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Prison Mental Health Nurse

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£32,306 to £39,027 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Prison and Forensic
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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As part of the new Mental Health contract awarded to TEWV Health & Justice Services in 2020, we are able to expand recruitment and now looking for Nurses to join the team at HMP / YOI Low Newton.

Low Newton is a prison and young offender institution (YOI) in Brasside, near Durham, for women aged 18 and over.

Main duties of the job

We're looking for experienced nurses to join our team working in a rewarding environment where you will get to practice a full range of psychiatric skills and interventions. Acting as a care coordinator you will make on going assessment of needs reflecting individual circumstances, including risk assessment, providing relevant interventions and coordinating discharge planning. You will be committed to a person-centered approach to your work and will have an ability to prioritise and work flexibly. We are looking for skilled nurses who will thrive working in a busy environment, working alongside our urgent care clinicians and amongst a wider well resourced team of multidisciplinary professionals, as well as alongside partner providers from a variety of internal and external services.

About us

We offer a comprehensive induction and workforce development plan with a vast array of personal, professional and academic training opportunities enabling you to expand your skill set and evidence based practices.

We require the post holders to be committed to equal opportunities and non-discriminatory practices and reflect the trust values.

We would welcome candidates to contact us to arrange a visit to the prison or an informal discussion.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the detailed job description and person specification attached. To summarise, the key responsibilities of the post are:
  • To improve the lives of people with mental ill health by minimising the impact of their condition through the delivery of excellent services to promote recovery and wellbeing.
  • To be compassionate in meeting the needs of patients and their carers.
  • To be responsible for provision of excellence in clinical care, providing clinical leadership to the team and promoting a culture of evidence-based practice.
  • To be professionally accountable and responsible for formal risk assessment, risk management planning and care of patients, undertaking a range of clinical/therapeutic interventions in the prison environment.
  • To act as care co-ordinator as appropriate.
  • To monitor clinical policies and procedures to ensure they are fit for purpose within the prison environment, particularly in relation to patient and staff safety and security.
  • To facilitate others in the team to develop competence by providing leadership, day to day supervision, clinical advice and clinical supervision in area of allocated clinical specialist interest.
  • To be committed to and take a lead role in activities integral to the Trusts Quality Improvement System.
  • To promote at all times a positive image of people with mental ill health.
  • To promote at all times a positive image of Offender Mental Health Services and the wider Trust.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • RNMH,/RNLD or registered practitioner, current professional registration with NMC or relevant professional body.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
  • MIP, FLIP, ENB 998 Teaching & Assessing in Clinical Practice or City & Guilds 730 Teaching in Adult Education (within agreed timescales)
  • Clinical Supervisor (within agreed timescales).
  • Recognised sign-off mentor or must be achieved within agreed timescale.
  • Qualified practitioner in e.g. CBT, DBT, PSI, dual diagnosis etc. (within agreed timescale).
  • Key skills in literacy, numeracy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)
  • Leadership or management qualification
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience working with people with mental ill health in a community setting.
  • A good understanding of the Offender Health pathway.
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers.
Skills Essential
  • Communicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers/families and all members of the multidisciplinary team
  • Provide leadership and monitor, co-ordinate and prioritise the activities of a team.
  • Work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and undertake care co-ordinator responsibilities

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