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Neurodiversity Lead (RMN/RNLD)

Band 6

Main area
Nursing Service- Prison Nursing
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (some weekend working may be required)
Job ref
HMP Portland
£33,706 - £40,588 pa inc
Salary period
04/06/2023 23:59

Job overview

Provide visible, high calibre nursing care and support to the Dorset 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

Provide clinical leadership supporting the ward manager and staff.

Contribute to the service delivery within the guidance of the operational manager.

Actively contribute to the service delivery and standards through ongoing Periodic Service Review audits

Ensure consistent implementation of National and Trust policies and Clinical Governance requirements. 

Ensure completion of incidents and complaints in accordance with Trust policy.

Actively participate in the ward/unit management meetings and strategy meetings in the improvement of care and services

Provide and fully participate in Clinical Supervision and ensure ongoing personal/professional development in line with Oxleas Policies

Work autonomously to promote good practice, encourage and participate in reflective practice

Provide a highly visible staff nurse presence in the Unit.

Actively participate with others in supporting individual advocacy, user forums, carer groups and service user councils

Actively participate in ensuring systems are in place for assessment, care and discharge planning within a multi-disciplinary framework, ensuring the Care Programme Approach.

Ensure the service meets the requirements of the Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation.

Maintain an up-to-date knowledge reference system in conjunction with Oxleas Knowledge Services and use of e-learning.

Promote the benefits of IT in improving knowledge and care standards.

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

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,

Ensure the principles of Valuing People and Transforming Care are embedded in practice.

Ensuring Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults policy is understood and adhered to and that issues are reported appropriately.

Demonstrate understanding the importance of developments/contemporary practice issues in relation to challenging behaviour and people learning disabilities.

Demonstrate understanding and the importance of risk assessment and management of risk with particular reference to people with mild to severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.

Actively involved in clinical supervision and staff support group facilitation around challenging behaviour practice and interventions.

Undertake direct specialist assessment/therapeutic work with individuals or groups, in liaison with the MDT and encourage others to do so.

Lead in co-ordinating and/or take part in the education of a range of specialist training initiatives about challenging behaviour and people with mild to moderate learning disabilities

Contribute to Clinical Governance and lead on specific projects.

Work to enhance the standards of nursing practice across the Service.

Participate in local audit and trust wide audits.

Work closely with Kent prisons MDT, other Oxleas Services and internal/external colleagues to enhance service

Promote equality and diversity initiatives

Develop and maintain effective relationships with key partners, within the forensic and prisons directorate, Local Authority, local Universities, The Home Office, Police, the voluntary sector, and non-statutory agencies.

Provide cover for the clinical charge nurses as required

The post holder will be part of skilled multidisciplinary teams comprising all healthcare staff, including strategic partners, and prison managing a single referral pathway.

The post holder will be required to undertake training to maximise uptake of screening, health promotion and prevention activity, including vaccinations.

The post holder will ensure a named care co-ordinator is allocated for every patient with complex needs who will ensure a proactive, evidence-based approach to clinical interventions, health promotion/prevention activity, and management of acute and long-term conditions using our stepped care approach.

The post holder will ensure that a single, integrated, care plans developed, and the individualised care is regularly reviewed.

The post holder will ensure that a comprehensive risk assessments and care plans are regularly reviewed in a needs-led review cycle.

The post holder will ensure a care coordination criteria and MDT meetings for patients with complex needs will be tailored to the needs of the establishment.  

The post holder will ensure that they undertake all training in evidence-based CBT approaches, to enhance consistency and quality of care delivery

The post holder will support patients to manage their health at every stage, from oral health to long term conditions.

The post holder will ensure that health promotion embedded into every aspect of the service.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • • RNLD/RMN
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.
  • • Is a driver holding full driving licence as expectation this post the person would travel various sites
Desirable criteria
  • • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary/multi agency team.
  • • Experience of supervising staff.
  • • Experience of delivering training.
  • • Experience of prison nursing


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

Suraj Persand
Job title
Head of Healthcare
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Applicants are welcome to have an informal visit to site