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Lead Practitioner

Job Description

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of health and social care services across Northamptonshire. These include mental health, learning disability, sexual health, district nursing, health visiting, palliative care and a wide range of community-based services. In July 2011, we took on most of the services previously by provided by Northamptonshire provider services, making us the largest NHS employer in Northamptonshire.

We are committed to delivering the highest standards of patient safety, quality outcomes and patient experience. We employ and seek highly-motivated staff, whose local experience and skills provide the bedrock for service transformation and excellent, patient-centred care. Our vision is to deliver outstanding and innovative health and social care services in which our communities have confidence. To achieve this, our services will become more flexible and responsive to the needs of local people and shift closer to where our patients live, with prevention, quality and easy access given high priority. Applicants will need to demonstrate a commitment to these principles.

We offer excellent working conditions including a contributory pension scheme and a wide range of family friendly polices and flexible working practices. We are actively committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity, and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We view lifelong learning and personal development as vital to both our staff and Trust’s progression, and continue to invest significantly through internal and external courses.

From April 1st 2013 a charge will be applied to all Disclosure and Barring Service Application Forms (formerly CRB). There is no charge for Disclosure and Barring Service Application Forms for volunteers, this remains unchanged.

Speciality Services Northamptonshire Prison Mental Health Teams The Prison Mental Health Directorate within Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) is at the forefront of developing and delivering high quality modern care services for its client group. NHFT holds the contract for complete Healthcare provision at HMP Onley and Secondary Mental Health service at HMP Rye Hill. The directorate is looking for a dynamic Mental Health Nurse to become an integral part of the mental health delivery within HMP Rye Hill. HMP Rye Hill is a Category B prison acting as a national resource for sentenced male adults who have been convicted of a current or previous sex offence(s). This post will form part of the continued development of a wider Mentally Disordered Offenders Team within the County and seek to address the mental health needs of the Prison population within the Northamptonshire prisons, to support the wider Healthcare Team. It is envisaged that the team will adopt a flexible and innovative approach to all aspects of mental health care throughout the spectrum. This would include health promotion, secondary care, and the interface with Specialist Services as appropriate. This post, although based within the Prison, will have a genuine link with the wider Mental Health Trust and associated Specialist Resources. Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has developed strong working practices in the delivery of prison mental health care, working to an integrated model of service. Such practices have enabled the organisation to provide equality of service to that provided within the wider community. The following post has become available at HMP Rye Hill: Lead Practitioner/ Prison Mental Health – HMP Rye Hill (B6) x2 Applications are welcomed from enthusiastic and experienced mental health nurses with a wide range of experience, and an excellent understanding of risk assessment and management. Applicants need to be able to work as autonomous practitioners and as part of multi-agency/ multi-professional groups; maintaining good lines of communication with the winder healthcare department, across the prison establishment, and with external agencies. In addition you will be familiar with issues/strategies pertinent to the mental health needs of individuals within the Criminal Justice/Prison system. For further information, please contact: Sadie Clark, Acting Mental Health Team Manager,  ( Phone number removed ) . Brenda Wilson, Head of Healthcare,  ( Phone number removed ) . In addition to the position offered, please be advised that you will automatically be enrolled onto our Staff Bank and will hold an additional assignment as a bank worker. The offer of a Bank assignment will allow you to work additional hours on your own unit, and also the opportunity to undertake work flexibly across others areas of the Trust as and when it is available, and subject to the required grade and training requirements. We welcome applications from people, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status or pregnancy or maternity status. We would encourage applications from groups who are currently underrepresented in the organisation. In particular, applications from disabled people (with both visible and non-visible disabilities), people from black and minority ethnic communities and lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT) people. NHFT is committed to building a diverse workforce, ensuring staff are treated fairly at work and ensuring all staff have the learning and development they need on equality in order to undertake their job role. We aim to use monitoring information provided by our staff and by job applicants to ensure that we do not discriminate in employment and to use this information to plan any Positive Action to address inequality. NHFT supports three staff equality networks to help us to develop our equality practice, as well as providing peer support for staff. These are: • NHFT Staff Disability & Allies Network • NHFT BME Staff Development Network • NHFT LGBT & Allies Network

Preference will be given in the first instance to 'at risk' employees within Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and those 'at risk' within the East Midlands Healthcare Community.

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust operates a smoke free policy. Therefore smoking is not allowed in or on any of the Trust's grounds or premises or in any Trust owned or leased pool vehicle. Those seeking, considering or accepting employment should be aware that it will not be possible to smoke throughout working hours.

In line with Section 8 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, all shortlisted candidates will be required to produce original documentation proving their entitlement to work within the United Kingdom during a face to face meeting. The Trust reserves the right to obtain further verification from the Border & Immigration Agency - Employer Checking Service.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Border Agency requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit UK Border Agency website.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL CORRESPONDENCE FOLLOWING YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE MADE VIA YOUR NHS JOBS ACCOUNT. If you do not hear from us by four weeks after the closing date then you may assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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