Katie - Clinical Support Apprentice

Who’s this?

Katie is a Clinical Support Apprentice and works within children’s mental health in a 12 bedded adolescent psychiatric inpatient unit at Galaxy House, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and found this apprenticeship vacancy on www.jobs.nhs.uk

How does it pay?

Katie currently earns the National Living wage and works in in shift patterns of 7am – 3pm and 1pm – 9pm; This is above the National minimum rate for an apprentice as some Trusts pay above the apprenticeship rate

What do they do?

Katie works with children that have illnesses such as eating disorders and self-harming and also with children that are struggling due to bullying or abuse, she helps get them up for school in the morning, engaging the children in activities, supporting meal times, carrying out mattress audits and general jobs in order to support the nurses and staff within her team.

What else are they getting out of it?

Katie is working towards a Btec Diploma in Clinical Support, as well as completing Functional skills level 2 in Maths, English and IT, Katie is really pleased about this as she did not achieve good GCSE grades in these areas.

How are they supported?

Katie meets with an assessor every two weeks and has valuable support in her role from the assessor and the team she works in, as well as having a mentor within her workplace.

What’s the best thing about it?

Katie thinks that the best part of being an apprentice is the fact that she is gaining lots of knowledge in the area that she wants to continue working in and also feels that the bonds that she is making with the patients will be really memorable to her.

Where are they going from here?

Katie would like to continue working within mental health, so the qualifications that she achieves from completing her apprenticeship will support in her career aspirations to do this and possibly one day become a mental health nurse.

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Manchester Universities NHS Foundation Trust (Central & Trafford Sites). If you have questions then feel free to contact us.