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Senior Nurse

Band 6

Main area
Nursing and Midwifery: Nursing Services: Prison Nursing
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
HMP Bristol
£33,706 - £40,588 pa inc
Salary period
07/06/2023 23:59

Job overview

  • To provide a quality primary care service and a range of specialist interventions for offenders.
  • To support junior colleagues.
  • Assist & support the Team managers (Band 7) as directed to deliver a nurse-led integrated primary care service and develop a specialist practice-based clinical model of care to Bristol, South Gloucestershire & Wiltshire South-West prisons.

Main duties of the job

Key Principles of health and wellbeing model for Prison Service

Patient focused with health promotion at the heart of our care

Putting the right staff in the right place at the right time – specialist posts to ensure that experience is on hand to lead and support patients e.g., leads in learning disability, long term conditions, older adults, complex case practitioners and discharge coordinators.

Designing and delivering healthcare for the unique needs of each prison.

Being highly supportive of clinical and prison staff with training and support enabling the team to work smarter and as part of an effective Multi Professional Team. 

Working for our organisation

Oxleas – About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children’s centres, schools and people’s homes.


We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families.  This is strengthened by our new values:

  • We’re Kind
  • We’re Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • The post holder will exercise a high degree of personal and professional autonomy and have the ability to plan and reach complex and critical judgments and have decision making skills.
  • To deliver high quality clinical care within the Integrated Healthcare Service for the prison. This will include acute & primary care, long term conditions management, enhanced assessment and diagnostic intervention services and health promotion activities and be in line with the NHS Plan, public health indicators and National Service Frameworks.
  • To demonstrate and provide robust expert clinical skills with a sound understanding of evidence-based nursing practice to provide a pro-active approach to ensure quality and outcome driven practice on a day-to-day basis.
  • To support the development of evidence-based practice in the specialist field and to promote research as appropriate.
  • To participate in managerial and professional clinical supervision programme, to ensure junior staff receive appropriate supervision, training and annual appraisal and to ensure that it becomes an integral part of team practice.
  • To ensure the implementation of effective and appropriate patient centred care planning tools, long-term condition registers and consistent delivery throughout all the prisons within the service.
  • The post holder will work collaboratively with the Clinical Lead, GPs, and other clinicians to meet and review service needs as required
  • To deputise for the Team manager as required.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • • Professional Qualification. (Registered General Nurse)
  • • Post Graduate Qualification or equivalent experience.


Essential criteria
  • • Minimum of two years’ experience at Band 5.
  • • Working knowledge of current issues/agendas facing prison/offender healthcare
  • • Experience of multi-professional collaboration including working in partnership with other statutory and voluntary organisations.
  • • Experience of setting, monitoring and evaluating standards of care.
Desirable criteria
  • • Experience of working within secure & prison settings (desirable but not essential)


Essential criteria
  • • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, presenting ideas with clarity in a persuasive and influential style.
  • • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of change management and new ways of working.
  • • Ability to lead and empower people to make decisions and to plan ahead.
  • • Knowledge of current National Prison Health Quality & Performance Indicators
  • • Good analytical and judgement skills

Effort and Environment

Essential criteria
  • • Ability to manage complex & challenging behaviour

Employer certification / accreditation badges

No smoking policyInvestors in People: GoldDefence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) - BronzeStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.Mindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveDisability confident employerStep into healthVeteran AwareArmed Forces Covenant Gold Award

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

Jason Cooper
Job title
Head of Healthcare
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