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Primary Care Nurse (RGN) - Swinderby Unit

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
12 Dec 2023
These posts are subject to National NHS T& Cs, paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during nights, weekends and bank holidays and we offer a Golden Hello payment of �2,750 to new starters with the Trust in this role (payable in instalments over a 2 year period)

YOU have an exciting opportunity to be a part of a new service delivering healthcare services to a small group of men within the Immigration estate.

The Swinderby Residential Short-Term Holding Facility will hold up to 39 adult men for a period of up to 5 days. As part of a small team,you will offer a holistic package of care to a vulnerable group of men ensuring any immediate healthcare concerns are managed, prescribed medications are continued, and a safe discharge is facilitated.An important part of your role will be to offer emotional support to this group of men at an uncertain time in their lives.

The service provision will be seven days a week 24 hours a day and you will work in partnership with other providers to achieve high quality outcomes for the service user group. We aim to provide healthcare to those detained that is equivalent to those in the community.

Main duties of the job

The Primary Healthcare Team will provide a wide variety of care from initial assessment / screening for all new patients, clinical triage, emergency response, care of minor illness and injuries, and health promotion.

Nursing in a secure environment provides the perfect opportunity to offer a positive nurse led health experience to a group of patients who are usually identified as experiencing poor health outcomes.

Working as part of a small team you will have the opportunity to make a real difference to our patients, who are often not in receipt of essential healthcare services in the community - for a variety of reasons.

Whilst in our care, we are able to empower our patients to become more aware of their health needs, to be screened and receive vaccinations for a variety of conditions.

We are able to offer help and support to stabilise long term conditions, as well as offer treatment on a daily basis for minor injury and illnesses.

We support and develop of nursing team to lead on areas of speciality which is of interest to them and can offer additional training as required.

We also offer a supportive preceptorship package for newly qualified nurses.

You will work closely with our Home Office and Prison Officer colleagues to provide a high standard of safe and patient centred healthcare services.

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

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.

The Directorate provides healthcare to 8 prisons and one Short Term Holding Facility. You are part of a large peer group of 400+ healthcare professionals with access to peer support, supervision and excellent opportunities for learning and development. We also offer services within the Personality Disorder Pathway, including Therapeutic Communities (within prisons), Community and Prison Personality Disorder services and specialist Veteran Services.

We are committed to working in partnership with the Home Office, Prison Services, National Probation Service, healthcare providers and our criminal justice system partners to improve health, support justice, reduce re-offending and ensure an individuals healthcare needs are met during their immigration journey. 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 the Immigration Estate/Prison.

You will be responsible for the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of healthcare for patients.

For the safe administration of medications in accordance with National, Trust and Local policies

Provide a triage service and clinical interventions, recognising environmental limitations and the need for appropriate referral, assessment and transfer of patients who require care within wider NHS provision.

Respond to healthcare emergencies within the prison in accordance with the Trust's and Local policies and procedures.

Maintain accurate healthcare records and handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately.

Deliver evidence-based care and seek specialist advice from other Healthcare professionals both internal and external.

Act as a named nurse for patients with specialist or complex health needs

Provide nurse-led clinics within the Healthcare Centre and the wider Facility, out on the prison wings or other suitable settings.

To provide basic leadership to junior staff by maintaining professional standards ensuring adherence to all relevant policies and procedures to ensure the delivery of high-quality care.

To identify patients who could be at risk of self-harm and escalate appropriately and respect patients individuality and maintain their privacy and dignity within the constraints of the secure and detained environment.

Please note this post requires DBS and CTC checks.

Person Specification



  • First level registered nurse / RN


  • Certificate/Diploma in Counselling
  • Significant Demonstrable experience within the substance misuse field with evidence of appropriate continued learning.



  • Experience of assessing patient conditions, triaging services and providing appropriate clinical interventions.
  • Experience of working effectively within a MDT.


  • Experience of working in criminal justice setting
  • Experience of close working relationships with a variety of statutory agencies and other external organisations.
  • Experience of supervising and mentoring junior staff.



  • Negotiation and mediation skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communicators at all levels
  • Ability to engage with and develop a rapport with the client group
  • Ability to participate in and understand multi professional teamwork.
  • Ability to establish therapeutic relationships with clients


  • Evidence based therapeutic skills
  • Experience of training delivery
  • Ability to work without direct supervision



  • Awareness of other issues relevant to healthcare within criminal justice, e.g. substance misuse
  • Assessment and triage skills
  • Equal opportunities
  • Local and National Offender Health Strategy

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


Swinderby Short Term Holding Facility




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