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Early Days Mental Health Practitioner vacancy

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Job number:
HMP Lewes
Health in Justice
East Sussex
Contract type:
Closing date:
Friday, April 23, 2021 - 23:59
£37,570.00 - £43,772.00 / Year

Help make a difference!

Are you collaborative, caring and compassionate?

Prisons are one of the most challenging, yet rewarding places for healthcare professionals to work - if you’re looking for a role where you can develop your existing skills and learn something new every day, then this is the place to be.

HMP Lewes is based East Sussex. The prison is a category B adult prison and houses up to 730 prisoners, all with varying sentence lengths.

Practice Plus Group are Health in Justice Market leader, providing healthcare services to offenders across the country. Our model of care is our Wellbeing Approach – an integrated, comprehensive approach in recognition of the fact prisoners are a socially-excluded group with healthcare needs which are complex and often associated with poor outcomes. It adopts the premise no single health/wellbeing factor can be taken in isolation of other motivational issues which might impact a person’s care.

We can offer training and development in our friendly and supportive teams, as well a range of other employee benefits.

Looking for something a little different?

We would love to hear from clinicians that want to make a real difference to the lives of patients and support them during their early days in HMP Lewes.

We're looking for an Early Days Mental Health Practitioner to work as part of a dynamic team. 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 prior to arrival in the criminal justice system and, may need assistance with 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-centred 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.

What do we need from you so you can do the job?

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. A good working knowledge of all relevant Mental Health and Social Care legislation and Codes of Practice.

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

The salary for this role is up to £43,772 per annum - dependent on experience.

Please note that offers of employment are subject to Practice Plus Group Terms & Conditions and receipt of satisfactory references, an enhanced DBS check and prison vetting.
At Practice Plus Group we actively promote diversity and equal opportunities.


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