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Healthcare Assistant

Priory Group

Job Description

Providing quality, inspiring innovation and  delivering value is what we set out to achieve at Priory Healthcare. Enabling our patients with mental health difficulties to receive a truly integrated and holistic approach to their treatment, regardless of complexity or severity, thanks to the knowledge and expertise of our multidisciplinary clinical teams.

Job Advert Location Description

Thornford Park, part of Priory Healthcare, is an independent 133 bedded hospital set in 23 acres of parkland on the outskirts of Newbury, Berkshire - close to the Hampshire borders.

Our top rated forensic hospital provides services for male service users detained under the Mental Health Act (1983), who require care in conditions of medium and low security. We offer long-term treatment and rehabilitation for patients with enduring mental disorders and forensic histories, who present with multiple problems, challenging and high risk behaviours and complex care needs.

Our newly opened, 10 bedded, Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), provides care and treatment for adult male service users who are experiencing an acutely disturbed phase of a serious mental disorder.

Job Advert Role Description

We are currently looking to recruit Healthcare Assistants to work as part of a multi disciplinary team to deliver high quality personal and psychological nursing care to our patients; this includes acting as a hospital driver and patient escort.

It is important that candidates can demonstrate high levels of mental resilience in order to work in a changing and often challenging environment. It is also a requirement that candidates can successfully complete our mandatory training programme, which includes learning physical intervention techniques for managing violence and aggression.

Hours of work will be 37.5 hours per week (3 x 12.5 hour shifts a week), including days, nights, weekends and bank holidays.

If you are passionate about making a difference to the lives of the people who use our services, and those who care for them and want to contribute to an organisation which is continuously striving to improve, then we would love to hear from you.

Please note that sch.9 (1) Equality Act 2010 applies to this role and that priority will be given to male applicants.

For an informal discussion please contact our Unit Managers on 01635 860072

What we’d like from you:

  • Previous experience within a healthcare setting desirable
  • A strong sense of responsibility
  • Reliable & trustworthy
  • Willingness to learn
  • Effective communication skills
  • Flexibility and strong “can do” attitude
  • Quality orientation

What we’d like to give you:

  • A competitive salary
  • Location bonus up to £1,667
  • £1000 Welcome to Priory
  • An extra £500 after your first 6 Months
  • Disclosure check cost coverage
  • Comprehensive induction and commitment to ongoing training
  • Enhanced maternity pay inline with the NHS
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Birthday Holiday- Your Birthday as an extra days annual leave
  • Online benefits and cashback rewards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • SMART Childcare Vouchers
  • SMART Pension option

We reserve the right to consider applications prior to the advert close date and may close adverts early in the event of receiving a sufficient number of suitable applications.

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About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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Priory Thornford Park, Crookham Hill, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 8ET

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