Senior Mental Health Nurse

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

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Band 6
Full Time
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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. This post also includes paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during night, weekends and bank holidays.

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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.

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. 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.

Ability to assess and respond to patients at risk of suicide, self harm or harm to others, using the appropriate clinical intervention, prison service ACCT and safeguarding procedures.

Organise and be responsible for own workload and to deliver effective and efficient high quality care. To supervise the nursing practice of junior staffing and other staff where appropriate.

Liaise with external healthcare providers regarding the safe discharge I transfer of patients to and from healthcare settings and the wider communities.

Assist in the provision of clinical leadership to junior staff, helping to ensure the highest standards of evidence based healthcare is provided to service users within existing resources.

Please see full person specification.

Person Specification
  • CPA systems and processes
  • An understanding of deliberate self-harm.
  • An understanding of Personality Disorders.

  • Local and National strategies including issues relevant to the Immigration Estate
  • Knowledge and/or experience of the ACCT process

  • IT skills including Word, Excel and electronic patient record systems
  • Experience in child and adult safeguarding procedures
  • Excellent and effective written and verbal communication.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Effective problem solving and decision making.
  • 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

  • A genuine interest in working with this client group and in Offender Mental Health related issues
  • Experience of working in Mental Health Services.
  • Experience of prioritising patients with a range of mental health issues.
  • Experience of working effectively within a MDT/interagency working
  • Effective case management/care planning skills.
  • Supervision and appraisal of staff

  • Forensic and/ or prison/or criminal justice nursing experience.
  • Previous experience working within an Immigration setting

  • First level registered nurse Mental Health

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

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