Working in Offender Health
The directorate provides healthcare to seven prisons and an Immigration Removal Centre in the counties of Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. We also have two Therapeutic Communities (TCplus) within the prison settings and three specialist Offender Personality Disorder (OPD) services within the prison and community setting. We also offer Critical Time Intervention services at 3 of our remand prisons to provide services after they leave the prison setting.
These services offer a high-quality standard of care providing integrated healthcare including physical healthcare, mental health and substance misuse services, therefore these teams are highly motivated and offer a large peer professional group of over 400 staff.
All of our teams rely on multidisciplinary working with will include a wide range of healthcare professionals.
Working in Offender Health is a challenge- every day is different and every patient has their own story to tell. That is also what makes Offender Health unique and exciting. We have a lot to offer all professionals- including Primary Care, Mental Health and Substance Misuse Pathways. Our teams are multidisciplinary and work in a integrated manner to ensure the best possible care delivery for our patients.
Offender Health is a combination of Primary and Secondary Care-so is the ideal place if your looking for something different. Excellent training opportunities are available for all staff within our Trust both internal and external training. We support a “grow your own culture” and invest in our team. For peer support, our Quality Improvement Forums provide a network to share ideas and promote best practice or discuss areas of development.
Unique working environment
Offender personality disorder (OPD) services within Offender Health offer a variety of interventions, consultation and support in the rehabilitation of individuals with problematic personality disorder traits in criminal justice settings. These include residential services in closed custody (such as therapeutic communities in prison settings) and outreach treatment services (which offer formulation driven psychological therapies to individuals both in custody and the community). Services may also offer consultation (such as formulation and advice) and contribute to Psychologically Informed Planned Environments (PIPES). Across the OPD pathway, services are non-diagnostic and formulation driven, with the aim of offering individualised support to help people progress in a meaningful way. Working within the pathway offers great opportunities to practice creatively, to work in strong teams which are well supported and to contribute to the development of effective interventions for people in the pathway. We offer these services in the prison environment and within the Community.
If you are interested in working with us and taking your first or next steps into Offender Health - why not get in touch and book an insight visit to one of our sites?
Currently we work across HMP Nottingham, HMP Ranby, HMP Lowdham Grange, HMP Leicester, HMP Gartree, HMP Lincoln, HMP North Sea Camp, IRC Morton Hall, HMP Whatton, HMP Dovegate and Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire Community.
If you are interested in working in any of our sites, please get in touch to arrange a discussion or insight visit, all contact details are located on the individual site pages. (are we able to add a contact us link?) Alternatively look on the vacancy page of the website for the latest opportunities.
Being a part of Offender Health and the wider Trust means we can offer opportunities unique to us and our staff. The wide number of services we provide means we have opportunities for training, progression and career development available to multi-professionals and staff of all backgrounds.
Within our own Directorate- several of our team have grown and developed professionally and personally. Examples include our Clinical Director who worked to establish the Directorate to admin members of the team being supported to do their nurse training. We welcome people who are interested in developing themselves, working with us and who have a can do attitude.
Offender Health currently has access to working in prisons, immigration removal centres, Therapeutic Communities, Community Offender Personality Disorder services and Offender Personality Disorder services within the prison. We literally have something to offer everyone. This means we have supervision and peer support networks for all. Why not have a look at what opportunities we have available for you?
All staff have an induction period to start the journey into Offender Health as we mean to go on. That means from early days you will have the opportunity to share what development needs you are interested in alongside what areas of service development and therefore staff development opportunities we have. These are reviewed regularly and then formulate your annual review (PAD, PRD, PCR). Currently Offender Health has annual review data at 86%. We are invested in you and you are in us.
Staff have access to attend several internal and external training opportunities and attendance at national conferences.
If you identify something that would develop you and bring enhancement to the service we deliver to our patients- discuss it with your line manager. We support an open culture.
HMP North Sea Camp
HMP Lowdham Grange
Immigration Removal Centre Morton Hall