Jump to content

Accessibility: Make adjustments to your contrast and font here

Step into Work – Mental Health Care Assistant Programme

Mental Health image

Are you looking for employment in a care setting?

Have you thought about being a Healthcare Support Worker within a Mental Health inpatient ward?

 This programme could be for you*!

An overview of the programme – 

This new programme is designed to support and prepare people to gain employment as a Healthcare Support Worker in a mental health setting for Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCFT).

The course allows learners to understand what it takes to work in a Mental Health setting whilst supporting them to gain relevant qualifications for the role of a Healthcare Support worker.

As part of the programme, learners will complete short courses in a range of subjects to upskill and increase knowledge in sector-specific topics to improve opportunities for progression.

The design of the programme was in collaboration with LSCFT and Guild Lodge to create a programme that would prepare learners for stepping into the Health Care Assistant role. Staff from LSCFT will support employability sessions to give a valuable insight into the expectations of applicants and support them through the job application process. A two week placement is included in the programme to experience the role and the environment of a mental health inpatient unit.

The programme is planned to run for 8 weeks (not including the half term):


Weeks 1-6: Class based sessions attending Monday – Wednesday 10.00am – 3.00pm

Weeks 7-8: Placement: 3 days each week, 10am – 3pm

Successful completion of the course and placement will guarantee you an interview for one of our band 3 Healthcare Assistant roles at Guild Lodge!! 

For more information and to apply, please contact your work coach today!

*You must be 19+ to qualify for this program.