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Mental Health Nurse - HMYOI Feltham

Job Description

Job Summary

An opportunity has arisen for a passionate Mental Health Nurse to join our Inpatients team at HMYOI Feltham. You'll provide a holistic package of care to patients within the prison system, managing the assessment of health needs; planning, delivery and evaluation of care, for the prison population, including clinical risk assessment.

HMYOI Feltham is a Young Offenders Institute for young people aged 15-18 and young adults aged 18-21. HMYOI is accessible via Bus and Train links and also provides onsite parking for staff.

Responsible To

Clinical Lead

Key Responsibilities

• Work with the team, ensuring the delivery of high quality, individualised, evidence-based, patient centred nursing care
• Direct and supervise the work of nursing assistants in meeting identified health needs
• Assess physical and mental health of prisoners on admission to the prison so that any appropriate referral can be made. This involves consideration of a range of options for accommodation for the prisoners’ first night in prison
• Participate in the delivery of holistic care in the Department whilst working closely with a multi-disciplinary/professional team.
• Administer medication as prescribed by the doctor within the guidelines for medicines administration.
• Assess and treat patients with minor ailments and injuries or refer to the appropriate unit.
• Provide nurse led care along the guidelines of the National Service Framework by running regular clinics, for example: Phlebotomy, Vaccinations, Smoking Cessation, Secondary Health Care Screening.
• Respond to medical emergencies within the prison. Carrying emergency equipment to prison wings to provide first on the scene response for resuscitation, CPR, defibrillation as necessary.
• Identify those that are at risk of self harm and put in place plans to reduce said risks.
• Open, maintain, close and take part in reviews of individuals being managed under the Prison Suicide and Self Harm risk management system known as Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork, (ACCT).
• Ensure that Safer Cell procedures are followed and monitor patients on constant supervision where they are considered particularly at risk from suicide or self harm, recording observations.
• Maintain accurate records of care provided on SystmOne, based upon the care plan and incorporating all relevant communications and liaison.
• Positively adopt all relevant Care UK and Home Office policies, protocols and procedures and action these as necessary.
• Work within the Clinical Governance Framework.
• Report all risks to the senior nursing staff and prison security staff.
• Maintain and update relevant knowledge and skills, maintain a professional portfolio and participate in further training as appropriate.
• Take responsibility for carrying a radio and responding as required.
• Take responsibility for assessing the mental and physical health of prisoners contained in the Care and Separation Unit on a daily basis.
• Attend internal and external meetings concerning the care of the prisoners.
• Be conversant with and use the electronic clinical records system, SystmOne and pNOMIS.
• Work closely with the Healthcare Management to ensure that the Prison Health Agenda is supported at all levels in the Practice.
• The clash of cultures means that sensitive, complex and contentious issues need to be communicated with sensitivity and empathy. The post holder will need to present new ideas in a persuasive manner.
• Excellent communication skills are vital to ‘hand over’ to the next nurse in charge.

Skills & Experience

• Management and Administration of all necessary resources to deliver care.
o Assessment
o Treatment and Care Management
o Collaborative Working
• Professional portfolio supporting the above, demonstrating learning and formal education (i.e. programmes of study recordable with the NMC).
• To have experience in or be willing to develop skills in relevant to clinical area.
• Be able to find and use new information in relation to patient care.


Registered Nurse (Mental Health) with valid NMC PIN.

Additional Information

This is a full-time role, working 375 hours per week, participating in a 24 hours 7 day week rota.
The salary for this role is £24,500 - £29,000 - dependent on experience.

Please note that this role is subject to Care UK Terms & Conditions and offers of employment are subject to satisfactory receipt of references, enhanced DBS and Prison Vetting.

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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