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Senior Nurse

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a.
Closing date
23 Dec 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you ready to unlock your potential within a challenging, creative and fast paced work environment? Do you want to escape your current job role and work with people to build positive and productive lives, whatever their past? Now is the time to breakinto offender healthcare and develop your career.

As part of the South West Prison Healthcare contract awarded to Oxleas NHS trust in 2022, we are able to expand recruitment and are looking for acompassionate, knowledgeable and motivated Senior Nurse to join our friendly team at HMP Guys Marsh.

Our healthcare team have a real impact on promoting health and well-being to those in prison and we pride ourselves on using skills and strategies that instil hope for patients future resettlement back into the community. We directly deliver Mental Health, Physical Health, Pharmacy and Clinical Substance Misuse in an integrated healthcare delivery model to provide effective and responsive care to improve wellbeing and support better outcomes in the future.

As part of our primary careteam, you will enjoy all the benefits of NHS AfC employment (inc pension) with the opportunity to work within a forward-thinking service, who encourage career and personal development to all staff to increase their clinical and interpersonal skills.

Main duties of the job

As a senior nurse you will provide high quality primary care services and a range of specialist interventions for offenders. At HMP Guys Marsh, we deliver a nurse-led integrated primary care service and operate a specialist practice-based clinical model of care.

You will maintain an effective case management service to ensure care and continuity of treatment is maintained throughout a patient care pathway whilst detained in prison. You will be required to ensure all clinics and consultations are delivered in a clinically effective and timely way and implement strategies designed to promote and improve health and prevent disease whilst in prison.

As a senior member of staff, you will be responsible for the day-to-day co-ordination of the Healthcare Team, supporting junior colleagues and ensure systems are in place for clinical supervision to junior team members.

Wondering what its like to work within offender healthcare?

Working in the prison service can seems scary at first but you'll have the support you need from your team to make a difference every day.

I see the prison as an individual community where I work with a variety of people and provide urgent care, routine health screens like a GP practice and complex needs care to the patients. I have the unique opportunity to support someone throughout their time in prison and make a significant difference to their lives. Furthermore, see them grow, change and improve their general health. Ellen, Clinical Lead, Oxleas NHS

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London.

Oxleas are the lead provider across 10 South West prisons and operate in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Devon and Dorset.

Our wider services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities


To support the delivery of an effective integrated healthcare service clinical model.

To manage a complex clinical caseload.

To support the development, implement and maintenance the National Standards for Health Care in Prisons for the service.

Ensure all clinics and consultations are delivered in a clinically effective and timely way, in line with service needs.

Maintain systems for the collection of triage & allocation of referrals as appropriate and monitoring and supporting the auditing of quality and effectiveness of service delivery.

To be able to give intravenous injections, immunisations and syringe pumps and infusions as necessary for the role of co-ordinating complex prisoners.


Implement the strategies designed to promote and improve health and prevent disease, working proactively and collaborating with other professionals, organisations and agencies as required

Maximising resources to target need, including the supervision of staff.

Delegate appropriate responsibility and authority to team members, whilst retaining overall responsibility and accountability on a shift-to-shift basis.

To maintain an effective case management service to ensure care and continuity of treatment is maintained throughout a patient care pathway whilst detained in prison.

To implement appropriate & effective and accredited care planning tools that are subject to the process in accordance with agreed Trust Policies.

To implement effective systems and interfaces with community and acute health services ensuring continuity of care on release or discharge. To actively promote and demonstrate working across professional and organisational boundaries.

To maintain close working partnerships with all services that may be involved with the care and management of offenders, (prison staff, Ministry of Justice, Trust & Directorate senior managers & relevant forums, CMHT staff, NHS Hospitals, Probation Services, CPS, Courts, GP's, community health services, Housing/Benefit services, social care, community multi agency forums etc.).

Human Resources

Responsible for day-to-day co-ordination of the Integrated Healthcare Team.

To ensure systems are in place for clinical supervision to junior team members including annual appraisal and identification of specific service, training, and personal development needs.


Ensure junior staff compliance with all Prison and Trust clinical policies and procedures as appropriate.

Ensure appropriately skilled & qualified staff comply with the administration and management of medications according to their responsibilities in accordance with all relevant policies, guidance, and procedures.

Ensuring high standards of electronic record-keeping competencies and offender confidentiality in line with trust & prison policy and systems, through effective monitoring and auditing processes.


To liaise with other senior Trust personnel to share expertise, promote ideas and to ensure the service is working collaboratively with the Trust's other Directorates as required.

To work positively and effectively in a difficult and often hostile environment.

Be aware of environmental hazards in the working area ensure staffs are aware of relevant health & safety policies deriving from the Health & Safety at Work Act.

To work in accordance with Trust policies and guidelines


All applicants must be willing to undertake National Security Vetting in order to work in a Prison Setting. This will be completed as part of the pre-employment checks through Oxleas and the prison vetting team.

You will need to provide:

Proof of right to work documentation

Proof of ID, needs to include 1 photographicID

Proof of address documentation

Non-UK passport holders will need to have correct documentation (right to work in the UK) and a Home office Share code.

Address History:

5 years address history will be needed.

Applicants that are not UK Passport holders who provide less than 5 years UK address history will need to provide a Police Certificate which must be in English from where they resided previously.

Applicants who are UK Passport holders who have lived abroad for a period of more than six months during the last three years will need to provide a certificate of good conduct or an overseas police check in English from the countries resided in or visited .

In order to assist you in obtaining a Police Certificate, guidance can be sought from:

If the country you have resided in is not listed here, you can obtain the necessary information by contacting the relevant Embassy or High Commission for that Country. Their contact details can be found on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website ( ).

Person Specification



  • oProfessional Qualification. (Registered General Nurse)
  • oPost Graduate Qualification or equivalent experience.



  • oMinimum of two years' experience at Band 5.
  • oWorking knowledge of current issues/agendas facing prison/offender healthcare
  • oExperience of multi-professional collaboration including working in partnership with other statutory and voluntary organisations.
  • oExperience of multi-professional collaboration including working in partnership with other statutory and voluntary organisations. Experience of setting, monitoring and evaluating standards of care.



  • oAbility to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, presenting ideas with clarity in a persuasive and influential style.
  • oAbility to demonstrate an understanding of change management and new ways of working.
  • oAbility to lead and empower people to make decisions and to plan ahead.
  • oKnowledge of current National Prison Health Quality & Performance Indicators

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Guys Marsh



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