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Specialist Prison In-Reach Practitioner

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Full Time
An exciting position has become available for an experienced nurse to join the Mental Health Team at the Westgate Personality Disorder Treatment Service. The Westgate Unit is a Specialist Unit based within HMP Frankland that serves as a national resource for men in the prison system with Personality Disorders that require support with treatment, mental health needs and risk reduction. HMP Frankland is a male establishment within the long term high secure prison estate, a Category A prison. You will be working alongside Prison Officers, Governors, Psychologists, Therapists, Primary Healthcare, Drug and Alcohol Services, and Offender Management to support men in our care.

The Westgate Personality Disorder Treatment Service was established as a pilot project in 2004 to offer treatment to those diagnosed with Personality Disorders. The Westgate Unit is now firmly embedded in the Offender Personality Disorder pathway, offering treatment to men who require high secure prison arrangements and have the most complex of clinical presentations, in respect of Personality Disorder and risk of offending. Westgate Service aims to reduce risk of offending whilst improving mental health and well-being.

This post is advertised on a fixed term basis for maternity cover.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be grounded in nursing whilst undertaking and forming part of multi-disciplinary team assessments and formulations of those referred and undergoing treatment on the unit. The primary role of the applicant is to offer assessment and formulation of mental health and well-being and offer ongoing support and interventions in collaboration with the wider team through individual and group based interventions.

Communication skills are key to work in this multi-disciplinary, multi-agency environment. Ability to demonstrate a reflective capacity and personal and professional resilience are key.

Experience and understanding of psychologically informed interventions is helpful and a willingness to learn and develop the scope of your current practice within the context of working therapeutically with this population in essential.

Experience of working autonomously and ability to manage your own workload, maintaining the scope of your own professional knowledge and skills at all times.

Your role will involve engaging with service users accessing the service for assessment and treatment of personality disorder. As part of the mental health team, you will undertake assessment and formulation of mental health and well-being, assess suitability to engage in personality disorder treatment and through collaborative work with the service user and wider MDT team develop needs led, goal orientated care plans to support the service user during their stay on Westgate.

About us

We aim to attract and retain a diverse, talented and committed workforce, who are caring and compassionate, and therefore able to meet the demands of the modern NHS now and in the future. In return we can offer a dynamic working environment in which to build a career.

Whilst the environment and clinical population offers significant challenges, Westgate is a unique environment, purpose built to offer therapeutic interventions to the most complex offenders. There are a wide range of supportive therapeutic activities available on site for service users, and a highly skilled and experienced multi-disciplinary team to support and guide you in your role. In addition, there is a wide variety of well-being support available to maintain personal resilience to work in this challenging but rewarding environment.

There is an opportunity to develop and enhance your clinical skills, in a supported and structured environment. The Westgate Unit offers monthly training alongside training identified through CNTW.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please note to apply for this role you must have the right to work in the UK. CNTW NHS Foundation Trust will not provide sponsorship for this role.

Please find attached job description for full details.

Advertising date : 14th November 2023

Closing date : 27th November 2023

We welcome your application.

Person Specification



  • Professional Nursing Qualification e.g RMN/RNLD


  • Qualification in Clinical interventions / therapy



  • Significant post registration experience
  • Directly delivering high quality clinical care to patients
  • Multi-disciplinary team working


  • Evidence of working with Secure Care or with Offenders



  • Effective communications skills
  • Evidence of clinical assessment and risk management
  • Evidence of working as an autonomous practitioner


  • Evidence of care co-ordination

Employer details

Employer name

CNTW NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Frankland



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