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Long Stay Mental Healthcare Assistant




Priory Hospital Bristol, Heath House Lane, Stapleton, BS16 1EQ

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£19,552.50- plus enhancements


Full Time 37.5 per week (Worked over a varied shift pattern that will include Nights & Weekends)

Job Advert Role Description

Bristol Hospital is rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) the Grade II listed hospital building is set in extensive grounds in the suburb Stapleton, just off the M32 and less than three miles from the centre of Bristol with free parking onsite.


There are 77 beds spread over seven wards offering a diverse range of services including Psychiatric Intensive Care (PICU), eating disorders, acute and rehab and recovery. This offers opportunities to gain experience of working in a number of different services.

The hospital is overseen by an approachable and dynamic senior management team and has excellent links with local universities, which provides plenty of opportunities to gain experience of dealing with complex cases.


Priory Hospital Bristol are looking to recruit Healthcare Assistants to work on our long term mental health ward. The ward mostly cares for long term service users with degenerative disorders such as early on-set dementia, Huntingdon’s and other types of brain injury. Due to the nature of the service users, you will ideally have experience in giving personal care however full training will be provided.

Priory Hospital Bristol is a leading UK centre of private support for individuals, couples and families facing a wide range of mental health challenges. We offer calming and recovery focused inpatient treatment for up to 68 service users as well as day care and outpatient services. Personalised treatment programmes are delivered by our multidisciplinary team, specialising in the management and treatment of acute and complex mental health problems.

Located in a secluded part of Bristol, Priory Hospital Bristol is set within a striking Grade II listed building. It is one of the UK’s leading centres for the treatment of a wide range of mental health conditions such as addictions, depression and anxiety, and boasts relaxing living areas and beautiful gardens.

As a HCA, you will be involved in the personal care and meeting the psychological needs of a diverse group of service users with psychiatric presentations. You'll be under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional, and work with doctors, psychologists and a range of other healthcare professionals. 

 The main contact you'll have, though, is with the people in our care.  Your experience and on-going Priory training will prepare you to deal with any difficult situations that may occur, teaching you how to handle such situations safely using de-escalation techniques and supporting your team.

Experience in a similar role isn’t essential but is preferable. All you need to apply is the following;

  • A strong sense of responsibility & ownership
  • Willingness to learn
  • Excellent written and face to face communication skills
  • Flexibility and strong “can do” attitude
  • Caring and attentive
  • Strong relationship building skills
  • Team player
  • Ability to work in fast paced, lively, sometimes volatile situations

Why us? In return we’d like to give you:

  • A competitive salary with enhancements for working on weekends, nights and overtime.
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (increasing by a further 2 days after 5 years’ service.
  • Opportunities to develop and progress in a wide variety of care settings. (Priory have a Career Pathway for every role within the business and provide fully funded courses to support you achieving your career aspirations)
  • Free Parking on site
  • Free meals on duty
  • Enhanced maternity pay
  • Disclosure check cost coverage
  • Comprehensive induction and commitment to ongoing training
  • Online benefits and cashback rewards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Refer a friend bonuses
  • Long service awards

This is fantastic opportunity to start your career with a supportive employer in a friendly, engaging environment. I you want more information on this, please get in touch and apply below.







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About us

As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services to adults and young people, Priory Group promise a challenging and fulfilling career with the support of a world class organisation willing to invest in your development. 

Across our network of hospitals, residential care homes, education facilities and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.

Priory maintains that vaccination remains our very best line of defence against COVID-19 and believes that our colleagues working with vulnerable individuals have a professional duty to be vaccinated.  As part of our wider infection control efforts, and to meet our commissioner and customer requirements, we continue to record vaccination status for all colleagues and we therefore request that you disclose this information as part of your application.  Your vaccination status will not affect any offer of employment and will be held in line with GDPR requirements.  We thank you for your understanding. 


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer. Priory Group will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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