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Join our Student Nursing Associate Apprenticeship at Mid Cheshire

On these pages you will find more information about the Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust Student Nursing Associate Apprenticeship, what it is, what you need to do to apply and links to useful information which can help you decide if this is the right role for you and you have what is required to become a Nursing Associate.

  • What Band will I get paid as a Student Nursing Associate?

The Nursing Associate apprenticeship is a minimum of a 2-year programme and you will be paid a Band 3 throughout the apprenticeship.

  • Can I choose which University I attend?

No, you will be allocated a University.

  • Who will pay for the cost of my training programme?

Your university fees for the programme will be paid via the apprenticeship levy.

  • I haven’t studied for a long time, what level of study skills support will I receive from the university?

SNAs will be provided with support throughout their studies, by both the Trust and university provider.

  • How much time will I be at university, and will I go on placements?

Clinical placements will be across acute and community settings and include exposure to adult, paediatric, learning disability and mental health nursing.  It is essential that you can be flexible with regards to shifts to fit in with the requirements of the different placements you will be required to complete.

  • How will I be supported during clinical placements?

You will be line managed by the Practice Educator Facilitator team and supported in Practice by a Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisors.

  • What annual leave am I entitled to and when will I be able to take my holidays?

You will be entitled to annual leave in line with Trust policy. It is expected that holidays are taken in line with the university programme, all holiday requests should be arranged with the PEF team. If in exceptional circumstances leave needs to be outside of the allocated leave, this this will need to be negotiated and agreed with the PEF team and university. It should consider the impact of university days and clinical placements.

  • How many hours of study will I be expected to undertake in my own time?

You will be expected to spend a proportion of your time outside of your rostered university and working hours to undertake additional study to support the achievement of your learning
outcomes. This would normally require an additional 5-15 hours of study per week although this will
vary from person to person. You will be expected to prioritise and manage your own workload to
meet the demands of academic study.

  • What happens after I qualify at the end of the programme?

You will be eligible to apply for a Registered Nursing Associate role within the Trust.

  •  Is the Nursing Associate role regulated and have a PIN number?

All qualified nursing associates are governed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Nursing Associates have their own PINs and will be on a separate part of the NMC register to other nursing staff.