Trainee Assistant Practitioner (TAP)

Assistant practitioners are a growing part of our health care workforce and work in a wide range of clinical settings from emergency care at the hospital to our community nursing/therapy teams.  In order to become a trainee assistant practitioner, you will already be working in a clinical support role such as a healthcare assistant and will hold a healthcare qualification such as NVQ/QCF Level 2/3.

You’ll complete a Foundation Degree apprenticeship and be given plenty of support  working under the guidance of a healthcare professional such as a nurse or therapist as you develop in your role. On successful completion of the course, you will be offered a band 4 position in your area of work.

At NDHT we actively support staff that want to develop further in their careers including completion of additional study to achieve their full degree or you may choose to study for a nursing / allied health professionals degree. NDHT offers a scholarship programme which helps to fund staff who wish to ‘top up’ their assistant practitioner qualification in order to complete their nursing training.

We also offer a scholarship programme which helps to fund staff who wish to complete their nurse training.

Case study

Kirsty Graham Trainee Assistant Practitioner in A&E

“I have been working in A&E for over 3 years and last September the opportunity came up to start my trainee assistant practitioner foundation degree. This has been supported by my line managers and the fantastic team I work alongside.
This has been a challenging course because I am working and studying, I have had to learn how to manage my time more efficiently while working with my team to develop this role within the department. I mainly work in the “Minor’s” area of A&E, alongside the nurse practitioners and doctors.

I have had some great opportunities to work with different specialties and I have been lucky to have been given the time to work with the pathfinder team over the summer on a placement, making the role of the AP more multi-professional.
I would encourage anyone who is looking to progress within the NHS to look into this course as it will provide many opportunities.”

How to apply

You can apply for any of the trainee assistant practitioner roles advertised here. If you can’t find the role that you are looking for, we’d still love to hear from you so please contact our friendly recruitment team by emailing annawright@nhs.net or calling 01392 356023 for an informal chat.