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Mental Health Nurse

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£30,407 to £36,581 a year pa inc
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
To work under the direction of senior staff to deliver and constantly strive to improve the offender healthcare services

To provide mental health care based on the principles of timely, comprehensive assessment and evidence-based practice.

To reduce or mitigate the effects of unhealthy or high-risk behaviors (ACCT).

To promote effective links with health and related services in the community to ensure continuity of care as appropriate (Care program Approach, CPA)

Main duties of the job

To provide mental health nursing care to offenders. This will require liaison with HMP prison and senior managers and staff probation services, education staff, security personnel, and external NHS providers both in primary and secondary care, and visiting specialists when required.

To support senior staff in the development of high-quality mental health care through the effective assessment, development and implementation programmes. To assess care needs and provide high quality nursing care as a member of a multi-disciplinary team for offenders who have mental health care needs utilising the CPA processes and risk assessment & care planning.

To maintain accurate, legible records of care provided based upon the CPA care plan process, incorporating relevant communication and liaison with other care providers and the wider prison establishment

To promote the overall health and wellbeing of the offender population using evidence-based practice.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

Under the direction of senior staff, be responsible for the delivery of appropriate, high-quality psycho-social nursing care to a defined caseload of offenders utilising evidence-based practice and psychological interventions.

To enable the offender towards discharge from in-patient services, recovery and self-care.

To ensure high quality nursing care through continual professional development and clinical supervision.

To ensure offenders identified with mental health needs are assessed and where necessary appropriate referrals are made to other appropriate agencies in a timely way

To open, review and participate in reviews of individuals being managed under the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork, (ACCT framework), in particular where the offender is known to mental health services and are considered particularly a risk due to suicide or self harm,

When directed, act as an advocate and be able to challenge others when necessary.Attend internal and external meetings concerning the care of the offenders as directed.

Person Specification



  • Register Mental Health Nurse (RMN)
  • Willing to evidence & participate in appropriate continual professional development.



  • Understanding and or experience secure environments (prisons or forensic services) - desirable.



  • An ability to assess risk and care-plan effectively.
  • An understanding of the 1983 Mental Health Act and subsequent mental health legislation as they pertain to nursing.
  • Ability to demonstrate the safe and effective assessment, triage and care planning & interventions for complex cases.

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Rochester

1 Fort Rd



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