Job summary

Are you a Nursing Associate or Assistant Practitioner looking to take your next step in your career to become a Registered Nurse?

This advert is for role within Weston Adults Services

If this applies to you, then UHBW are looking to recruit our next cohort of Accelerated Registered Nurse Degree Apprentices (aRNDA) to start in October 2024! This programme offers the opportunity for you to upskill your knowledge and earn a salary within a two-year apprenticeship programme which will lead you to become a BSc (Hons) Registered Nurse.

If you are passionate about learning, developing your clinical nursing skills and the underpinning knowledge to deliver excellent patient care then you could be one of our nurses of the future. The course itself is full time hours over a fixed two-year term as a Band 4 RNDA and progress up to a band 5.

To progress your application, it is essential that you have:

GCSE in English and Maths at level C/4 or above (or equivalent Functional Skills L2) complete at the point of application

Level 5 BSc (Hons) Nursing Associate or Assistant Practitioner

The right to work in the UK

Have an eligible residency status for apprenticeship funding

Main duties of the job

The aims of the RNDA are designed to provide you with an integrated academic and professional training environment conceived and structured to enable apprentices to gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to pursue and sustain careers in contemporary nursing practice. It provides a four-year, integrated and core programme consisting of adult, child, or mental health fields of practice, generic and practice learning modules, beginning at level 5 through to level 6. It complies with the NMC requirement of 50% theory and 50% practice overall. Over the course of the programme apprentices will complete 2300 study hours and these are equally split as 1150 hours of theory and 1150 hours of Practice Learning. Simulated learning opportunities will exist within your programme to facilitate the acquisition of core professional knowledge skills and attributes necessary for contemporary nursing practice.

Before completing and submitting your application form please note:

You will be required to work long days, evenings and weekends (Including public holidays).

For all qualifications on your application, please clearly state:


Place of study


Year obtained

About us

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the country, bringing together a combined workforce of over 13,000 staff and over 100 different clinical services across 10 different sites, serving a core population of more than 500,000 people across South West England. UHBW has been rated by the CQC as ‘Good’ overall and our staff are proud to deliver excellent care to the people of Bristol, Weston and beyond. As a forward- thinking multi-award winning Trust and a digital exemplar committed to improving patient care, our world-leading research and innovations are having a positive local and global impact. Our hospitals are spread across Bristol and Weston, join us and you can enjoy the very best of both worlds; city living within a stone’s throw of the countryside or beside the seaside, both with easy access to all that the South West has to offer. UHBW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. As an equal opportunities employer actively working towards a diverse workforce we aim to recruit and retain a workforce which represents the rich diversity of the local population at all levels and are committed to designing our services around the needs of individual patients and those around them. Anonymous information will be used from your application in order to ensure we’re meeting our pledge.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

You will be required to work long days, evenings and weekends (Including public holidays).

Please clearly state ALL qualifications including maths and English within your application.

(Please note evidence of qualifications will need to be provided and evidenced at interview)

To apply for a Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship, you will need to be aged 18 or over at the start of the programme in October 2024.

We would advise that you consider the information on the website below before applying:

On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for your Nursing and Midwifery Council registration number known as your PIN, and subsequent entry onto the NMC register as a band 5 Registered Nurse (RN). Ideally you be offered a RN role within your base area.

An Assessment centre interview for those candidates who have been shortlisted will take place on 18th June 2024.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Level 2 Maths Qualification (Or Equivalent)
  • Level 2 English Qualification (Or Equivalent)
  • Level 5 Nursing Associate / Assistant Practitioner Qualification
  • Knowledge and Experience


  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively as a team player under appropriate supervision, and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Demonstrate the ability to work on own initiative
  • Experience of caring for sick patients in a variety of health care settings
  • Self directive approach to planning own learning ojectives and obtaining evidence for the NMC learning proficiancies and professional values
  • Work in an effective and organised manner demonstrating excellent time management and organisational skills to effectively deliver person-centred care for an allocated group of individuals
  • Good IT skills
  • Have experience of working with others and alongside others and demonstrate transferable skills
  • Knowledge of when to seek advice and escalate to the appropriate professional for expert help and advice
  • Skills and Abilities


  • Demonstrate excellent IT, verbal and written communication skills
  • Show motivation and commitment to make the most of this learning opportunity and develop a passion for excellence in care
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate with a wide range of people remaining courteous, respectful and helpful at all times being mindful that there may be barriers to communication and understanding
  • Demonstrate inter-personal skills that promote clarity, compassion, empathy, respect and trust
  • Demonstrate excellent personal qualities of being genuine, non-judgemental and respectful and with the ability to demonstrate warmth and empathy towards patients in the provision of care
  • Have an ability to deal with non-routine and unpredictable nature of the workload
  • Have an ability to move between sites working across health and social care as required by the needs of the development apprenticeship programme
  • Ability to work within the scope of practice of a trainee nurse associate as determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for pre-registration nursing associate programmes (2023), Standards of proficiency for nursing associates (2018) and trust policy.