Apprentice Trainee Assistant Practitioner Surgical Internal Only

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
11 Nov 2019
17 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH) have merged to form North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC). Joining forces is an historic step in the journey to truly join up health and care services for a happier, healthier population in Cumbria. As a result of the two organisations working closely together with our partners we are already being regarded nationally as a leading edge integrated care system.


Apprentice Assistant Surgical Practitioners

Attention all Health Care Assistants

Are you ready for a CHANGE and a new challenge?

An exciting FIXED TERM or SECONDMENT opportunity for Health Care Assistants to be at the forefront of the development of the Nursing and Allied Health Professions in North Cumbria

We currently have a number of opportunities within North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust to recruit Apprentice Assistant Surgical Practitioners.

Based in the Orthopaedic Operating Theatres at the West Cumberland Infirmary, Whitehaven, we are seeking to recruit Apprentice Assistant Surgical Practitioners on a full time basis. The successful applicants must be prepared to work flexible hours according to the service needs.

The role principally involves acting as assistant to the operating surgeon during a variety of orthopaedic procedures, under direct supervision of the surgeon. This will include assistance positioning patients, draping, providing exposure by positioning limbs, using retractors, diathermy, suction, handling arthroscopy camera and cutting sutures as directed. Although it is envisaged that these duties will represent the majority of your workload, when not required for this task, you will be utilised as a general theatre assistant. Training in the role will be provided within the Trust and by undertaking the Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship with the University of Cumbria.

Previous experience as a Healthcare Assistant in theatres is desirable. You will be a cheerful, versatile and helpful team worker, literate and methodical, have an aptitude for technology with excellent communication skills and the ability to relate well to people putting them at ease. The full job description and competency framework are attached.

Informal enquiries are welcome, please contact Clare Barlow, Matron Orthopaedics, 07909001264, Richard Heaton, Chief Matron Surgery, 07775 542207 or David Mackay, CD Orthopaedics, 01228 814759.

Applications are invited from Health Care Assistants who are qualified to NVQ level 3 or have the equivalent experience and have GCSE Maths and English Grades A-C, 4-9 or Functional Skills Maths and English at Level 2.

You must be able to attend University of Cumbria in Carlisle one day per week to undertake the Assistant Practitioner Apprenticeship with University of Cumbria. This programme of study will last for two years.

Annual leave will need to be planned and allocated around attendance at university as all dates are compulsory.

Successful candidates will be bonded to work within North Cumbria NHS Trust for at least two years post qualification.

Closing date for applications is 21st October 2019 and the proposed interview date will be 25th October 2019 at Carlisle.

The essential criteria for this role includes the requirement to have a care certificate or the willingness and ability to undertake this. For further information, please see the additional information link which can be viewed under the "read this before applying" section.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: £26 + Administration cost of £4.20 = deducted at £10.20 from 1st month salary and £10 deducted from salary over following 2 months.

Enhanced Check: £44 + administration cost of £4.20 = £15.20 deducted from 1st month salary and £11 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK CPFT future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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