Mental Health Practitioner (RMN)-HMP Aylesbury

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Bierton Road Aylesbury Bucks
£33,706 to £40,588 a year p.a
Closing date
29 Mar 2023

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Prison and Forensic
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
HMP Aylesbury has recently been recategorized into a Category C prison and healthcare delivery is being remodelled to reflect this change.

CNWL are the prime healthcare providers at HMP Aylesbury working with a number of subcontracted providers and took over the contract in October 2022.

We are looking to recruit Band 6 Mental Health Senior Nurses to work within the Multi-Disciplinary Integrated Mental Health Team at HMP Aylesbury. If you thrive on new challenges, being in an environment where no two days are the same and feel passionate about Health and Justice then you may be the very person that we are looking for to join our developing team.

Main duties of the job

  • To work under the direction of the Mental Health Lead to ensure that clinical priorities are clearly understood and met to an agreed standard.
  • To assess health and social care needs and negotiate care plans with Patients and staff teams.

  • To undertake risk assessments including the formulation of a comprehensive plans developed jointly with the Patients and staff teams.

  • To work within the Prison Service safer custody framework for managing Suicide and self-harm (SASH procedures) to support Patients requiring this.

  • To provide a service sensitive to age, culture, ethnicity and gender, sexuality and disability.

  • To contribute to the effective multi-disciplinary team working within the team and the rest of the Prison.

  • To participate in the reception/induction process, and any other model that the local team adopts, in order to identify individuals with mental health problems at the earliest opportunity.

  • To have an active presence and act as a resource for all staff and prisoners, in addition to those patients under your care, in the Segregation unit and Clinical Assessment Unit.

About us

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing quality health & social care services, tailored to the needs of individuals, public & private organizations, delivered close to home. Our services are designed to increase well being & provide opportunities for recovery. We want our employees to feel valued, challenged & supported.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To work closely with other departments to ensure that all risks are assessed and managed.
  • 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
  • oRegistered Nurse (RMN) oMentorship or supervisor qualification oEvidence of professional development since registration
  • oPost registration qualification that enhances clinical work: CBT, DBT, Dual Diagnosis, etc.
previous Experience Essential
  • oPrevious post registration experience oExperience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team oExperience of care co-ordinating within CPA framework oExperience of working in community setting oExperience of mentoring or supervising students
  • oExperience of working in a Prison or forensic environment
Skills and knowledge Essential
  • oExpert in engaging with people with mental health problems, assessing their needs, designing and delivering appropriate interventions and evaluating the effectiveness of the process. oRisk assessment and management skills. oExcellent communication skills both verbal and written. oExcellent IT skills. oAbility to work effectively as part of a team and independently as appropriate. oTo use supervision positively and effectively. oProven ability to work patients to increase their level of self-determination and resilience. oEffective time management. oKnowledge of the needs and rights of patients. oKnowledge of CPA, Mental Health Act, MAPPA, legislation and policies relevant to prison mental health. oKnowledge of safeguarding frameworks oProblem solving, stress management & conflict resolution skills. oAbility to engage in evidence based practice, with an understanding of care quality (clinical governance). oKnowledge of current challenges / developments in Prison health.
Attitudes, aptitudes, personal characteristics Essential
  • oMotivated to maintain the highest standards possible in the service. oAble to accept constructive feedback. oAble to ask for support where required. oCompassionate & non-judgmental approach. oFlexible. oSmart appearance and professional manner.
Other Essential
  • oTo conduct self in accordance with relevant code of conduct and practice for registration. oOccupational Health clearance. oSickness / attendance record that is acceptable to the Trust. oFull clearance via the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS), and enhanced Prison Clearance (vetting).

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