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Senior Mental Health Practitioner: HMP Morton Hall

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
25 Jun 2024
This post is eligible for a Golden Hello payment of �2,750 for new starters who are external to the Trust. This is payable in 3 instalments over a 2 year period. This payment is only eligible to new starters who do not already hold a contract of employment with the Trust.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Mental Health Practitioner to join the Offender Health Directorate working at HMP Morton Hall. HMP Morton Hall opened in December 2021. The establishment is operating as a Category C Foreign National Offender prison with a population of approximately 400 adult males.

To take a lead role in providing the successful and effective delivery of secondary mental health services within the offender health directorate. To work as a secondary mental health nurse within a multi-disciplinary team in a prison setting, leading in provision of care to patients with complex and enduring mental health problems, including those being managed under the Care Programme Approach (CPA).

To lead in the coordination of treatment of mental health and social care needs from the point of entry into the prison system to transfer of care to on-going providers, so the mental health and social functioning of prisoners is improved.

To provide leadership to junior staff by maintaining professional standards, ensuring adherence to all relevant policies and procedures to ensure the delivery of high quality care.

Main duties of the job

To lead effective Secondary Mental Health services for prisoners, which deliver against required standards, e.g. Key Performance Indicators and Prison Health Performance Quality Indicators and CPA standards

To demonstrate innovative practice whilst maintaining clinical efficacy, enabling the service to compete as provider of choice to local commissioners.

The Mental Health Team at HMP Morton Hall will provide a holistic, stepped care approach to the delivery of mental healthcare and cover all mental disorders including anxiety, depression, severe and enduring mental illness, personality disorder and neurodevelopmental disorders.

We will be fully adherent to the Care Programme Approach process and have an overview of all psychological and pharmacological aspects of care for our patients from assessment to recovery. The team will be responsible for providing and coordinating care and case management for a diverse client group with multiple and often complex needs. Applicants will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current legislation and clinical risk assessment.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

To carry and manage a caseload of complex and diverse secondary mental health patients.

Undertake assessment provision and evaluation of patient's physical and mental health and provide information and health promotion and self-care.

Plan, deliver and evaluate programmes of care to address patients present and changing mental health and well being needs.

Deputise for the clinical matron as and when required

Responsible for the delivery of the service measured against outlined CPA, KPIs, CQuins, QOF, PHPQIs, and NICE guidelines.

Responsible for the management of patient referrals

Responsible for the continuity of care arrangements post release of patients in the community

Auditing adherence of outlined standards

Identifying training needs within the team and ensuring appropriate development strategy is in place aligned with the OH business plan

Attend and input in to meetings as required, as mental health representative such as, CPA, Section 117, parole boards, Good Order and Discipline and Assessment Care in Custody and Teamwork meetings.

Person Specification



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse/learning disability practitioner (OT, Psychology, Social Worker)
  • NMC registration in date or suitably skilled / trained / experienced allied health professional with current professional registration.


  • Post registration qualification
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Mentor and Assessor



  • A genuine interest in working with this client group and in Offender Mental health/ learning disability related issues
  • Experience of working in Primary/Secondary Mental Health Services
  • Effective case management/care planning skills
  • Supervision and appraisal of staff
  • Experience of working effectively within a MDT/interagency working


  • Forensic and/ or prison/or criminal justice nursing experience
  • Experience of care co-ordination



  • CPA systems and processes
  • An understanding of working with people with Personality Disorders and those who have experienced trauma.


  • Knowledge and or experience of the ACCT process.
  • Local and National strategies including issues relevant to the criminal justice system



  • Good communicator with both verbal and written text.
  • Organisational skills to manage and prioritise own work load
  • IT skills including Patient Administration Systems (S1)
  • Evidence of effective and appropriate documentation


  • Ability to engage with and develop a rapport with the client group
  • Evidence of working as part of a multi disciplinary team
  • Effective problem and decision solving skills

Values and Behaviours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


HMP Morton Hall

Swinderby, Lincoln



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