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Senior Mental Health Nurse

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
17 Oct 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Looking for something new & exciting in the NHS?

Ever considered Prison healthcare?

This post is eligible for a Golden Hello payment of �2,750 for new starters who are external to the Trust. This is payable in 3 instalments over a 2 year period. This payment is only eligible to new starters who do not already hold a contract of employment with the Trust. This post also includes paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during night, weekends and bank holidays.

Job Overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Mental Health Nurse to join the Healthcare team at HMP Leicester

Working within the Team at HMP Leicester will give you the opportunity to make a real difference to a group of people who traditionally have high psychiatric and social morbidity but have also faced multiple barriers to accessing appropriate healthcare.

This role is for registered nurses, with NMC registration, who wish to pursue a career within Offender Health, with proven post registration experience in supporting patients with primary and/or secondary Mental Health needs and have a good knowledge and understanding of CPA and risk assessment.

You should be enthusiastic, motivated, patient focused and enjoy a challenge.

We provide an integrated service 24 hours 7 days a week , the Mental Health Service is operational over 7 days, 07.30 - 18.00

Main duties of the job

HMP Leicester

HMP Leicester is located in the city centre, it is a Category B Local Remand Prison that houses approximately 350 men over the age of 18.

The population is made up of remand, unsentenced and short sentenced residents. The Prison has one large wing, a separate smaller wing for Vulnerable Prisoners. There is a dedicated healthcare centre located in the main building with other rooms across the establishment where healthcare appointments can be carried out. The prison is always busy with a high turnover of men - so each day is busy / exciting and at times challenging.

Main Duties of the job

You will be a registered nurse with demonstrable experience in mental health and associated professional development.Working with men from arrival in the prison through to their release back into the community , you will feel rewarded in your ability to deliver a bespoke package of care to address and improve health inequalities to individuals with diverse and complex health needs?

Delivering a wide range of positive health opportunities to individuals in custody, which is equal to and often above what is offered in the community.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

Offender Health Directorate

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.

Providing healthcare to several Prisons, for a population of over 10 000. You would be part of a large peer group of 400+ healthcare professionals, with access to peer support, supervision and excellent opportunities for learning and development.

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.

The Trust

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.

Its the variety of this role which will provide a stimulating experience like no other, one minute you could be engaging patients in a mental health assessment or delivering brief therapeutic interventions with patients who have primary or secondary mental health problems, the next you may be facilitating a CPA review or contributing to a risk management meeting due to an individuals self-harm behaviour.

We work as part of a wide MDT, including GPs, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, RMNs, Pharmacists, Substance Misuse Recovery workers, RGNs, Sexual Health Specialists and other Allied Professionals and have strong links with community services to promote continuity of care.

We have well-established and strong relationships with the prison team, who support us to deliver healthcare safely.

This role enables you to work autonomously, whilst always having the support of a strong team when required. There are opportunities and support for progression for the right candidate, which can be anything from completing a full Preceptorship to a masters degree.

As a senior nurse your will also be responsible for supporting and supervising junior staff, to engage in individual and group supervision and reflective practice.

Please see full job description for job responsibilities

Person Specification



  • Registered RMN
  • NMC registered


  • additional professional qualifications, for example - CBT,DBT,EDMR



  • Previous experience of assessment and risk management
  • Previous experience of supporting / supervising junior staff


  • previous experience of working in offender health
  • Previous experience of working in secure setting



  • Understanding of safeguarding
  • ability to manage own caseload and prioritise work

Values and Behaviours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Leicester

116 Welford Road



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