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Mental Health Matron-HMP Gartree

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

Looking for something new & exciting in the NHS? Ever considered Prison healthcare?We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 7 Clinical Matron to join our team.

HMP Gartree is a Category B High security men's prison in Market Harborough Leicestershire. The prison capacity is for up to 700 men with many of the prisoners serving long term or life sentences.

The post sits within the wider Healthcare Service and is integrated alongside Substance Misuse and Primary Care. You will form part of the Healthcare Leadership team, working effectively together and will report to the Head of Healthcare to ensure collectively the healthcare needs of men residing at HMP Gartree are met. The role is pivotal in leading and co-ordinating a high quality, safe, effective and efficient service to meet the needs of the patient population across the prison establishment.

About the role:
  • You will be responsible for the clinical management and leadership of the Integrated Mental Health Team within the Prison establishment.
  • To lead effective Mental Health services for patients, which deliver against required standards
  • To demonstrate innovative practice, whilst collaboratively working with multiple stakeholders, maintaining clinical efficacy, enabling the service to compete as provider of choice to local commissioners.

Main duties of the job

The Offender Health Directorate is one of the largest and most successful providers of prison healthcare in the UK. The Directorate provide physical, mental health and substance misuse healthcare services in prisons across the East Midlands, Lincolnshire & Leicestershire.

The Directorate provides healthcare to 9 prisons and a short-term holding facility. You are part of a large peer group of 400+ healthcare professionals with access to peer support, supervision and excellent opportunities for learning and development. We also offer services within the Personality Disorder Pathway, including Therapeutic Communities (within prisons), Community and Prison Personality Disorder services and specialist Veteran Services.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

Do you want to make a difference?

Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career. Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

We are committed to working in partnership with prison services, national probation service other healthcare providers and our criminal justice system partners to improve health, support justice to reduce re-offending behaviour. The Offender Health Team truly believes it can make a difference to the lives of offenders by offering consistent, high-quality care in primary, mental health and substance misuse services that are equivalent to health services delivered outside of Prison

Healthcare delivery in prison is never dull or predictable it is very rewarding. Every day will bring new challenges and new experiences to you as a qualified professional. The Integrated Mental Health team consists of senior mental health nurses, ND nurse, psychology, support workers and psychiatry provision who provide a stepped model approach to care provision and cover all aspects of mental health needs. The team provides case management and group work 7 days a week. The team have good working relationships with the Prison staff which is reflected in excellent health outcomes for our most vulnerable men

The post holder will be responsible for the day-to-day organisation and smooth running of the multi-disciplinary team, providing a service to a diverse caseload of patients who are presenting with mental health problems and a high risk of harm.

Person Specification



  • Professional training or CPD in leadership/ management



  • Registered mental Health Nurse/Learning Disability First Level Registration
  • Master's degree or equivalent Evidence of CPD


  • Mentorship qualification



  • Experience of Managing teams and services
  • Knowledge and Experience in the provision of care to the complex needs of mental health patients


  • Experience of developing services
  • Experience of working with offenders/criminal justice system



  • Knowledge of therapeutic approaches used in secure environments including the Recovery Agenda
  • Good Knowledge of safeguarding
  • Knowledge and understanding of the interface across Clinical pathways

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