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The highly successful Dorset County Hospital Kickstart Scheme is nearing the end.

The scheme has been a massive success here at DCH and we are so proud of the dedication and example our trainees have shown when working across the Trust. Over 90% of our first cohort of Kickstart trainees who completed their placement in December have now found substantive roles in the Trust, local NHS organisations or the local economy.

The final date a young person can start their Kickstart placement with the Trust is 31 March 2022. We still have a number of roles available (see attached). To date we have filled 30 of our 46 places on the scheme and have 5 young people currently in the application and recruitment process. Due to employability and DBS checks our internal cut-off dates for recruitment and selection is 14 Feb if the post requires a DBS and 28 Feb where no DBS is required.

If you know any young people, friends, family etc. who may be interested joining our Kickstart Scheme here at DCH please can you share this information with them and as wide as possible. Young people have to be aged 16-24 years old and at risk of being long-term unemployed (claiming Universal Credit – though we can support with UC applications)

DCH Kickstart Scheme – current vacancies

  1. Catering Support Worker

Working as part of a busy team within the Catering Department at a general hospital you will help to provide excellent meals and refreshments for patients, staff, and visitors. You will receive excellent and accredited training in catering, food safety and customer service where you will work under supervision to learn to cook a variety of culinary styles. You will also be trained to operate as a member of the front of house team.

As well as NHS Mandatory training you will undertake Food Hygiene and Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP)

Skills: applicants should be physically fit, able to assist in the moving and handling of equipment and the ability to undertake busy shifts.

  1. Porter/Housekeeping Support Worker

This role provides an opportunity to work closely with mentors and supervisors across a number of areas within the facilities department of a busy hospital. The role offers training and experience in Portering, Housekeeping and Cleaning. You will work with mentors and supervisors to learn about how hospital facilities are managed and maintained spending 3 months working in Housekeeping and Cleaning and 3 months working in Portering.

Portering – Duties will include Portering of patients to procedures. You will help to move and transport equipment, meals, medication and samples across the hospital and ensure that patient trolleys and the equipment required to transfer patients and goods are serviceable and available in the right place at the right time.

Housekeeping and Cleaning – Duties will include organising and maintaining linen stocks and helping to deliver and collect linens within the wards and other areas. You will undertake laundry duties and uniform distribution as well as monitoring, managing, and ordering stock and supplies to help to keep the hospital running smoothly. Cleaning duties will include helping with daily and regular scheduled cleaning in wards, offices, and public areas.

Skills: Applicants should be physically able to assist in the moving and transferring of equipment and the role requires a combination of walking, sitting, bending and standing during busy shifts.

  1. Patient Access Support Worker

This role is based within a busy general hospital and involves working within our busy and fast paced Patient Access Team. The team provides patient focussed services in the following areas:

On wards – providing ward clerk support for clinical staff to assist with the smooth running of the ward including undertaking administrative duties and dealing with queries from colleagues and patient relatives over the telephone.

Outpatient booking – dealing with making and changing appointments, updating systems and planning for clinical appointments

Outpatient receptionist support – dealing with patients face to face and by telephone providing receptionist support to hospital staff running outpatient clinics.

Skills: Applicants should be literate and have some maths skills. Applicants should have have good organisational and time management skills, be confident in working with computer systems and demonstrate a good understanding of customer service.

  1. Administrative Assistant (Haemodialysis Unit)

This placement provides an opportunity to learn about the administrative processes in a busy dialysis unit, under the supervision of the unit sisters and the unit administrator. You will be required to follow departmental protocols and observe departmental confidentiality and health and safety rules at all times. The role will be very varied and will include training on IT systems and ordering of supplies used throughout the hospital, so skills gained on this placement will be transferrable throughout the organisation.

We are looking for someone who is professional, confident, keen and friendly. You will need to be able to communicate with everyone in the MDT, consultants, nurses, secretaries, patients, external agencies, so communication skills are key to this placement. The role will involve communicating with staff and patients whilst patients are on dialysis.

Duties will include the following. Liaising with transport services via phone and e-mail to book, change and allocate correct vehicles for patients attending outpatient dialysis from across Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire, using electronic systems, that are used across the hospital, including PAS, ICE, Vital PAC, Careflow, vital flow, e-med, Co-ordinating paperwork including for patients. Stock control, ordering and organisation of all consumables for the dialysis unit, Keeping stationary and paperwork for the unit tidy, current and organised, Setting up care plan folders for all patients on dialysis, and keeping these maintained with appropriate paper work according to needs of the staff and patients. Liaison with the communications team and with IT and Estates, putting in job requests and following the work to completion. Helping with patient and staff information boards for trust and renal events – such as world kidney day, transplant awareness week, mental health etc.

Supporting the unit administrator with co-ordinating holiday dialysis for patients, supporting the administrator to keep information on the unit current and organised using word and excel.

Skills: Able to read and write english and be numerate; comfortable in working with computerised systems and packages (e.g. word and excel); methodical and good at following detailed procedures. Concientientious and have good time management skills; mrganised, with a track record of being able to manage  time to ensure  deadlines are met.; ability to work to a timetable and planned schedule; ability to learn quickly inlcuding use of medical terminiolgy and acronyms. Competent in dealing wih clerical and administrative tasks as alocated. Good team player; able to work in a patient care environment.

  1. Administration Support Worker (Facilities and Accommodation)

The facilities department has a key role in the co-ordination of a range of support services across the hospital meaning that services run efficiently running of services for patients and staff in areas such as the management of accommodation (offsite and on site) post and courier services, the hospital helpdesk and switchboard as well as furniture and equipment.

This role will be a general administration role providing administrative support to facilities officers. The role provides an opportunity to get involved in a range of administrative and organisational tasks with the aim of keeping services and projects working smoothly.


You will need to be computer literate, willing to learn and adapt to changing challenges and have good organisational skills


You will work alongside the team leader and your duties will include inputting data and setting up and maintaining information databases, secretarial support, monitoring and reporting of information, answering telephone enquiries, booking accommodation and transport and supporting work involved in manage and run hospital accommodation as well as the opportunity to learn about other areas of facilities.

As well as induction and mandatory training for NHS staff, which includes e learning, and on the job training, you will undertake a training programme to include, understanding NHS Careers, employability Skills, such as job vacancy searches, application writing, interview skills and understanding skills transferability.



You should be an organised person who is able to undertake administrative tasks, with an eye to detail.

You should e able to adpat to changing requirements and enjoy dealing with both routine and unplanned work requirements.

You should be able to read english, be numerate and have good time management skills with the abaility to deliver to deadlines.

  1. Administrative Support Worker (Pharmacy)


Administration and Systems Support Worker (Pharmacy) KS00030

You will work as part of a busy and friendly Pharmacy Team at Dorset County Hospital.

The Pharmacy department has a key role in hospital and is responsible for the purchasing, storage, dispensing, distribution, transport, prescribing, administration, and disposal of medicines across the hospital meaning that services run efficiently for patients and staff.

You will have the opportunity to undertake general administration duties as well as supporting our Pharmacy IT Systems team. You will help to provide administrative support to Pharmacy team members undertaking a range of administrative and organisational tasks with the aim of keeping services and projects working smoothly. Your duties with the Pharmacy Systems team will contribute to the effective use of the hospital’s electronic prescribing system, pharmacy stock control system, fridge monitoring and other IT systems. You will help with data requests, general IT support, and aligning our systems to National Standards. You will also get involved with a range of general administrative tasks including monitoring and reporting of information, answering telephone enquiries, internal audit, arranging meetings, taking notes and filing.

This is an opportunity for someone who has good or advanced computer skills and an interest in IT systems and administration and who is open to learning about pharmacy specifically or about how to provide support to clinical operations at the hospital.

Skills: You should be organised and able to undertake administrative  and detailed tasks. You should be cconfident in working with computer systems, able to adapt to changing requirements and to enjoy dealing with both routine and unplanned work requirements. You should have literacy skills in English and be numerate with good time management skills and the ability to deliver to deadlines. You should be confident in dealing with people and be able to demonstrate a good understanding of  customer service. You should be able to demonstrate our trust values of Integrity (being trustworthy and dependable)

  1. Capital Projects Administrator

Capital Projects Team sits within our Estates & Facilities Department, and you will be assisting with the administration of various construction and space projects.

The main purpose of the placement is to provide a full administrative and project support service, responding to correspondence/enquiries from a range of stakeholders both internally and externally to the Trust. Learning about Healthcare Estates, CDM (Construction & Design Management) and key project management skills. You will have the ability to job shadow our sustainability and operational teams alongside working in Projects. We will support you to gain an understanding of plans and building specifications and how project and space utilization work from conception to completion.


– Keen interest and appetite for organisation, critical thinking, punctuality and prioritisation.

– Experience in handling multiple tasks / priorities.

– Proactive approach to the day, self-starter on tasks.

Some duties for the role are listed below:

  • Ensuring all documents and reports are developed and delivered as specified and in line with timelines.
  • To assist the Capital Projects team in the successful delivery of construction projects throughout the site.
  • To coordinate the departments project matrix and report on progress, ensuring the team are in line with project timescales.
  • Organising logistics for office/clinical departmental moves
  • Regularly collaborating with stakeholders, project team and contractors
  • Maintain administration for meetings, ensuring agenda’s and supporting papers are distributed in good time and to take notes of meetings.

Applicants should be aged 18 or over with good English and Math skills. Applicants should have good time management skills and have the ability to prioritise whilst under pressure, Applicants should be confident in working with computer systems and demonstrate a good communications skill and an understanding of customer service.

  1. Accounts Processing Clerk

This role is to provide comprehensive clerical support to the Financial Services Department. Covering expenditure & payables and income & receivables processes, including the Cash Office at Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, to assist in the achievement of departmental objectives.

The main duties of the role will be:

-To be responsible for the safe use of all the equipment within the office, notifying the Line Manager with any faults.

-To use high levels of prolonged concentration to accurately input, reconcile and analyse financial data onto the Trust’s finance systems daily using good keyboard skills, whilst undertaking a quality assurance check on own work.

-Be fluent in the use of the department’s computer applications, using them throughout each working day.

-To process invoices and credit notes on the Trust’s finance system.

-To investigate and escalate where necessary, queries from customers and Finance staff.

-Ensure cash, cheques and credit card payments are collected, counted receipted and banked in accordance with Trust procedures, SFI’s and standing orders.

-To process requests for reimbursement from petty cash to individuals and departments within defined limits.

-To process reimbursements for travelling expenses to those patients entitled to receive payments.

-Process payments via the PDQ machines and reconcile transactions.

-Empty and reconcile contents of night safe.

-Ensure that VAT is being treated appropriately in accordance with HMRC regulations.

-To analyse financial data, investigating and resolving financial discrepancies.

-To provide clear and concise working papers (including electronically).

-To maintain procedure notes for own area of responsibility.

-Any other duties as required by the Accounts Processing Supervisor and the Accounts Processing Manager.

-Working in the Cash Office, as and when required.


  1. Administrative Support Worker – Supplies & Procurement

As part of the procurement team, you will be part of a team providing a vital support service to ensure the smooth running of this busy hospital and will learn how to provide a professional and proactive service to clinical and operational colleagues within the hospital.

The post holder will work closely with the Operation Buying and Category teams and other departments within the Trust and will learn how to raise requisitions and ensure they are processed in a timely manner, how to covert requisitions to purchase orders and to deal with the full order process including researching products, sourcing of supplies, chasing orders, managing potential delays, checking  product returns and dealing with pricing queries and negotiation to ensure value for money for the Trust.

The role is office based with a need to work closely with colleagues within the hospital as required in person, by email and by telephone. You may also support meetings with suppliers. The successful applicant will use physical and electronic filing systems, undertake data entry and analysis, and will get involved with all aspects of procurement from the initial sourcing of a product to the payment of an invoice.

The role involves the use of Microsoft based computer systems and the use of Word, Excel and Access. You will learn about procurement and will have the opportunity to gain skills in teamwork, customer services, product sourcing, pricing, negotiation and buying in a busy hospital environment. Ensuring value for money is at the heart of what we do, whilst ensuring all products and services are available when needed so that our patients can be cared for. On the job training and full support will be provided from within our team.

As well as induction and mandatory training for NHS staff, which includes e learning, and on the job training, you will undertake a training programme to include, understanding NHS Careers, Employability Skills, such as job vacancy searches, application writing, interview skills and understanding skills transferability.

  1. Maintenance Support Worker

This post is based in the Estates Department of a busy General Hospital. The Estates Department is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the mechanical, electrical, buildings and civil engineering elements of the hospital estate.

This role will provide an opportunity to experience many aspects of the day-to-day operational maintenance work that takes place at the hospital. This will include general maintenance work such as painting and decorating, laying floors as well as supporting qualified staff in installing and maintaining lighting, power, fire alarms, plumbing, heating, ventilation, and other areas required to keep a busy hospital running safely. You will also get involved in activities to keep the hospital running safely such as clearing of leaves and gutters and dealing with plumbing and electrical issues. The work will involve the safe use of hand and machine tools.

You will work under supervision for much of the time with some lone working when appropriate and safe. Your induction and training programme will cover health and safety, manual handling and fire safety and on the job training in safe working in maintenance, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and buildings work. The role will require work both indoors and outdoors in adverse weathers. The role can be strenuous and challenging and may involve work at heights on ladders. You will be expected to attend work punctually and to complete tasks to a work schedule. You will be provided with a uniform, safety equipment and tools required to carry out works safely.

As well as induction and mandatory training for NHS staff, which includes e learning, and on the job training, you will undertake a training programme to include, understanding NHS Careers, Employability Skills, such as job vacancy searches, application writing, interview skills and understanding skills transferability.


  1. Education Centre Administrator

This role is based in the Education Centre of a busy general hospital. the Education Centre is the hub for all training and development requirements for staff working at Dorset County Hospital and for some health care staff in the wider community.  We are a large team providing clinical and non-clinical training.

You will assist the Receptionist and Administrators in the smooth running of the Centre.

This will include meeting and greeting staff, opening, and closing procedures for the training rooms, assisting with setting up of training equipment, room layout and helping prepare resources for training events. You will also deal with enquiries which may be electronic, telephone or face to face.

We will give training and support in using Microsoft Office/365 systems and other PC based systems that are used in the Centre. you will have the opportunity to gain skills in booking rooms and events, updating training records and entering details onto data bases and will gain customer service skills in a busy, diverse environment.

Skills: Applicants should be aged 16 or over with literacy skills in English and Math). Applicants should have good time management skills and have the ability to prioritise whilst under pressure, Applicants should be confident in working with computer systems and demonstrate a good understanding of customer service.


All applicants should be able to demonstrate our Trust values of:

  • Integrity (being trustworthy and dependable)
  • Respect (showing consideration to others)
  • Teamwork (working together for our patients)
  • Excellence (always striving to improve).

Disclosure & Baring Service

Kickstart vacancies are subject to Enhanced or Standard DBS checks

For more information please contact:

Tony Armstrong

Kickstart Scheme Co-ordinator

Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust

01305 254029

Paul Appleby
Author: Paul Appleby