Prisons are one of the most challenging, yet rewarding places for healthcare professionals to work - if you’re looking for a role where you can develop your existing skills and learn something new every day, then this is the place to be.
As a healthcare provider, we recognise the fact that prisoners are a socially excluded group with complex healthcare needs that can often be associated with poor outcomes. We believe in putting the patient first, regardless of the environment or their history.
Care UK is the Health in Justice market leader - 4 years ago we were managing 12 prison healthcare services and in 2020 we're providing healthcare services in over 40 prisons across the country.
We can offer training and development in our friendly and supportive teams
Two Placements, One Job...
HMP Portland and HMP The Verne... You Decide...
Care UK are looking to appoint a skilled and motived, substantive, full time Mental Health nurse for the prisons on the Isle of Portland, Dorset. There are two prisons on the Isle of Portland, HMP Portland and HMP The Verne. The successful candidate will work as part of both prison healthcare teams for six months and then decide the location they want to make their permanent work base once the 12 month programme has been completed.
HMPs The Verne and Portland are both Category ‘C’ prisons on the Isle of Portland, on the Jurassic coast. A full range of primary care and mental health services are provided by Care UK in both prisons which provides this unique opportunity
More about the role...
The two prisons offer very different experiences for an enthusiastic and motivated Mental Health Nurse. HMP The Verne is a 580 place prison for people on longer sentences who have been convicted of sexual offences. The population reflects the offender group with an older age of patient compared with other prisons. Patients are more likely to have longer term healthcare needs and many have experienced childhood trauma. At HMP/YOI Portland the population of 505 males reflects a younger population whose index offences are extremely varied and often complex and acute.
In each of the prisons you will become part of a small, dedicated team of healthcare practitioners with expertise in their own populations, a chance to make a difference to individual patients with a high level of autonomy in a multi-disciplinary team context.
You will gain skills and knowledge that are transferable to other service settings. You will be a key contributor to the design and function of future services. You will belong to an important service working with a challenging and vulnerable patient group, able to make full use of the skills and knowledge you have developed over your career.
What we need from you...
If you are the successful candidate, you will:
Be part of a committed and dedicated healthcare team Engage in varied and challenging work Work with supportive colleagues Preceptorship for newly qualified nurses Receive a full and detailed induction programme in each prison Have links to local universities Work in a spectacular location Have family friendly hours choose which location you want to be based in after the 12 months programme is completed
To discuss this unusual career opportunity, you should contact the office of the Head of Healthcare at either HMP The Verne on (Emma Duff, Head of Healthcare) or HMP Portland on (Mark Grundonner, Head of Healthcare)
Please see the Applicant Pack for a little more detail - Salary: £26,220 - £37,267 depending on experience, Permanent position. Working 37.5 hours/week (hours and days vary in each prison – see supporting applicant pack)
Please note that this role is subject to Care UK Terms & Conditions and offers of employment are subject to references, an enhanced DBS check and prison vetting.
This job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. Please apply for this job as soon as you can, if interested.
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