Prison Mental Health Nurse - Development Post

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £40,588 a year per annum
Closing date
13 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
As part of the new Mental Health contract awarded to Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, we are looking for registered mental health nurses to join us at HMP Hull Mental Health Team on Wellbeing Unit.

This vacancy is open to Band 5 Registered Nurses with a minimum of 12 months post qualification experience and successful completion of preceptorship. This is a developmental post with progression to a Band 6 upon meeting the criteria within the Band 6 job description and competency framework specific to Health & Justice Services.

This is an excellent opportunity for nurses to join a team working in a rewarding environment on the enhanced mental health Wellbeing Unit at HMP Hull where you will get to develop a full range of psychiatric skills and interventions. Additionally, to the competency framework, we offer a comprehensive induction and workforce development plan with a vast array of personal, professional and academic training opportunities enabling you to expand your skill set and evidence based practices.

The Wellbeing Unit will:
  • offer residents with capacity urgent assessment and treatment, intervention and medication to stabilise their MH and promote recovery.
  • establish pathways with regional secure units to ensuring safe transfer and remission to and from secure services when appropriate

The wellbeing unit will be clinically led and operationally enabled by the team working together within the service.

Main duties of the job

You will be a Registered Mental Health Nurse. You'll have a flexible approach to working within a team that encourages new ideas and opinions on how to improve the service.

You will have experience providing compassionate mental health care and have an understanding of the criminal justice system. You will make on going assessment of need reflecting individual circumstances and provide relevant interventions and input to discharge planning. You will be required to have strong coordination and planning skills, with the ability to make decisions based on comprehensive health and risk assessments.

You should be innovative, flexible and able to engage with patients with complex needs. You will be committed to a person-centred approach and have the ability to prioritise.

We are looking for clinicians who will thrive working in a busy environment amongst a wider well resourced team of multidisciplinary professionals, as well as alongside partner providers from a variety of internal and external services.

About us

As part of the new Mental Health contract awarded to Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, we are excited to expand our prison mental health services and are looking for registered professionals to join us at HMP Hull Mental Health Team on Wellbeing Unit.

HMP Hull is a Category B prison. The establishment serves all courts in the region and accepts prisoners on remand or sentenced by the courts. The predominant population is made up of remand prisoners in the early days of custody whilst engaging in the court processes.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job descriptions for further detailed information regarding the role and main responsibilities.

We require the post holders to be committed to equal opportunities and non-discriminatory practices and reflect the trust values.

We would welcome candidates to contact and arrange a visit to the prison or an informal discussion.

Person Specification



  • RNMH,/RNLD or registered practitioner, current professional registration with NMC or relevant professional body.
  • Clinical Supervisor (within agreed timescales).
  • Recognised sign-off mentor or must be achieved within agreed timescale.
  • Qualified practitioner in e.g. CBT, DBT, PSI, dual diagnosis etc. (within agreed timescale).
  • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)


  • Leadership or management qualification



  • Significant experience working with people with mental ill health in a community setting.
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers.
  • Working collaborative with other professionals and organisaitons


  • Experience of working in Forensic Services



  • Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers/families and all members of the multidisciplinary team
  • Work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and undertake care co-ordinator responsibilities


  • Clinical Risk Assessment and Management and its application in practice.
  • Awareness of psychological models of care and treatment.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Hull

Hedon Road



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