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Skills Boost for Health Care

Skills Boost for Health Care is an exciting new course that has been developed in partnership with NHS Lothian & Edinburgh College.

We are working together to provide education & employment for people in the Lothian region and beyond.

NHS Lothian has health care support worker roles (listed below) that you can now apply for. 

There will be an induction morning at one of the Edinburgh College campuses on the 22nd of Feb 2022. Students accepted on the course must attend this date to complete paperwork and complete college induction.

These are full-time vacancies and will require you to work 37.5 hours per week. You will work shifts and be expected to work nights/weekends/public holidays.

This course will be the start of your learning journey and your new job provides you with a pathway to a career in health care. 

College Course Content 
  • Safe beginners for health and care
  • Professionalism, reflection, legislation
  • Infection control
  • Health and Safety
  • First Aid
  • Career pathways.
NHS Lothian Course Content
  • Basic Life Support
  • Equality Diversity and Rights
  • Fire Safety Awareness
  • HAI
  • Health and Safety
  • Information Governance
  • Management of Aggression
  • Public Protection
  • Manual handling.

Please note that during the 3-week course you are not an employee at NHS Lothian and will not be paid during the course.

Registration details

Please complete the college application form if you are interested in starting or re-starting your career as a health care support worker.

Interviews will be arranged for you on either the 9th, 10th or 11th of Feb 2022. You will be interviewed by a member of NHS and College staff. The interviews will be held on Microsoft teams (please let the college know if you have an issue with accessing Microsoft teams). You must provide two valid forms of ID during the interview - one must have a photo and one must have your address (drivers licence/passport/young scots card). You will also have to provide two references that we can contact (this can't be a friend or family member). Please note that your interview is an interview for the college course and a healthcare support worker job with NHS Lothian.

If you are successful you must attend the three-week college course starting on Monday 14th of March 2022  and upon successful completion of the course and all compulsory NHS checks such as satisfactory PVG with disclosure Scotland and Occupation Health report, you will start your exciting new career. The start date will depend on the candidate's ability to complete all the checks previously mentioned as quickly as possible. We will try and start you as soon as possible but delays may occur when applicants do not submit all required paperwork. Please remember while you are applying for a course you are also applying for a job and it will help your application if you expand on what motivated you to apply for this job and course. If you have been referred to this job and course through the Department of Work & and Pensions please quote reference number DWP2021 beside your name.

Other information

The course is funded by the YPG and NTTF, which means the course is available to anyone who is over the age of 16 and is currently unemployed or their job is at risk. These courses are free to students. You will not be paid during this course or be entitled to a bursary. If you do receive universal credit you will continue to do so for the duration of the course. You will only begin to be paid when you actually start working on the ward for NHS Lothian. 

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Start date

22nd March 2022


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