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Mental Health Practitioner - SMS - HMP Exeter

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year pa inc
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Prison and Forensic
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
To provide specialist mental healthcare to offenders and to work as part of the Mental Health In-Reach Team and wider mental health services.

To deliver a range of specialist interventions at primary and secondary care level; to include
  • Referral management, screening assessment, triage, and evidence-based interventions
  • Care Planning and risk assessing
  • One-to-one and group-work facilitation
  • managing a mixed and challenging caseload

Main duties of the job

Key Principles of health and wellbeing model for Prison Service

Patient focused with health promotion at the heart of our care

Putting the right staff in the right place at the right time - specialist posts to ensure that experience is on hand to lead and support patients e.g., leads in learning disability, long term conditions, older adults, complex case practitioners and discharge coordinators.

Designing and delivering healthcare for the unique needs of each prison.

Being highly supportive of clinical and prison staff with training and support enabling the team to work smarter and as part of an effective Multi Professional Team.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. 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 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, 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

  • To communicate effectively on a range of issues that are often complex in their nature and in complex situations.
  • Participate in the annual appraisal reviews and demonstrate reflective practice through the Knowledge and Skills Framework
  • To maintain comprehensive and timely electronic clinical records ensuring confidentiality is maintained at all times.
  • Provide supervision, mentorship & leadership for junior staff.
  • Take all necessary care in the working environment, adhering to relevant health and safety policies.
  • Participate and positively contribute to the services integrated clinical governance arrangements
  • Carry out administrative tasks as directed including research, audit, data, and activity statistics.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse.
  • Relevant, post registration training in one of the following areas: ?Learning disability ?Personality disorder ?Substance misuse/dual diagnosis ?Psychological therapies
Experience Essential
  • Appropriate working experience post qualification as a psychiatric nurse
  • Experience in prison or secure settings
  • Post qualification experience in working with one of the above specialisms
Skills/Abilities/Knowledge Essential
  • Clear understanding of CPA policy
  • Clear understanding of Risk Assessment principles and procedures.
  • Knowledge of models of mental health assessment.
  • Show a clear understanding of how to give and receive highly complex and sensitive material.
  • Knowledge of current mental health issues.
  • Knowledge of Criminal Justice System
  • Sound evidence based clinical knowledge of adult mental health treatments and support.
  • Knowledge of Clinical Governance.
Effort and Environment Essential
  • Ability to manage complex & challenging behaviour

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