As an RGN with valid NMC registration, you’ll bring a good knowledge of clinical governance and experience of carrying out clinical audits. We’ll want to see evidence of your continued professional development, and a real passion for taking your skills even further.
It goes without saying that you’ll have a solid understanding of health and safety, along with exemplary record keeping skills. Self-motivated and able to work autonomously, you’ll show plenty of initiative when it comes to handling a wide range of situations.
Beyond that, you should have a flexible approach and the ability to achieve changing priorities by managing your own time.
Primary Care Team Leader
Be aware of NHS England and Prison Service policies and protocols and use these to support the delivery of nursing care to prisoners. Contribute ideas to help formulate policy within the healthcare service.
To run health promotion / harm-minimisation clinics in specific disease-related areas (after a period of training and familiarisation). To ensure that clinics run smoothly and meet national and local priorities and guidelines. To work with Team Leaders to regularly review and evaluate the effectiveness of such clinics and assist in the planning of change.
Respond to medical emergencies as emergency responder, co-ordinating care and providing primary clinical care of a high standard to prisoners.
Deliver a high standard of clinical care in the primary care, emergency care, harm minimisation, health promotion and occupational health remits of prison healthcare; within the extent of your role, experience and level of expertise.
Participate in the named-nurse scheme to a residential unit within the prison, working to raise the profile of healthcare services within that environment and ensure full integration between residential unit staff and healthcare services / staff.
To co-ordinate healthcare activity on a day-to-day basis, acting as “Healthcare Co-ordinator” in the absence of a more senior member of staff.
To participate in the planning, delivery and evaluation of healthcare services to prisoners through meetings, working groups and regular liaison with colleagues.
To support junior staff in their development by encouragement, informal teaching, mentoring and preceptorship.
Understand the importance of the prison nursing contribution in meeting objectives set out within National and Local documents (e.g. National Service frameworks, NHS England and Clinical Governance action plan, Local Health Delivery Plan).
Provide appropriate and timely health promotion interventions/strategies.
Undertake initial and follow-up individual health assessments at reception and health screening, referring to appropriate guidelines. Participate in pre-release activities pertinent to healthcare.
Facilitate prisoner referrals to appropriate clinical services.
Be aware of psychiatric interventions and deliver within level of competency appropriate nursing care.
Contribute to and work within the broad framework of the clinical governance agenda.
Assist the development of evidence-based nursing procedures / protocols in the practice setting.
Work in close partnership with other members of the primary healthcare team in the prison.
Work with members of statutory and voluntary agencies to provide appropriate care to meet the assessed nursing needs of prisoners.
Practice within the codes of conduct issued by the professional/regulatory body.
Practice within the own competencies and within Care UK policy.
To personally and accurately record all healthcare activity within the prisoner’s clinical records (and in the future on Healthcare IT systems) ensuring compliance with the NMC Standards for Record Keeping guidelines and local policy.
Identify shortfalls in stock levels / failure of equipment and liaise with the senior supervisor on duty to arrange replenishment.
Ensure that communication is effective between the multi-disciplinary team giving adequate attention to the complex and sensitive nature of such information. Make all reasonable attempts to overcome any barriers to understanding that may occur, giving due consideration to ethnicity, language, educational ability, barriers caused by illness / distress etc. which may adversely affect effective communication.
Skills & Experience
Evidence of partnership working involving both statutory and voluntary agencies
Post registration experience & more than one speciality preferably in A&E or primary care
Be able to show a working knowledge of health promotion activity
Relevant evidence based clinical practice
Registered General Nurse with valid NMC pin
Evidence of continuing development/ educational activity
Please note that this role is subject to Practice Plus Group Terms & Conditions and offers of employment are subject to satisfactory receipt of references, enhanced DBS check and prison vetting including a Counter Terrorism Check.