Ready to join our Mental Health & Learning Disabilities division? 

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Nursing at BCUHB

Our Nurses are encouraged to act as autonomous practitioners, managing their caseload as part of a multidisciplinary team. This division may be a good fit if you enjoy variety and working in a fast-paced environment with lots of room for growth and development. Read below to see some of the benefits of choosing BCUHB MH&LD division for the next step in your nursing career.

    • There are opportunities for nurses to undertake prescriber training- supporting more nurse-led practice. 
    • Wales has maintained the NHS bursary for student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals. This package of support sends a clear message about how much the healthcare workforce in Wales is valued. 
    • There are several higher education institutions in Wales approved to provide pre and post-registration training. By choosing to train in Wales, you can access every field of nursing.
    • We understand that life can be tricky to balance. That is why we offer a range of flexible working opportunities for our Nurses. We support our nursing colleagues by providing opportunities to build shift patterns and working hours that can fit around you and your personal commitments.
    • Clear route to advanced practice. Wales has a career framework to provide you with a clear route to the post-graduate qualifications needed to advance your career.
    • We have numerous opportunities for those looking to return to practice after leaving the profession to pursue other things or have had to take some time away from work. We have great support in place and flexible working opportunities to accommodate our Nurses in their return to practice.

Healthcare Assistant at BCUHB

The Mental Health & Learning Disability division has excellent opportunities for HCAs. All of our HCAs are employed at Band 3. You can even work while studying for your nursing degree and benefit from rotational posts for a well-rounded experience. We are currently recruiting HCAs across all services within the division. 


As an HCA within our MH&LD division, you will work alongside a multidisciplinary team to deliver a high and consistent holistic level of care while maintaining the dignity and equality of service users. Some of your duties will include:


    • Assisting the Clinician in carrying out day-to-day care to individuals
    • Observe and monitor changes in service users’ behaviour, and physical and mental condition and report to the nurse in charge.
    • To write and update nursing notes in line with BCUHB policy
    • Participating in MDT discussions regarding risk assessments; ensuring the safety of individuals, service users, and staff.

Career Development as a HCA

With funding and educational support from the Welsh Government and our Further and Higher Education partners, we offer a range of vocational qualifications for our care employees. This means we have clear pathways for our HCAs to progress in their careers. Our HCAs have four main pathways of advancement available to them:

  • Foundation Apprenticeships in Care – allowing those who have never worked in care before to obtain professional experience and qualifications to bolster their foundation of knowledge.
  • Bachelor’s of Nursing – part-time study allows our HCAs to continue doing the jobs they love while working towards a career in nursing.
  • Open University Degree – this mode of home study allows even more flexibility to our HCAs to continue work whilst obtaining their nursing qualification.
  • Level 4 Certificate for Clinical HCA – allows HCAs to progress in the role they love with the accredited qualifications to back up their experience and open doors to more responsibility and increased remuneration.

Our HCAs will be fully supported at whatever stage they are in their career but will always have the opportunity to work with increased autonomy, with the right support and training. We support our HCAs to progress from Level 2 to Level 4 qualifications and continuously encourage professional development.

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What is in it for you?

The BCUHB Mental Health & Learning Division division offers a variety of benefits for its nursing and healthcare staff, this includes:

  • Free DBS checks 
  • Free Parking 
  • Career progression opportunities, including apprenticeships 
  • Friendly, welcoming and supportive environment to grow and learn
  • Access to clinical skills training to grow and progress in your career
  • Our flexible working opportunities allow our Nursing staff to continue doing what they love and providing the best care possible to their patients.
  • Childcare voucher schemes

If you enjoy variety and working in a fast-paced environment then a role within the nursing team in the division could be for you.

This is a great opportunity to join an amazing team of staff. My job gives me such a sense of job satisfaction. You can gain a varied range of skills in all aspects of mental health nursing across all our sites.
- Amanda Thompson, Interim Ward Manager

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