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mental health
Band 3
37.5 hours a week
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Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
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HMP Eastwood Park
£16,968-£19,852 per annum
02/05/2017 23:59
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Healthcare Assistant

Band 3

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) is a significant provider of high quality mental health services across a core catchment area covering Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. The Trust also provides specialist services for a wider catchment extending throughout the south west.

Our aim is to enable and empower people to reach their potential and to live fulfilling lives through providing recovery and reablement focused services that yield positive outcomes for our service users and their carers.

Specifically, The Trust provides services for people with mental health needs, with needs relating to drug or alcohol dependency and mental health services for people with learning disabilities. We also provide secure mental health services and work with the criminal justice system.

Increasingly AWP provides treatment and care in people's own homes and other community settings, reflecting the preferences of our service users. Our community services are supported by high quality inpatient services that provide short term assessment, treatment and care.


AWP Criminal Justice Liaison Services is looking to recruit highly motivated, dedicated experienced Individual to join the existing dynamic mental health team at HMP Eastwood Park.

Offender Health Services are integrated across health disciplines and united under the ‘Inspire Better Health’ partnership. Whilst specialisms and professional expertise and development will continue, employees will be expected to support colleagues across the healthcare service, including mental and physical health, substance misuse and learning disability.

AWP aims to deliver a mental health service to a challenging group of clients within a prison setting to NHS standards. AWP now have the responsibility for delivering the mental health service to HMP Eastwood Park. The prison is situated 15 miles north of Bristol. The primary role of the prison is that of a local prison serving approximately 70 courts holding women prisoners of all ages and categories pending court appearances. It also holds women serving sentences of up to 12months.

The current catchment area for the prison extends through a large part of the south west; from Bristol, down to Cornwall then over to Southampton and then north to Birmingham and finally the whole of the south of Wales.

The Mental Health Team has recently been commended in the latest HMIP Inspection for providing very good mental health care to the prison population and with the Safer Custody Dept won in 2010 the AWP Partnering Award. The mental health team provides wing based mental health care to service users with primary and secondary mental health needs and a specialist day care services ‘Stepping Stones’. The Team is currently made up of medical staff, psychology staff, community nurses,registered practitioners, health care assistants and administrators.

The HCA will provide support to the Prisoners under the supervision of qualified members of the Mental Health Team, provide a wide range of psycho-educational groups and carry a small manageable caseload under supervision.

The successful post holder will be expected to provide mental health support to service users with practice which is underpinned by a trauma model. Previous experience of working in prison or criminal justice settings is not essential. On joining the team, you will receive a comprehensive induction package, and the chance to work within a unique and innovative environment. Regular support, supervision and professional development will be an intrinsic part of this role.Proven mental health experience and/or qualification in NVQ 3 is essential. To work in a prison the successful candidate must pass the prison security clearance vetting process as well as a CRB check. Involves weekend working.

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Applicant requirements

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

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Caroline Coxhead, Team Leader tel no 01454 382325

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