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Trainee Nursing Associate Critical Care Pilot Project

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

The trainee will work as part of a team, delivering health and social care that focuses on the holistic needs of service users. They will carry out specific clinical tasks and responsibilities as delegated by Registered Practitioners and will be able to work across the boundaries of care and organisations. By the end of the 2 Year Programme they will have developed the ability to take responsibility for the comprehensive assessment, planning, treatment and evaluation of a caseload under the appropriate delegation of a Registered Practitioner.

About the Role

For more information on the Job Description and Responsibilities please click the link below.

More detail about the role:

Are you committed, caring and compassionate? Excellent communication and interpersonal skills? Organised, with a positive attitude who is flexible and proactive? Want a career where you can make a difference? Be your best and begin a clinical apprenticeship with Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (RDUH) – Eastern Services in Critical Care.    

Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Eastern) has a clinical apprenticeship opportunity available on the Nursing Associate NMC (2018) approved apprenticeship programme with Bolton University as part of the South West Critical Care Pilot working in partnership across the region to support ongoing transformation of the Critical Care workforce in partnership with HEE.

We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic, and resilient individuals to undertake a 2 -year level 5 apprenticeship ending in registration with the NMC as a qualified Nurse Associate. As a Nursing Associate Apprentice, you will gain experience on clinical placements across a range of specialities, covering the fours fields of nursing. It is a training programme that combines both academic and work-based learning in the physical, psychological and public health aspects of care from pre-conception to end of life.

You will work alongside Registered Nurses and other clinical professionals to develop the skills and knowledge required to complete your Trainee Nursing Associate apprenticeship and to ensure the delivery of outstanding care to our patients.

To be considered for this position, you will be required to meet the following requirements:

Experience of working in a healthcare setting (minimum 12 months)  

Applicants must hold the essential qualifications to apply:

  • NVQ / QCF/Apprenticeship Level 2/3 qualification in a healthcare related area, OR equivalent
  • GCSE English and Maths grade 4 to 9 (A to C), OR Functional skills level 2 in Maths and English, OR Key Skills level 2 in Communication and Application of Number, OR A-Level in English and Maths grade E or above
  • IT skills and access to own laptop/computer device for home study
  • Access to own car or ability to drive would be an advantage.

To undertake the Trainee Nurse Associate Apprenticeship, applicants must be contracted for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Working Pattern: 30 - 37.5 hours per week

Interview Date: To be Confirmed

For further information please contact: Di Richardson, TNA Lead on, or Helen Baker, Clinical Nurse manager, ICU, on

This is a fixed term contract for 24 months. For current NHS employees this post could be a secondment opportunity.

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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