Critical Time Intervention Practitioner: HMP Fosse Way

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

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Prison and Forensic
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Looking for something new & exciting in the NHS? Ever considered Prison healthcare?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Critical Time Intervention Practitioner to join the Offender Health Directorate working at HMP Fosse Way. HMP Fosse Way is set to open in mid-2023 and is a Category C Resettlement Prison.

HMP Fosse Way will house 1,715 prisoners and focus on the rehabilitation of offenders and their reintegration back into society. It consists of 7 House blocks across 4 floors. There is a dedicated healthcare suite located in the main building with also additional multi use rooms across the establishment including rooms for groups or 1-2-1's.

This role will provide intensive support for men at the point of, and for time-limited period after, release. Service users will have been in contact either the mental health or dual diagnosis (substance misuse) teams at the prison. The service will support those engaging with at least one of the healthcare pathways within the prison (ie mental health, substance misuse and physical health) and have a complex healthcare need which creates barriers in integrating into the community successfully and causes lack of engagement with healthcare services within the community.

Interventions are based on the principles of a Critical Time Intervention approach.

Main duties of the job

The role requires an experienced nurse (Mental Health or Learning Disability), Social Worker or Occupational Therapist with current registration with the appropriate professional body.

Key skills include assessment of need and risk, the ability to form supportive, professional relationships with a 'hard to reach' client group and to work collaboratively and in partnership with a range of statutory, non-statutory and voluntary sector teams, agencies and organisations.

The post holder will be gaining an understanding of the patients needs when in the community and building a positive professional rapport), but the bulk of the time will be spent providing support in the community (to support to access relevant healthcare services). Community support may be based in service users' accommodation, probation offices, community mental health teams and substance misuse services etc. The service will be provided for people released from the prison.

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.

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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.

To accept referrals from the Mental Health, Substance Misuse teams and physical healthcare teams at within the establishments according to agreed time scales.

To conduct assessment of need of individual prisoners across a range of health and social care domains (including continuity of treatment, housing and financial need).

To complete a support plan based on this assessment, in collaboration with the prisoner and healthcare workers in the prison and other agencies involved.

To undertake an assessment of service users potential risk of harm to self and others, to include the possibility of harm to the CTI practitioner. The purpose is to identify and implement safe, appropriate methods of support for former prisoners and to minimise the potential of harm.

Person Specification
  • Professional qualification and current registration as a mental health or learning disability nurse, social worker or occupational therapist.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development

  • Practice assessor or mentor for student social worker, nurses or occupational therapists.
  • Completion of post registration qualifications.

  • Post registration experience in a community mental health setting
  • Post qualification experience of working with a client group with a complex range of needs including an offending history, health and social care needs
  • Ability to develop rapport and supportive relationships with service users within professional boundaries
  • Working as an active member of an MDT
  • Assessment, care planning, implementation and evaluation of interventions
  • Assessment and management of risk
  • Crisis resolution
  • Experience of working to enable service users to overcome obstacles to progress, including discrimination

  • Experience of psycho-social interventions eg Brief Interventions, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-focussed Therapy and Problem Solving
  • Experience of working in a forensic and/or prison and/or criminal justice setting
  • Lone working in a community setting
  • Multi agency working, including making and receiving referrals, negotiating and advocating for service users
  • Experience of setting up and developing a new service
  • Work experience within a non-healthcare agency; for example offering support in housing, homelessness, employment, social care or criminal justice
  • Working with people with a personality disorder or who have experienced trauma

  • Knowledge of the range of health and social need experienced by prisoners with mental health or substance misuse problems when leaving prison
  • Understanding of responsibilities in relation to Mental Health and Capacity Acts and safeguarding.
  • Knowledge of community services

  • Working knowledge of Housing (homeless legislation), Social Security Acts and Criminal Justice Acts
  • Local and national strategies relating to mental health services within the criminal justice system
  • Knowledge of local and national agencies providing relevant services, including housing, social care, criminal justice and employment

  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Organisational skills to prioritise and manage own caseload
  • Ability to analyse and present complex information to professional colleagues
  • Ability to meet expected performance, development and quality targets for the role in a timely manner
  • IT skills, including patient admin systems
  • Ability to work positively as part of an MDT
  • Clinical supervision skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Assessment, implementation and ongoing evaluation of service user need and management of risk
  • Negotiation, problem solving and advocacy skills

  • Ability to use SystmOne (patient admin system)
  • Initiating and developing a new service

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