Ref 7669
£9000.00 per annum
37 hours per week

Rochdale Borough Council’s Adult Care Service are recruiting 10 Health and Social Care apprentices to work in various locations across the borough.
This is an exciting time for Adult Social Care as we move towards working more closely with Health and also with other partner organisations.
Health and Social Care Apprentices will work in various health and social care settings in a range of functions whilst completing an approved Apprenticeship qualification. They will gain work skills to help them increase their confidence and experience and enable them to apply for various types of social care employment on completion of the apprenticeship.
The aim of the apprenticeship scheme is to support the Local Care Organisation to contribute to providing the best service possible to the people of the Borough of Rochdale in accordance with RBC, NHS and independent provider’s policies and procedures.
We are looking to recruit caring and compassionate people who are wishing to begin a career in health and social care.
A team player, you will learn skills in providing person centred personal care to service users, understand and learn how support plans are developed, explore creative methods to meet an individual’s needs and recognise the benefits of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Principal Duties

Learn how to assist and enable clients to achieve daily living activities which could include but is not exhaustive:

1. Maintaining personal hygiene and appearance

  • Ensuring intake of drinks, fluids and food is documented accurately and when necessary assist in feeding and drinking and making dietary decisions
  • Achieve optimum mobility and physical comfort using all available equipment and manual handling techniques where appropriate
  • Maintaining privacy and dignity
  • Maintaining independence and identity
  • Prevention of pressure area damage through good nursing care
  • Contribute to effective palliative care Maintain tidiness and cleanliness within the physical environment

2. Learn how to undertake tasks as detailed and prescribed in a service users care/support plan

3. Develop skills in using innovative methods to support and encourage service users to participate in meaningful activities, new experiences and opportunities which will meet their individual needs (physical, emotional, social and spiritual) and promote good health
4. Learn how to be responsible for providing physical and personal care to service users taking into account their basic and acute emotional needs
5. Learn how to keep accurate daily records as required (both electronically and manually)
6. Learn how care providers work in cooperation with members of multi-disciplinary health teams in order to maximise opportunities for Service User therapeutic care
7. Learn how to provide effective social care support to the people of Rochdale in line with the Care Act including:

  • Developing a relationship with individuals and their families  / circles of support Using a range of personalised and person centred approaches to understand what people need
  • Developing a support plan and carry out a personalised review
  • Exploring flexible and creative support opportunities within the local community
  • Developing skills in researching information in order to provide advice, support and guidance
8. To adhere to all statutory requirements and good practices as laid by all authorities involved.

Secondary Duties

  • Attend training and work to achieve the agreed qualifications including achieving the 15 standards set out in the Care Certificate, as expected by the Care Quality Commission
  • Attend regular staff meetings as required and develop relationships with colleagues
  • Participate in planned supervision and personal development reviews
  • Ensure the effective use of equipment and machinery and to make use of such facilities
  • Assist when required in activities to promote and publicise apprenticeships within the Council
  • Participate in both council and placement organisation programmes of in-service training as a trainee
  • Adhere to both RBCs and the placement’s Policies and Procedures
  • Undertake such other duties and responsibilities of an equivalent nature as may be determined by the Head of Service (or nominated representative) in consultation with the apprentice, relevant colleague and if she/he wishes with her/his trade union representative

Desired skills

  • Good standard of literacy and numeracy
  • Ability to work as part of a team or work independently
  • Ability to communicate at all levels
  • Observe confidentiality and data protection at all times  

Personal qualities

  • Self-motivated
  • Able to manage own workload and training responsibilities
  • Excellent time keeping
  • Ability to communicate at all levels
  • An understanding of how a HR services fits within a large organisation Have an interest in and commitment to a career within social care

Desired qualifications

  • Evidence of a good standard of education

Things to consider

The post will involve taking part in placements around the borough so a willingness and means to travel to different work locations will be essential
The post will involve shift patterns and weekend shifts so a flexible approach to working hours to meet the needs of the service will be required.
The post is for 18 months, £9000.00 for the first 12 months, the final 6 months at NMW. Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (ANMW): The National Minimum Wage for £3.70 (from 1st April 2018) per hour. This is the legal minimum pay per hour applying to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For apprentices 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their apprenticeship, the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.