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Healthcare Assistant

Band 3

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Band 3
Full time - 18.5 hours per week
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HMP Leyhill
Tortworth Road, Leyhill GL12 8BT
£21,730 - £23,177 pa inc
Salary period
11/06/2023 23:59

Job overview

Healthcare Assistant- HMP Leyhill- Band 3

Job Summary:

To assist in the delivery of high quality nursing care to patients in BSGW Prisons  in support of a registered nurse. Is able to work unsupervised for significant periods. To undertake an extended role e.g patient focused health promotion activities and programmes.

Key Principles of health and wellbeing model for Prison Service:

Patient focused with health promotion at the heart of our care

Putting the right staff in the right place at the right time – specialist posts to ensure that experience is on hand to lead and support patients e.g., leads in learning disability, long term conditions, older adults, complex case practitioners and discharge coordinators.

Designing and delivering healthcare for the unique needs of each prison.

Being highly supportive of clinical and prison staff with training and support enabling the team to work smarter and as part of an effective Multi Professional Team. 



Main duties of the job

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

Providing physical care to patients according to a written care plan

Being an effective communicator, observer and listener

To work as directed by a registered nurse.

Understanding the need for and maintaining patient confidentiality and security at all times.

Adhering to all organisational and prison policies, procedures and guidelines.

Ensuring good working relationships with patients, carers, relatives, other professionals and prison and healthcare staff

Developing an understanding of and demonstrating use of clinical supervision to reflect upon and modify practice.

Behaving at all times in a professionally acceptable manner

Working for our organisation

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children’s centres, schools and people’s homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.
Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families.  This is strengthened by our new values:
    • We’re Kind
    • We’re Fair
    • We Listen
    • We Care

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Responding to the needs of patients in an honest, non judgemental and open manner, which respects the rights of individuals and groups.

Actively engaging with patients in the provision of holistic, needs-led care which takes into account the  physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual needs of individuals and groups.

Demonstrates a commitment to equal opportunities for all people.

Demonstrates a knowledge of the term ‘professional boundaries’ and how to applying this to working with  patients, offenders and others.

Responding to the needs of people sensitively with regard for age, culture, race, gender, ethnicity, religion and disability, especially regarding patient privacy and dignity   

Understanding the need for promoting health & well-being and the delivery of health promotion activities and programmes (including patient self-help programmes) in support of a registered nurse.

Understanding the need for and assisting patients to attain optimal physical health and assisting with physical procedures in support of a registered nurse.

Demonstrating good verbal and non-verbal communication skills

Contributing appropriately to risk assessment and individualised care planning


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Care experience (essential)
  • NVQ level 3 or equivalent experience
  • Able to effectively communicate in English both verbally and in writing. This will mean that you can take part in conversations with patients and colleagues, expressing yourself in fluent English and have no difficulty in making yourself understood.


Essential criteria
  • Experience of facilitating /planning /supporting groups in a healthcare setting i.e., health improvement/ smoking cessation/ activities.
  • Physical skills to support working in a prison setting i.e., providing patient care, carrying out tests/observations.
  • Experience of being able to work within policy frameworks in a regulated patient care setting

Skills /Abilities /Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Ability to assess risk and care plan effectively, whilst understanding the needs and rights of people.
  • Participate in any audits, research projects

Employer certification / accreditation badges

No smoking policyInvestors in People: GoldDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - BronzeStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Mindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveDisability confident employerStep into healthVeteran AwareArmed Forces Covenant Gold Award

Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kate Love
Job title
Head of Healthcare
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