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Mental Health Practitioner (Substance Misuse)

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

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To provide specialist mental and substance misuse care 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

Main Duties
  • 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.

About us

Oxleas - 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

Key Tasks and responsibilities
  • To contribute to alternatives to inpatient admission and assisting with early discharge, through the implementation of high intensity specialist interventions and complex case management arrangements resulting in continuity of care for an offender on ordinary location, reduced length of stay (both in relation to prison inpatient services and external NHS or independent in-patient services).
  • To perform robust assessment, screening, and interventions to offenders with a learning disability
  • Ensure that all waiting time, assessment and interventions are delivered in a timely manner, and positively contribute to the achievement of the services performance targets.
  • Ensure integrated and collaborative working with other specialist services, including continuity of care and through the gate arrangements and liaison
  • Work closely with community mental health teams (CMHTs) to ensure appropriate sharing of information, continuity of care and the Care Programme Approach (CPA) for all offenders as necessary.
  • To provide comprehensive and timely reports and mental health expertise to multi agency public protection panels (MAPPA), police, probation services, solicitors and court liaison teams as directed.
  • Provide supervision to junior staff and to receive supervision as directed (line management and clinical).
  • To participate in resource centre services as directed, delivering psychological therapy and specialist activities under the direction of the clinical lead.
  • To work in a psychologically minded way with offenders in achieving their agreed goals and quality health outcomes.
  • Close working relationships with all prison staff, to include participation in sentence planning, resettlement, safer custody, and ACCT processes.
  • To develop and take on a specialist lead role as appropriate and provide peer support and training in this area.
  • To contribute towards support, advice, consultation, and training for other prison departments.
  • The post holder will be part of skilled multidisciplinary teams comprising all healthcare staff, including strategic partners, and prison managing a single referral pathway.
  • The post holder will be required to undertake training to maximise uptake of screening, health promotion and prevention activity, including vaccinations.
  • The post holder will ensure a named care co-ordinator is allocated for every patient with complex needs who will ensure a proactive, evidence-based approach to clinical interventions, health promotion/prevention activity, and management of acute and long-term conditions using our stepped care approach.
  • The post holder will ensure that a single, integrated, care plans developed, and the individualised care is regularly reviewed.
  • The post holder will ensure that a comprehensive risk assessments and care plans are regularly reviewed in a needs-led review cycle.
  • The post holder will ensure a care coordination criteria and MDT meetings for patients with complex needs will be tailored to the needs of the establishment.
  • The post holder will ensure that they undertake all training in evidence-based CBT approaches, to enhance consistency and quality of care delivery
  • The post holder will support patients to manage their health at every stage, from oral health to long term conditions.
  • The post holder will ensure that health promotion embedded into every aspect of the service.

Person Specification Essential Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Relevant, post registration training in Substance Misuse
  • Experience in prison or secure settings
  • Appropriate working experience post qualification as a psychiatric nurse

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