KENT PRISONS (Forensic & Prisons Directorate, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust)
MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER (core mental health training)
Since April 2010 Oxleas have provided mental health care to the nine Kent prisons. These new posts are part of an exciting expansion within the Eastern & Coastal Kent prison cluster - the Isle of Sheppey, Canterbury and Dover prisons. The existing multi-disciplinary team provide a range of primary and secondary mental health interventions, as well as an innovative day centre programme at HMP Rochester.
This new service provides an opportunity to develop an integrated team offering more specialist provision, including individual and groupwork as well as an assertive outreach model. We are looking for mental health practitioners with a core mental health background (Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy and Psychology) with demonstrable experience and training in working with complex needs. We are particularly interested in applicants who can bring specialist skills in the areas of Learning Disability, Personality Disorder, Dual Diagnosis and Psychological Therapies.
Potential postholders should be able to demonstrate a capacity for excellent communication skills, creative and flexible working, and a willingness to work in a challenging and multi-agency environment. The posts are based at HMP Elmley and Swaleside, but postholders must be prepared to travel around Kent as required.
There is an opportunity - for those who partially meet the Person Specification - to be appointed to a band 5 developmental post, with a view to progression, on review, after 12 months.
The service forms part of the Forensic & Prisons Directorate - based at the Bracton Centre - in Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. The Bracton is a large medium secure unit providing a range of services to mentally disordered offenders in Kent and South East London. We have an excellent reputation for the delivery of high quality services to mentally ill, personality disordered and challenging behaviour clients.
Interested applicants can contact Fananidzai Hove, Prison and Community Team Manager on 01795 802408 for further information.
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