DBTH opportunity: Apprentice Healthcare Assistant

Join Team DBTH and help us become the safest Trust in England, outstanding in all that we do.

  • Salary: £8,408 – £14,938 Pro Rata Per Annum – Salary dependent on experience level
  • Contract: Permanent (15 month intermediate apprenticeship programme and successful candidates will be required to attend college two days per month)
  • Hours: Full time – 37.5 hours per week
  • Site: All sites
  • Closing date: 21 September
  • Apply here

Whether you have prior experience or are new to health care, this is a fantastic opportunity to join our welcoming and helpful Trust as a highly valued team member providing safe and effective care to our patients, and provides an opportunity for you to develop within the workplace.  All Apprentice Healthcare Assistants will complete an induction programme and the Care Certificate on commencement of post. Apprentice Healthcare Assistants  will then go on to complete a 15 month apprenticeship programme, and upon successful completion and satisfactory reference from your line manager, you will commence in post as a band 2 Trained Healthcare Assistant with DBTH.

Main duties of the job

You will work alongside nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals to provide a positive experience to our patients and their relatives at times of need. You will support patients in various ways such as:

  • washing and dressing
  • toileting
  • bed making
  • serving patients meals/assisting with feeding
  • helping people to mobilise
  • assisting with patients’ overall comfort
  • monitoring patients’ conditions by taking temperatures, pulse, respirations and weight– national early warning scores (NEWS)
  • providing encouragement to lifestyle and behaviour change

The care that you will provide is paramount to our ability to provide high quality and safe services which run 24 hours 7 days a week. You will be required to work flexibly as your working rota will include nights, weekends, and bank holidays.

You will be an excellent communicator, able to prioritise taking into consideration the variety of patients’ needs and also be able to follow instructions.

Working for our organisation

We believe that the best care to our patients and community is provided by a professional and motivated team, so we invest heavily in training and education. There will also be lots of opportunities to support your development and improve your skills.

At Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust you’ll be rewarded by a team that’s proud to support its staff in all aspects of their lives. If you are up to the challenge, submit an application to become part of team DBTH.

It is our goal to give those who join Team DBTH the tools and opportunities in order to grow their career, so whether you spend just one year or fifty with us, it’s our pledge to help you DevelopBelong and ThriveHere.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You must be aged 18 or over to apply and must be able to provide certified evidence of all relevant qualifications.

Our Apprentice Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) provide some of the most personal and fundamental support to our patients so if you are kind, compassionate and you always act in the best interests of others, then we want to hear from you.

Assist with the care of the patient’s physical and personal needs, ensuring a high standard of care is achieved.

Assist with the patient’s basic hygiene needs

Understand the recognised tools to assess care needs.

Assist patients to meet their individual elimination needs.

Maintain a safe, tidy and clean environment for staff, patients and relatives

Assist in the care of the terminally ill, providing sensitive support for the patient and their families.

Escort appropriate patients to other wards/departments within the hospital

Chaperone patients while undergoing medical examination and various procedures.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Basic literacy and numeracy skills required and commitment to complete Intermediate Health Care Support Worker Apprenticeship’ and Functional Skills Maths and English Level 1 or 2 if required.


Essential criteria
  • No formal qualifications for Trainee Healthcare Assistant (HCA) or Healthcare Support Worker (HCSW)
  • Applicants Must be 18 years and over to apply
Desirable criteria
  • Experience in the healthcare setting and / or working with people using customer care skills and compassion

Organisational Skills

Essential criteria
  • Good standard of written communication skills

Interpersonal Skills

Essential criteria
  • Good standard of verbal communication and listening skills with a customer focus