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Mental Health Practitioner - HMP Woodhill

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£33,706 to £40,588 a year per annum (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Prison and Forensic
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Exciting opportunities in prison nursing are available within the Health and Justice Service Line of CNWL.

In order to focus on the high risk 'Early Days in Custody' we are delighted to advertise to join our growing Mental Health Team at HMP Woodhill. We are looking to recruit Band 6 Mental Health Practitioner to work within the Multi-Disciplinary Integrated Mental Health Team at HMP Woodhill, Milton Keynes. If you thrive on new challenges, being in an environment where no two days are the same and feel passionate about offender care then you may be the very person that we are looking for to join our developing team. Are you an experienced Band 6 RMN, preferably with existing CTC clearance and experience of working in prison environments? Then please read on!

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings

Main duties of the job

You will have a key role in the exciting multi-agency, multi-disciplinary focus on early days in custody, assessing and managing risk, working on CSC unit alongside prison colleagues. You will be part of a team that has a presence over 7 days of the week in order to see all new prisoners. You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team; and be involved in assessing the mental health needs of prisoners, provide appropriate interventions and facilitate referrals; this will be delivered through outpatient clinics, inpatient clinical assessment unit and across the prison wings giving you the opportunity to work within the diverse fields of primary, secondary and forensic mental health.

You will be expected to work autonomously as well as part of the wider mental health team, to a standard equitable to that found within the community, managing a caseload and responding to emergency referrals. Working alongside the Primary Care team affords us the benefit of being able to work in a truly holistic manner, responding to the needs of both physical and mental well-being in partnership.HMP Woodhill is an all-male high secure category A/B prison located in Milton Keynes holding up to 550 prisoners aged 18 and over.

** previous applicants within the last 3 months need not apply **

About us


FINANCIAL SUPPORT WHILST WORKING IN HMP WOODHILLAs part of our review of remuneration for working in HMP Woodhill there are benefits which are not in common across the healthcare sector.REMOVAL EXPENSES SUPPORTIf you will have to move your place of residence more than 30 miles to take up a post at HMP Woodhill we will be able help with your expenses, this potentially includes things like removal costs, down payments for tenancy agreements, cost of travelling back to the previous home.BANK PAYMENTSThe hourly rate of bank pay in HMP Woodhill is closer to what you would get if you were working through an agency (obviously depends upon the agency through which you are employed) and it is probably some of the highest rates in the NHS.RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION PAYMENTDue to its specific nature, qualified band 5 and 6 nursing posts in HMP Woodhill will get an annual recruitment and retention payment.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To play a key role in the important Early Days in Custody of prisoners, working closely with other departments to ensure that all risks are assessed and managed, providing a presence, with other team members, on the First Night Centre 7 days a week .
  • To function fully within the Integrated Mental Health Team, assessing and treating patients through their journey in prison.
  • To accept referrals and triage patients with the team.
  • To undertake comprehensive assessments alone or with colleagues and feedback to the Multi-disciplinary Team, ensuring that planned care is individual and appropriate to the needs of the patient.
  • To provide effective case management to a defined caseload in accordance with the Care Programme Approach, in conjunction with the team, appropriate prison departments and external health, social care and probation services.
  • To ensure effective pre-release care planning.

Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Practitioner (RMN)
  • Evidence of Professional development since registration
  • oMentorship or supervisor qualification
  • Post registration qualification that enhances clinical work eg CBT, DBT, Dual Diagnosis
Previous Experience Essential
  • Substantial Post registration experience
  • Experience of working as part of a multi disciplinary team
  • Experience of care co-ordinating within CPA framework
  • Experience of working in community setting
  • Experience of mentoring or supervising students
  • Experience of working in a prison or forensic environment
Skills and Knowledge Essential
  • Risk assessment and management skills
  • Knowledge of CPA, MH Act, MAPPA legislation and policies relevant to prison MH
  • Ability to engage in evidence based practice with an understanding of care quality (clinical governance)
  • Expert in engaging with people with MH problems, assessing their needs, designing & delivering appropriate interventions and evaluating the effectiveness of the process
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Excellent IT skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently as appropriate.
  • To use supervision positively and effectively.
  • Proven ability to work patients to increase their level of self-determination and resilience
  • Effective time management
  • Knowledge of the needs and rights of patients.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding frameworks
  • Problem solving, stress management & conflict resolution skills
  • Knowledge of current challenges / developments in Prison health.
Attitudes, Aptitudes, Essential
  • Motivated to maintaine the highest standards possiible in the service
  • Ability to accept and work with constructive feedback and ask for support where required.
  • Able to ask for support where required.
  • Compassionate & non-judgmental approach.
  • Flexible.
  • Professional manner.
  • To conduct self in accordance with relevant code of conduct and practice for registration.

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