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Prison Mental Health Team Practitioner - B5-6 Development Role

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 pro rata, per annum
Closing date
28 May 2024
HMP Northumberland is a category C men's prison in Northumberland.

We're looking for two mental health or Learning Disability nurses to join our team working in a rewarding environment where you will get to practice a full range of psychiatric skills and interventions.

This role is a B5-6 Development post meaning you will be recruited as a Band 5 Staff Nurse and supported through a preceptorship period and competency framework to develop your knowledge and skills into a B6 Clinical Lead position, across a minimum of an 18 month period.

We'll provide you with a nurturing learning environment and allocation of a Clinical Supervisor and Professional Lead will to support your development and success within the role. This is an excellent opportunity for you to start your career in Health and Justice Services who provide care across the North East region for prison and custody related Mental Health services.

Main duties of the job

You will have experience providing compassionate care within mental health services, as well as and a keen interest in understanding the criminal justice system. You will make on going assessment of need reflecting individual circumstances and provide relevant interventions and input to discharge planning. You will be required to have strong coordination and planning skills, with the ability to make decisions based on comprehensive health and risk assessments.

You should be innovative, flexible and able to engage with patients with complex needs. You will be committed to a person-centred approach and have the ability to prioritise.

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.

From education and prevention, to crisis and specialist care --our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers work together with us towards better mental health.

We're committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We won't rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best possible life.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Person Specification



  • 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)
  • Non-medical Prescriber (within agreed timescale.)


  • Leadership or management qualification
  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area



  • Significant experience working with people with mental ill health in a community setting.
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers.
  • A good understanding of the Offender Health pathway.


  • Leadership or management experience
  • Experience in a secure environment
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision.
  • Experience of mentoring students on practice placement



  • 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


  • Competency in venepuncture and ECGs

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Northumberland


NE65 9XG

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