Band 2 Trainee Nursing Associate

The closing date is 30th Jan 2025

Job summary

We are looking to recruit Trainee Nursing Associates who will be focussed on caring for people whilst undertaking an apprenticeship and a foundation degree qualification. The TNA programme currently involves a 30-month training programme delivered in partnership between an employer and a university i.e., Birmingham City University and University College Birmingham.

This is a fantastic opportunity for those wishing to develop a career in nursing care that may not necessarily have previous experience in a care environment, so previous experience is not essential.

Applicants who have a time limited visa status:

The Visa rules that are set out in the Department of Education Funding Guidelines for Apprenticeships state that those candidates that have a time limited visa, must have a valid visa to cover the whole duration of the course. Therefore, the visa's start date must be valid from the start date of the course or prior to that date and must still be valid after the end date of the course.


Course start date is 19/02/2024 - End date is 28/02/2027

Visa start date must be 18/02/2024 or earlier and its end date must be 1/03/2027 or later.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate that they have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start date of the Course.

This advert covers all the cohorts that fall between now and March 2025

For further information please refer to the Job description and person specification attached

Main duties, tasks & skills required

To work at all times, under the supervision of a registered practitioner/nurse, as a developmental role this will be both directly observed practice and supervision leading towards indirect but delegated duties as the post holder progresses through their training'.

*Liaise with staff and service users

*To provide a point of contact for service users

*Provide effective communication and problem solving both face to face and via telephone

*Be sympathetic and sensitive to the requirements of staff, service users when communicating by telephone or face to face, including dealing with a difficult situation

*Attend departmental meetings on a regular basis

*Contribute to building effective teamwork in exchanging views, ideas and communicating effectively

*Be able to problem solve and provide alternative solutions

*Recognise situations that should be referred onto the Line Manager and take prompt and appropriate action

*Arrange transport as required

*Work collaboratively as part of an integrated team

*Work within and keep up to date with National and Trust legislation, guidelines, policies, procedures, protocols and code of conduct and ensure they are adhered to across the team

*Participate in and contribute to the effective introduction of new systems and initiatives leading to the improvement and development of patient services

*Have a personal duty of care for all equipment and resources used.

*Maintain stock control such as stationery, supplies, equipment and uniforms

About us

We are recognised as one of the leading NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK. Our vision is to Build Healthier Lives, and we recognise that we need incredible staff to do this.

Our commitment to our staff is to create the best place for them to work, and we are dedicated to:

Investing in the health and wellbeing of our staff, including a commitment of offering flexible working where we can;
Offer our staff a wide variety of training and development opportunities, to support their personal and career development objectives.

UHB is committed to ensuring that our staff are treated fairly and feel that they belong, by creating a kind and inclusive environment. This is about equity of opportunity; removing all barriers, including discrimination and ensuring each individual member of staff reach their true potential, achieve their ambitions and thrive in their work. This is more than words. We are taking action. Our commitment to an inclusive culture is embedded at all levels of the organisation where every voice is heard, driven by our diverse and active staff networks, and at Board level by the Fairness Taskforce led by our CEO. We nurture a culture which empowers staff to challenge discriminatory behaviours and to enable people to bring their 'whole self' to a kinder, more connected and bold place to work.

Job description

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description* 

Person specification



GCSE grade C/grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics.

GCSE equivalents are accepted, for e.g. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 (or EFSA-approved equivalents).

You will also need to follow ONE of the following entry routes:


* One A Level (grade D or above) OR

* Two AS Levels (grade D or above) OR

* BTEC National Award (M or above) OR

* BTEC National Certificate (PP or above) OR

* BTEC National Diploma (PPP or above) OR

* International Baccalaureate (IB) (minimum 24 points) OR

* CACHE Certificate or Diploma OR

* Access to Higher Education Diploma OR

* NVQ Level 3 Diploma

LEVEL 2 ENTRY ROUTE (if you do not meet the Level 3 entry route)

*NVQ Level 2 AND

A written reflective essay (1500 words)

Qualifications obtained outside of the UK must have a statement of comparability from UK ENIC



*Ability to work effectively as a team player under appropriate supervision, as part of a multidisciplinary team

*Can demonstrate experience and insight into how to evaluate own strengths and development needs, seeking advice where appropriate

*Ability to deal with non-routine and unpredictable nature of the workload

*Understanding of the scope of the role of the Nursing Associate

*Understanding of the Trust values and how they link to the role

*Can demonstrate an understanding of a range of skills/procedures and care that may be undertaken by a nursing associate


*Experience paid or voluntary as a Health Care Assistant/ or working in a health care based setting

*Completion if any work based training associated with employment

Additional Criteria


*Evidence of time management skills and ability to prioritise

* Intermediate IT skills

*Ability to communicate with members of the public and health and care providers

*Work effectively and flexibly as part of a team to meet the needs of the services

*Confident in dealing with people at all levels

*Must be able to demonstrate an understanding of equality and diversity

*Mature open and flexible approach to work

*Demonstrates care and compassion

*Good inter-personal and communication skills.

*Good organisational skills

*Ability to travel to multiple sites

*Courteous, respectful and helpful at all times

*Ability to work on own initiative

*Demonstrates compassion through example

*Good time keeping and punctuality

*Willingness to learn

*Ability to move between sites working across health and social care as required by the needs of the development programme

*Can demonstrate an understanding of the range of shift patterns worked in Healthcare


*Ability to work under pressure and deal with stressful situations 

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

For help with your application, contact: 

Claire Whittle 


Pay scheme

Agenda for Change 


Band 2 


£22383.00  to £22383.00 Yearly 


Fixed Term 


30  Month(s) 

Working pattern

Full-Time, Flexible Working 

Reference number


Job locations

Mindelsohn Way 
West Midlands 
B15 2TH