Charlotte - Trainee Nursing Assistant

Who’s this?

Charlotte is a Trainee Nursing Assistant in the Elective Cardiology department of the Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT).

What’s the story of their career to date?

Until recently Charlotte had been working in a retail job but decided to take the plunge and make a career change. Charlotte started a level 3 health and social care course but unfortunately became ill and had to leave before completion. She had always wanted to work in health and thought it would be impossible without the correct qualifications, until she was shown the trainee positions available. Charlotte’s partner works here at the MRI and showed her the different jobs that she could apply for as a trainee. Charlotte had volunteered for the sexual health service in east Lancashire before gaining employment and won an award for her achievements, this spurred her on more to secure a job at MFT.

What do they do?

The Elective Cardiology department supports patients who are having planned surgery on their hearts at the Manchester Heart Centre. Often after major surgery patients may need to recover in hospital. Charlotte’s role as a nursing assistant involves assisting patients with their day to day care and activities such as helping to wash and dress them and making sure that they recover as fast as they possibly can. As well as the physical elements of patients care the role also involves talking to, reassuring and giving encouragement to patients when they may be feeling low or worrying about their condition.

What’s the best thing about their role?

Charlotte really enjoys working at MFT, meeting so many different patients from a variety of backgrounds and hearing their stories. Charlotte says it makes her feel great to see them with a smile on their face knowing they will be able to go home soon and that they are making progress on their road to recovery

Where are they going from here?

Charlotte plans to complete her NVQL2 in Health & Social Care and then progress on to nursing associate role and possibly go on to become a nurse in the future.

How does a role like this pay?

The role of Trainee Nursing Assistant normally starts at a Band 2 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.

The National Careers Service have a section for Trainee Nursing Assistant where you can find out information about the average pay for the role as well as information about the job and its responsibilities.

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.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Trainee Nursing Assistant section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.