Care Support Worker

Development Programme

By joining our Care Support Worker Development (CSWD) programme, it gives you a fantastic opportunity to kickstart your Healthcare career as a Care Support Worker or commonly known as a Health Care Assistant giving you a point of entry into the NHS.

The programme offers you a unique opportunity to learn on the job and provide great patient care.

Joining the programme

Joining the programme, you may not necessarily need any experience in healthcare or to have worked as a carer previously. At NHS professionals, we value a wide range of skills, dedication and commitment in supporting the NHS.

You will be required to complete a recruitment process carried out by NHS Professionals, in partnership with the Trust you have applied to complete the programme with. We will  provide you with 5-6 days’ classroom training to achieve an introduction to the Care Certificate standards – plus a further 37.5 hours of ward-based, supervised practice.

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What the programme involves

When you start the programme, you will learn how to help to maintain a safe care environment in the ward/department, supporting with infection control, providing care, safety and welfare for patients, visitors and other staff. You will work as part of the healthcare team, supporting registered nurses and other healthcare practitioners.

You will be assigned to an agreed period of paid, supervised work within your Trust. Throughout this period, you will be registered with NHS Professionals as a Junior Care Support Worker on a flexible basis. During the assignment, you will be expected to undertake and complete a Care Certificate workbook with the added support of your ward and mentors.

Once you have completed your development period, you will take a knowledge-based assessment on the Care Certificate ‘15 Standards’.

Completing the programme

The programme will help you build and develop the key skills and experience required to become a Care Support Worker (CSW) or commonly known as a Healthcare Assistant. Once passed, you can the work as a CSW for the Trust or at any of our client Trusts across England, through the bank. Being a bank member with NHS Professionals means you will receive the following benefits:

  • Competitive pay rates
  • First choice of shifts
  • Access to shifts before they
  • are available to Agency
  • Flexible working to suit your lifestyle
  • Take control of when you want to work
  • Work this week, get
  • paid next week
  • Build holiday
  • allowance for every shift worked
  • Book and manage shifts online
  • Access shifts anywhere, anytime or through your smartphone
  • Support when you need it
  • 24/7 365 days
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  • Stakeholder
  • pension scheme
  • available
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Register today

We regularly run our CSWD programmes throughout the year at a number of our client trusts. If you are interested in registering to one of our programmes, simply submit your interest today.

Register your interest

Contact us

We have a dedicated team that are here to help.

Call: 0300 303 3875
Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:00
Email: cswdteam@nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk

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