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Interested in working with us?

Whether you are a community nurse visiting patients at home, a physiotherapist helping a patient, a volunteer supporting our ward staff or an administrator keeping the paperwork in line, you'll be part of an amazing team that makes a huge difference to people's lives each and every single day.

We are always looking for the very best people to join our team, people who share our values and passion for providing outstanding patient care. We offer a wide range of staff benefits, exciting development opportunities and as a social enterprise, our members have a genuine say in our future business plans.

Staff benefits

  • Incremental pay scales with competitive pay rates
  • Generous annual leave entitlements, on a par with the NHS
  • Lease car scheme
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Access to a Credit Union
  • Competitive pension scheme, either through a group personal pension or NHS Pension Scheme
  • Flexible retirement options
  • Healthy living initiatives
  • A range of staff discounts on shopping and leisure facilities - both local and national

Current vacancies on NHS Jobs

Details of our current vacancies within Provide CIC advertised on NHS jobs, including job descriptions and application forms can be found below.

NHS Jobs

Join Workforce Solutions

We have a range of bank job opportunities available across frontline patient care to support roles.

Workforce Solutions helps fill temporary requirements across Provide. We are constantly looking to recruit to our bank, be it current substantive staff interested in working more hours, or external staff working through our bank only.

We offer:

  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Flexible working hours on an as and when basis
  • Paid annual leave (on an accrual basis)
  • Pension scheme available
  • Employee assistance scheme
  • First choice of available shifts
  • Supportive induction
  • Developmental opportunities
  • Access to staff benefits including discounts on retail and leisure facilities
  • Access to health and wellbeing initiatives

Want to find out more?

0300 303 2692

Provide is a Mindful employer

We are committed to the mental health of our employees and have signed the Charter for Employers Who Are Positive About Mental health. To find out more visit the Mindful Employer website...

Valuing staff

Provide is committed to helping staff achieve a balance between home and work life, and supporting their well-being. We value diversity, employing staff from a range of backgrounds and are committed to the mental health of our employees and to employing staff with disabilities.

We are positive about disabled people

Provide is committed to employing disabled people and has been awarded the Positive About Disabled People Two Tick symbol. The accreditation is awarded to employers who demonstrate to the Department for Work and Pensions that they are committed to the employment of disabled people. Find out more..

Armed Forces Covenant

  • Offer guaranteed interviews to veterans, young and old, if they meet the essential selection criteria laid out in a person specification.
  • Recognise military skills and qualifications when interviewing for new positions.
  • Support the employment, where appropriate, of wounded, injured or sick veterans, perhaps by working with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP Assist) or through a guaranteed interview scheme.

If you are an armed forces veteran and you wish to apply for a vacancy with us, please contact us on to ensure that we meet our commitments above.


If there is anything specific you would like to know about making your application, you may find the answer below. However, if there is anything else you would like to ask us, you can email the Provide Recruitment team at and the team will be happy to help.

Where can I search for current vacancies?

You can search for job opportunities on the Provide website on this page, on NHS jobs and on our social media channels: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter

How does the selection process work?

It can vary depending on the job you have applied for. Most candidates will go through screening, testing, interview and final assessment stages.

If I am offered an interview, what documentation do I need to bring?

If you are successful at being offered an interview you will be required to take all original qualification certificates to your interview in line with the Person Specification of the job you have applied for.

How can I prepare for my Provide interview?

Our selection process is built around our Values and Behaviours. By becoming familiar with them, you’ll gain a better understanding of the things we’ll be looking for at your interview.

Am I still able to apply if I have a criminal record?

It depends on the nature of the offence, and the sort of work you want to do in the NHS - for example, for roles with direct patient contact you will usually legally be required to declare all criminal offences.

Any requirements like these will be stated in the job advertisement.

Where can I find out more about the benefits offered at Provide?

As well as offering a competitive salary, annual pay review and bonus scheme, Provide offers a flexible benefits scheme, allowing you to tailor your package to suit your needs. Provide also offers a Hapi benefits scheme, speak to the Recruitment team for more information about this.

What does being a registered healthcare professional mean?

Many healthcare professionals are regulated on a statutory basis. This means that to work as one of these professionals, you are legally required to be registered with the relevant regulatory body.

Many other professions have voluntary registration which means that it isn't a legal requirement to be registered, but it is usually in the interests of the individual to do so.

Do vacancies always go to internal applicants?

No. It depends on the candidate that best meets the criteria in the person specification and can demonstrate this through the application and selection process.

How much can I earn working for Provide?

It depends on the type and level of job you are working in. Senior managers have their own pay systems, whereas all other staff are paid under the Agenda for Change pay system.

Will I require a DBS check?

As part of employment with Provide, should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service.

The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit the website.

What locations are available in the UK?

We have different offices across Essex.

What can I do if I feel that none of the current vacancies are right for me?

Job Alerts allow you to enter search criteria for the job you are looking for. Join our Talent Community and you will receive email alerts when relevant positions are available. You can register for our Talent community to allow us to contact you when new opportunities arise but feel free to regularly check our 'Working for Us' page on this site to view new roles as they are released. To join our Talent Community email 



We are very keen to recruit and train local people to spend time with our patients. Even if you have just half an hour a week there could be a role for you.

Volunteering is a fantastic opportunity to get involved and make a real difference to your local community. It will help you develop new skills or build on existing expertise and knowledge.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone aged 16 years or older can volunteer. It doesn’t matter what skills or experience you have or how much time you have to give. Or if you are looking for work experience to support a university application or as part of your college or university course, we will always try to place you appropriately.

For more information or just an informal chat, contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

Lorraine Pendleton

Tel: 07773 480035

Apply here

Interested? Complete the Volunteering Application Form here.


Volunteering opportunities

We have both hospital and community volunteer placements. Below are some of our current volunteer opportunities but we are always looking for new ideas, so do get in touch.

Pop-up shop volunteers

This role includes providing patients the opportunity to buy essentials and treats and gives independence during their stay.  The role involves stocking the trolley and engaging with patients on the ward.

Available days: Monday to Friday mornings at Halstead Hospital.

Phlebotomy Reception Support

The phlebotomists require someone to check people in when they arrive at the hospital and encourage service users to complete Friends and Family Test Cards.

Available days: Monday mornings at Halstead Hospital.

Lunchtime buddies

Older people sometimes take a long time to eat their lunch or need gentle encouragement to improve their appetite. Sometimes, they need feeding. With appropriate training, could you help us? We are looking for lunch buddies who will work under the supervision and guidance of nursing staff, to assist at lunchtimes.

Halstead and St Peter's Hospital.

What our volunteers say

“I hadn’t worked for a while and wanted to try something different. Volunteering as a Patient Support Buddy has helped me build-up confidence in the workplace and feel like I am really helping people.”

What our volunteers say

“I wanted to volunteer but did not have much spare time, as I work. However, I come in for a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon and run a reminiscing session. I received training and support before I started and have been so surprised how much I get out of the experience. I would really recommend volunteering.”


Apprenticeships are available throughout all Provide’s departments, including health and social care, customer service, team leading, business admin and HR.

Apprenticeship contracts are for 18months and are undertaken in the workplace with a day release at college. They are supported by the Talent for Care Coordinator, their line manager and their training provider throughout their framework. Anyone above 16+ can apply for an apprenticeship contract.

In 2015/16 Provide have 25 members of staff enrolled on apprenticeship or foundation degree programmes, to help improve skills and maintain high levels of service.

Any posts that are recruiting to an Apprenticeship contract will be advertised on the Gov website.

Rachel Scott

Talent For Care Coordinator

Tel: 0300 303 9950

Case Study - Laura Gadsby

Job title: Customer Services Apprentice   

"I began my job search in September 2015 as I was previously working in an after school club and Sainsbury’s café. I felt like I needed a change and wanted to gain an apprenticeship.

I came across the government apprentice website where I applied for the call handler position and customer services apprenticeship. In February I heard that I had got an interview in March, I was so pleased that I had this much notice to prepare myself and research the company and plan what to wear etc.

I turned up on the Tuesday for my interview, I found it professional but I didn’t feel uncomfortable or intimidated, I felt like as the questions went on I could relate some answers to my work based experiences and I felt like it became a little relaxed and more of a chat nearer the end which was nice. Michelle Frostick showed me around and I saw the office I would be working and could see an insight into how they work.

It was nice to meet Annie Ellis as she was in the interview as well, as she was going to be guiding me through the process later on. I went away and felt happy and I was feeling a little confident about this.

The next day I received a phone call from Heather Joslin in which she informed they would love to offer me this position; I was over the moon I just wanted to get started.  

On my first day I was very nervous but everyone was welcoming and I sat with Emma who is close in age to me and she showed me what to do, this was all completely new to me as I had never worked in an office before I was in retail for 4 and a bit years so it was a big change but one of the best things I have done.

It has been good to gain these skills and this experience and I enjoy talking to patients. I feel I have learnt a lot since I have been here and I feel more confident in myself as a person, I enjoy working for the company and I enjoy the job I do.

When I first started I felt I would never get the hang of this but now I look back and think I can do it and I don’t know why I ever thought I couldn’t. I am excited for the next step after my apprenticeship and to build on my skills even more."

Case Study - Clair Banks

Job title: Business Coordinator 

"I began my career with Provide (then Mid Essex PCT) in December 2010. I started on a 3 month temporary contract to issue smart cards.

After a year of being on a temporary contract I was made permanent. In May 2012, I began a degree with the Open University for personal development and in September 2013, I was appointed into the role of Personal Assistant to Jackie Bolton, Assistant Director, Witham, Braintree and Halstead Locality. From there I learnt valuable new skills and worked with a wide variety of people across the Organisation, from Community Nurses, to Executive Directors.  

It was in this role that I began an NVQ Level 4 in Business. In January 2016, I was appointed into the role of Business Coordinator for Witham, Braintree and Halstead Locality and in May 2016 I commenced on the New Manager Survival Programme (NMSP). I have found this training to be immensely helpful in both my professional and personal life.  

My confidence has grown, and although I am still learning how to manage people and be a good leader, the NMSP has definitely given me the tools to do this. The courses within the NMSP, such as the 7C’s of Consulting and Conflict Resolution, have not only given me the skills to be a better manager but it has also given me the relevant work experience and learning to be able to continue with my degree, which I will have finished by May 2018.  

On 9th February 2017, I am going to Prested Hall for the Learning and Development Strategy Presentation, to talk about my journey with Provide, to the Board. 

I love working for Provide and I have been given so many excellent opportunities in my career, which is supporting me in my existing role and also preparing me and giving me skills to enable me to take the next steps in my career with Provide."  

Case Study - Emma Schmid

Job title: Business Admin Apprentice   

"I started my Business Admin Apprenticeship in October 2016. Lacking in confidence and unsure of my new role, seven months on and 72% into my apprenticeship my confidence and attitude towards learning has grown completely.

I am taking advantage of all opportunities offered to me, recently attending excel intermediate training which gave me the skills and knowledge to pass my IT exam as part of my apprenticeship. I want to continue to grow within Provide and hope to become a permanent member of the team."

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