It is the responsibilty of the Apprentice Nurse to ensure that all shifts are recorded accurately and to report any concerns regarding this to their Placement and/or Corebase Manager.
All theory hours and practice hours must be allocated on MAPS. Please ensure that the hours in practice and study hours, as well as any annual leave are all recorded. This should equate to 37.5 hours per week.
When apprentices are on placement their placement areas MUST record their shifts on MAPS.
Shifts should be planned for the whole placement period during the first week, aligning them with Practice Supervisor's and Assessors.
Apprentices MUST maintain and provide written and signed timesheets to their Higher Education Institution (HEI), in this case the OU. This is part of their programme requirements.
The annual leave dates for our apprentice nurses will be allocated by the Clinical Education Team and are based on the minimum annual leave hours as a new starter to the organisation. These should be requested by the apprentice following the same process as other staff. A week of annual leave is to be recorded as 37.5hrs and not just the placement hours. If the apprentice has been in the organisation for 5 or 10 years, their annual leave entitlement will be greater. In this case, the apprentice will book the remainder of their annual leave directly with their Core base manager being conscious of tutorials or assignments.
Please see the individual cohort pages for specific annual leave dates.
Please note that nursing apprentices will not receive enhanced payments for BH/Weekends/Nights worked during their supernumerary hours. However they must all experience all aspects of 24hr care and complete at least 3 night shifts per year of their programme.
We recognise that some apprentices will consider undertaking additional work as HCAs on the Trust bank. We do not recommend this as it may affect their study and performance in placement. However if they undertake additional bank shifts please be mindful that their contract states that they may not work more than 10.5 hour of additional work in any one week, this reflects the working time directive.