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Job Reference: 6389
Number of Positions: 1
Job Category: Healthcare
Contract Type: Full Time
Salary: £21,822 per annum
Location: Gatwick
G4S Region: UK & Ireland
Country:United Kingdom


G4S Business Unit:Health Services
Closing Date: 06/03/2018

Job Introduction:

Role Responsibility:

Pharmacy Healthcare Assistant 

Gatwick Immigration Removal Centre

£21,822 per annum

Full Time - 40 hours per week 

Do you want an exciting, fast passed diverse place to work? If that is what you are looking for come to Gatwick IRC’s! You will never complain of being bored as no day is the same and every day you will learn something new. Gatwick PDA and Borders is the only facility in the UK which makes us unique. If you are looking for a new job or to further your career apply now before it is too late!

Gatwick IRC’s Gatwick PDA and Borders is over two sites. IRC is an Immigration Removal Centre located on the outskirts of Gatwick Airport. Brook House IRC holds up to 486 men over the age of 18, in shared rooms over 4 wings and Eden Wing. Tinsley House IRC holds up to 162 men over the age of 18, in shared rooms over two floors. Gatwick PDA and Borders is located inside Tinsley but kept separate from the men. Gatwick PDA hold up to two pre planned families. Border families can arrive without pre warning, holds up to one family. Tinsley IRC was recently refurbished in 2016/17 and Gatwick PDA and Borders is immaculate with well-kept outside gardens and play facilities for children.

At Gatwick we provide primary care in a range of clinics, which include but is not limited to Dressings / Venepuncture/ Nurse Triage / Smoking Cessation / Chronic Disease clinics / Sleep Hygiene Techniques. We run drop in clinics every day and also have a booking appointment system. We have doctors attend site each day and on call facilities if needed. We have a visiting psychiatrist once a week, dentist fortnightly and optician monthly. We do not have any inpatient beds, therefore patients who need emergency care will be sent out to hospital or transferred to a centre that has those facilities. The needs of the men range from Physical / Social Care to Mental Health conditions. Gatwick IRC’s also has a dedicated Forward Team (Drug Alcohol Recovery) who mainly work at Brook House and visit Tinsley once a week. We also administer medication up to 4 times a day at both sites; at Brook House only this includes Controlled Drugs (CD’s) and Opiate Substitution Treatment (OST).

We are a team with experience in a variety of specialities from General, Learning Disabilities, Mental Health & Pharmacy Technician. Our dedicated team encourage nurses to develop and improve specific specialist roles e.g. Diabetes / Health promotion / Blood Pressure

At Gatwick IRC we are close to the M25 for easy access. We have a free staff car park at both sites and free canteen lunch at Tinsley.

Job Outline:

To provide care, under supervision, for the physical needs of offenders in line with professional, contractual and company requirements.

Responsibilities: 

  • Work alongside qualified healthcare professionals to deliver clinics and treatments, including health promotion initiatives as agreed by Line Manager.
  • Provide advice, within area of competence to patients as agreed with qualified healthcare professional.
  • Ordering signed prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Maintaining adequate stock of named medication and issuing of  in-possession medication to patients
  • Maintaining adequate stock of PGD medication
  • answering queries on the supply and availability of medicines, where this is within their competence
  • Undertaking spot checks of patients in possession medication to ensure safe storage and compliance of medication.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders, including external agencies, to assist in ensuring the delivery of an effective health and social care service.
  • Clean equipment and other items, as required, so that they remain safe, serviceable and ready to use at all times.
  • Act in accordance with current procedures in order to maintain security and Health & Safety at all times.
  • Complete all relevant documentation to deadline in accordance with professional, contractual and company requirements.
  • Ensure the maintenance of security within the secure environment by compliance with security instructions.
  • To work at all times within the bounds of confidentiality, adhering to data protection and maintaining Caldicott Guidelines.

The Ideal Candidate:

Essential Skills:

  • Experience of working within a team
  • Experience of working within a healthcare environment
  • Able to demonstrate a good standard of literacy and numeracy
  • Able to provide examples of diversity in practice
  • Able to work within challenging and complex situations
  • Experience of working with potentially

Desirable Skills:

  • NVQ level 2 in Pharmacy Service Skills
  • Experience of working within a secure environment
  • Evidence of working within a ‘value for money’ service
  • Driving License.

Please note this vacancy is subject to a 10 year checkable history and the strict vetting standards set by G4S and the Secretary of State for the Home Office and are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

You must be eligible to work in the UK and must have been resident in the UK for a minimum period of 5 years. You will also need to provide full details of your employment and education history for the last 10 years and must hold an indefinite leave visa as part of the security screening process for this role. 


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