Location
HMP Lewes
Specialism
Psychology, Psychiatry and Mental Health
Advertising Salary
Up to £43,722
Vacancy Type
Fixed Term
Schedule Type
Full Time

About The Role

The post holder will help support a wide range of benefits to improve the welfare and service provided to prisoners who are moving through the custodial system. You will ensure that when a patient is transferred from a reception prison or another prison, the mental health team receives a comprehensive handover before the transfer takes place. You will identify immediate mental health needs including, any external services or prescribing requirements that prisoners may have received before arrival in the criminal justice system and, may need assistance within the first few days of admission. You will enable timely access to mental health interventions and treatment and work to Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) working across HMP and healthcare teams by enabling a fast-track approach to assessments and interventions, based on clinical need.

Where individuals are at risk of self-harm, you will ensure an appropriate recovery-orientated Early Days care plan is put in place - One that focuses on delivering integrated seamless person-centered care aligned to the clinical and psychosocial service models already in place within the prison. You will help to ensure that prison and healthcare staff are appropriately informed, feel engaged, and supported to enable them to reduce and prevent self-harm and suicide. There are many aspects to this exciting and varied role, working within a supportive, multi-disciplinary team within HMP Lewes.

About You

You will be an approved Mental Health Professional with a degree in Healthcare or Social Work, CQSW/DipSW, or equivalent. This could be a dual-qualified (MH and LD) Nurse as identified in the national specification. You will have significant diverse experience of working in integrated adult mental health services, and experience of complex mental health issues as well as experience of providing a consultative service to members of a multi-disciplinary on-site HMP, health, or social care team. Good working knowledge of all relevant Mental Health and Social Care legislation and Codes of Practice is a must.
 
In return for your hard work you will...
Receive an annual salary of up to £43,722 - dependent on experience. You'll also get several benefits including a company contributory pension scheme, 25 days annual leave plus 8 public bank holidays plus CPD, and re-validation support. Other benefits include cycle to work scheme plus training and clinical development opportunities. Onsite benefits at HMP Lewes include access to an onsite gym, free parking, and subsidised café/restaurant.

Interested in clinical development?
At Practice Plus Group we are proud to support our employees with continued professional development opportunities and further education (subject to service needs). You could develop into a specialist role of your interest such as Advanced Clinical Practice. Other training opportunities include cognitive behavioural therapy, personality disorder, and self-harm training, and long-term condition, to name but a few.

About Us

HMP Lewes is a local category B men’s prison for those on remand to local courts as well as those who have been sentenced and those awaiting release. With an operational capacity of 692, HMP Lewes is based in Lewes in East Sussex, within the South Downs National Park. It’s approximately 25 minutes from Brighton and Hove, 35 minutes from Eastbourne and Worthing by car.

We’re the UK’s leading independent provider of healthcare services in prisons and youth offender establishments.

We believe in putting the patient first, regardless of the environment or their history. That’s why we’re proud to deliver quality healthcare in some of the most challenging environments; care that is equal to what you receive in the community. We’re passionate about making a difference in the lives of prisoners by improving their health, securing their wellbeing, and helping to reduce reoffending behaviour.

We deliver round-the-clock healthcare to more than 40,000 patients at over 45 prisons of all categories. Prisons are a community like any other and we offer all of the health services any community needs in one place and with a single team. These range from reception health checks on arrival and regular GP services, to help with substance misuse, mental health, chronic or long-term conditions, podiatry, physiotherapy, and optometry.

More Information...
This is a full-time role working 37.5 hours per week; on a fixed-term contract for 12 months.

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