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Mental Health/Learning Disability Practitioner (RMN/RNLD)

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Nurse, Mental health, Learning disability nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity is available within the CNWL Health and Justice Service.

In order to focus on the high risk 'Early Days in Custody' we are delighted to advertise to join our growing Mental Health Team at HMP Woodhill. We are looking to recruit Band 6 Mental Health/Learning Disability Practitioners to work within the Multi-Disciplinary Integrated Mental Health Team at HMP Woodhill, Milton Keynes. If you thrive on new challenges, being in an environment where no two days are the same and feel passionate about Health and Justice then you may be the very person that we are looking for to join our developing team.

You will have a key role in the exciting multi-agency, multi-disciplinary focus on early days in custody, assessing and managing risk alongside prison colleagues.

Main duties of the job

  • To play a key role in the important 'Early Days in Custody' of prisoners, working closely with other departments to ensure that all risks are assessed and managed.
  • To function fully within the Integrated Mental Health Team, assessing and treating patients through their journey in prison.
  • To accept referrals and triage patients with the team.
  • To undertake comprehensive assessments alone or with colleagues and feedback to the Multi-disciplinary Team, ensuring that planned care is individual and appropriate to the needs of the patient.
  • To provide effective case management to a defined caseload in accordance with the Care Programme Approach, in conjunction with the team, appropriate prison departments and external health, social care and probation services.
  • To ensure effective pre-release care planning.

About us

We're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient's own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do.Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people.We're always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee we're hoping to find our future leaders and we'll support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more - whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To have an active presence and act as a resource for all staff and prisoners, in addition to those patients under your care, in the Segregation unit and Clinical Assessment Unit.
  • To work with the agreed Core Assessment Tool within all relevant Prison Departments.
  • To carry out duties in accordance with Prison / NOMS policies.
  • To undertake comprehensive assessment of individuals: to include all areas of need and information gathering from all relevant Prison Departments and external agencies.
  • To case manage an identified caseload of clients, in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team and relevant agencies and carers. To include the planning and implementation of effective care plans, regular review meetings, timely referral to external agencies, within the framework of the CPA, to ensure effective pre-release planning.
  • To communicate effectively with all relevant internal departments and external agencies regarding clients, within the restrictions of a prison environment.
  • To work closely with the MDT and identify and facilitate an effective range of therapeutic interventions for this particular client group.
  • To respond to urgent referrals and to assess whether input from the team is indicated/appropriate.
  • To offer a range of evidence-based interventions and proactive risk management approaches to help the patient reduce and manage symptoms, high risk behaviour and other disabling effects of their conditions and enable, as far as possible, full and sustained recovery.
  • To ensure that both CNWL Safeguarding Adults and Children Guidelines and procedures are fully understood and to ensure the safety needs of adults and children involved are met at all times and take appropriate action when either the adult or/and child is felt to be at risk or in need.
  • To monitor treatment, support concordance and ensure prompt action is taken to alleviate unwanted effects.
  • To provide advice and information to Patients about their care.
  • To provide access to and ongoing psycho-education regarding various mental health conditions to Patients and different health and prison staff.
  • To provide interventions and work with other disciplines/agencies/teams in the care of service users experiencing co-morbid problems with substance use/misuse.
  • Provide written reports and discharge summaries as required.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • oRegistered Nurse (RMN/RNLD)
  • oMentorship or supervisor qualification
  • oEvidence of professional development since registration


  • oPost registration qualification that enhances clinical work: CBT, DBT, Dual Diagnosis, etc.



  • oSubstantial post registration
  • oExperience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • oExperience of mentoring or supervising students
  • oExperience of care co-ordinating within CPA framework
  • oExperience of working in community setting


  • oExperience of working in a Prison or forensic environment

Skills and knowledge


  • oExpert in engaging with people with mental health problems, assessing their needs, designing and delivering appropriate interventions and evaluating the effectiveness of the process.
  • oRisk assessment and management skills.
  • oKnowledge of current challenges / developments in Prison health.
  • oExcellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  • oExcellent IT skills.
  • oAbility to work effectively as part of a team and independently as appropriate.
  • oTo use supervision positively and effectively.
  • oProven ability to work patients to increase their level of self-determination and resilience.
  • oEffective time management.
  • oKnowledge of the needs and rights of patients.
  • oKnowledge of CPA, Mental Health Act, MAPPA, legislation and policies relevant to prison mental health.
  • oKnowledge of safeguarding frameworks
  • oProblem solving, stress management & conflict resolution skills.
  • oAbility to engage in evidence based practice, with an understanding of care quality (clinical governance).

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Woodhill

Milton Keynes


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