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Mental Health Practitioner

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum (pro-rata for part time)
Closing date
28 Sep 2022

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Prison and Forensic
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time experienced Registered Mental Health Practitioner to join our Integrated Mental Health Team at HMP Leicester.

The Offender Health Team truly believes it can make a difference to the lives of offenders by offering consistent, equitable, high quality and timely primary care, mental health and substance misuse services that are at least equivalent to contemporary health services delivered outside of Prison.

The role of the Mental Health Practitioner is to work within a stepped care pathway, conducting assessments, responding to crisis situations, conducting brief therapeutic interventions and /or case management for prisoners with a wide range of mental health issues, including common mental health problems, Psychotic disorders, Personality Disorder and Self-harm Behaviours.

Main duties of the job

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

To lead in the coordination of treatment of mental health from the point of entry into the prison system to transfer of care to on-going providers, so the mental health 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

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

Do you want to make a difference?
Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career. Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description
Job responsibilities

The Offender Health Directorate is one of the largest and most successful providers of prison healthcare in the UK. The Directorate provide physical, mental health and substance misuse healthcare services in prisons across the East Midlands, Lincolnshire & Leicestershire.

The Directorate provides healthcare to 9 prisons and a short term holding facility. You are part of a large peer group of 400+ healthcare professionals with access to peer support, supervision and excellent opportunities for learning and development. We also offer services within the Personality Disorder Pathway, including Therapeutic Communities (within prisons), Community and Prison Personality Disorder services and specialist Veteran Services.

We are committed to working in partnership with prison services, national probation service other healthcare providers and our criminal justice system partners to improve health, support justice to reduce re-offending behaviour. The Offender Health Team truly believes it can make a difference to the lives of offenders by offering consistent, high-quality care in primary, mental health and substance misuse services that are equivalent to health services delivered outside of Prison.

Working within HMP Leicester provides an exciting opportunity for registered nurses. The role is fast paced, varied and stimulating, we aim to provide healthcare to offenders that is equivalent to those in the community.

You must be a Registered Mental Health Nurse with proven post registration experience in delivery all a wide range of Mental Health care and have knowledge of CPA and Clinical Risk Assessment.

Applicants will be participating in multi-disciplinary reviews, risk assessment. This is a unique opportunity to develop wide ranging knowledge and experience and develop professional autonomy.

Applicants would be expected to engage in individual and group supervision and reflective practice.

The post is based at HMP Leicester, the trust provides healthcare in a number of prisons across the East Midlands and there will be opportunities for cross site working and peer support.

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 Experience

  • A genuine interest in working with this client group and in Offender Mental Health related issues
  • Experience of working in 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

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