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Reconnect Practitioner - RMN/RNLD/RGN/Social worker/AHP

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum
Closing date
27 May 2024

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Nurse, Mental health, Learning disability nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of the newly expanded Health and Justice Service in Cheshire. The post will be working within the prison establishments across the footprint of Cheshire including HMP Styal, HMP Risley and HMP / YOI Thorn Cross.

The community support offered will aim to support service users to engage with services such as physical health, mental health, housing etc. and will include support to attend appointments with agencies referred to supporting an effective transition into the community and health equalities.

The successful applicants must be experienced in risk assessment, highly motivated and someone who is looking for a new challenge and have the skills to make a difference.

This role is subject to Prison Vetting.

Main duties of the job

**Please refer to the attached Job Description, in summary**

The Reconnect Service seeks to improve the continuity of care of vulnerable people leaving prison by working with them before they leave and support their transition to community-based services, there by safeguarding health gains made whilst in prison.

The Reconnect service aims to improve the wellbeing of people leaving prison, reduce inequalities and address health-related drivers of offending behaviours.

Whilst not a service which provides clinical interventions, the Reconnect Service offers liaison, advocacy, signposting and support to those leaving prison to support engagement in community-based health and support services.

About us

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by
  • Supporting your career development and progression
  • Excellent NHS Pension scheme
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Options for flexible working
  • Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources
  • If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients
  • Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate
  • Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, mileage paid at business rates
  • Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k
  • Free car parking at all trust sites
  • Free flu vaccinations every year
  • Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

**Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification, in summary:**

Contribute to and assist in the delivery of a needs led Reconnect Service and contribute to the daily functioning of the team.

To undertake initial assessments of service users needs following referral to the service and to develop a plan of support in conjunction with the service user and the wider Reconnect Team.

Be actively involved in the screening and assertive follow up of individuals with a range of vulnerabilities. Working with Reconnect practitioners and criminal agency staff, social care, health and voluntary, charitable agencies.

To carry a caseload of service users with a range of complex vulnerabilities.

To ensure support plans are formulated acted upon and reviewed.

To effectively liaise and develop links with services within the prison setting and, in the community, to establish effective through care and after care pathways.

To effectively plan discharges and prison releases in conjunction with community services.

Successfully time manage and prioritise areas of responsibility.

Attend relevant team/service and wider meetings as required and appropriate, helping to promote new ideas, methods and assist in their implementation.

Communicate effectively within own service and with other colleagues.

To maintain accurate, appropriate and contemporaneous records in accordance with the information governance, data requirements and Trust Policy.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse / General Nurse / Learning Disability Nurse on NMC Register.
  • Registered OT, Speech and Language Therapist or Social Worker.
  • Valid Registration with the relevant governing body for the profession.


  • Practice Assessor or equivalent qualification for assessing students.
  • Dual Registration



  • Experience of working with a range of vulnerabilities which may include mental health, physical health, learning disabilities, abuse, addiction and social issues.
  • Experience of working with a range of statutory, non-statutory agencies.
  • Experience of assessing service users


  • Lived Experience of vulnerability, criminal justice systems and / or leaving care. Level 1 prison vetting will need to be passed for the post - please call to discuss this on an individual basis.
  • Experience of delivering mental health care in non-traditional settings and of practicing involvement in Early Detection and Assertive Outreach Work.
  • Experience in working in community mental health with complex presentations including - substance misuse, psychosis, personality disorder, dual diagnosis.



  • Knowledge of various approaches to the assessment of mental disorder
  • Awareness of harassment, social exclusion issues and the effects of person and institutional discrimination
  • Knowledge/awareness of relevant legislation and guidance including common law issues, the Mental Health Act (1983), Community Care Act (1990), Human Rights Act (1998), Criminal Justice Act (2003)


  • Skills related to Early Signs
  • Monitoring and relapse management.
  • Awareness of basic research methodology

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Cheshire Prisons



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