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Primary Care Lead HMP Aylesbury

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
  • To operationally manage the Primary Care provision at HMP Aylesbury to ensure an equitable service to that in the community
  • Responsibility for Clinical Leadership in primary care and public health
  • To deputise for the Head of Healthcare when required
  • To ensure that the highest quality, evidence-based service is provided
  • Coordinate the healthcare provision across the whole prison establishment
  • To ensure flexibility and efficiency and manage the service within the allocated resources
  • Through effective leadership, and in partnership with others, develop and evaluate the healthcare provision
  • To lead on other portfolio responsibilities connected to the development of the service, working collaboratively with key partners
  • Responsibility (including Managerial responsibility) for security within the Healthcare facility and any other areas of practice within the prison
  • Responsibility (including Managerial responsibility) for prisoner care as a specialist Healthcare Practitioner for Primary Care and Public Health
  • Responsibility for the management of the primary care team including those staff employed by different provider organisations or those working within healthcare through contract management arrangements

Main duties of the job

  • Responsibility for and to lead the use of evidenced based care in negotiating, assessing, planning and evaluating patient's healthcare
  • Develop and manage specialist clinics for the management of Chronic Disease
  • Lead and manage the healthcare response to medical emergencies within the prison
  • Seek specialist advice from other healthcare professionals to develop comprehensive care packages when needed
  • Undertake and supervise assessment of suitability of patients to be transferred or released
  • Ensure comfort and personal appearance, hygiene and nutritional needs of patients are met
  • Use specialist knowledge and expertise to make clinical decisions and to influence the decisions of other Healthcare professionals
  • Undertake and supervise triage to determine clinical priorities and potential need to admit to the Healthcare Inpatient Facility
  • Respect patient's individuality and maintain their privacy within the constraints of the custodial environment and ensure that others uphold this principal
  • Supervise the support of patients to address issues which affect their own health, behaviour and social welfare both reactively and proactively through health promotion activities
  • Liaise with prison officers, and with patient's consent, external Healthcare providers regarding the discharge pathway of patients from Healthcare including the management of case conferences
  • Develop evidenced based clinical policies and procedures

About us

We're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, 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.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Act as Professional Lead and provide support to all members of the Healthcare team
  • Working with the Mental Health lead, assume operational responsibility for Healthcare services making autonomous decisions where necessary to ensure the effective delivery of services
  • Be responsible for setting the professional standards expected from team members communicating this to them and monitoring these
  • Represent the Healthcare Department in other forums including multi-agency groups, initiating and leading these where required
  • Provide cover in the absence of the Head of Healthcare, acting up as the operational manager if required
  • Undertake duties as part of the managers on call rota
  • Be aware and comply with the relevant Code of Professional Conduct and ensure qualified staff work within their Professional Code of Conduct
  • Be responsible to keep up to date with national and local issues and lead on implementation of service developments within Offender Health.
  • Work collaboratively with domestic teams/services to ensure a safe, clean environment is maintained
  • Ensure infection prevention and control practices and policies are implemented and adhered to
  • Ensure monthly monitoring of HCAI rates, standards of cleanliness and hand hygiene audits are carried out and data is made available for quarterly reporting to the Trust Board
  • Manage work load based on flexible principals and to be able to prioritise care based on skill mix available
  • Investigate and respond to complaints, litigation claims and queries from patients, staff or other external agencies
  • Investigate and respond to datix incident reports and complete a monthly report for the Head of Healthcare
  • Investigate Serious Incidents (SIs) and complete associated reports as required
  • To manage the environment within the Healthcare facility
  • Manage a devolved budget following financial regulations
  • Provide accurate and timely performance data on team activity as required
  • Contribute towards the establishment of a no blame culture
  • Ensure that all human resource issues are met in relation to race relations and equal opportunities
  • Undertake regular supervision and appraisals to ensure professional development of staff within your jurisdiction
  • Actively participate in the recruitment and retention of nursing staff by reviewing applications and sitting on interview panels ensuring compliance with Human Resource policies and procedures and mandatory training requirements
  • Provide leadership and management to staff, including dealing with performance, disciplinary and grievance matters as required
  • Co-ordinate annual leave and training, in accordance with policy to ensure adequate staffing for the continued effective functioning of the team
  • Develop and implement operational policies and procedures ensuring that staff work within them at all times and review as appropriate

Manage the production of the 24 hour off duty rota for healthcare, ensuring all aspects of the service are met in full, taking into account the skill mix available and within identified financial constraints and ensure that e-rostering is updated accordingly

Person Specification



  • Registered General Nurse
  • Management qualifications
  • Evidence of continuous professional development, e.g. practice teaching, mentoring
  • Degree level qualification


  • Non-medical prescriber qualification
  • Masters level qualification



  • Significant professional experience in Primary Care
  • Experience working at Band 7 Nurse
  • Experience of supervising staff
  • Experience of joint working with other agencies
  • Experience of working in secure setting
  • Experience of developing Policies and procedures



  • Knowledge of Chronic Disease and Long-Term Condition Management
  • Knowledge of the principles of Best Value/Clinical Governance
  • Knowledge of current developments and practice
  • Knowledge of the Physical Health Checks required within a prison setting


  • Knowledge of the principles of Quality Management
  • Knowledge of and participation in research

Key Skills/Abilities


  • Good communicator with competent presenting skills. Able to communicate verbally and in writing with a wide range of people at all levels
  • Able to provide clinical leadership and contribute to strategic direction

Personal disposition


  • Thorough understanding and commitment to operating and promoting Equality of Opportunity in relation to service users and employees
  • Willing and able to work flexibly, in terms of the requirements of the role, working hours and place of employment

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Aylesbury

Bierton Road


HP20 1EH

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