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Registered Nursing Degree Apprentice (Adult or Mental Health Pathway)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Various across Somerset
£9,405 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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An exciting opportunity has arisen within Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, for up to 15 new colleagues to join us as Adult or Mental Health Nursing Degree Apprentices.

Learners will be employed by Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and will be studying a Nursing Degree.

This programme will be delivered at University Centre Somerset - Taunton Campus and commences on the 30th January 2023.

Main duties of the job

The Nursing Degree Apprenticeship enables people to train to become a graduate Registered Nurse through an apprenticeship route. Nursing Apprentices are released by their employer to study part-time with the higher education institution, will train across a range of practice placement settings, in addition to their base placement. They are required to achieve the same standards as other traditional student nurses, but with all the usual benefits of being employed whilst doing so.

The successful candidates will be expected to travel to attend University lectures and to attend placements which could cover the entire county of Somerset and possibly beyond. We will be able to discuss this in more detail with you at interview.

Placement shifts will require the working of night-shifts, evenings and weekends, alongside Practice Supervisors/Assessors.Enhancements and travel expenses will be paid in line with the usual Trust processes.

About us

In line with this being a developmental training role, the Trust will be offering a wage that is consistent with the National Minimum Wage for apprentices.

All course fees for this study will be covered by Somerset NHS Foundation Trust through the Apprenticeship Levy.

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, fantastic pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will to experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description Job responsibilities

Prospective students require a minimum of level 2 functional skills in Maths and English, or a suitable equivalent, and a suitable level 3 qualification (such as A-Levels / BTEC / NVQ etc.)

Eligibility checks, and verification of qualifications will be completed by the Trust and University, and all places are conditional and subject to this confirmation.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are currently studying on an apprenticeship programme you must have completed End Point Assessment by 15th November 2022 to apply for this intake.

The role will be physically demanding, and all candidates must be able to complete all required duties in line with this. Please refer to the Supplementary Information in the job description, when the post is advertised, for further guidance on this.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION! Please ensure in your supporting information you clearly articulate the reasons you wish to be considered for this opportunity, and what you feel you will bring to the role.

Please also specify whether you would like to be considered for the Mental Health Nursing pathway, or Adult Nursing pathway, or both. Failure to do so may result in you not being shortlisted.

Please also refer to the job description (and contained person specification) for further information on what kind of candidates we are looking for.


16th November 2022

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name:University Centre Somerset


Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • A Level 3 Qualification
  • Level 2 Maths and English
Experience Desirable
  • Previous Health or Care Experience
  • Academic study in the past 3 years
Knowledge Essential
  • Able to articulate reasons for wanting to study programme and become a Nurse

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