Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
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Are you looking for a challenge?
Do you enjoy variety and dealing with complex patients?
Do you possess excellent clinical skills?
Do you want to make a difference?
Have you thought about a career in prison nursing?
We are looking for an experienced mental health nurse to work within the Offender Healthcare Service at HMP Wandsworth . This is a unique opportunity to be part of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and to work at one of the largest prisons in the UK. You will assist us to provide excellent mental health care to our population.
Offenders are a challenging population group to work with and they often have complex healthcare needs. Offenders often have chaotic lives in the community and a history of poor engagement with community healthcare services. With high rates of substance misuse and mental health problems, this is a real chance to make a difference
To help us deliver our extensive range of 24-hour on-site services, you'll be a qualified registered mental health nurse (RMN) with a passion to deliver high-quality clinical care. You'll be self-motivated, have a sound knowledge base and excellent communications skills. Experience of working within the prison environment is preferable but not mandatory as full induction and training will be provided.
Main duties of the job
- To provide quality healthcare to offenders in HMP Wandsworth
- To provide safe and effective care pathways for all offenders identified for transfer to external NHS or independent in-patient services
- Working alongside the responsible prison clinical team, the post-holder will act as the link between external providers and the prison teams to ensure a co-ordinated approach to transfer planning, which results in effective and timely transfers in accordance with national time scales (14 days)
- Maintain accurate and timely transfer activity, information and data on the electronic data tracker system
- Be responsible for timely referrals to external providers
- Be responsible for tracking the progress of all referrals
- Promote timely medical and nursing assessments by external providers
- Maintain close links with the Ministry of Justice to ensure timely transfers
- Throughout the duration of an offenders stay in external services the post holder will act as a point of contact to ensure the smooth flow and exchange of information and attend all relevant forums relating to the offender
- Please check Job Description for further duties
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: o We're Kind o We're Fair o We Listen o We Care
- To case manage in conjunction with other practitioners, offenders admitted into hospital (secondary care) presenting with acute / long term physical health concerns.
- Be fully conversant with Trust policies, CPA, and the Mental Health Act
- Provision of high quality assessments and reports/ updates regarding patients in partnership with Lead GP and Psychiatrist.
- Maintain oversight of the escort and discharge database for each site.
- Work in partnership with Service Manager to develop mechanism that establishes effectiveness of Transfer and discharge post through evidence of cost savings or improved patient pathway.
- Work in partnership with General Practitioners to ensure timely and appropriate referral process/pathway in line with sentence status of the patient.
- Support the development of prison based care to minimise length of hospital admission and promote site based interventions.
- Develop robust evidence based protocols for the safe admission back to the prison upon discharge from hospital.
- The post holder will be expected to teach health professionals and criminal justice staff on prison transfer related issues, disseminating learning, developments and examples of good practice
- Act as the first line of arbitration for disputed transfers This will involve identifying alternative solutions within national and local policy and protocol.
- Report all disputes and delays to site Head of Healthcare and Service Manager in a timely fashion
- Ensure that appropriate systems are in place, which enable and facilitate the effective Care Programme Approach, care coordination and continuity of care
- Develop and maintain effective channels of communication, professional links and interfaces with NHS and independent providers, statutory agencies, the third sector and the Prison Service.
- Working closely with these agencies, provide person centred and integrated packages of care, and co-ordinate activities to achieve joint working and integrated care arrangements.
- Actively promote the development of multi-disciplinary clinical practice, embedding as appropriate current research and guidance into daily practice.
- Support senior staff in the development of plans for the achievement of clinical excellence and demonstrate high standards of clinical practice to the team.
- As required attend case conferences, clinical reviews and CPAs.
- As required attend and/or chair other meetings and forums as directed.
- Ensure that all relevant clinical information is documented accurately and in a timely fashion onto SystmOne.
- Practice within the NMC Nurses Code of Professional Practice and Conduct at all times
- Comprehensive knowledge of legislative procedures governing care and treatment of mentally disordered offenders.
- Comprehensive knowledge of local and national policies in relation to patient confidentiality, Caldicott principles,, Child and Adult safeguarding procedures and Vulnerable Adults Policy,
Certificate of Sponsorship
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From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
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