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Mental Health Practitioner

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£35,706 to £42,588 a year pa inc
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Mental Health Inreach Practitioner, Band 6

Permanent, Full time, 37.5 hours/week

Our Kent Prisons healthcare services are underpinned using our 'health and wellbeing' model. It has evolved over the past 5 years, where it was originally implemented at the Greenwich cluster. HMP Belmarsh in 2017 which was a first for NHSE (London Region) and a model which other services built on, for us followed by HMP Isis 2018 and HMP Wandsworth 2019.

There are core principles, however, how these are achieved are bespoke to the local healthcare and prison team during the model implementation:
  • Patient focused with health promotion at the heart of our care
  • Designing services which meet the unique needs of the prison
  • The right staff, right place, right time ensuring experienced professionals are on hand to lead and support patients when needed
  • A no exclusions model that ensures everyone with mental health needs is managed within the step care model
  • Being highly supportive of clinical and prison staff with training, support enabling the team to work smarter and as part of an effective multi-disciplinary team

The six prisons are located across three estates, Isle of Sheppey, Rochester and Maidstone, with the Isle of Sheppey prisons being with a few minutes' walk from each other and East Sutton Park approximately 7 miles from Maidstone.

Main duties of the job

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

About us

Oxleas - About UsOxleas 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: o We're Kind o We're Fair o We Listen o 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 oRegistered Mental Health Nurse. 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
  • Appropriate working experience post qualification as a psychiatric nurse
  • Experience in prison or secure settings
  • Clear understanding of CPA policy
  • Show a clear understanding of how to give and receive highly complex and sensitive material.

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