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 Six new Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) have started work in our community hospitals as part of the Trust’s apprenticeship scheme. 

HCA smallRian, Destiny, Chelsea, Sophie, Molly and Erin all recently left school or college, and were looking to gain healthcare experience, learn and earn at the same time. They found the apprenticeship opportunity online, and started working on the community hospital wards in September 2016.

“There has been a lot to take in, but everyone at the hospital has been so supportive” says Chelsea, based at Stroud General Hospital. “I’ve learnt so much since I started – there is always something new every day. There are so many acronyms to remember though!”  

Cathy Ford, Sister at Tewkesbury Community Hospital, says “The apprentices have brought new enthusiasm to the ward.”

Despite being based at different sites, the apprentices come together for group training, including basic life support and end of life care. They also look in detail at policies and procedures. They will be working on the wards for a year, and they will gain hands on experience as well as achieving a qualification in this time. On completion, the Trust hopes to offer the apprentices Band 2 HCA substantive posts or support to go onto higher qualifications.