Shannon is a Nursing Assistant in the Acute Medical Unit at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT)
Shannon started her career with CMFT through the pre-employment programme after being referred by the job centre. This involved 4 weeks of pre-employment training followed by a 4 week clinical placement in the Outpatient Department of the Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI).During her placement Shannon rotated between Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Orthopaedics (Fracture Clinic) and main outpatients. At the end of the pre-employment programme Shannon was offered an interview for a trainee nursing assistant role which also involved an NVQ Level 2. Shannon was successful at interview and was offered the role in January 2016.
Shannon’s role involves assisting patients with their daily needs such as helping with a wash, supporting them in using the bathroom or assisting them with eating and drinking. The role involves a lot of patient contact and Shannon also checks patient’s observations and monitors blood sugars. Shannon regularly communicates with other medical professionals such as doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, dietitians and pharmacists.
Shannon thinks the best thing about her role is knowing that she is helping people in need when they need it the most and knowing they are aware that she is there for them and their families.
Shannon plans to complete her NVQL3 and then hopefully progress into a career in nursing. There are a growing number of positions such as Nursing Associate and other opportunities such as higher level apprenticeships that support staff like Shannon to continue to progress in their careers while working for the NHS while gaining qualifications and getting higher pay.
The role of Nursing Assistant normally starts at a Band 2 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.
The National Careers Service have a section for 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.
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 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.