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Mental Health Practitioner

NHS AfC: Band 6

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Mental Health Practitioner
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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HMP Wormwood Scrubs
£38,768 - £46,124 inclusive of Inner London HCAS rate
Salary period
08/12/2021 23:59
Interview date
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) provides healthcare services locally, regionally and nationally. We serve a population of 1.2 million, employ more than 3,300 staff, and operate from over 20 main sites in the community. As a multiple award winning Trust we provide mental health services for young people, adults and older people, and have a full range of child and adult community health services in Enfield. Our North London Forensic Service treats and cares for people in the criminal justice system who have mental health conditions. We also provide one of the largest eating disorders services in England, as well as drug and alcohol services, and mental health liaison services at Barnet Hospital and the North Middlesex University Hospital.

Job overview

North London Forensic Service (NLFS) has been rated as OUTSTANDING again by the Care Quality Commission, and part of this is our dedicated and skilled staff team who have a number of development opportunities open to them across a varied number of innovative services within the criminal justice pathway. We are currently looking for one Band 6 mental health nurses (RMNs) for our in-patient unit (H3) within HMP Wormwood Scrubs. This is a Category B local remand male prison in west London with an operational capacity of approximately 1200 spaces. Although it would be beneficial, previous prison experience is not a mandatory requirement as we provide a full training and induction package. What is of paramount importance is a genuine desire to work compassionately and creatively with service users who are often in crisis and acutely distressed.

Main duties of the job

Mental health services within the prison are multidisciplinary in nature, encompassing nursing, psychology, and therapies staff. The in-patient team (H3) works with a wide variety of service users who are often complex and comorbid providing holistic assessment, treatment, and comprehensive risk assessments. This is an exciting and varied role in a challenging and fast paced environment. You will play an integral in supporting the team in delivering a high standard of care to service users on H3.

The successful candidate will have to complete successful employment checks and prison vetting.

There is a subsidised staff cafeteria and free gym access to the successful candidate within the prison.

Working for our organisation

BEHMHT is a multiple award-winning, combined mental health (MH) and community Trust providing local, regional and national healthcare services. We are one of the largest employers in North London with over 3000 staff delivering a range of mental health and community services to a population of over one million. In Enfield, we provide a full range of child and adult community health services, which over the last few years has been integrating with its mental health services to provide better and more holistic care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
Desirable criteria
  • MSc


Essential criteria
  • Genuine desire to work within a prison setting
  • Experience of working with complex and challenging patients within an inpatient setting
  • Either currently working as a Band 6 or working as a Band 5 for at least 1 year
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working within a secure/forensic or prison setting


Essential criteria
  • The ability to work in often difficult circumstances within a high pressured environment
  • Experience of carrying out complex assessments including risk


Essential criteria
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Resilience and emotional intelligence
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kevin Clarke
Job title
Modern Matron for Mental Health
Email address
Telephone number
020 8588 3388
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