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Mental Health Nurse - Inpatient Services

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£27,655 to £33,534 a year pa inc
Closing date
25 Jun 2022

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
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Mental Health Nurse, band 5

To provide mental health nursing care to offenders. This will require liaison with HMP prison and Serco senior managers and staff probation services, education staff, security personnel, and external NHS providers both in primary and secondary care, and visiting specialists when required.

To support senior staff in the development of high quality mental health care through the effective assessment, development and implementation programmes. To assess care needs and provide high quality nursing care as a member of a multi-disciplinary team for offenders who have mental health care needs utilising the CPA processes and risk assessment & care planning.

To maintain accurate, legible records of care provided based upon the CPA care plan process, incorporating relevant communication and liaison with other care providers and the wider prison establishment

To promote the overall health and well being of the offender population using evidence based practice.

Main duties of the job

Mental Health Nurse- Inpatient services

Based at both HMP Elmley and HMP Swaleside.

Our Kent Prisons healthcare services are underpinned using our 'health and wellbeing' model. It has evolved over the past 5 years, where it was originally implemented at the Greenwich cluster. First at HMP Belmarsh in 2017 which was a first for NHSE (London Region) and a model which other services built on, for us followed by HMP Isis 2018 and HMP Wandsworth 2019.

There are core principles, however, how these are achieved are bespoke to the local healthcare and prison team during the model implementation:
  • Patient focused with health promotion at the heart of our care
  • Designing services which meet the unique needs of the prison
  • The right staff, right place, right time ensuring experienced professionals are on hand to lead and support patients when needed
  • A no exclusions model that ensures everyone with mental health needs is managed within the step care model
  • Being highly supportive of clinical and prison staff with training, support enabling the team to work smarter and as part of an effective multi-disciplinary team

The 6 prisons are located across 3 estates, Isle of Sheppey, Rochester & Maidstone, with the Sheppey prisons being with a few minutes' walk from each other and East Sutton Park approximately 7 miles from Maidstone.

About us

Oxleas - About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our 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 multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

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

The post holder will work as part of a 24 hour multi-disciplinary in-patient team.

The post holder will be part of skilled multidisciplinary teams comprising all healthcare staff, including strategic partners, and prison managing a single referral pathway.

The post holder will be required to undertake training to maximise uptake of screening, health promotion and prevention activity, including vaccinations.

The post holder will ensure a named care co-ordinator is allocated for every patient with complex needs who will ensure a proactive, evidence-based approach to clinical interventions, health promotion/prevention activity, and management of acute and long-term conditions using our stepped care approach.

The post holder will ensure that a single, integrated, care plans developed, and the individualised care is regularly reviewed.

The post holder will ensure that a comprehensive risk assessments and care plans are regularly reviewed in a needs-led review cycle.

The post holder will ensure a care coordination criteria and MDT meetings for patients with complex needs will be tailored to the needs of the establishment.

The post holder will ensure that they undertake all training in evidence-based CBT approaches, to enhance consistency and quality of care delivery

The post holder will support patients to manage their health at every stage, from oral health to long term conditions.

The post holder will ensure that health promotion embedded into every aspect of the service.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • oRMN
  • oWilling to evidence & participate in appropriate continual professional development.
  • oENB 998 Course or equivalent.
  • oClinical Supervision Course.
Experience Desirable
  • oUnderstanding and or experience secure environments (prisons or forensic services) - desirable.
Skills/Abilities/Knowledge Essential
  • oAn ability to assess risk and care-plan effectively
  • oAn understanding of the 1983 Mental Health Act and subsequent mental health legislation as they pertain to nursing.
  • oAbility to present information both written and oral form and communicate this effectively.
  • oAbility to demonstrate the safe and effective assessment, triage and care planning & interventions for complex cases.
  • oAbility to work in a rapidly changing, challenging and complex environment.
  • oCommunicate complex and sensitive information effectively to patients, carers/families and all members of the multidisciplinary team.
  • oStrong Computer and IT skills.
Other Essential
  • oAbility to work in a challenging secure environment, and adhere to all security requirements of the prison.
  • oKnowledge of relevant legislation, national initiatives and guidance, and of own professional code of, role and responsibilities.
  • oDemonstrate a knowledge of criminal justice system
  • oDemonstrate a knowledge of Prison Service objectives and principles and how they may affect you own work.

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