A new Skills Boost course from West Lothian College, in partnership with NHS Lothian, will prepare people for jobs in healthcare.

This exciting three-week course gives an introduction to the role of health care support worker in NHS Lothian at St John’s Hospital. People who complete the course will be offered a post in the hospital.

The course is made up of two weeks of blended learning supported by West Lothian College and a one-week induction programme with NHS Lothian.

Annette Miller, learning and skills manager at West Lothian College, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who has a passion for caring for people in a hospital environment. You will receive training to support you into a job and a career with the NHS.”

The college part of the course will teach things like care values, roles and responsibilities of a health care support worker, medical terminology, and employability and self-awareness skills. The NHS Lothian part of the course will teach basic life support, equality, diversity and rights, infection control and much more.

Janet McLean from NHS Lothian said: “The skills boost course is a great way to undergo an introduction to the role of the health care support worker and a career working in the NHS. HCSWs work alongside a multi-disciplinary team and provide a vital role in supporting high-quality person-centred care.”

Applicants should note that they are applying for a job with NHS Lothian and should prepare for a job interview. This will include the completion of an application form in which they should say why they are applying for this course.

Applicants need to pass all pre-employment checks, such as satisfactory PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) membership with Disclosure Scotland and an Occupation Health report (please note that emails from NHS may go into junk email).

For more information and to apply visit: www.west-lothian.ac.uk/courses/course-list/skills-boost-nhs-2/.