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Healthcare Assistant – Prison, Primary Care Department

Job Description

Are you an enthusiastic individual looking for a new role in a diverse and challenging environment where ‘no two days are the same?’

HMP High Down

HMP High Down is one of six new ‘reform prions’, which accommodates 1200 male offenders over the age of 18 years. Our award winning healthcare service operates 7 days a week, 24 hours a day delivering Primary and Emergency care NHS services.

Prison nursing gives you a unique opportunity to work with a diverse population who have a higher concentration of health issues and co-morbidities to the general population. You will be joining an established team who work alongside other healthcare professionals including: GP’s, substance misuse practitioners, mental health workers, pharmacy staff and prison colleagues to provide a multi-agency approach.

Job Role

You will be part of a team who are motivated in using their clinical expertise to deliver high quality care to a specialised client group. The successful candidate will work on a request based shift pattern working mains (730-5:30) and long days (7:00-9:00). They will work on the house-blocks administering medication, assisting with or running their own clinics, seeing new patients in reception and supporting nurses with emergency situations.

Prison healthcare assistants are largely autonomous although they are supported by their line managers (band 6’s) and the other clinical staff. Independent workers keen to further their knowledge and skills would be ideal for this post.

As part of your role, you will be expected to expand your clinical skills in the following areas:

  • Emergency Care
  • Phlebotomy
  • Sexual Health
  • Acute and Chronic Wound Care
  • Health Promotion


As a valued member of the team, we’ll offer you a competitive salary of £16,800 to £19,655 per annum plus 15% High Cost Area Supplement and a Recruitment & Retention allowance. In addition, you will receive NHS / Group pension, on-going training and development and good quality working conditions. The Primary Care department aims to improve best practice and give the highest quality of care to its patients whilst also developing its staff through training whether “in house” or university based.

Working for Virgin Care comes with additional benefits – these include use of the Virgin tribe card which offers discounts on many products including up to 40% off Virgin trains, discounts on Virgin holidays and a host of other savings. Virgin Care is a vibrant organisation committed to progressive, continuous improvement within a thriving team.

Who are we looking for?

The essential qualities we are looking for in our Healthcare Assistant applicants are:

  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • Ability to work both independently and also as part of the wider multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to relate to patients and colleagues in a sensitive manner
  • A flexible approach with the ability to work across a team rota, weekend and night shifts are included
  • Keen to develop new skills and undertake clinical training

If our Healthcare Assistant role appeals, you have the qualities we are looking for, share our values and feel excited by the prospect of what we can do for your career, then we’d love to hear from you.

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