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Senior Mental Health Nurse - HMP YOI Chelmsford

Job Description

Break into prison healthcare with a new nursing job!

Join our Mental Health Team as a Senior Mental Health Nurse and help us positively change the way healthcare is viewed within the prison estate.

As a committed, enthusiastic and reliable RMN, you'll have the opportunity to deliver individualised, evidence-based, patient centred nursing care to a unique and varied population. Working directly on the house blocks with offenders or in our inpatient unit.

HMP YOI Chelmsford is a Category B mens prison and young offenders institution.

About Care UK

Care UK is the Health in Justice market leader, providing healthcare services to offenders across the country.

Having recently been awarded the contract to deliver NHS services at Bullingdon, we are very excited about the opportunities to develop 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.

The circumstances that bring people to prison are also complex and varied, our wellbeing approach adopts the premise no single factor can be taken in isolation of other motivational issues which might impact a person’s care.

About the Job

You will participate in the delivery of holistic care whilst working closely with a multi-disciplinary/professional team. This will involve opening/maintaining/closing and taking part in reviews of individuals being managed under the Prison Suicide and Self Harm risk management system (ACCT).

Responsibility will also be with you to assess physical and mental health of prisoners on admission to the prison so that any appropriate referral can be made.

Skills & Experience

To be successful in the this role you will :

• Have post-registration experience
• Have excellent interpersonal, communication and team working skills
• Be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills in clinical decision making
• Have experience of key-working and care planning
• Be willing to undertake education/courses relevant to area of practice and service development
• Have an understanding of clinical governance and its relevance to delivering Health Care in a Prison setting


• Registered 1st Level RMN
• Current NMC Registration
• Evidence of continued professional development post registration

Further Job Information

This is a full-time role, working 375 hours per week, across 7 days on a shift basis, working a rolling rota. The salary for this role is £27,000 - £31,000 - dependent on experience.

Please note that this role is subject to Care UK Terms & Conditions and offers of employment are suject to satisfactory receipt of reference, enhanced DBS check 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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