Primary Care Nurse

Care UK
06 Feb 2019
18 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

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, and then this is the place to be. As a healthcare provider, we recognise the fact that prisoners are a socially excluded group with complex healthcare needs that can often be associated with poor outcomes. We believe in putting the patient first, regardless of the environment or their history. Care UK is the Health in Justice market leader - 2 years ago we were managing 12 prison healthcare services and in 2019 we're providing healthcare services in over 40 prisons across the country. We can offer training and development in our friendly and supportive teams as well as full-time, part-time and bank opportunities and a range of other employee benefits. HMP Huntercombe is a Category C prison holding 480 foreign national males that have been identified by the Home Office as meeting the criteria for deportation. It is conveniently located outside Henley-on-Thames and just 30 minutes from Reading or Oxford. HMP Huntercombe is a settled medium sized prison and already has a well-established Primary Care service.


We could give you the opportunity to develop in to a specialist role of your interest and benefit to the service i.e sexual health, immediate life support, health promotion, phlebotomy, vaccinations, suturing, wound care, long term conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension, epilepsy. As a prison nurse you will have the structure of running regular clinics and screening new patients as well as responding to emergencies as part of an experienced, supportive team. One of our nurses stated that “it is nothing like you see on the telly – the patients are mostly respectful and are really interesting to talk to. I feel safer here than I did working in a hospital environment.”

In return for your hard work you will...

Receive an annual salary between £28,000 - £32,000 depending on experience. We take from newly qualified up through to band 6 nurses. 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, training and clinical development opportunities. Click here to see a day in the life of a prison nurse at Care UK.

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

As a Registered Nurse (NMC PIN required to apply) you’ll be an integral part of the healthcare team by bringing your top notch clinical skills and passion for care. We take nurses with varying experience and welcome nurse from all areas including newly qualified, you could be involved in anything from developing and leading clinics, undertaking examinations and tests as well as answering emergency bells and potentially being the first person to attend an emergency. One of our nurses at HMP Huntercombe says “The bars and the doors are irrelevant really and it’s about maintaining those professional boundaries like you would in any post you are working in within healthcare.” If you have a passion for bringing new ideas to the table then we’re here to listen on how we can improve and continue to develop our healthcare service within the prison environment. We have regular team meetings to discuss ideas for improvement and every voice is heard. We believe each and every member of our team is important and hold regular team building social events that everyone is incited to. We understand that many people will never have been inside a prison and it is difficult to know if it is for you without having a look round. With this in mind we welcome informal visits so we can show you around and decide if it is for you before applying.

More information

This is a full-time working 37.5 hours per week. We also welcome part-time and bank applications. Our shifts are 07:45 – 18:30 weekdays and 08:30 – 16:30 weekends – there will be an expectation that you will work a misture of weekdays and weekends. This job does not include any night shifts. For more information, an informal discussion or to arrange an informal visit please contact Silvie on 0118 9521 1863 or Please note that offers of employment are subject to Care UK Terms & Conditions and receipt of satisfactory references, an enhanced DBS check and prison vetting.

• Training and development opportunities • Company contributory pension scheme • 25 days annual leave plus 8 bank holidays • Staff well-being • Access to bank hours • CPD and re-validation support • Cycle to work scheme as well as online retail discounts. • free onsite gym with free classes susch as spinning and experienced personal trainers and onsite FREE parking

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