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Healthcare Assistant vacancy

Job details

Job number:
HMP Stafford
Health in Justice
Gaol Road
ST16 3AW
Contract type:
Schedule type:
Full Time
Closing date:
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 23:59
£22,500 / Year

I treat more than just symptoms

Are you collaborative, caring and compassionate?

Prisons are one of the most challenging, yet rewarding places for healthcare professionals to work - if you’re looking for a role where you can develop your existing skills and learn something new every day, then this is the place to be.

The Specialist Care Unit (SCU) is an innovative new service opening early 2021 based at HMP Stafford. It will support patients from around the region, including Staffordshire and Worcestershire Prisons in addition to HMPs Birmingham and Stoke Heath.

Our new service will provide enhanced care to patients who need additional support because their needs are complex and/or unstable.

This service will consist of:
• A bed based service, offering up to 8 beds. Accommodating 2 long term beds and up to 6 short term (assessment/reablement) beds.
• A therapy led outreach service across the region providing assessment, advice and guidance.

Practice Plus Group manage the healthcare services at HMP Stafford including the SCU. We are Health in Justice Market leader, providing healthcare services to offenders across the country. Our model of care is our Wellbeing Approach – an integrated, comprehensive approach in recognition of the fact prisoners are a socially-excluded group with healthcare needs which are complex and often associated with poor outcomes. It adopts the premise no single health/wellbeing factor can be taken in isolation of other motivational issues which might impact a person’s care

Want to know more about HMP Stafford?

HM Prison Stafford is a closed training prison which holds 751 category C people convicted of sexual offences. The prison has the original Victorian buildings for the majority of the residential wings. Modern buildings include Reception, Visits, Education, Kitchen, a 40 bed house block, Sports Hall and with a site adjacent to the prison was as an industrial workshop complex. 50% of our patients are over the age of 55 which leads healthcare services to have an emphasis on chronic disease management, frailty, complex case management, cancer care, palliative care and care of the dying.

The Specialist Care Unit is an exciting new addition to the Healthcare provision at HMP Stafford, enabling us to be a regional resource to support and treat patients with complex health needs for an agreed period of time based on their individual needs.

What do we need from you so you can do the job?

The role of the Porter in prison healthcare is one that is never dull or predictable. The successful candidate will play a fundamental role in the day to day operation of the Inpatient and outpatient unit to help provide the best level of care for the patients.

The situation in prison can change at any minute. You need to able to think on your feet, work as part of a team and follow instruction diligently.

It’s this variety that keeps things fresh and stimulating. Every day will bring new challenges and new experiences but you’ll have all the support you need to deliver the best practice possible from both the healthcare team and the prison team.

Being a Porter for prison Healthcare is a role like no other and can ultimately be extremely rewarding.

If you are an enthusiastic, energetic person with great communication skills, you will be a perfect fit for the position. You will be able to work as part of a team effectively but also under your own initiative in an emergency and be responsive to direction and instruction. Experience working within a secure environment would be desirable but not essential.

In return for your hard work you will...

Receive an annual salary of up to £22, 500, dependent on experience. You'll also get a number of benefits including a company contributory pension scheme, 25 days annual leave plus 8 public bank holidays plus CPD and re-validation support.

Other benefits include cycle to work scheme plus training and clinical development opportunities.

Onsite benefits at HMP Stafford include access to an onsite gym, free parking and subsidised café/restaurant.

Next steps

If you are shortlisted, you will be contacted by Amelia Smith, the Internal Recruiter for this role. Amelia will submit your CV to the hiring manager for review and then will arrange an interview for you to attend if the hiring manager feels that you are suitable for the job.

More information

This is a full time role working 37.5 hours per week, working across 7 days a week with a shift pattern between the hours of 07:00 - 19:30.

Due to an ongoing internal issue with our website, if you currently work for Practice Plus Group and are trying to apply via our intranet, please contact our internal recruiter, Amelia Smith, by email (

The job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. Please apply for this job as soon as you can, if interested.

At Practice Plus Group we actively promote diversity and equal opportunities and we are committed to this in both the running of our prison healthcare service and how we recruit our staff. We actively encourage applications from everyone with the essential requirements of the job, regardless of any protected characteristics.

Please note that offers of employment are subject to Practice Plus Group Terms & Conditions and receipt of satisfactory references, an enhanced DBS check and prison vetting.

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