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Registered Nurse - Prison Healthcare

Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
£28,834 to £35,099 per annum
Closing date
25 Nov 2023
Following recent Welsh Government investment, we have a number of vacancies for registered nurses who would enjoy the challenge and unique experience of working in HM Prison Cardiff. The prison is a remand center, covering the courts of SE Wales, with space for 800 men.

Working as part of a recently extended multi-disciplinary team, successful candidates will provide care to prisoners with a wide range of mental and physical health problems, including substance misuse issues.We are particularly interested in staff who have skills in primary care, acute or emergency medicine as well as those with specialist skills in mental health.

Main duties of the job

Successful candidates will be involved in organizing admissions and the discharge of prisoners, assessing, planning and evaluating care. The role will involve close collaboration with other members of the MDT to ensure the provision of holistic and person centered care, taking account of the ongoing care and support needs of the prisoners on their release from prison. This role offers the opportunity to work in conjunction with a wide range of partners from both within the Prison Service and with services for vulnerable groups within the community. There is also an opportunity to be engaged in the planning and development of healthcare services within HM Prison Cardiff and be engaged in student training and education programmes.

Interested candidates will need to be able to demonstrate an ability to work autonomously with patients who have complex needs, using evidence based, and patient centered principles. Excellent communication skills are required in terms of being able to discuss and articulate highly complex and sensitive information relating to the care and management of prisoners' health. Emotional resilience is also essential given the demands of the environment.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post English and/or Welsh speakers are equally welcome to apply.

About us

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is one of the largest Integrated Health Boards in the UK, employing over 15,000 staff, providing over 100 specialist services. Working across 6 hospital sites, we have a diverse range of career opportunities to offer. Serving around 500,000 people living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, we are focussed on the health and care needs of our local population whilst working with our partners to develop regional services.

Our mission is Caring for People, Keeping People Well, and our vision is that every person's chance of leading a healthy life should be equal. As an organisation we are unashamedly ambitious for our population's health, rising to the challenges of today and tomorrow through our 10-year strategy, Shaping our Future Wellbeing. We are contributing to a healthier Wales with great emphasis placed on innovation and improvement, learning from around the world and leading the way in clinical research. Partnership working is strong at Cardiff and Vale, and we work closely with our staff and our community.

Cardiff, the thriving Welsh capital, is a fantastic city to live and work in with an abundance of sports, arts and cultural attractions. Situated to the west of Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan offers a combination of beautiful Welsh countryside and a dramatic natural coastline. Whether city life or rural living, Cardiff and the Vale offers the best of both worlds.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be able to find a full Job description and Person Specification attached within the supporting documents or please click Apply now to view in Trac.

If you are interested in joining the team of 20 nurses already enjoying the fulfillment of their role in HM Prison Cardiff, please contact Kirsty John (02920 923140).

Person Specification



  • 1st Level Registered Nurse
  • Current NMC registration
  • Evidence of recent CPD


  • Evidence of post registration training
  • ACCT



  • Experience in primary care / and or acute Nursing
  • Experience of multidisciplinary/ multiagency working


  • Sufficient experience at band 5 in related clinical environment
  • Prison experience



  • Able to assess, plan and evaluate care
  • Ability to meet patients physical and psychological needs
  • Able to provide documentation to a high standard
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Basic IT skills


  • Ability to speak Welsh



  • Knowledge of NMC code
  • Care planning, reflection and clinical supervision
  • Demonstrate clinical and theoretical knowledge base


  • Experience / knowledge of the criminal justice setting

Employer details

Employer name

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board


HMP Cardiff

Knox Road


CF24 0UG

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