Trainee Nursing Associate Programme

Are you a dynamic, enthusiastic and motivated individual who wishes to be considered to undertake an Apprenticeship Trainee Nursing Associate programme in March 2019?

This is a new nursing role that will bridge the gap between the roles of the healthcare assistant and registered nurse.

Open to SATH employees only.

Who can apply? The minimum application requirements are:

  • Employed as a health care assistant or similar health care role in Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital. 
  • Have a minimum of one year HCA or equivalent experience 
  • GCSE Grade C or above in English and Maths or level 2 Numeracy and Literacy 
  • An ability to study and a commitment to complete a Foundation Degree (FDSci) programme
  • Required to work 37.5 hours per week for the period of the programme

The Apprentice Trainee Nursing Associate is a 2-year programme being developed in partnership with the Nursing Midwifery Council leading to qualification as a Nursing Associate.

The programme will include placements in a variety of adult care settings both in SATH and external to the organisation. You will be studying with Staffordshire University from their Faculty of Health based at the Shrewsbury site.

Find out more at the TNA briefing sessions:

  • RSH G Staffordshire University School of Health on 6 November at 2.30pm - 4.00pm 
  • PRH Room B Education Centre on 7 November from 2.45pm – 4.15pm 

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If you have any further questions or you want to discuss further then please contact Helen Coleman on ext. 3033 / 3721/ 4420 or the Clinical Practice Facilitators on ext. 4455 / 3212


This will be no less than your current salary, but not above a band 3. Once qualified and in post as a Nursing Associate, you will move to a Band 4.

You will be seconded from your current post, should you decide to with draw from the course or fail to complete the programme the Trust will find you a HCA or equivalent post but there are no guarantees it will be in the department you are seconded from .

You will be entitled to your current annual leave allowance, but some annual leave may be predetermined by the University whilst on the programme.

Yes you can but you will need to have been with the Trust for a year and working sufficient hours on the  bank to give assurances that you have the necessary consolidation of clinical knowledge and skills . Ideally this would  be no less that an average of 1 shift per week  

During the 2 year period of the course you will be required to work full time (37.5 hrs). This is to ensure you can meet the practice hours require for the programme and provide you with the exposure and experience to achieve your competencies. There is expectation that you work flexible and will be rostered to do day, night and weekend shifts. Fixed shift patterns are not possible due to the commitments of the course programme.

You will have 1 University study day a week. There may be , further study days to support your academic and clinical practice which will be determined once you commence the course. For your remaining hours you will be working in the clinical environment as part of the ward team. You are not supernumery.

On completion of the course you will be offered a job as a Nursing Associate in the Trust, where this will be, will be determined towards the end of your programme and maybe through a formal selection process.

During the programme you will be placed in a base ward this will be an acute general adult ward/ department. This may be a different area to where you are currently working.