health and /or social care/relevant healthcare field but this is not essential.
  • Applicants must hold at the start of the course GSCE Maths & English qualifications at grade A-C/4 or equivalent level 2 in functional skills. Applicants will be required to provide evidence of these qualifications in the form of certificates at the point of being invited to attend the selection day.
    There are other accepted equivalent qualifications such as :
    Key Skills level 2 Communication (Literacy) and Application of Number (Numeracy) – PASS
    Any A Level with English in the title and any A Level with Mathematics in the title

CSE English and/or Mathematics level 1

International GCSE Any International GCSE with English and Mathematics in the title -C or 4

  • Applicants must be able to work full time (37.5 hours per week)
  • Applicants must provide evidence they meet the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) rules:

Have the right to work in England and be one of the following: A citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) (including other countries determined within the EEA or those with bilateral agreements), or have the right of abode in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA (including other countries determined within the EEA or those with bilateral agreements), for at least the previous three years on the first day of learning.

If a non-EEA citizen with permission from the UK government to live in the UK (not for educational purposes) and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the previous three years before the start of learning.

If you do not meet the entry criteria for English and Maths we suggest you make contact with your local college of Further Education. If you are an internal member of staff you can contact the functional skills team at the OUH.

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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

If you are an internal member of staff you can contact functional.skills@ouh.nhs.uk

Alternatively you can email us on Nursing associates Nursing.associates@oxnet.nhs.uk