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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 15/02/2022.

Health Care Support Worker

Job Reference: 301-ME-22-131933

Inclusion HMP Dovegate
£20,330 - £21,777

Inclusion, created in 2002 is part of the Specialist Services Care Group of Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT).

We believe that the individuals and families who use our services should receive high quality, committed and inclusive services realising all the benefits a modern national NHS organisation can bring. To do this, we need a well trained and supported workforce and place significant investment in training and development opportunities. We have market-leading opportunities and terms and conditions.

We are proud to have dedicated, passionate and professional staff across our services. We employ a broad spectrum of roles to ensure we meet the needs of those we work with. This includes Doctors, Nurses, Therapists, Allied Health Professionals, Psycho-social Workers, Peer Mentors and Volunteers.

There has never been a better time to join Inclusion (and the Trust); take a look at our Benefits Leaflet to see what else we can offer you.

The Trust works in partnership with the NHS programme ‘Step into Health’, supporting ex-service personnel into a career in the NHS.

We have an exciting opportunity to expand our multi-disciplinary team within HMP Dovegate. As part of this expansion, we are looking for a caring and compassionate Band 3 Health Care Support Worker at HMP Dovegate to join our professional, friendly and supportive team.

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary Integrated Mental Health & Substance Misuse (IMHSM) team consisting of Consultant Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Registered Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Recovery Practitioners and Assistant Psychologists.

Assessments and interventions are offered in line with a stepped care model with a single point of access for prisoners experiencing mental health difficulties.

Working in a prison can be challenging, but can bring you the most rewarding times of your career. We are looking for someone who is passionate with the ability to work with and enhance our existing team.

  • We encounter a vast array of clinical presentations, from primary mental health needs of anxiety, low mood and adjustment to the custodial setting to severe and acute mental illness requiring intense, multi-agency support.
  • We have an inpatient unit within the establishment where we accommodate patients with severe and acute presentations.
  • Due to the age of our population, we have a lower threshold in place for supporting and monitoring our young men, due to the likelihood of encountering their first presentation of severe illness and supporting those transitioning from child into adult services.
  • Working in the prison requires resilience and compassion as well as an insight into issues pertinent to young men within the custodial setting.

More about HMP Dovegate

Working within the prison environment, provides a challenging backdrop to some of the most rewarding work you will do within your career.

HMP Dovegate is a Category B adult male facility near Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. The prison accommodates up to 1060 male adult prisoners over the age of 21 serving a range of sentences including trial, remand, those awaiting sentence and convicted men serving long and short-term sentences.

Our offer

In return for your passion and commitment, you can expect the following from us:

  • We have prison substance misuse and mental health teams across the country and you will benefit the support of an NHS employer experienced in providing prison healthcare.
  • Monthly supervision and annual appraisal
  • Clinical supervision to support specialist skills development
  • The benefit of working within a MDT for one of the largest Trusts in the country
  • Support and guidance with revalidation
  • Learning and development opportunities for career progression and individual professional development
  • Development Days hosted by the Directorate and genuine support from colleagues working in prisons across the country
  • Cycle to work scheme and comprehensive wellbeing offer
  • Free on-site parking
  • We welcome flexible working and will consider part-time applicants


If this sounds like the next step, you want to take, please apply today or speak to Nicola Black Team Manager tel: 01283 829431

From 1st April 2022 all NHS workers in England with face to face contact with patients or who work in a clinical area must be fully (currently this is limited to first and second vaccinations) vaccinated against Covid-19. Only those with medical exemptions will be excluded from this requirement. Please consider this mandatory requirement when applying for this position

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Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is an Equal Opportunities employer and operates a no smoking at work policy.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of individuals and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The Trust has a positive attitude to employees and job applicants with mental health issues.

PLEASE NOTE: should we have a high volume of applications the Trust may close the vacancy early.

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