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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
21 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
These posts are subject to National NHS T&Cs, paid enhancements for unsocial hours working during nights, weekends and bank holidays and we offer a Golden Hello payment of £2,740 to new starters with the Trust in this role.

The Trust provides a large range and diversity of adult secure services in the East Midlands as well as secure services in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, Wathwood Hospital. The Division is in a unique position of providing its services across the full care pathway for several patient groups requiring forensic care. It is therefore part of two New Care Model programmes that aim to provide better support in the community and reduce reliance on secure beds to improve outcomes for service users and their families. The portfolio of High, Medium and Low Secure services are grouped as follows and include:

Services are delivered from a number of sites including:

High Secure inpatient beds at Rampton Hospital;

Medium Secure inpatient beds at Arnold Lodge & Wathwood Hospital

Low Secure inpatient beds at The Wells Road Centre

Community Forensic Services

Integrated Offender Health Services

Liaison with the Criminal Justice System in Nottinghamshire

Main duties of the job

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.

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.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from 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 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

We are looking for people who share our values
  • We are non-judgmental
  • We are caring
  • We have integrity
  • We put the patient first
  • We are committed to team work
  • We are proud to work for the NHS

Do you share these values ? If so , read on

We expect you entered the healthcare profession as you wanted to have the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives and lifestyles of a group of people who have often neglected their own mental health and well-being. Healthcare at HMP Lowdham Grange gives you the opportunity to make this difference to a group of people who traditionally have had high psychiatric and social morbidity but have also faced multiple barriers to accessing appropriate healthcare.

Working at HMP Lowdham Grange you will be part of a high motivated and skilled team who provide integrated healthcare (physical healthcare, mental health and ) to around 900 men.

The mental health team at HMP Lowdham Grange consists of Psychiatrists, Band 6 mental health nurses, IDD nurse, Psychologist, PWP, well-being co-ordinator, HCA, occupational therapist and assistant psychologists.

The role of the Senior Mental Health Nurse is to work within a stepped care pathway, conducting assessments, responding to crisis situations, conducting brief therapeutic interventions and /or case management for prisoners with a wide range of mental health issues, including common mental health problems, Psychotic disorders, Personality Disorder and Self-harm Behaviours and administering medications. As this is an Integrated Team supporting other pathways at times of need.

Applicants would also be participating in multi-disciplinary reviews, risk assessment. This is a unique opportunity to develop wide ranging knowledge and experience and develop professional autonomy.

Applicants would be expected to engage in individual and group supervision and reflective practice.

The post is based at HMP Lowdham Grange, the Trust provides healthcare in a number of prisons across the East Midlands and there will be opportunities for cross site working and peer support.

Applicants should be a team player, enthusiastic, motivated, reflective, patient focused and enjoy challenges. We operate in a supportive environment with a commitment to personal and professional development.

You must be a Registered Mental Health Nurse with proven post registration experience in delivery all a wide range of Mental Health care and have knowledge of CPA and Clinical Risk Assessment.

The Offender Health Directorate provides healthcare to 8 Prisons, in the counties of Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. As such you are part of a large peer group of 400+ healthcare professionals with access to appropriate peer support, supervision and excellent opportunities for learning and development. HMP Lowdham Grange is also a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrist Quality Network.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust enjoys a good reputation as an employer offering applicants the opportunity of an interesting role in a developing and stimulating environment but also with access to a range of established terms and conditions of service and access to continuing professional development and access to NHS pension scheme. Additional developmental opportunities are available across a wide range of Trust services that include Rampton Hospital, Arnold Lodge and Wathwood Medium Secure Units, Wells Road Centre low secure unit, Criminal Justice and Liaison services as well as a range of mental health and learning disability services and a variety of specialist services.

Our DBS check is free, you have no fees to pay!
  • Free DBS for all appointees
  • Subsidised canteen food freshly cooked on site
  • A prison Director and Senior Team, committed to partnership working with healthcare

Our DBS check is free, you have no fees to pay
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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