British Army

Apprentice Healthcare Assistant - Level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker - Advanced (Level 3)

British Army (Employer)

British Army (Training Provider)

Annual wage £15,985.00 to £20,400.00
40.0 hours per week Your working hours will depend on what type of clinical setting you are working in, and whether you are working standard hours or a shift pattern. You may work longer hours on military training or operations.
78 weeks (duration)
6 May 2022(start date)
Senior healthcare support worker (apprenticeship standard)
5 April 2022 (application closing date)
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Job Description

If you want to have a career in healthcare that also gives you the opportunity to travel, play sport and support the British Armed Forces’ work around the world, then becoming a healthcare assistant soldier could be the right career for you.


Whether working with NHS patients in the UK, or supporting peacekeeping and humanitarian missions around the world, working as a healthcare assistant solider will mean you can make a difference every day. You can have a varied, interesting and challenging career with patient care at its heart. Your apprenticeship is just the start of many opportunities to gain qualifications, and progress within the field of healthcare.

Duties will include:

  • Work closely with registered Military Nurses and Clinicians
  • Assist in the delivery of clinical excellence to patients with varied medical needs
  • Be deployed worldwide on various operations or assisting with humanitarian aid
  • Explore fully funded Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities
  • Take on challenges, make new friends, try adventurous training and sport

Future Prospects

Healthcare Assistants will get Continued Professional Development (CPD) every year and get certificates in CPR. You can specialise in aspects of healthcare such as phlebotomy. This will also provide a solid foundation for those who wish to progress and become a Registered Nurse.

After completing your apprenticeship, subsequent postings can include Field Hospitals, Medical Regiments, Instructor posts (both military and academic courses), management and staff (administrative).

Reality Check

You need to be a British or Irish citizen, or a Commonwealth citizen with at least 5 years residency in the UK in order to apply for a job in the British Army.

Skills Required

  • You must have a basic level of fitness, a caring personality and be able to work well in a group.
  • For more information please view the information on the Army Jobs website.

Qualities Required

  • We welcome people into the Army from all backgrounds. There is no ‘typical’ Soldier candidate! You don’t need any military experience, just an appetite to take on responsibility, care for patients and be part of a team.
  • Please view all of the information on the role page on the Army Jobs website.

Qualifications Required

English GCSE at C/4 or above and maths GCSE at 1/G or above, or an equivalent qualification.

Training Provided

You'll start with your initial military training which will teach you how to be a soldier - this will cover everything from fieldcraft to how to handle a rifle. If you join as a Junior Soldier (under 17 years 5 months), you’ll do a 23-week basic military training course at Harrogate. If you join as a Regular Soldier (over 17 years 1 month), you’ll do the regular 14-week adult basic training at either Pirbright or Winchester.

Healthcare Assistants training takes places at Defence Medical Services (DMS) Whittington in Lichfield. The course is comprised of a variety of both academic and practical elements and you will start working towards your apprenticeship.

You’ll finish your apprenticeship whilst working in one of our Ministry of Defence Hospital Units, working in partnership with the NHS.

If you have not got maths GCSE level 4/C, you will be given additional support and training to achieve Functional Skills level 2 in maths.

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