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Prison-Based Healthcare Assistant, Urgent Care - Band 3

Job Reference: 822-BCH8004A

Bristol Community Health CIC
HMP Bristol
£18,813 to £20,795 per annum

Bristol Community Health is an employee owned, not-for-profit social enterprise providing over 50 healthcare services in Bristol and the surrounding areas. We are changing the way health and social care works in our communities, from walk-in clinics and in-home patient care to support in schools, health centres and prisons.

Ours is a people first model where care is delivered in the best place for the person who needs it, by people who are constantly striving to excel. We are aligned to NHS agenda for change and offer great pensions, generous leave and comprehensive training.

Healthcare Assistant – Urgent Care – Band 3

Looking for a role that’s different from all others?

If so, look no further - you’ll find with us in the Healthcare Team at HMP Bristol. Because all good healthcare staff should go to prison…


Where you’ll work

HMP Bristol is a men’s only remand prison comprising of up to 614 occupants, with the majority staying for less than 12 months. The facility is based just off of Bristol’s iconic Gloucester Road, and places emphasis on supporting the needs of prisoners.

Amongst these needs are healthcare. Bristol Community Health, in collaboration with other partners in the InspireBetterHealth partnership to help to provide healthcare support through the provision of healthcare clinics, pharmacy and medication, substance misuse and, specifically for this role, urgent care/rapid response.

So if you’re looking for new, career-building challenge and fresh opportunities, you’ll find it all here. Ours is an integrated health service in an environment full of variety and challenge that offers lots of scope for professional rewards.


What you’ll do

In this role you’ll be working with HMP Bristol’s Urgent Care team, who are responsible for attending medical emergencies on-site within the prison. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, you’ll provide general health assessments, triage, and assist our registered nurses and other health providers in the implementation of this care, ensuring that safeguarding issues and patient welfare are prioritised at all times.

The service provided by urgent care is 24/7 and there may be a requirement for the candidate to work day and occaisionalnight shifts.

For full details on the role, please see the attached Role Profile.


What we can offer

This is a real opportunity to gain unique experience and to develop your healthcare career to the next level. You’ll be supported throughout your time with us, with many chances to undertake further training and development with the backing of Bristol Community Health’s Learning & Development team.

There’s other perks. On top of your basic salary, ranging from £18,813 to £20,795 per annum (dependent on experience), you’ll also earn a Secure Environment Allowance of £1,250 per annum.

Additionally there's access to HMP Bristol's staff-only café, a choice of attractive pension schemes (including the NHS Scheme), and more.


What we’d like from you

As a minimum, we would expect all candidates to possess a NVQ Level 3 in Health or Social Care, or an equivalent qualification.

You’ll also need experience of working within a primary care setting, and clear evidence of working comfortably as part of a team.

Prior experience in a prison environment is useful but absolutely by no means essential! What we’re more interested is an individual with a motivated and innovative attitude, who is willing to go the extra mile. You’ll need to have an openness to working within a secure environment, and the drive to learn and undertake further training.

As part of the recruitment, you’ll also be required to possess or undertake an Enhanced DBS check and following this undergo prison security vetting. For more information on this, please contact HMP Bristol's Healthcare team on the contact details attached or the Recruitment Team on 0117 4409013.

For further details, please see the Role Profile attached.


About Bristol Community Health and the InspireBetterHealth Partnership

Bristol Community Health care a not-for-profit social enterprise, that delivers NHS high-quality healthcare services across the South-West. As well as healthcare within prisons, we help communities through end-of-life care, school nursing, diabetes support, physiotherapy and many more services. In doing so, we focus on improving healthcare in the community for the benefit of all.

We’re proud that we’re a Community Interest Company (CIC) and not-for-profit social enterprise. As a social enterprise, we trade for social and environmental benefit. Our profits are not distributed to shareholders, but are rather re-invested back into our organisation to consistently improve upon the services we provide – re-investment that will help people live healthier lives.

Because we’re a social enterprise, we can be more flexible in our approach. We also welcome innovation which helps us to deliver better care – for example, all of our community nurses use mobile working, which reduces bureaucracy and frees up time to care. At the same time, we align to the NHS’s Agenda for Change principles, allowing us to offer the attractive pension scheme and the same salary scales that would be expected from NHS organisations.



For more information, to arrange a visit of our healthcare facilities and the prison environment, and to apply please contact Anita Parmar at HMP Bristol on 0117 372 3051.

Candidates are encouraged to come for a visit of the healthcare facilities and find out more about the environment diverse range of services we deliver to patients.

Bristol Community Health (BCH) provides a range of community services 365 days a year, over a 24 hour period. This may result in staff being required to work a variety of shift patterns.

If you are shortlisted for interview, you will be contacted through NHS Jobs via the email address supplied on your application form. Therefore please check both your NHS Jobs and email accounts regularly for messages. This vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are deemed to have been received.

If the post is fixed term, current BCH employees who are successful will be offered the role on a secondment basis. The secondment will have to be supported by their current line manager and internal applicants should refer to the Secondment Policy on the staff website for further details. In accordance with policy, internal BCH staff in a redeployment situation will be given prior consideration for any suitable vacancies advertised.

BCH do not pay any travel expenses for attending interviews.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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