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Reception Nurse vacancy

Job details

Job number:
HMP Isle of Wight
Parkhurst Road
Isle of Wight
PO30 5RS
Contract type:
Closing date:
Friday, July 10, 2020 - 23:59
£30,000 - £37,000 / Year

Looking for an exciting job opportunity within prison healthcare?

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.

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 - 4 years ago we were managing 12 prison healthcare services and in 2020 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.

About the job...

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Staff Nurse position to work within the Reception Centre at HMP Isle of Wight. Are you looking for a new challenge in an environment where no two days are the same?

Are you looking to work for a company that offers support and development opportunities? If so, then this could be the role for you:

HMP Isle of Wight is a Male category B prison which is based over 2 sites Albany and Parkhurst and has a population of 1100 prisoners.

This role will include the very important clinical assessment of patients received into HMP IOW either as transfer in or direct from court. In addition you will be required to process patients who are attending court, being transferred out or attending hospital. Another feature of the role will be to refer appropriately to the Primary Care teams particularly if the patient has Long term/Chronic conditions. It is vital that you are able to recognise a patient at risk of self-harm and escalate this information appropriately. The role requires you to work autonomously within your sphere of competency.

There are two primary care centres one on each site, these are manned Mon-Sun 0730-1730. They provide a comprehensive service as you would expect to find within a GP surgery. Nurse Triage, GP appointments, Chronic Disease nurse led clinics, screening programmes, health promotion, and chronic wound management. Another provision is dispensing of medications. We also provide an emergency response service to residents of the prison and this often involves attending the wings. HMP IOW also has an Inpatient Healthcare unit (IHU) on the Albany site which provides 24 hour care to those with mental health, physical health, substance misuse and palliative care needs.

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

To be considered for this role you will be an RGN or RMN and hold a current NMC registration, with at least two years’ experience and have evidence of continued professional development post registration.

We are looking for someone passionate, motivated and dynamic to develop this role and promote our service provision.

You will be responsible for managerial and clinical aspects of the role. As a Senior Staff Nurse you will work as part of an integrated healthcare team although based within the Reception area. The expectation would be that you utilise your clinical expertise, decision making and problem solving skills to provide skilled and evidence based nursing care for patients within the prison. You will work within your scope of practice, in accordance with Care UK and prison service policies and procedures in line with the NMC Code of professional conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives.

The successful applicant will be working autonomously but as part of a larger supportive team. The work is interesting and varied and is an opportunity to make a difference to peoples’ lives, enabling them to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing.

In return for your hard work you will.....

This is a full-time role, working 37.5 hours per week. The salary for this role is £30,000 - £37,000 per annum - dependent on experience.

We welcome informal visits by appointment so please do contact us for more information and to arrange this.

Please note that offers of employment are subject to Care UK Terms & Conditions and receipt of satisfactory references, enhanced DBS check and prison vetting.

At Care UK we actively promote diversity and equal opportunities.

Further Steps

If you are shortlisted, you will be contacted by the Internal Recruiter for this role.

The recruiter will submit your CV to the hiring manager and in turn will arrange an interview for you to attend at HMP Isle of Wight if the hiring manager feels that you are suitable for the job.

Further Job Information...

If you are looking for a challenging work environment and the opportunity to be at the forefront of developments in prison healthcare, then do please get in touch.

For informal discussions and visits, please contact:
Liz Smith Primary Care Lead 01983 634165
Email Elizabeth.smith

For general enquiries about working for Care UK in Prison Health Services in HMP Isle of Wight, please contact Gemma McMaster – Head of Healthcare - or email to