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Learning and Disability Nurse - RMN/RMN-LD

Band 6

Main area
Nursing Service - Prison Nursing
Band 6
Part time - 18.75 hours per week (2 and half weekdays only - no weekend shifts required.)
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HMP Standford Hill
Eastchurch, Sheerness
£37,392 - £44,618 pa inc
Salary period
07/06/2023 23:59

Job overview

Provide visible, high calibre nursing care and support to the Kent prisons healthcare teams within a multi-disciplinary framework for adults with learning disabilities and/or additional complex needs and/or learning difficulties. 

The post holder will join an established nursing team and contribute to the development of good clinical practice promoting the clinical and professional development of staff to ensure they provide holistic and evidence-based care. The post holder will also provide deputy 
management duties within this unit and participate in the overall development of the Service. 

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. 

Main duties of the job

Key Task and Responsibilities 
Participate in the assessment and preparation of service users for the first intake and  support other nurses to undertake this task. 

Promote and develop communication systems which enable staff to work in a person centred way with service users. 

Ensure the provision of contemporary evidence based challenging behaviour services.

Actively participate in the adoption of a person-centred holistic approach to service user’s assessment and care planning using contemporary models of care. To involve service users with mild/moderate learning disabilities in these processes. 

Demonstrate evidence based guidance on person centred/holistic assessment, care planning, intervention and evaluation for adults with severe challenging behaviour.

Provide cover for the clinical charge nurses as required.

Work with mental health patients who do not necessarily struggle with neurodevelopmental problems or learning difficulties.

Working for our organisation

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
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Ensures effective delegation of tasks to other within the team to meet prioritized needs.

Demonstrates leadership ability to manage, respond and lead staff through difficult situations as appropriate.

Ensures the understanding and adherence to Trust policy and procedures for own practice and its implementation. 

Compiles reports and documentation as required by the service 
Supports in the compilation of incidents and accident reports within agreed deadlines

See full Job Description 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • • Professional Qualification RMN or RMN-LD
Desirable criteria
  • • Degree level qualification or equivalent
  • • Demonstrate other relevant forms of professional development


Essential criteria
  • • Two years post registration experience working with people with a learning disability and or Mental Health illness
Desirable criteria
  • • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary/multi agency team.
  • • Experience of supervising staff.
  • • Experience of delivering training.
  • • Experience of prison nursing
  • • Full UK Driving License


Essential criteria
  • • Experience and knowledge at providing assessment, formulating plan and delivering intervention
  • • Good interpersonal skills – able to get on with people and communicate well under pressure.

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

Clare Denny
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Recruitment & Retention Resourcing Officer
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