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Skills Boost for Health Care

Campus OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 4

Study mode Full time

Duration 3 weeks

Start date Nov 2022

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Course overview

Skills Boost for Health Care is an exciting and established 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. 

Candidates that successfully pass the interview are given a provisional job offer with NHS Lothian as a band 2 health care support worker. 

This could be the start of a very exciting career as there are a number of different progression routes within NHS Lothian.

The course is funded by the YPG and NTTF, which means the course is available to anyone who is over the age of 16 and is currently unemployed or whose job is at risk. These courses are free to students. You will not be paid during this course or be entitled to a bursary. If you do receive universal credit you will continue to do so for the course duration. You will only begin to be paid when you actually start working on the ward for NHS Lothian. 

Please complete the college application form if you are interested in starting or re-starting your career as a health care support worker. Interviews will be arranged for you on either the 10th or 11th of October 22 (other interviews will be arranged for the course starting on the 28/11/22). 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 (driver's 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 the 7th of November (We will also be running a course starting on the 28th of November)  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 the required paperwork.

If successful you will be invited to an induction morning at one of the Edinburgh College campuses Wednesday 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 will provide 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 & Pensions please quote reference number DWP2022 beside your name.

Cohort 10 vacancies include Royal infirmary Edinburgh, Western general hospital & St John’s hospital Livingstone.

The areas that have vacancies are:

  • Critical care
  • Theatres

Royal Edinburgh Hospital 

Western General Hospital 

We also have vacancies at:

  • Astley Ainsley & HBCCC

HBCCC areas include:

  • Ellens Glen House
  • Ferryfield House
  • East Lothian Community Hospital, Ward 1
  • Midlothian Community Hospital
  • Tippethill Hospital
  • St Michaels Hospital
  • RIE - Emergency Department / AMU
  • Across Lothian Critical Care and Theatres
  • When you come to interview you will be asked to identify your two preferred vacancies.

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.

You must complete the NHS application and background checks within the set time frame or the provisional job offer will be cancelled.

Throughout the 3 week's 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

How the course is assessed

  • Continual assessment

Number of days per week

  • 5 days per week - 9 am to 4:30 pm

Entry requirements

  • No formal qualification required

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS Level 5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • Career as a band 2 health care worker

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus Full time 07/11/22 3 Weeks

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