SCQF Level 4
Health Professions & Social Services

Course Overview

Skills Boost for Health Care is an exciting new course that has been developed in partnership with NHS Lothian & Edinburgh College. We are working together to provide education & employment for people in the Lothian region and beyond. NHS Lothian has health care support worker roles (listed below) that you can now apply for. 

Please complete the college application form if you are interested in starting or re-starting your career as a health care support worker with NHS Lothian before 4:30 pm on 28 September (applications submitted after this will not be considered). Interviews will be arranged for you on either the 6th, 7th and 8th of October 2021. You will be interviewed by a member of NHS and College staff. The interviews will be held on Microsoft teams (please let the college know if you have an issue with accessing Microsoft teams). You will have to provide two valid forms of ID during the interview one must have a photo and one must have your address (drivers licence/passport/young scots card). You will also have to provide two references that we can contact (this can't be a friend or family member)

Please note that your interview is an interview for the college course and a healthcare support worker job with NHS Lothian. If you are successful you must attend the three-week college course starting on Monday 1st of November 2021  and upon successful completion of the course and all compulsory NHS checks such as satisfactory PVG with disclosure Scotland and Occupation Health report, you will start your exciting new career. The start date will depend on the candidate's ability to complete all the checks previously mentioned as quickly as possible. We will try and start you as soon as possible but delays may occur when applicants do not submit all required paperwork.

There will be an induction morning at one of the Edinburgh College campuses on the 12th of October. Students accepted on the course must attend this date to complete paperwork and complete college induction.

These are full-time vacancies and will require you to work 37.5 hours per week. You will work shifts and be expected to work nights/weekends/public holidays.

This course will be the start of your learning journey and your new job provides you with a pathway to a career in health care. 

College Course Content 
•    Safe beginners for health and care - Professionalism, reflection, legislation
•    Infection control
•    Health and Safety
•    First Aid
•    Career pathways

NHS Lothian Course Content
•    Basic Life Support 
•    Equality Diversity and Rights 
•    Fire Safety Awareness
•    HAI 
•    Health and Safety
•    Information Governance
•    Management of Aggression
•    Public Protection 
•    Manual handling


Please note that during the 3-week course you are not an employee at NHS Lothian and will not be paid during the course

If you receive Universal credit your benefit will remain in place until you start your job.
Please remember while you are applying for a course you are also applying for a job and it will help your application if you expand on what motivated you to apply for this job and course. If you have been referred to this job and course through the Department of Work & and Pensions please quote reference number DWP2021 beside your name.

For Cohort 5, the vacancies we have are as follows – (please selct your top two preferences)

Astley Ainslie

  • Rehabilitation Wards – Sutherland, East Pavilion & Charles Bell 2

Western General Hospital

  • Acute Medical Ward
  • Medical Assessment Unit
  • Medicine of the Elderly
  • Urology
  • Surgical
  • Cancer Services

Further Information
On completion of the course, you will be allowed to book your covid vaccination with a selection of dates and venues available.

The course is funded by the Young Persons Guarantee and Transitional Training Fund and is free for you to do.

Throughout the 3 week course, you must adhere to the Edinburgh College Positive Behaviour and anti-bullying & harassment Policy or progression to employment will not be possible.

What You Will Learn
  • Manual Handling
  • Public Protection
  • Management of Aggression
  • Information Governance
  • Health and Safety
  • Infection Protection and Control (HAI)
  • Fire Safety Awareness
  • Equality Diversity and Rights
  • Basic Life Support
  • Career Pathways
  • First Aid
  • Health and Safety
  • Infection Control
  • Safe Beginners for Health and Care - Professionalism, Reflection, Legislation
Entry Requirements
  • No formal qualification required
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS Level 5
How the course is assessed

Continual assessment

Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Career as a band 2 health care worker
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 5 days per week - 9am to 4:30pm
Course Cost And Funding Options
Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 13/09/2021
  • Monday 01/11/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 08/10/2021
  • Friday 19/11/2021
Course Delivery
GRANTON x x x x x
MIDLOTHIAN x x x x x
MILTON RD x x x x x
SIGHTHILL x x x x x
x x x x

Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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