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Skills Boost for Health Care

Posted: 30th July 2021

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 the 18th August (applications submitted after this will not be considered). Interviews will be arranged for you on either the 1st, 2nd or 3rd of  September 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 Tuesday 21st September 2021  (the Monday is a public holiday) 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 9th September. 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.

Information on Vacancies

Royal Edinburgh and Associated Services – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Inpatient, Older Peoples Mental Health Wards, Male & Female Acute Mental Health Wards, Rehabilitation Wards.

East Lothian Community Hospital – Older People’s Ward and Older People Mental Health Available.

Edinburgh Community Hospitals – Rehabilitation Wards Astley Ainslie Hospital, Ferryfield House, Ellen’s Glen House, Intermediate Care within Liberton Hospital.

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh – General Medicine, Stroke, Medicine of Elderly, Cardiology, Respiratory, Orthopaedics, Musculoskeletal, General Surgery.

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.

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