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NHS NPA skills for practice at Level 6

  • Start date:   December 2021
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 6

NHS NPA skills for practice at Level 6

This is a very exciting 12-week course that will provide you with the relevant qualifications for employment as a Band 2 Healthcare Support Worker.

Upon completion of the course you will obtain a NPA Health and Social Care: Skills for Practice award, at SCQF Level 6 which is recognised by NHS Lothian, as well as a guaranteed interview with NHS Lothian.

Start date: 1 December 2021
Days of week: Wednesday to Friday 9am to 4pm (week 1, 2 & 4)

Induction week 3: Monday to Friday 9am-4pm (NHS Induction)

Week 5-12: Two 12.5 hr days placement at St John’s Hospital, your placement may include weekends or shift work, plus Friday in college

Closing date for applications: 20 October 2021 (interviews 25th and 26th October)







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    What this course includes

    This course will offer successful applicants an interview for employment as a Healthcare Support Worker within NHS Lothian.

    This course will cover the following:


    • Communication - confidentiality, communication skills and clear written communication skills
    • Professionalism within this role
    • Care Values
    • Roles and responsibilities of a Healthcare Support Worker
    • Medical Terminology
    • Employability and self-awareness skills
    • Roles of staff within the NHS Health and Safety and Risk Assessment

    NHS Lothian:

    • Basic Life Support
    • Equality, Diversity and Rights
    • Fire Safety Awareness
    • Health and Safety
    • Infection Control
    • Information Governance
    • Management of Aggression
    • Public Protection
    • Manual Handling

Why choose this course

During your placement on the course you could be working within several departments, such as:

  • Emergency Department
  • Medical Assessment Unit
  • Acute Medical Wards
  • Rehab Ward
  • Stroke Unit
  • Wallace Burns Unit
  • Orthopaedics
  • Observation Ward
  • Discharge Lounge
  • Ear, Nose & Throat

Entry Requirements

Two national 5s, one must be English at C grade or above

And/or experience of working within a care setting.

Applicants should also pass all pre employment checks, such as satisfactory PVG with Disclosure Scotland and an Occupation Health report. (Please note that emails from NHS may go into junk email and you are responsible for checking this).

If English is not your first language, IELTS Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads

    Successful completion of this course will lead to an interview for the position of a Healthcare Support Worker role at St John’s Hospital, Livingston. (This will include shift work and weekends.)

Interview arrangements

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 October on Microsoft Teams. These interviews will be undertaken by a member of NHS staff and a member of College staff.

Fees, finance and funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.