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Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) work as part of the healthcare team of nurses, doctors and other professionals to care for patients. This important role involves providing personal care such as washing and dressing patients, serving meals and helping to feed, making beds and helping patients to move around.

We offer a fantastic training programme for HCAs, which results in the completion of the Care Certificate, a nationally recognised standard which shows that you have been assessed to have the skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate and high quality care. You will also gain a level 2 apprenticeship in clinical health support.

Training HCAs work with coaching and mentoring staff within the hospital, and will have the opportunity to work in a caring environment and develop a fulfilling career.

About the training

Every three months we recruit around 15 Training HCAs. Each trainee is offered coaching and mentoring with tutor support to complete the Care Certificate, and to gain a level 2 apprenticeship in clinical health support.

The Care Certificate sets out the skills, competencies and standards of behaviour that are expected of support workers in health and social care. It shows employers, colleagues and patients that you have been assessed to have the skills, knowledge and behaviours to provide compassionate and high quality care.

While you are on the training programme, various methods will be used to assess how you are doing, including observation in the work place. You will be expected to reach the standards required to achieve the Care Certificate within 12 weeks.

The apprenticeship in clinical health support builds on the Care Certificate to provide the trainee with the knowledge and skills needed. The qualification is gained through a variety of assessments including observations in the clinical setting, assignments and a portfolio of evidence which is submitted to the apprenticeship awarding body.

On the successful completion of Care Certificate and the level 2 apprenticeship in clinical health support you will be offered a permanent position in the hospital.

Apply online

To apply for a position on the Training HCA programme, please email your CV with a covering letter expressing your interest to

You will be contacted by telephone to discuss your eligibility and you will be given information about when to apply for the next intake.

From the applications, we will shortlist candidates for interview. If you are successful in reaching the interview stage you will be invited to attend an assessment centre at Basildon University Hospital. During the assessment we will test your numeracy and literacy levels. You will then have a face to face interview with an assessment panel to discuss your interest in a place on the programme.

If you are successful in gaining a place on the training programme, you will be asked to complete recruitment compliance checks and you will be given a programme start date.

If you would like further information, please contact our recruitment team by email at

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Contact us

  • Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex  SS16 5NL
    Switchboard: 01268 524900

  • The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre
    Nethermayne, Basildon
    Essex SS16 5NL
    Switchboard: 01268 524900

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