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Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Mental Health Practitioner

Job Type



South East



£40,701 - £48,054

Posted Date

13 May 2024

Sutton, Surrey

Closing Date

25 May 2024

In our quest to deliver patient-focused quality care we are looking to recruit a highly motivated, innovative and enthusiastic Mental Health Practitioner to join our forward thinking, friendly and expanding Health & Justice team at HMP High Down. By joining our Prisons Health Care Team, you will not only look after the healthcare needs of our patients residing in secure environments, but who also have the opportunity to have a real impact on promoting health and well-being. Our healthcare services work to a 7 day week working model, to ensure our patient's healthcare is managed and maintained to the highest of standards at all times.

Our motto is “Caring NOT Judging” so by working in partnership with the criminal justice system and other agencies, we provide responsive, dependable and high-quality primary care and mental health services to those who may have offended and those at risk of offending in the communities we serve, to improve their health status and to encourage social inclusion.

Main duties of the job

- To function fully within the Mental Health In-reach Team, assessing and treating patients through their journey in prison.
- To accept referrals and triage patients with the team.
- To undertake Early Days In Custody (EDIC) assessments. To ensure all new arrivals to receive a brief assessment of individual presentation and need, referring patients on to other services (GP, SMS, chaplaincy, psychology etc) and book further assessment if indicated.
- To participant in Care and Separation (Segregation) Unit (CSU) rounds with a GP and primary care nurse.
- To undertake comprehensive assessments alone or with colleagues and feedback to the Multi-disciplinary Team, ensuring that planned care is individual and appropriate to the needs of the patient.
- To provide effective case management to a defined caseload in accordance with the Care Programme Approach, in conjunction with the team, appropriate prison departments and external health, social care and probation services.
- To ensure effective pre-release care planning.

Working for our organisation

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust offers its staff ongoing career progression through:

- Monthly supervision
- Annual personal development plans/appraisals
- Access to exciting internal and external training opportunities.

Excellent progression through various career pathway opportunities such as but not limited to:

- Preceptorship Programme
- Support and guidance with Revalidation
- Hidden Gem and annual award ceremonies

Excellent staff benefits, our benefit packages are amongst the best in London and include:

- Health and wellbeing services
- Season ticket loans
- Cycle to work scheme
- Relocation package

The trust also values its staff and you are entitled to become a member of MyTrustBenefits. MyTrustBenefits is an online portal for all CNWL staff, as well as their family and friends. It offers over 1400 discounts at hundreds of retailers nationwide. Save money on your weekly food shops, toiletries, cosmetics, cinema, meals out, holidays, travel and entertainment. You can also access free online courses on a variety of topics, professional and personal, ranging from business management, languages, law and teaching.

All of our sites in Surrey offer free use of the onsite leisure facilities and free parking for staff.

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

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Please see full Job Description and Specification attached for full details

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