The post holder will work as part of the nursing team, utilising their clinical expertise, decision making and problem solving skills to provide skilled and evidence based nursing care for patients in a prison setting. Working within their scope of practice, in accordance with Care UK and prison service policies and procedures and in line with the NMC Code of professional conduct: standards for conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives.
The post holder will be responsible for the continuing management of patients and acute and long term medical conditions, including assessment of care needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care, health promotion activity and care of vulnerable offenders. The post holder will work collaboratively General Practitioners and other specialist clinicians to meet the needs of our patients and work closely with the healthcare manager to facilitate patient focused, innovative, evidence based practice, in line with Care UK objectives.
Head of Healthcare
• Participate in a 24hr 7 day a week rota.
• Assess all patient emergencies and ensure continuity of care through appropriate communication.
• Act as an autonomous practitioner, assessing patient’s physical, social and psychological needs to develop a holistic health care plan, working in collaboration with other healthcare professionals and as part of the prison’s multi-disciplinary team.
• Ensure adherence to Department of Health Prison health key performance and quality indicators/Her Majesty’s Inspector of Prisons expectations.
• Ensure that clinics for long term conditions are delivered in a clinically effective and timely way, in line with the establishments health needs.
• Initiate and contribute to strategies designed to promote and improve health and prevent disease, working proactively and collaborating with other agencies.
• Maintain record keeping competencies and patient confidentiality, in accordance with Care UK and Prison Service policies and the Nursing and Midwifery Code of Conduct.
• Demonstrate awareness of wider issues affecting the offender population, e.g. mental illness, alcohol and drug dependencies, together with strategies and support mechanisms to address these.
• Identify issues pertinent to the patient groups served and advocate on their behalf to promote health and well-being.
• In the absence of a Clinical Lead, be responsible for planning cover, appropriate staffing and skill mix, ensuring adequate cover at all times.
• Ensure equipment is obtained, used and maintained in accordance with Care UK requirements.
• Achieve excellent and effective relationships with all care providers and patients. He/she should act as a positive ambassador for Care UK.
• The post holder must also be able to maintain good relationships with colleagues and work effectively as part of a team.
• Demonstrate diplomacy and be able to deal with staff and patients in such a way as to avoid conflict.
• Demonstrate effective leadership skills which expand and develop good practice.
• Be aware of the limitations of own competencies and undertake further education and development to enhance these.
• Ensure participation of self and team in clinical supervision ensuring that practice is maintained at a high level and is evaluated utilising a variety of mechanisms
• Co-ordinate shift, carrying a UHF radio to aid communication and to ensure appropriate level of response to emergency situations.
• Undertake performance development reviews in line with Care UK policies to facilitate effective learning experiences and achieve objectives.
• Facilitate effective learning experiences for junior members of staff through mentorship and clinical supervision.
• Support the prison suicide awareness policy / safer custody team and ensure attendance of healthcare staff at reviews.
• To treat all patients as individuals, respecting their privacy and dignity at all times.
• Facilitate change in practice that will improve clinical outcomes and meet the needs of patients consistent with national standards and current research/evidence.
• Demonstrate awareness and application of clinical governance with particular attention to clinically effective practice, clinical audit and risk management.
• Participate in the recognising ethical and legal issues which have implications for nursing practice and take the appropriate action.
• To be aware and act upon, when necessary procedures that are in place to protect vulnerable individuals.
• Responsible for self and team to be competent in the use of electronic medical records management systems.
• General administrative skills-effectively carry out administrative tasks associated with the administrative systems.
Skills & Experience
Autonomous and team worker
Ability to prioritise.
Proven post registration nursing experience ideally within one of the following:
• Acute health service
• Secure Settings
• Mental health hospitalAbility to establish good working relationships and networksTeaching and educating skills and facilitating the learning of othersDemonstrate recent experience of managing change in both processes and patient behaviourKnowledge of relevant government policy and the modernisation agendaExperience of multi-disciplinary team working
• Computer literate
Level 1 RMN
Evidence of continued professional development post registration.
Relevant specialist courses