Apprentice Support Worker

  • Job Reference: NHS123
  • Date Posted: 6 January 2019
  • Recruiter: NHS
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £14,000
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

The Maternity Apprentice Support Worker will work under the direction of the midwife, assisting in the care of women and babies while in hospital or in their own homes.

The midwife is responsible for the care of all mothers and babies and supervises activities delegated to the maternity care assistant.

Direct supervision is not necessary when the maternity care assistant has been deemed competent to carry out particular care activity, but it must be undertaken within the framework of the woman’s plan of care.


Clinical Responsibilities:

  • To undertake basic clinical activities and observations as directed by the midwife and report any abnormalities.
  • To assist the midwife with antenatal/postnatal group work.
  • To act up into the role of the Nursery Nurse in her absence.
  • To participate in the promotion of women’s and babies health.
  • In conjunction with the midwife assist and support mothers in giving care to their babies in the first few days of life.
  • To actively support the Trust Infant Feeding policy and support mothers in their chosen method of feeding.
  • To work closely with others as part of the multi-disciplinary team, helping and assisting midwifery and other clinical staff in the routine activities associated with the care of women and babies.
  • Liaise with midwives in order to identify the need for Health Advocates for those women for whom English is not their first language.
  • Perform  administrative  and  clerical  duties  within  the  unit  and  for  midwives.

    Desired skills

    • Effective communication written and verbal
    • Ability to work in a busy clinical environment
    • Ability to exercise own initiative.
    • Good interpersonal skills
    • Able to function as a member of a team
    • Ability to work within multi-disciplinary team
    • Proficient IT skills
    • Clear and professional telephone manner
    • Able to prioritise work
    • Previous experience working within a team

    Personal qualities

    • Commitment and adherence to the Equality Act
    • Understanding of the Trust values
    • Flexible approach to work
    • Willing to undertake further training as required.

    Desired qualifications

    Must have a C grade or above, or equivalent, in GCSE English and maths.