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Clinical Apprenticeships


Being a Clinical apprentice allows you to earn a wage whilst you study. It can be your first step onto an exciting career in healthcare. All apprentices at NUH are part of our team, and support us in providing high-quality and competent care to our patients

What is a Clinical Apprentice?

Apprentices are aged 16 years or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification. At NUH our apprentices study for a Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) at level 2 or 3. It takes 15 - 18 months to complete.

An apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to access the workforce and earn a wage as you learn “on the job”. It also helps us harness fresh new talent and “grow our own” workforce for the future. Being an apprentice is often the first step to a career in the NHS. It is an opportunity for you to experience work, study, and learn new skills.

What hours does an apprentice work?

An apprentice works 37.5 hours each week, and cannot work more than 8 hours a day. Young workers (under 18 years old) cannot work night shifts. Each week, the apprentice will have a study day, as 20% of apprentice time is spent on off-the-job training.

What can an apprentice do?

Our Clinical Apprentices are training to be Healthcare Assistants (HCA). They will attend the HCA Academy and will work towards their Care Certificate during the first 12 weeks in the clinical area. Once their competencies have been signed off, the apprentice will be working as a Healthcare Assistant  under supervision. Apprentices can be trained to carry out all tasks that HCAs do.

What does an apprentice learn in clinical practice?

By working with skilled staff, the apprentice will learn the job role and have plenty of opportunity to ask questions. As well as learning technical skills, they will learn how to communicate effectively, work as part of a team, gain confidence in the workplace, and develop self-awareness.

 What does the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) involve?

The QCF award includes written assignments and observations by an assessor. An assessor from our training provider will visit the ward to carry out observations during the apprenticeship. The apprentices will attend a weekly study day with their assessor and our clinical trainer. The QCF includes mandatory and optional units such as:

  • person-centred care

  • promoting mental health and wellbeing

  • Basic life support

  • Clinical observations

  • Prioritising care

  • Safeguarding

  • Infection prevention and control

  • Moving and handling

  • Equality and diversity


Looking for an Apprenticeship at NUH?

We advertise apprentice vacancies at our hospitals as they become available. This means that you could start your Apprenticeship at any time of year.NUH apprentices with their certificates

All Apprenticeship opportunities are advertised on our website. Vacancies are advertised for two weeks and are advertised at various times throughout the year, as vacancies become available. The new-recruit Apprenticeships that we advertise are suitable for all new entrants to the NHS.

For more detailed information please visit the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

If you have any general queries or questions please email to wideningparticipation@nuh.nhs.uk or call Michelle Place, Apprentice Lead, on 01159691169 Ext: 51152

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