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Medicines Management Pharmacy Technician - Band 5

Job Reference: 822-BCH7959B

Bristol Community Health CIC
HMP Eastwood Park
Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire
£24,214 - £30,112 + £1,250 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.

Medicines Management Pharmacy Technician - Band 5

Looking for something different from the traditional nursing role? Do you want to use your nursing skills in new and exciting ways? Are you therefore looking for an organisation that really values your desire to develop?

We might just have the role for you within the Medicines Management team at HMP Eastwood Park. Because all good nurses should go to prison…


Where you’ll work

HMP Eastwood Park caters for approximately 400 women who are currently on remand (in custody to await trial or continuation of their trial). The prison is based in the village of Falfield, in South Gloucestershire.

The site offers a safe, friendly and supportive working environment, a hassle-free commute (with ample free on-site parking!) and a positive work-life balance culture, which includes access to an on-site fitness centre with free exercise classes.


What you’ll do

In this role you’ll be working primarily on the prison wings, safely administering and supplying a range of medicines to patients. You’ll also be delivering pharmacy triage and drop in clinics, and supporting prescription pathways. You’ll also help the Medicines Management team to ensure that the management of all medicines, including controlled drugs, is in accordance with organisational policies and national compliance, as well as identifying patients suitable for medicines-use reviews.

For more information, please read the attached 'Nursing Case Study' to gain a first-hand insight into what working in prison healthcare is like.


What we’d like from you

There’s a diversity and variety of work on offer, so you’ll be eager to step-up to challenge, autonomously and assertively. You’ll also relish the opportunity to improve outcomes by building strong relationships with the people in your care. In doing so, you’ll serve as a vital link to encouraging patients at HMP Eastwood Park to take their healthcare into their own hands, in turn helping them to make better health choices upon release.

As well as this, we would like you to possess the following:

  • A registration as a Pharmacy Technican (GPhC) or Nurse (NMC). Candidates due to acquire these registrations in the near future are also encouraged to apply.

  • A willing attitude, and being open to undertaking new training to adapt to the Eastwood Park environment, and an openness to working within a secure workplace

  • A high level of motivation and innovation in your approach to care

  • Strong pharmaceutical skills

  • A flexibility to work in a shift pattern that will involve evenings, weekends and nights, as identified.

  • Prison experience is welcomed, but absolutely not essential!

For the full specification, please see the Role Profile attached.

In thanks for your work, you’ll also receive an additional £1,250 per annum, pro-rata on top of their basic salary in the form of Prison Setting Allowance and Secure Environment Allowance (as of 1st July 2015). We’re keen to help you develop in your career, so you’ll also receive a comprehensive induction and training programme, access to a wide range of clinical courses, and a supportive and welcoming team environment.

As part of the recruitment process, you will also be required to undergo prison security vetting, on top of an Enhanced DBS check. Further details on this will be discussed at interview with shortlisted candidates.


About Bristol Community Health

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 aCommunity 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 about this opportunity, please contact Charlotte Gawenda, Medicines Management Lead, or Billy Williams, Pharmacy Technicianon 01454 382120.

Informal visits are recommended and encouraged; candidates are welcome to come for a tour of the healthcare facilities and find out more about the environment and diverse range of services we deliver to patients.


Please note the following changes which will impact all roles advertised by Bristol Community Health (BCH).

  • From 1 April 2020, adult community health services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will be provided by a single provider, Sirona care & health and we are committed to working closely with Sirona to ensure the safe transfer of services and staff in all eligible posts. Like Bristol Community Health, Sirona is a not for profit organisation and further information can be found in the attached fact sheet.

    BCH has issued notice on the following contracts:

    • Community Children’s Healthcare Services Contract (currently provided under a sub-contract to Sirona). This contract is likely to end on 31 March 2020 and to transfer to Sirona, although this is not confirmed. Therefore if you are appointed to a role within Community Children’s Healthcare Services you are likely to be transferred to the new provider on or around 01 April 2020, alongside staff directly involved in the delivery of this contract.
    • Diabetic Eye Screening Service Contract - his contract is in the process of being re-procured and is likely to end on or shortly after 31 March 2020, although this date has not yet been confirmed. If you are appointed to a role within the Diabetic Eye Screening Service you are likely to be transferred to the new provider on or around 01 April 2020, alongside staff involved in the delivery of this contract.
    • Offender Health Services Contract – it is likely this contract will end on or around 31 March 2020 although this date is not confirmed. A new provider for this contract has yet to be agreed but if you are appointed to a role within Offender Health Services you are likely to be transferred to a new provider on or around 01 April 2020, alongside other staff involved in the delivery of this contract.

BCH is committed to supporting the smooth transition of staff and services to new providers. For more information, contact

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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