Mersey Care Community and Mental Health Cadet Programme

Aged 171/2 to 19 and want a career in Mental Health Care?
Become a Mersey Care Community and Mental Health Cadet.

Register your interest

About the programme

We have partnered with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust to offer this new and unique programme. It will provide you with the opportunity to take your first steps towards becoming a qualified community nurse, mental health nurse or practitioner.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

The programme starts in June 2019 and you will study for a Level 3 CACHE Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at the College for three days per week and spend two days per week on placement at Mersey Care Local Division Mental Health and Mersey Care South Sefton Community Division. You will gain significant practical hands-on experience that will develop your skills and employability further.

A key feature of this programme is the fact that you will spend 40% of your week for two years gaining hands-on work experience in a hospital setting and this will be ideal preparation to support you to move into the health profession specialising in Community and Mental Health areas.

During your placement you will work across the Mersey Care Foundation Trust in clinical and specialist areas in direct contact with patients, supported by ward staff and gaining first-hand experience. For example, a selection of activities you can expect to be completing during your first year include: supporting patients, assisting in personal care needs. In addition, during your second year you can expect to be involved in ward rounds and non-invasive clinical procedures.

The Mersey Care Community and Mental Health Cadet Programme will prepare you perfectly for university entry onto nursing, social work, youth work, Band 3 position Mental Health Services, paramedic or other related health or care degrees.

All Mersey Care Community and Mental Health Cadets will receive a separate uniform to be worn whilst in College and on placement this will be provided free of charge.

On competition of this programme you are guaranteed an interview for relevant vacancies with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Programme details

The course is made up of 18 Health and Social Care modules - 14 core modules and 4 specialist modules. The specialist modules explore particular topics in depth. Students will also complete 1 external examination and 2 external synoptic assessments that will require research and demonstrate your capability to apply your knowledge, understanding and skills.

All students study these 14 core modules:

  • Equality, diversity and rights in health and social care
  • Human growth and development
  • Safeguarding in health and social care
  • Communication in health and social care
  • Infection prevention and control in health and social care
  • Psychological perspectives in health and social care
  • Sociological perspectives in health and social care
  • Working in health and social care
  • Reflective practice
  • Empowerment in health and social care
  • Protection of children, young people and adults in health and social care
  • Anatomy and physiology for health and social care
  • Research skills for health and social care
  • Personal and professional development
  • Aged 171/2 to 19 years of age.

  • You will need to have 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (a grade 4 or above under the new grading system), including Maths and English Language. A grade C or above in a GCSE Science subject would be advantageous but is not essential.

  • Through the application process and at interview you will also be expected to demonstrate a passion and commitment for working in the health sector.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

Please note: To gain access to this course you will need to go through a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you have criminal convictions or cautions, please do not be put off from applying for the course. Your acceptance on to the course will depend on the nature of any convictions and will be at the discretion of the College and your placement provider.

  • Study at university to gain a degree
  • Study as a higher level or degree apprentice whilst in employment
  • Full time employment in a wide variety of health care roles
  • On competition of this programme you are guaranteed an interview for relevant vacancies with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mental health nurse
  • Adult nurse
  • Paediatric Nurse
  • District nurse
  • Learning disability nurse
  • Midwife

Note: this list is only a small selection of possible opportunities that would be open to you after successfully completing.

Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care Level 3. This is graded from A* to D.

3 days per week at Hugh Baird College and 2 days per week at Mersey Care Foundation Trust.

The Mersey Care Community and Mental Health Cadet Programme is subjected to limited places and involves a selection process run by Hugh Baird College and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

June 2019.

2 years.

Free.

As a student of Hugh Baird College you may be eligible for additional support. This would be identified on an individual basis, subject to circumstances.

Register your interest

The closing date for registrations of interest is 30th May 2019.

Consent

Hugh Baird College will only store your details for the purpose of replying to your registration of interest. Your email will not be passed onto any 3rd party agencies. You can view our latest consent documentation here.