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Apprentice Health Care Assistant Level 2

Health Social Care03

Job description

Long Clawson Medical Practice, based in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire are looking for an apprentice Health Care Assistant. The main purpose is to assist with the provision of nursing services to patients attending the practice and assist the nurses and GPs in the provision of general and specialist medical services.

Overview of responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain communication with a range of people on a range of matters in a form that is appropriate to them and the situation
  • Monitor and maintain health, safety and security of self and others
  • Contribute to the improvement of services
  • Maintain quality in own work and encourage others to do the same
  • Support equality and value diversity, identifying when own or others’ behaviour undermines equality and diversity
  • Support planning, developing, implementing and assessing approaches to promote health and wellbeing
  • Recognise and report situations where there might be a need for protection

Job responsibilities:

  • Assist in and perform routine tasks related to patient care as directed by senior nursing staff and GPs
  • Assist with Minor Surgery
  • Maintain and clean equipment used by the nurses and GPs according to the practice Infection Control Policy
  • Urinalysis and preparation of specimens for investigation by the pathology laboratory
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Maintain GP and nurses’ rooms, stocking and rotating items as required
  • Chaperoning and, where appropriate, assisting patients who are being examined by a clinician
  • Carry out phlebotomy duties and prepare blood samples and forms for transporting to the appropriate laboratory
  • Carry out ECGs
  • Answer telephone in treatment rooms; take, record and transmit messages
  • Undertake housekeeping duties, including general tidiness and cleanliness of treatment and GP rooms
  • Maintain accurate records, utilising IM & T (Information Management & Technology) where appropriate, ensuring the senior nurse on duty is advised of potential problems or errors within the range of assigned tasks
  • Undertake record and follow guidelines for the tasks for which you have received appropriate training

Measuring and recording:

  • Blood pressure
  • Pulse rate and rhythm
  • Temperature
  • Height and weight
  • Body mass index
  • Peak flow and its calculation
  • Perform Ear syringing
  • INR/Anticoagulation patient test. Enter data using INR Star.
  • Remove sutures and clips
  • Pre-diabetic reviews
  • Prepare and maintain environments and equipment before, during and after patient care interventions
  • Ensure GP rooms and clinical treatment rooms are clean and well-stocked
  • Undertake dressing procedures following local recommendations, complying with infection control principles and practice
  • Give accurate and appropriate information to patients and groups within own competence
  • Provide support and encouragement to patients to self-manage their conditions as appropriate
  • Maintain the noticeboard in the waiting room and promote good health with educational material
  • Record information and activities undertaken with patients and carers in an accurate and timely fashion, using manual or computer systems and Read codes
  • Give health education advice and support about smoking, exercise, diet and sun. Encourage patients to attend any of the screening programmes available to them, referring them to structured education programmes and formulating patient action plans
  • New patient medicals, CVD Health Screening, Hypertension reviews, NHS Health Checks, Well Man/Woman Checks – referring on anything outside of scope or expertise


  • Stock control and ordering
  • Monitoring and control of vaccine fridges
  • Keeping work area clean and tidy in accordance with Infection Control policies
  • Organisation of clinical and sharps waste storage and disposal
  • Awareness of an compliance with requirements

How to apply for this vacancy

You can apply for this vacancy through the National Apprenticeship Service. If you require any assistance with applying for this vacancy please contact us on 0115 945 7260 or email the apprenticeship team.

Application deadline: 30/10/2019

Possible start date: 04/11/2019

Skills required

Special requirements for the post:

  • An understanding, acceptance and adherence to the need for strict confidentiality
  • An ability to use own judgement, resourcefulness, common sense and local knowledge, to respond to patients’ enquiries and requests while adhering to practice limitations
  • An understanding and acceptance of own capabilities and awareness of own limitations
  • Ability to work without direct supervision and determine own workload priorities
  • Basic keyboard and computer skills
  • Flexibility of working hours
  • Excellent communication skills

Qualifications required

GCSE A*-C/grade 4-9 or Functional Skills Level 2 desired, otherwise weekly day release at Nottingham College, Nottingham City Centre to achieve Functional Skills qualifications required.

Candidate requirements

Please ensure you can easily travel to the employer's address before applying.

The rate of pay advertised is £4.30per hour. This can be paid to candidates of any age for the first 12 months of the apprenticeship. If you are aged 19+ then you would be paid at least the regular minimum wage pertaining at the time after 12 months of employment, even if you are still on your apprenticeship.

Please ensure you can sustain your outgoings on this rate of pay before applying.

Training provided

  • Healthcare Certificate
  • Level 2 Diploma in Care
  • Functional Skills in maths & English at Level 1/2 if not exempt

Future progression

Potential for ongoing employment after successful completion of the apprenticeship.

Additional questions for candidates

During the application process you will be asked the following additional question(s) below. To prepare yourself, have a think about how you might answer them.

Additional question
Please state what skills and personal qualities you have that make you a suitable candidate for this apprenticeship.

Employer information

Long Clawson medical practice is conveniently located in the centre of Long Clawson Village.

Address details:

Long Clawson Medical Practice
The Sands
Melton mowbray
LE14 4PA

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Reference number VAC001573401
Working week Monday to Friday shifts to be agreed around practice opening hours of 8am to 6.30pm
(37.5 hours per week)
Expected duration 18 months
Apprenticeship level Intermediate
Related course Health Support Worker - Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2)
Salary £161.25 (Weekly)

Wages explained

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).