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Welcoming new Health Care Assistant Apprentices

HCA apprentices

A group of students from Derwentside College has recently completed a healthcare assistant (HCA) traineeship programme.

The idea behind the programme is for the students to gain some insight and experience of working in a healthcare environment.  Aged 17-19, they are not paid but keep any benefits they may be on and the college give expenses for travel costs and towards lunch.

The students completed a four week classroom programme to give them knowledge and understanding around healthcare and then moved on to a 12 week work experience placement in the acute setting,  including a number of workshops and practical training sessions  including resuscitation and moving & handling training.

Six students successfully completed the programme towards the end of September and we delighted that they have been successful in joining the new cohort of HCA apprentices starting with the Trust in October.

'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham