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If you are a clinician who enjoys working collaboratively in a fast-paced, varied and challenging environment then we’d love to hear from you.
As the Early Days Mental Health Practitioner you will be based at HMP Lewes. HMP Lewes is a category B adult prison and houses up to 730 prisoners, all with varying sentence lengths.
Practice Plus Group is 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 that 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 as a range of other employee benefits.
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 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 psycho-social 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 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.
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.
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