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Trainee Nursing Associate posted by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Applications close in 6 days
Full Time
Various, Oxford
£19,332/ year
NHS Band 3

Job Description

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.


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.

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.

Closing Date: 25th of September

For further details / informal visits contact:

If you are an internal member of staff you can contact ( Email address removed )

Alternatively you can email us on Nursing associates ( Email address removed )




No unsolicited recruitment agency telephone calls or emails.

Please note that this post is subject to a 6 month probationary period. If you currently hold a contract of employment with the Oxford University Hospitals, this will not apply. This statement does not apply to Medical staff or Executive Appointments.

Please make sure that you read the job description and person specification attached below, and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

When providing employment reference details please provide correct work related email addresses so references can be sought promptly when we are looking to progress your application. Your first referee will need to be your line manager, supervisor or clinical lead from your current or most recent post or place of study. This information is essential if your offer of employment is to be confirmed.

Candidates selected for interview will be contacted after the short listing process, usually within 2 weeks. (Please note that shortlisting times vary when applying for a Medical position within the Trust) The majority of correspondence will be via the e-recruitment system, therefore you should check your emails regularly including junk mail folders in web-based email products.




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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