An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 7 Clinical Lead for our Integrated Mental Health Team in HMP Belmarsh.
This post holder will be an expert nurse practitioner, and a source of specialist advice to segregation staff, healthcare staff, other prison staff, & offenders, responsible for the mental and physical health & well-being of offenders, operational management, day-to-day leadership of the complex cases intervention service in the Greenwich Prison Cluster. With the support and supervision of the complex cases psychologist, delivering an intensive intervention service to a small caseload of prisoners with diverse mental health, personality and behavioural difficulties; and with a wider responsibility for training and supporting prison staff in managing these prisoners.
Main duties of the job
Takes leadership in providing alternative treatment models for service users, including short term intensive interventions, into Segregation & Healthcare, and outreaching to those prisoners at risk of repeated use of Segregation & Healthcare.
Evidence based practice, in particular, liaising with the related Enhanced Support Services at HMP's Belmarsh, Thameside & Isis
The post holder will have an ability to reach complex and critical judgements and have decision making skills to satisfy the expectations and demands of the role.
The post holder will deliver and direct others to provide sound clinical interventions for offenders.
We are seeking to appoint a qualified and experienced RMN with at least two years experience in a Band 6 position.
In addition to the above relevant post qualifying experience is desirable in any of the following areas:-
- Learning Disability
- Personality Disorder
- Substance Misuse/Dual Diagnosis
- Mentally Disordered Offenders
The post-holder will also be required to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the Care Programme Approach and relevant experience of working and supervising staff within a multi-disciplinary team. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate excellent communication skills both written and verbal and an understanding of the Mental Health Act 1983 and in particular management of patients within secure locations. Experience in prisons would be advantageous.
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
- Development of a high quality health service Ensuring that appropriate systems are in place, which enable and facilitate positive practice such as assessment, screening , nurse-led triage, a range of low and high intensity interventions and robust CPA processes, continuity of care
- Supervision of junior staff undertaking highly complex clinical interventions
- To represent Oxleas prison healthcare services and be an active member of Directorate and other Trust forums as required
- To actively promote and chair a range of integrated forums, such as case conferences, multi disciplinary forums and professional meetings as necessary
- To actively contribute to the strategic direction and planning of offender health services.
- To offer professional advice related to service developments
- To effectively provide leadership, management and support to healthcare staff
- To be responsible for and directly manage delegated budgets as required
- To ensure that the service provides clinically effective interventions which are guided by national and local standards and based on clinical evidence
- To take a lead role in developing and fostering close interfaces with all prison departments and locations, such as Segregation, Reception & First Night centres, Education, ordinary location etc.
- To lead on the planning and implementation of policies and procedures within the service
- To ensure that all clinical activity and interventions and responsibilities relating to care & practice are undertaken in a timely and appropriate manner
- To ensure that staff develop and maintain up-to-date knowledge regarding their role, experience and interventions.
- To ensure staff are supported to achieve a high standard of practice via regular supervision, support meetings and personal development reviews and have access to the necessary training.
- To actively promote offender healthcare through the provision of information, formal presentations, general networking and liaison with prison, statutory and other non-statutory agencies
Person Specification Registration Essential
- RMN (current registration)
- Experience working in a prison
- 3 years post qualification experience
Prison Clearance Essential
- Ability to pass all prisons security clearances
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