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Trainee Nursing Associate

Band 3

Main area
Band 3
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
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Various sites
Various Trust sites across Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
£19,737 - £21,142 per annum
Salary period
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Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool, Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations; we have been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good”.

Mersey Care’s vision and values of Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support (CARES) drive our organisation and the way we work together to deliver services. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate, during recruitment and any subsequent employment with the Trust, that their behaviour supports our values.

The CQC stated “It was clear that most staff across the organisation understood, and were committed to, the vision and values of the organisation. These were well communicated and the work to win both hearts and minds was apparent”.

We take positive action to support disadvantaged groups and also particularly encourage applications from BAME, disabled and LGBT people that are under-represented in our workforce. Furthermore we welcome applications from reservists and ex-armed forces as we recognise the benefits of the values, skills, training and experience that they bring to their work with us. We encourage all applicants to share their equality information with us.

Flexible working requests will be considered for all roles.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is offering an exciting developmental opportunity to work as a trainee nursing associate. The posts are full time (37.5 hours per week) and will include study at University. The programme is due to commence March 2021.  During training, applicants will receive a Band 3 salary, and upon successful completion of the programme, will be appointed in to a Band 4 Nursing Associate post.

We are looking to recruit 11 staff for these posts which are available across  secure and Specialist LD .  

Successful completion of the Nursing Associate training programme includes the attainment of a level 5 Foundation Degree equivalent qualification. Trainee nursing associates will develop and maintain knowledge, skills and competencies in person–centred care, through work based learning and completion of the academic programme. 

In order to be considered for this opportunity you must be able to evidence the following:- 

  • GCSEs Grade 4 to 9 (equivalent A*-C) including Maths and English or functional skills level 2 in Maths and English. 
  • A minimum of 32 UCAS points (2 A levels) or an NVQ level 3 (stand-alone diploma) or an Apprenticeship or BTEC in health and social care at level 3. 

This post will involve delivering  24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year care. Successful applicants will be required to work across all shift patterns. 


Shortlisting is planned for 20th January 2021

Interviews are planned for the following week , date to be confirmed for successful candidates 

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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

Lisa Weston
Job title
Divisional Head of Nursing
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