Trainee Nurse Associate, Band 3

Learning Disabilities

Posted: 1 week ago

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

£18,813 to £20,795 p.a.


Dorset HealthCare is a dynamic, forward-thinking Trust, running 12 local hospitals and providing a wide range of integrated community and mental health services to a population of almost 700,000 people. Whether working in busy urban locations such as Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester and Weymouth or serving residents in rural areas, our 5,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do.

Staff thrive in a supportive, ‘family’ atmosphere in which we recognise that the importance of how we do things is just as important as what we do, and what we achieve. We strongly encourage behaviours that promote compassion and care between colleagues, supporting staff to be proactive, positive, respectful, supportive, reliable and trustworthy. We are also an organisation which leads the way in challenging stigma and discrimination experienced by those with lived experience of mental health problems or emotional distress. We relish the chance to provide quality care – a recent survey showed that 90% of staff feel their work makes a difference to patients and service users.

As well as job satisfaction, staff enjoy benefits ranging from a car lease scheme to free use of beach huts, flexible working options and a host of advanced training and career development opportunities. We offer a 24/ 7 employee assistance service, alongside many health and wellbeing initiatives.

Dorset itself offers the opportunity for a truly outstanding work/life balance, whatever your age or outlook. Millions of people each year come to holiday in the place where most of our staff live and work every day - enjoying access to award-winning beaches along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, picture-postcard villages, great weather and stunning countryside. We have excellent schools, top-rated family attractions and endless sporting/leisure opportunities, plus plenty of country pubs and lively nightclubs.

We are looking to recruit a full-time, Band 3 Trainee Nurse Associate to join the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Community Learning Disability Team.


Are you an enthusiastic, forward thinking individual who can adapt to changing priorities and deliver high quality healthcare? The Learning Disability Service in Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is staffed by a passionate and dedicated team and is looking for a like-minded individual to join us. This is an exciting time to join the Poole CLDT as this new role gets introduced.


A nursing associate is a new member of the nursing team who will provide care and support for patients and service users. This new role is intended to address a skills gap between health and care assistants and registered nurses.


The Nursing associate is a stand-alone role in its own right and will also provide a progression route into graduate level nursing.


Working full time (37.5hrs per week, Monday to Friday) the successful candidate will already have experience of working in health, social care or special educational settings. The role will involve working within a multi-disciplinary health and social care team to support people with learning disabilities to live successfully in the community. You will be committed to improving the quality of life for our service users and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


In return we can also offer you:

    • Ongoing training and progression, with an expectation to qualify as a Nurse Associate, who will be registered with the NMC
    • Promotion to a band 4 after completing the Nurse Associate programme
    • You will receive a comprehensive and structured induction
    • NHS pension scheme
    • Holiday and sick pay
    • NHS discount and salary sacrifice scheme
    • Working in the beautiful location of Dorset


The Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch Integrated Community Learning Disabilities Team provides services to a diverse population and will offer the successful candidate an opportunity to develop their skills. The post holder will be based at Delphwood, Adastral Road, Canford Heath, Poole but may be required to work across sites if a specific need arises.


Please read the job description carefully before applying for this position ensuring that you meet the requirements of the role.


Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


Interviews: 21 May 2019

For further details / informal visits contact:

Ginny Boniface, Clinical Lead on 07500073292 or at, we would love to hear from you.

Our vision:

is to lead and inspire through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Our ambition:

is to inspire patients, partners, local people and professionals alike by achieving excellent clinical outcomes and experiences, by supporting people with compassion and kindness, and by being experts in our roles.

Our Behaviours:

How we do things around here is just as important as what we do and what we achieve. Our behaviours provide a guide to bringing our vision to life, and help everyone think about how they approach their work and other people. The behaviours below, have been identified by those within and external to Dorset HealthCare as being the most important, and are behaviours we hope everyone will experience at Dorset HealthCare.





Reliable and Trustworthy

Be part of an organisation leading the way to challenge the stigma and discrimination experienced by those with lived experience of mental health problems or emotional distress.


Before applying for this post, please refer to the ‘Information for applicants’ for further guidance on the recruitment process. Please also ensure that you have read the job description and person specification carefully.

It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date due to an exceptional response - please apply for this vacancy as soon as possible.

Please note the Trust does not pay interview expenses.

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